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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - An Idaho couple who got lost inside a mazelike ice cave in Wyoming for nearly two days before being rescued had planned the adventure as a fun way to celebrate the husband's birthday. Spencer Christiansen, who turned 31 on Saturday, said the best part about being rescued Sunday night from the Darby Canyon Ice Case was when the rescue team sang "Happy Birthday" to him.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A former City of Casper employee has been sentenced to probation and ordered to repay over $19,000 she took from the Wyoming city. District Judge Daniel Forgey on Wednesday sentenced 39-year-old Heather Marie Kirkendall to a suspended two- to four-year prison term with three years of supervised probation. Kirkendall pleaded guilty in May to a single count of felony theft.

CODY, Wyo. (AP) - A 76-year-old Wyoming man accused of killing his wife has been ordered held without bond on a first-degree murder charge. Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters on Monday said he was concerned that Dennis Klingbeil of Wapiti might flee if he is allowed to post bail. Klingbeil is accused in the Aug. 6 death of Donna Klingbeil.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has fined an oil and gas firm $20,000 for failing to follow public health regulations. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Petro-Hunt LLC was fined $15,000 for not performing baseline testing in water wells near its drilling location and another $5,000 for not alerting the commission before spudding their well in 2015. Tom Throne, a Sheridan lawyer representing the Dallas-based company, says the violations were oversights and unintentional.

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