Search for missing man at Yellowstone

Yellowstone Nat’l Park – Park officials are searching for a 53-year-old Illinois man, Jeff Murphy, who was last seen Wednesday morning at a the Rescue Creek trailhead near the park’s North Entrance.

Yellowstone officials have been searching the area by ground and by air and the trail has been closed during the search.

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Helicopter crash north of Douglas

Douglas, WY.  –  A couple of people were taken to Converse County Memorial Hospital for minor injuries sustained in a helicopter crash northwest of Douglas this morning (Friday).

Converse County Sheriff Clint Becker, stated that a helicopter belonging to a local ranch crashed near Wyoming Highway 93.

High winds may be to blame, the NTSB will investigate.

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Bear spray on a bus trip leads to evacuation

Jackson, WY.  –  On Thursday afternoon, a bus load of third-grade Colter Elementary School students were on their way back from a trip to Grand Teton National Park when their bus was evacuated. The evacuation came when a chaperone’s bear spray was kicked causing the spray to discharge.

There were no serious injuries, but some students experienced intense skin irritation, according to Colter Principal Bo Miller.

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Bike Safety tips

Rock Springs, WY. – The Rock Springs Police Department wants to encourage citizens to be safe riding bikes this summer. They have already responded to three vehicle / child bicycle crashes, which is unusually high this early in the season.

When riding a bike, follow these tips from SafeKids:

  1. Wear a properly-fitted helmet. It is the best way to prevent head injuries and death.
  2. Ride on the sidewalk when you can. If not, ride in the same direction as traffic as far on the right-hand side as possible.
  3. Use hand signals and follow the rules of the road. Be predictable, ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between cars.
  4. Wear bright colors and use lights, when riding at night and early morning. Reflectors on your clothes and bike will help you be seen.
  5. Parents should ride with your children. Stick together until you are comfortable that your kids are ready to ride on their own

Although your child may feel comfortable riding on their own, parents need to ensure that their child understands where to ride and how to properly cross roadways. Small children on bikes need close supervision.

Not only do pedestrians and bicyclists need to be safe, drivers have an obligation to be mindful of their surroundings on the road.

Things to remember as a driver:

  1. You can encounter cyclists/pedestrians anytime and anywhere.
  2.  Keep your eyes open for distracted pedestrians.
  3. Pedestrians or cyclists can be very hard to see – especially in bad weather or at night.
  4. Stop for pedestrians who are in a crosswalk, even if it’s not marked. This will help drivers in the other lanes see the pedestrians.
  5. Cars stopped in the street may be stopped to allow pedestrians to cross. Do not pass if there is any doubt.
  6. Do not assume that pedestrians or cyclists can see you or that they will act predictably. They may be distracted, or impaired.
  7. When you are turning and waiting for a “gap” in traffic, watch for pedestrians who may have moved into your intended path.
  8. Be especially attentive around schools and in neighborhoods where children are active.

We can all have a safe summer and help prevent further injuries by learning about how to be safe on the road.