THE CASPER POLICE DEPARTMENT ON TUESDAY IDENTIFIED THE OFFICER WHO WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH MULTIPLE BULLET WOUNDS FOLLOWING A SHOOTOUT WITH A CASPER MAN ON SUNDAY.

JACOB CARLSON WAS NAMED AS THE WOUNDED OFFICER BY CASPER POLICE CHIEF KEITH MCPHEETERS DURING A NEWS CONFERENCE. MCPHEETERS SAYS HE PLANS TO RELEASE ON WEDNESDAY POLICE DASHCAM VIDEO OF THE SHOOTING, AS WELL AS THE NAME OF THE OTHER OFFICER INVOLVED.

MCPHEETERS ALSO SAID THAT CARLSON HAS RECEIVED OVER 100 UNITS OF BLOOD AND BLOOD PRODUCTS WHILE AT WYOMING MEDICAL CENTER. WHILE FURTHER SURGERIES WILL BE NECESSARY, MCPHEETERS SAID, CARLSON RESTED TUESDAY IN ORDER TO PREPARE HIMSELF FOR THOSE UPCOMING MEDICAL PROCEDURES.

THE MOST DAMAGING WOUND TO CARLSON WAS A GUNSHOT TO THE LOWER WAIST AREA. CARLSON ALSO SUFFERED GUNSHOT WOUNDS TO HIS LEGS. MCPHEETERS SAID A PROTECTIVE VEST HELPED PROTECT CARLSON FROM BULLETS IN THE CHEST AND BACK AREA.

POLICE ON MONDAY SAID CARLSON WAS SHOT AT LEAST FIVE TIMES AND SUFFERED LIFE-THREATENING WOUNDS. HE REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT WYOMING MEDICAL CENTER.

CARLSON IS A THREE-YEAR VETERAN OF THE CASPER POLICE DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS A DECORATED U.S. ARMY VETERAN.
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A SENIOR WYOMING ECONOMIST SAYS DESPITE ALL OF THE UNCERTAINTY OVER THE FUTURE OF THE COAL INDUSTRY RECENTLY, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WORKING IN THAT INDUSTRY IN WYOMING BETWEEN APRIL OF 2017 AND LAST MONTH ACTUALLY INCREASED..

BUT JIM ROBINSON SAYS DESPITE THOSE JOB NUMBERS, THE COALINDUSTRY IS IN HIS WORDS ''IN A STATE OF FLUX."

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MULTIPLE PEOPLE ARE DEAD AS A RESULT OF A TUESDAY AFTERNOON CRASH ON HIGHWAY 120, SOME 26 MILES SOUTH OF MEETEETSE.

CODY BEERS, PUBLIC INFORMATION SPECIALIST FOR WYDOT, SAYS NO ONE SURVIVED THE TWO-VEHICLE CRASH. BEERS COULD NOT CONFIRM THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO PERISHED.

PHOTOS POSTED BY BEERS ON FACEBOOK SHOW THAT A PICKUP AND WHAT WAS APPARENTLY A COMMERCIAL VEHICLE EVIDENTLY COLLIDED IN A HEAD-ON MANNER, WITH BOTH VEHICLES BURNING AFTER THE COLLISION.

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THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING IS CREATING A PROGRAM AIMED AT SUPPORTING PRIVATE LANDOWNERS IN THE STATE.

THE NEW PRIVATE LANDS STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM IS BEING BUILT BY DREW BENNETT, THE WHITNEY MACMILLAN PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE OF PRIVATE LANDS MANAGEMENT IN THE HAUB SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES.

BENNETT SAYS MANY OF THE NATURAL RESOURCE CHALLENGES IN WESTERN STATES, SUCH AS MIGRATION CORRIDORS, ENDANGERED SPECIES MANAGEMENT AND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT, HAPPEN ON PRIVATE LANDS.

HE SAYS THE LAWS AND POLICIES AND DIFFERENT STRATEGIES FOR CONSERVING THOSE NATURAL RESOURCES ARE DIFFERENT ON PRIVATE LANDS THAN ON PUBLIC LANDS.

BENNETT SAID HE WANTS TO BE A RESOURCE FOR LANDOWNERS WHO USE THEIR LAND FOR AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES, AS WELL AS LANDOWNERS WHO OWN THEIR PROPERTIES BECAUSE OF THE RECREATIONAL VALUE.

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYO. (AP) - THE WORLD'S LARGEST ACTIVE GEYSER HAS ERUPTED FOUR TIMES IN THE LAST SEVEN WEEKS, A SPATE OF ACTIVITY THAT HAS GEOPHYSICISTS EXCITED ABOUT THE YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK WATER FEATURE.

THE STEAMBOAT GEYSER, WHICH CAN SHOOT WATER UP TO 300 FEET (91 METERS) HIGH, ERUPTED LAST FRIDAY AND CONTINUED TO SPEW WATER INTO MONDAY.

STEAMBOAT HAS GONE DORMANT FOR AS LONG AS NINE YEARS AND ITS FIRST ERUPTION SINCE 2014 OCCURRED IN MID-MARCH, FOLLOWED BY TWO OTHER ERUPTIONS IN APRIL.

GEOPHYSICIST BOB SMITH TELLS THE JACKSON HOLE NEWS & GUIDE THAT THERE IS NO CONSENSUS FOR WHAT'S BEHIND THE GEYSER'S UNUSUAL ACTIVITY.

SCIENTISTS LAST SATURDAY DEPLOYED 28 SEISMOGRAPHS AROUND THE GEYSER TO GATHER DATA IN HOPES OF CATCHING IT ERUPTING AGAIN TO LEARN MORE ABOUT STEAMBOAT.