Wyoming Digest

Oct 12, 2017 From staff reports

Hiker who died was

college professor

BUFFALO (AP) -- Authorities say the woman who died on a hiking trip in the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming was a University of Louisville geography and geosciences professor.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office confirmed that 62-year-old Carol Hanchette of Louisville, Kentucky, died from hypothermia.

Authorities say she and 67-year-old Richard Cornelius of Billings, Montana, entered a wilderness area last Friday and made camp. While hiking Saturday, they separated when Cornelius decided to head back to camp on his own.

However, he got lost and never reached the camp. He eventually found his way out Monday and met others who contacted authorities.

Two from Idaho

killed in Wyo crash

LYMAN (AP) -- A single-vehicle rollover in southwest Wyoming has claimed the lives of two Idaho residents.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the accident on Interstate 80 near Lyman was discovered early Monday.

The patrol says 54-year-old Alan Peterson, of Eden, Idaho, was headed west on I-80 when he lost control of his pickup while crossing an icy bridge, sending the vehicle rolling down an embankment.

Peterson and his passenger, 58-year-old Silvia Peterson, were not wearing their seat belts and were thrown from the pickup.

The patrol says the wreck was discovered around 7 a.m. Monday but the exact time of the crash is not known.

Weather dampens

park visitation

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- An early shot of winter weather depressed recreational visits in Yellowstone National Park during the month of September.

The National Park Service reports just over 640,000 people visited Yellowstone in September.

The visitation was down about 8.8 percent from September 2016, when the park recorded more than 700,000 recreational visits.

Snowy weather during the middle of last month closed some roads within and just outside the park for days.

Still, the Park Service says Yellowstone saw its third busiest September on record in the park.

Dead skier's ID confirmed

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center says a skier died in a weekend avalanche in southwestern Montana.

Officials say two skiers approached a steep, narrow gully on Imp Peak in the southern Madison Range on Saturday, triggering a slide that fully buried one of the skiers and partially buried the other.

Gallatin County Search and Rescue recovered the victim's body on Monday from the area about 20 miles southwest of Big Sky. The victim's name has not been released.

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