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Campground hosts Bob Brown and Jean Brown, of Worland, Wyoming, pose for a portrait recently at the Prune Creek campground off Highway 14 in the Bighorn National Forest. The couple have been hosting at Prune Creek for at least 12 years.

Worland couple relocates to the Bighorns every summer

By Travis Pearson

BIGHORN NATIONAL FOREST — For Bob and Jean Brown, home this time of year is a 40-by-20-foot gravel and dirt patch in the woods. And while they admit the spot wasn’t their first choice, nowadays they wouldn’t have it any other way.
For more than 12 years, the Browns have spent their summers working as attendants at Prune Creek Campground, a scenic location just west of Sibley Lake in the Bighorn National Forest.
Each year, from May through September, the Browns leave their house in Worland and park the camper at No. 12, ready to keep busy maintaining their little slice of heaven while making new friends along the way.
Long before the Browns started making their annual trip together into the Bighorns, they began their marriage apart. A couple weeks after they said their vows, Bob Brown, a Navy man, deployed overseas for eight months. He came home for three months and then left for another six months.
“So I told him, ‘What in the world did we get married for?’” Jean Brown recalled with a laugh. “Because he wanted to stay in the Navy and I wouldn’t let him. I had had enough of being by myself or staying with parents and my relatives.”

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Man accused of killing ex-girlfriend gets evaluation
CHEYENNE (AP) — A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and shooting her boyfriend has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the attorney for 26-year-old Daniel Guajardo filed a motion Thursday asking that his client receive a competency evaluation. A Laramie County Circuit Court judge signed an order later that day, sending Guajardo to the Wyoming State Hospital for no more than 30 days of treatment and evaluation.
Prosecutors say Guajardo fatally shot 26-year-old Janessa Spencer after breaking into her Cheyenne home in April. Her boyfriend, 24-year-old Samuel Cook, survived a gunshot wound to the back.
Guajardo has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated burglary. He could face the death penalty.
The hospital will decide whether Guajardo is fit to stand trial.

Donors raise $71K so far for Niobrara County flood victims
CASPER (AP) — The Niobrara Recovery Committee has raised over $71,500 and distributed about $38,800 of that to businesses and homeowners directly affected by the June 4 flood.
Wyoming Homeland Security says the flood destroyed 14 homes, caused major damage to another 38 and some damage to an additional 42 homes. Ten businesses had major damage; another 39 sustained minor damage.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports that at least 31 businesses and 36 individuals had received money as of June 22.
Flood victims must fill out an application, and then someone is sent to assess the damage and see how much the committee can offer.
Once the money is all given away, the recovery committee will shutter and the bank account will be closed.

Cheyenne sees boom in rabbit population
CHEYENNE (AP) — The number of rabbits in Cheyenne has skyrocketed, which has caused growing concern among homeowners who have trouble keeping the animals away from their yards.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Bob Fecht with the Cheyenne Animal Shelter says the recent spike in rabbits is partly due to a reduced number of foxes. Fecht says a disease that hit the fox population in recent years led to their decline in Laramie County.
Cheyenne resident, John Brourink, says rabbits have eaten his garden and disturbed his dogs in recent weeks.

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Safe place to shoot fireworks provided for holiday weekend
By Zach Spadt
Staff Writer

WORLAND — Those wishing to shoot off some fireworks will have a place to do just that with the help multiple agencies.
Those looking to shoot off fireworks will have just the place to do it from July 3 – 5.
According to a Bureau of Land Management press release, the gravel pit just north of Worland near the shooting complex will provide just the opportunity. Officials from the BLM, Worland Fire Protection District, Worland Police Department and Washakie County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand in case things get out-of-hand.
The Worland Fire Department will have equipment on hand if a fire starts.
Shooting fireworks on public lands in Wyoming is illegal, according to the release.
Shooting fireworks in city limits is also illegal.
Fireworks are allowed on private property in Washakie County, according to the sheriff’s office.
Rance Neighbors with the BLM said the area will be open to the public so people can enjoy a long-held Fourth of July tradition.

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