May 26, 2013 The Associated Press

Man faces murder charge

LARAMIE -- A Vietnam veteran accused in a fatal stabbing in Laramie faces a charge of second-degree murder.

Former city of Laramie employee Timothy Ray Harnden was charged Wednesday in the death of 44-year-old Paul Hamilton, of Laramie.

Investigators say Hamilton was stabbed late Sunday in an altercation with Harnden.

Court documents say Hamilton sustained a knife blow that penetrated his heart at a home. Court documents say Hamilton's wife lived upstairs and Harnden lived on the main floor, while Hamilton had been staying in a camper outside.

Police say there have been disputes between Harnden and the Hamiltons before, but Harnden's lawyer says no charges were filed in those disputes.

Motors won't be banned on Snake

JACKSON -- Despite pressure from a conservation group, the Bridger-Teton National Forest will not ban motorboats on about 20 miles of the Snake River south of Jackson.

Forest Service spokeswoman Mary Cernicek says the national forest is complying with Congress' intent in the Craig Thomas Snake Headwaters Legacy Act of 2009. That act includes allowing motorboats on that portion of the river between the South Park bridge and West Table boat ramp.

However, the American Rivers conversation group says the Bridger-Teton should block motorized use.

Scott Bosse of American Rivers says motorboat traffic would degrade some of the values on the part of the Snake that has been designated wild and scenic.

Cernicek said onky about five motorboats use the Snake annually.

State gains rig in weekly count

HOUSTON -- Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by seven this week to 1,762.

The Houston-based company said Friday in its weekly report that 1,402 rigs were exploring for oil and another 354 for gas. Six were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,983 active rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained three rigs and Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Wyoming were each up one.

Colorado and North Dakota each declined by five, Alaska fell by three and Oklahoma one.

Arkansas, California, New Mexico and West Virginia were unchanged.

The overall U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.

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