Train wreck drops 6,800 gallons of fuel

CHEYENNE -- A spokesman for BNSF Railway said up to 6,800 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from two locomotives that crashed in the Wind River and along its bank this week.

Two locomotives and four freight cars derailed Wednesday when a southbound train hit a boulder on the track about five miles south of Thermopolis.

Crews continued Friday to remove the engines and rail cars and to clean up materials that spilled.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said crews have used absorbent pads and vacuum skimmers to try to contain fuel that spilled in the river.

State environmental officials don't expect significant environmental impacts because the fuel has been diluted in the river.

The track was expected to be repaired and reopened today.

Gillette woman competes for Miss USA

GILLETTE -- A Gillette woman will represent Wyoming in this weekend's Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas.

Claire Schreiner won the Miss Wyoming USA crown in September. The national pageant will air live at 5 p.m. Sunday on NBC.

The 23-year-old graduated in 2005 from Campbell County High School, where she won the state gymnastics all-around championship three times and competed in track and field.

Schreiner attended UNLV on a track and field scholarship and competed in high jump, hurdles and pentathlon. She has a degree in broadcast journalism.

Her mother, Lee Schreiner, said the pageants have helped Claire Schreiner develop her public speaking skills and camera presence for her career in broadcast TV.

Man gets 12 years for fatal crash

JACKSON -- A judge has sentenced a 31-year-old man to 10 to 12 years in prison for a fatal crash with a motorcycle rider in Jackson last year.

The judge imposed the sentence against Nathaniel Hubbs on Thursday after he plead guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide. Authorities say Hubbs was under the influence of painkillers on Aug. 8 when he was driving his SUV and collided with 55-year-old Martin Burbey, of Jefferson, Ore.

Hubbs apologized to Burbey's family and said his life since the crash has been a nightmare. Burbey's family asked 9th District Judge Nancy Guthrie for a long sentence.

Hubbs received 279 days credit for time served and could be released in as soon as six years with good behavior.

Schools' staff wages may be frozen

CHEYENNE -- A tentative agreement between Laramie County School District 1 and its staff calls for salary freezes for the 2010-11 school year.

Teachers, librarians and athletic directors will not have to pay more for their health insurance or retirement fund under the agreement reached Thursday. But there will be no pay raises for next year's school session.

The agreement still needs final approval from the district's school board and the teachers' union.

A teacher involved in the negotiations said that one of the goals was to make sure that staff broke even for the next year.

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