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Dec 19, 2013 The Associated Press

Rock Springs air service to improve

ROCK SPRINGS -- Rock Springs is getting early morning and late night service to and from Denver back in 2014, making it possible for people to travel to the Mile High City in one day.

SkyWest used to have an early flight but it was suspended in May so it could repaint one of its planes. That led to a shuffle of other changes and uncertainty about whether the service would return.

This week, airport board chairman Larry Levitt told Sweetwater County commissioners that the flights would resume in April. The exact time of the flights hasn't been set yet.

New Casper judge announced

CHEYENNE -- Gov. Matt Mead has selected a veteran Natrona County prosecutor to serve as circuit court judge there.

Mead announced his selection of Brian Christensen to serve as circuit court judge in the Seventh Judicial District. Christensen succeeds Judge Michael Huber who is retiring.

Christensen has served as assistant district attorney in Natrona County. He's a graduate of the University of Wyoming.

Man fined in accidental grizzly killing

JACKSON -- A judge has ordered a Freedom man to pay a $2,500 fine for killing a grizzly bear after mistaking it for a black bear.

Circuit Judge James Radda imposed the fine on Joe B. Conger on Monday.

Radda also revoked Conger's hunting and fishing privileges for a year and placed him on a year of unsupervised probation.

A jury found Conger guilty earlier this month of killing the grizzly. He shot the bear in September 2012 while hunting near Mount Randolph, north of Grand Teton National Park.

Grizzly bears are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. Court records show federal prosecutors declined to prosecute because Conger didn't intend to kill a protected animal.

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