Jun 26, 2012 The Associated Press

Men steal car, then wreck it

ROCK SPRINGS -- Bond has been set at $20,000 each for two men arrested at a wreck involving a reported stolen car.

The Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office says Taylor Berry and Jacob Swisher appeared in court Monday facing larceny and other charges.

The sheriff's office says a car passed an off-duty officer at a high rate of speed on Sunday and crashed into a parking lot. Authorities later determined that the car had been reported stolen.

Jackson Lake Dam cuts releases

JACKSON -- Federal water managers have begun their annual procedure of closing down the spigot out of Jackson Lake Dam in northwest Wyoming.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation cut back flows from 4,000 to 3,800 cubic feet per second on Monday. Similar reductions are planned in the days ahead.

Bureau officials say water flows into Jackson Lake peaked at about 6,000 cfs on June 5. Those flows into the reservoir are now down to about 3,500 cfs.

The plan is to reduce flows to 2,000 cfs and keep it at that amount until early October. That will leave Jackson Lake about three-quarters full heading into the winter.

ATM parks donation option proposed

CHEYENNE -- A legislative panel meeting this week will consider a proposal that would require ATMs in the state to give customers the option of donating to state parks and historic sites.

Republican state Sen. Bruce Burns, of Sheridan, is sponsoring a draft of the bill that was to be presented to the Legislature's Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Interim Committee.

The committee is meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Rock Springs.

Burns said he came up with the idea as an "out-of-the-box way" to deal with possible budget cuts that the state faces.

With tourism being Wyoming's second-biggest industry, he says he thought the ATM donation feature would be of interest.

Oil group pays for extra staff

CASPER -- A petroleum industry group is trying to speed along federal drilling permits by paying the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to hire temporary staff and cover overtime expenses to process them.

The manager of the BLM's Casper Field Office, Joe Meyer, says applications for drilling permits have more than doubled in the past couple years.

He says the Casper BLM office is hiring contract employees through a local temp agency. The Petroleum Association of Wyoming is paying for those workers through the temp agency.

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