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Federal officials investigate grizzly bear death

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the shooting death of a male grizzly bear near Dubois. Officials with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department say three hunters encountered the bear Sept. 20, and the animal was reportedly acting defensively. Lander regional wildlife supervisor Jason Hunter said the hunters were acting in self-defense when they shot the bear. None of the hunters was injured. Because an endangered species was involved, the investigation was turned over to special agent Roy Brown with the Fish and Wildlife Service. Brown says his report will go to his supervisors for review and then to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution. … Read entire article »

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Woodward named MW preseason player of year

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming senior forward Kayla Woodward has been named the 2014-15 Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year. It is the second year in a row Woodward has been recognized with the designation. Cowboy Larry Nance Jr. was tabbed the Preseason Player of the Year on the men’s side. It is the first time in Mountain West history Wyoming has earned both accolades. The Cowgirl basketball team was picked to finish third as the conference announced its 2014-15 preseason women’s basketball poll and all-conference team this week. Woodward is a native of Sheridan. She was a first-team All-Mountain West selection last season and was named to the 2014 conference All-Tournament Team. … Read entire article »

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6 grizzly bear deaths expected in elk hunting

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Documents obtained by an advocacy group show federal officials expect six more grizzly bears will be killed over the next nine years as an unintended consequence of elk hunting in northwestern Wyoming. The documents project the deaths as a result of conflicts between hunters and grizzlies. The Wyoming Wildlife Advocates group obtained the documents through the Freedom of Information Act. In 2007, officials expected one grizzly to be killed during a 15-year elk hunting program. The estimate was raised to a total of seven after elk hunters killed a grizzly in 2012. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service classifies grizzlies as a threatened species in most of the lower 48 states. About 700 live in the Grand Teton-Yellowstone National Park area. … Read entire article »

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Gas Natural sells its Wyoming Energy West assets

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Energy West Inc. is selling its subsidiary, Energy West Wyoming Inc. to Black Hills Corp. for $17 million. Energy West parent company Gas Natural Inc. announced the sale of the natural gas pipelines, real estate, equipment and contracts on Tuesday. The transaction is expected to close in six to 12 months, pending regulatory approval. Energy West Wyoming serves about 6,700 customers in Cody and the surrounding region. Gas Natural, a holding company, distributes and sells natural gas to about 73,000 customers in seven states, including Montana and Wyoming. Black Hills Corp, based in Rapid City, South Dakota, serves 777,000 natural gas and electric customers in seven states including South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. … Read entire article »

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Gay marriage court battle moves to Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The legal battle to allow same-sex couples to wed moves to a federal court in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl scheduled a hearing Thursday in Casper on a lawsuit filed by four same-sex couples seeking to force Wyoming to allow gay marriage in response to a federal court rulings that apply to the state. Republican Gov. Matt Mead and other Wyoming officials say state law defines marriage as only between a man and a woman, and county clerks have been unwilling to issue licenses to same-sex couples. Wyoming is among the most conservative states in the country, but recent court decisions are forcing the gay marriage issue on conservative states. Wyoming’s conservative neighbor Idaho officially began allowing same-sex marriages on Wednesday after exhausting its legal attempts to stop … Read entire article »

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Wyo. man detained on federal charge in train theft

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man remains detained on federal charges that he took a locomotive from a coal mine where he worked and intentionally crashed it into another train at a nearby mine. 22-year-old Derek Skyler Brux appeared in U.S. District Court in Casper on Wednesday on a federal charge of violence against railroad carriers. John Powell is spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cheyenne. Powell says a magistrate read Brux the charges against him and advised him of his rights. Brux will remain in custody pending a detention hearing within the next three days. Federal prosecutors allege Brux unhooked two BNSF Railway locomotives parked near the North Antelope Rochelle Mine on Oct. 9 and intentionally ran into a train at another mine. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming teen shooting suspect faces adult trial

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming judge says a 16-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting a man in the head at point-blank range as he begged for his life should stand trial as an adult. Circuit Court Judge Thomas Lee says he heard enough evidence against Phillip Sam of Cheyenne at a preliminary hearing Wednesday to move the case to a higher court. Sam is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault and remains in jail with bail of $250,000 cash. Police say 19-year-old Tyler Burns died a day after being shot Oct. 5. They say Sam fired at least 14 shots at a group of teens that showed up for a prearranged fight between Sam and another juvenile. Some witnesses told police that the wounded Burns begged Sam not to shoot him … Read entire article »

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Wyoming hunters reminded to stop at check stations

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife officials are reminding hunters, trappers and anglers that they are required to stop at a check station if it is on their normal route, even if they did not kill an animal. Check stations help biologists gather information about game populations. Check station employees will often measure antler size and body fat and collect teeth and lymph nodes to check for age and disease. The information ultimately helps Wyoming Game and Fish officials make management decisions. Stops at the check stations are required even if the meat or fish has been cut and wrapped or processed. Those who don’t stop can be fined. … Read entire article »

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Beartooth Pass closed for the winter

RED LODGE, Mont. (AP) — Beartooth Pass on the Montana-Wyoming border is closed for the winter. The departments of transportation in both states say the scenic highway is closed to traffic from Vista Point south of Red Lodge, Montana, to its intersection with the Chief Joseph Highway in Wyoming. U.S. Highway 212 from the Chief Joseph Highway intersection to Cooke City, Montana, remains open. The pass is expected to re-open in late May, weather permitting.     … Read entire article »

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Riverton Police arrests from 10/15/2014

R14-10178           Anderson Antelope    53 yr old male from Ft. Washakie,  Arrested for 3 Failure to Appear Warrants R14-10204           Wendall Antelope   36 yr old male from Riverton,  Arrested for Contempt of Court Warrant R14-10210             Paul Bell 53 yr old male from St. Stephens, Arrested for Public intoxication R14-10211           Rafael Torres    53 yr old male from Riverton,  Arrested for Contempt of Court Warrant R14-10212           Christopher SunRhodes    60 yr old male from Riverton,  Arrested for Public Intoxication … Read entire article »

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