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AP-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

August 9, 2018

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

YELLOWSTONE SUPERINTENDENT

BILLINGS, Mont. — Departing Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk is scheduled to speak about his last days overseeing the world’s first national park, after previously saying he was forced out by the Trump administration following disagreements with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over how many bison the park can sustain, a longstanding source of conflict between park officials and ranchers.

MONTANA GRIZZLY BEARS

HELENA, Mont. — Montana wildlife officials are proposing to maintain the largest population grizzly bears in the Lower 48 at current levels — about 1,000 bears. The state wants to demonstrate it will conserve bears across the northwest portion of the state so federal officials will lift the animals’ designation as a protected threatened species.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

YELLOWSTONE-BISON HARASSMENT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — An Oregon man who was arrested following disturbances in three national parks, including one in which a bison was harassed in Yellowstone, will remain jailed until his trial later this month, a judge ruled Wednesday. The decision came as Raymond Reinke of Pendleton, Oregon, pleaded not guilty to five charges stemming from citations issued in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks in late July. SENT: 330 words.

OF WYOMING INTEREST:

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-REGULATIONS

SAN FRANCISCO — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh worries about federal agencies running amok. He has argued that judges have given federal agencies leeway to push policies that go well beyond what Congress allowed. Kavanaugh has objected to Environmental Protection Agency regulations on greenhouse gases; the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rule requiring an equal playing field on the internet; and IRS requirements for paid tax preparers. All went beyond what Congress allowed by law, he said. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 1,100 words, photo on national lines.

ROMNEY-WILDFIRES

SALT LAKE CITY — As wildfires ravage the U.S. West, Republican Mitt Romney has called for more logging and a high-tech early detection system, though the plan was met with some skepticism. Romney, a U.S. Senate candidate in Utah, said in an essay that more logging would thin out forests and clear out dead timber so fires have less fuel. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 420 words, photos on national lines.

IN BRIEF:

— ROBOCALLS-WYOMING — A federal judge has ruled unconstitutional a Wyoming law that bans the use of robocalls by political organizations.

— CAT FOOD MANUFACTURER — A cat food and litter manufacturer plans to move from Colorado to Wyoming.

— MINER’S UNION-PRESIDENT — The United Mine Workers of America has elected Cecil Roberts to a sixth term as head of the coal miner’s union.

— SCHOOLS-MENTAL HEALTH — Wyoming education officials and students say increased access to health care for students is needed to keep schools safe.

— WYOMING WILDFIRES — Two small wildfires are burning in Yellowstone National Park, but officials say they are in areas that do not pose a threat to tourists or park facilities.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE FOOD PANTRY

GILLETTE — Megan McManamen and Erin Galloway want to talk about something that might make people uncomfortable. It happens in kitchens everywhere in America, in grocery stores and in dining rooms at all times of the day. By Patrick Filbin, Gillette News Record. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

EXCHANGE GROCERY STORES SHORTAGE

CASPER — In Midwest, there are three local choices for food: a gas station, a church food bank and a bench outside of the post office. There was a grocery store, off of state Highway 387. It closed either five or 10 years ago, depending on whom you believe at the Arcade Bar, a watering hole in nearby Edgerton. In either case, the store is locked and boarded up now. The driveway is overgrown, and a row of storage lockers sits in the field behind it. Were it not for the bartender pointing the store out, visitors would drive by, completely unaware that at one point, there was fresh food for sale in this small community. By Seth Klamann, Casper Star-Tribune. SENT: 2,000 words, photos.

EXCHANGE CLOWN FAMILY

CODY — Sometimes when a clown is in full face paint, it’s difficult to tell whether he is smiling for real underneath. But no doubt, Sid McFarland was grinning loudly on the recent July evening he was acting up on the Stampede Arena dirt. By Lew Freedman, Cody Enterprise. SENT: 680 words, photos.

SPORTS:

FBN-WYOMING-HALL

LARAMIE — Tyler Hall has a new position. College football has a new kickoff rule. But he and the Wyoming Cowboys hope that nothing changes this season when it comes to Hall’s production on kickoff returns. As a sophomore, Hall returned 15 kickoffs for 508 yards. He fell 0.6 returns short of meeting the NCAA’s threshold of 1.2 per game in order to qualify for national rankings. Otherwise, he would have ranked third in the nation at 33.9 yards per return. Only four players topped his two return touchdowns, a Wyoming record. By Brandon Foster, Casper Star-Tribune. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 940 words.

VIKINGS-BRONCOS-INTRIGUE

DENVER — The Vikings-Broncos exhibition Saturday night features more intrigue than the typical preseason opener. Denver QB Case Keenum gets to face his former teammates whom he helped reach the NFC championship before management dumped him in favor of Kirk Cousins , the jewel of this winter’s free agent class. Keenum said Wednesday he’s eager to face the Vikings. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 760 words, photos.

PIRATES-ROCKIES

DENVER — Adam Frazier had three hits and made a run-saving play in the field, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Wednesday. Chris Archer (4-5) was making his second start since being acquired from Tampa Bay before the July 31 trade deadline. He allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. SENT: 430 words, photos.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

— MAVERICKS-HARRIS — Devin Harris is returning to the Dallas Mavericks for the third time after signing a $2.4 million free agent contract.

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