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JACKSON, WYOMING (BNO NEWS) — One emergency worker was killed on Thursday afternoon when a rescue helicopter crashed while responding to a snowmobile accident in Wyoming, local authorities confirmed on Friday. Two others were injured.

The accident took place at Wyoming’s Togwotee Mountain, located about 6.7 miles (10.7 kilometers) south of the Togwotee Mountain Lodge, after Teton County Dispatch received a call at 11:48 a.m. local time. The call reported a snowmobile accident on the mountain.

A Teton County Search and Rescue helicopter crewed by a pilot and two Search and Rescue members was dispatched at 12:24 p.m. local time and landed at the scene of the accident shortly after. 53-year-old Steven Anderson, of Morris, Minnesota, was killed as a result of the snowmobile accident while his family and friends were unharmed.

After confirming Anderson had died, the helicopter left the scene in order to return later with additional personnel. But the aircraft began experiencing difficulty and disappeared from the sight of witnesses after going over a ridge, officials said.

Radio contact with the helicopter was lost for approximately 45 minutes, but the crew later re-established contact and informed Teton County Dispatch of their situation and position. 63-year-old Ray Shriver, a member of the Teton County Search and Rescue (SAR) team, was killed in the accident.

“Our team and the Teton County community has suffered a tragic loss,” the county’s SAR said in a statement. “Ray Shriver was a thoughtful and patient teacher, committed to the highest standards of training and rescue, a gifted dog handler, a loyal team member and completely dedicated to this community, our dear friend and family member.”

The causes of both crashes are under investigation.

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JACKSON, WYOMING (BNO NEWS) — Two light earthquakes rattled western Wyoming on early Sunday afternoon, seismologists said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

The first earthquake at 2.09 p.m. MDT had a magnitude of 4.1 on the Richter scale and was centered approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) south-southeast of Jackson, a town located in the Jackson Hole valley of Teton County. It struck about 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The agency estimated that approximately 3,000 residents likely perceived weak shaking as a result of the earthquake, but said the earthquake was unlikely to cause any damage.

Several hours later, at 4.20 p.m. MDT, a second earthquake with a magnitude of 4.0 was also centered about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Jackson. It struck about 4.3 miles (6.9 kilometers) deep.

The USGS estimated that the second earthquake was likely perceived by more residents. The agency estimated that approximately 5,000 people likely felt weak shaking.

There were no reports of damage or casualties from either earthquake.

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JACKSON, WYOMING (BNO NEWS) — A moderate earthquake rattled western Wyoming on early Wednesday evening, not far from the state border with Indiana, seismologists said.

The 4.8-magnitude earthquake at 6.04 p.m. local time (0004 GMT Thursday) was centered approximately 25 miles (45 kilometers) east-northeast of Jackson, a town located in the Jackson Hole valley of Teton County. It struck about 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Seismologists initially said the earthquake in Wyoming was located 1 mile (1 kilometer) south-southeast of Fielding, a town in Box Elder County of Utah. The USGS later said the earthquake had been mis-located by some 150 miles (241 kilometers).

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, and neither were any expected due to the location of the earthquake. The USGS estimated that approximately 100 people felt light shaking, while 30,000 others felt weak shaking.

“I believe we just had an earthquake in Jackson Hole,” said Teri McCarthy on Twitter. “Did anyone else feel it?” Other users also reported feeling an earthquake in the region.

Most earthquakes in Wyoming are minor earthquakes, and almost all of them are centered around Yellowstone National Park.

On October 28, 1983, a powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck approximately 177 miles (286 kilometers) west of Wednesday’s earthquake. It was located in Borah Peak, Idaho, and left 2 people killed.

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FORT WORTH, TEXAS (BNO NEWS) — American Eagle Airlines on Thursday began twice-daily, nonstop jet service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Columbus Metropolitan Airport (CSG) in Georgia and Cheyenne Regional Airport (CYS) in Wyoming.

Both new routes were launched using 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140 jet aircraft.

With the launch of the DFW-CSG flight, “customers from both Georgia and Alabama can make a day trip to DFW or enjoy convenient connections to more than 250 destinations throughout American’s global network,” said Gary Foss, Vice President of Planning and Marketing for the AA Regional Network.

Foss said the new DFW-CYS flight “is the result of a unique business partnership between American and the Wyoming Department of Transportation and the Cheyenne community.”

Columbus and Cheyenne will be connected to more than 250 destinations throughout American’s global network.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) – President Obama on Wednesday declared that a major disaster exists in Wyoming after severe floods that struck in early June, the White House announced.

Federal funding will be made available to State and eligible local governments and specific private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the flooding that struck Fremont Country and sections of the Wind River Indian Reservation that are within Fremont County. Additionally, federal funding will be available for hazard mitigation measures statewide on a cost-sharing basis.

W. Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has named Steven Ward as the Federal Coordinating Office for Federal recovery operations that are underway in the affected areas. FEMA also noted that additional designations of money may be made at a later date if it is requested by the State and warranted by the results of damage assessments.

All this comes nearly a month after the Wyoming National Guard were called to the largest state activation in over ten years, where over 200 soldiers and airmen worked to protect residents and their property against floods in Fremont County.

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SALKT LAKE CITY, UTAH (BNO NEWS) — A moderate earthquake struck the Wyoming-Utah state line on Thursday afternoon, seismologists said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The 4.9-magnitude earthquake at 5.59 p.m. local time was centered about 5 miles (8 kilometers) east-northeast of Randolph, a small city in Rich County, Utah. It struck about 0.3 mile (0.5 kilometer) deep, making it a shallow earthquake.

There were no reports of damage or casualties following the earthquake, which struck about 77 miles (124 kilometers) north-northeast of Salt Lake City.

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GILLETTE, WYOMING (BNO NEWS) — Wyoming authorities on Friday issued an Amber Alert for a missing 14-year-old girl who may have been abduced. She was last seen on Thursday.

Tiffany Olivia Garcia-Barnett, 14, was last seen around 10 p.m. MDT at a residence in Gillette, a city in Campbell County in northeastern Wyoming. Garcia-Barnett is a white female, about 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair past her shoulders. She has her ears pierced and has a birthmark on her left arm. She was last seen wearing a t-shirt and shorts.

Authorities are looking for two white 22-year-old suspects. The men were identified as Barry E. Calhoun and Jesse E. Calhoun.

Barry was described as a white male, about 5-foot-8 and 220 pounds, and has black hair. Jesse is a white male, about 5-foot-11 and 132 pounds, and has hazel colored eyes.

Police say Barry’s driver’s license and vehicle were used to obtain a motel room in the Gillette area on Thursday. Recent hits on a cell phone placed the subjects in the Gillette area and Barry’s vehicle may be in disrepair.

The vehicle was described as a white-colored Toyota Corolla with New Mexico license plate KZZ847.

Anyone who may have information about the case is urged to call 911 or the Gillette Police Department at 307-682-5155.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — A North Carolina based Marine from Wyoming was shot dead in southern Afghanistan last Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Defense and the United States Marine Corps said on Monday.

Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Ross, 20, of Gillette, Wyoming, was killed as a result of a hostile incident while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, the U.S. Marine Corps said in a statement. He was an assaultman assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Although it is Marine Corps policy to not release details on the cause of death, the NATO-led ISAF alliance said Ross died as a result of a small-arms attack.

Ross was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2009. His awards include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal.

Ross, who is survived by his wife, was the 80th U.S. service member to have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year, according to a BNO News count based on official figures. In total, 125 coalition service members have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year.

Earlier on Monday, a coalition service member died as a result of an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in southern Afghanistan. His identity was not immediately released.

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