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AP-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

November 16, 2018

Wyoming at 6:15 p.m.

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WASHINGTON — Amid scrutiny stemming from fresh revelations of rampant discrimination, bullying, retaliation and sexual misconduct at the U.S. Forest Service, the agency’s new chief pledged Thursday that she will “do everything in my power to put us on a path to no harassment.” Vicki Christiansen acknowledged to a congressional panel that the Forest Service is in need of a culture change. She pledged to enact new systems and overhaul existing processes to ensure a safe and functional work environment. By Juliet Linderman. SENT: 940 words, photo on national lines.


GILLETTE — The 14-year-old junior high student who brought two handguns and 36 rounds of ammunition to a Wyoming school and threatened to shoot another student and staff members faces nine counts of attempted first-degree murder. Each of the nine counts is for a potential victim who was identified as someone the student intended to target because he was unhappy with them or was in the classroom where the student planned to commit the shooting, Gillette Police Lt. Brent Wasson said. SENT: 260 words.


BILLINGS, Mont. — Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce growing death tolls from blazes in California and across the U.S. West. Western wildfires have grown ever more lethal, a grim reality driven by more housing developments sprawling into the most fire-prone grasslands and brushy canyons, experts say. Many of the ranchers and farmers who once managed those landscapes are gone, leaving terrain thick with vegetation that can explode into flames. By Matthew Brown And Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 900 words, photos.


BOISE, Idaho — Two conservation groups say the federal government violated environmental laws by approving a Canadian company’s plan to search for gold in key wildlife habitat in eastern Idaho. The Idaho Conservation League and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition in a lawsuit filed Tuesday say the U.S. Forest Service needs to halt British Columbia-based Otis Gold Corporation’s 5-year mining exploration project in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 470 words.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A major Colorado River water user has proposed an interim plan for Arizona as the state faces looming a looming deadline to manage expected shortages. The Central Arizona Project board said its proposal could jumpstart talks after previous ones failed to gain consensus among water users. The Central Arizona Project wants to draw up to 400,000 acre-feet of water it stored in Lake Mead and 50,000 acre-feet in Lake Pleasant to lessen the burden of shortages on mainly farmers and developers. A second component would be a $60 million conservation program. Another program would help improve groundwater systems but doesn’t have a price tag. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 700 words.



— WYOMING ENERGY-LAWSUIT — An environmental group is suing the federal government for information about a proposed 5,000-well oil and gas project in central Wyoming.

— YELLOWSTONE VISITATION — Officials at Yellowstone National Park say the park had the third busiest October on record, sending the park over the 4 million-visitation mark for the year.

— GRAND TETON-HIDDEN FALLS — A rock buttress tumbled down above the popular Hidden Falls Overlook in Grand Teton National Park, about four months after it developed a crack.

— ELECTION RESULTS CERTIFIED — The Wyoming State Canvassing Board has certified results of last week’s general election.

— BANKERS SURVEY — For the first time this year, a monthly survey of bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states indicates the regional rural economy is shrinking.



LARAMIE — Sean Chambers is the talk of the town. That’s what happens when you go from being the backup quarterback to the starter. Wyoming’s true freshman signal caller did that three games ago and has had a rousing introduction to the Mountain West in helping Wyoming get on its first winning streak of the season heading into Saturday’s game against Air Force. By Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 710 words.


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — With little money to spend and few impact players interested in signing with the Bills given the uncertainty at quarterback this past offseason, general manager Brandon Beane understood Buffalo’s offense was going to struggle. Little did he realize how much. By Sports Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 990 words, photos.


CARSON, Calif. — Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers offense have been sensational during their six-game winning streak. The veteran quarterback noted this week as they prepare for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos that things can turn south quickly. “We haven’t won six in a row in a while, but it can be a one-game losing streak just like that. So I think, again, it’s week to week,” Rivers said. “Again, now we’ve reset and get ready for the Broncos on Sunday.” By Joe Reedy. SENT: 960 words, photos.



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Try as he might, Von Miller just can’t find anything bad to say about Philip Rivers anymore. “I’ve always enjoyed going against Philip,” Miller said Thursday. “Well, I’m lying. I didn’t use to always like going against Philip. I really didn’t like the guy until like two years ago.” That’s when the Broncos’ star pass rusher got to know the Chargers’ star quarterback at the Pro Bowl. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 630 words, photos.


COSTA MESA, Calif. — Joey Bosa isn’t sure if he will make his long-awaited season debut for the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. The third-year lineman has practiced the last two days as he works his way back from a foot injury that caused him to miss the first 10 games. Bosa said before Thursday’s practice that he is doing team and individual drills and that he feels good. But he also acknowledged that it will likely be a game-time decision if he plays this week. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 490 words, photo.


DENVER — The Atlanta Hawks visit the Denver Nuggets Thursday night. (Game starts 7 p.m. MT)


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