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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

December 20, 2018

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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CROW TRIBE-WATER

BILLINGS, Mont. _ Test results show no evidence of E. coli bacteria contamination in water delivered to about 2,000 people on Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation, after government investigators raised concerns about lax water quality monitoring. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tested water systems in Wyola and Pryor last week and none of the results showed evidence of E. coli bacteria, which can come from animal or human waste, EPA spokesman Richard Mylott said late Tuesday. SENT: 390 words.

TRIBAL ARTIFACTS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Tribal and federal officials celebrated the return Wednesday of dozens of cultural items to Acoma Pueblo’s nearly 1,000-year-old village in New Mexico after the tribe spent years pressing for the repatriations of ceremonial items from galleries, auction houses and private collections worldwide. Acoma Pueblo tribal Gov. Kurt Riley called the return of the items a “great joy and relief,” while noting in a statement that the pueblo has yet to recover a shield that features the face of a Kachina, or ancestral spirit, from a Paris auction house. By Mary Hudetz. SENT: 800 words, photo.

WILDLIFE DISEASE-CARCASSES

JACKSON _ The Wyoming Department of Transportation workers’ first attempt at winching the road-killed elk onto their flatbed sent the dull scent of rot into the air, but the cow’s quarter-ton carcass wasn’t on the right trajectory. “Roll her,” WYDOT crew leader Richard Wilson told his colleague Shirley Weerhein. The flip worked. Rigor-mortis-locked legs now pointing south, she was in the right position. Up the makeshift plywood ramp she winched. By Mike Koshmrl, Jackson Hole News & Guide. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 1,450 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ WYOMING WIND FARM _ A utility proposes to build a wind farm in Wyoming to serve commercial electricity customers.

_ WYOMING-EXTREME WIND _ Equipment on a mountaintop in Wyoming recorded a wind gust well above hurricane force.

_ WYOMING-RARE PLANT _ The U.S. government has concluded that a tiny plant found only in a small area of Wyoming does not need special protection under law.

_ MILLS LIBRARY CLOSURE _ The library system in a central Wyoming county plans to close a branch next March due to a lack of funding.

_ PONZI SCHEME _ A Florida man has pleaded guilty in Tennessee to charges relating to a $28 million Ponzi scheme.

_ COUNCILMAN-SEX ABUSE CHARGE _ A member of the Green River City Council in southwest Wyoming has pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

_ GILLETTE-CORRECTIONS DEATHS _ Authorities have released the name of a woman who died in a northeastern Wyoming jail over the weekend.

_ WYOMING-WORKPLACE DEATHS _ The number of workplace deaths in Wyoming last year fell to the state’s lowest level since 2009.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS CORNERBACKS

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. _ The Denver Broncos are getting some healthy bodies back at cornerback as they try to win their final two games and avoid the franchise’s first back-to-back losing seasons in 48 years. With Denver out of playoff contention and facing a slew of injuries at the position, the Broncos placed star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on injured reserve and signed free agent Craig Mager, who was released by the Chargers earlier this season. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 750 words, photo.

CANADIENS-AVALANCHE

The Montreal Canadiens visit the Colorado Avalanche. (Game starts at 6:30 p.m. MT)

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