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CHEYENNE — U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and others will take part in a ceremony beginning the process of returning war-trophy church bells at F.E. Warren Air Force Base to the Philippines.
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BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration plans to appeal a federal court ruling that would allow oil and gas drilling on land considered sacred to Native American tribes in Montana and Canada, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday. Zinke said it would be inappropriate to allow drilling in northwestern Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine area, site of the creation story for the Blackfoot tribes. He’s asked government attorneys to appeal a September ruling that reinstated a nearly 10-square-mile (26-square-kilometer) oil and gas lease in the area bordering the Blackfeet Reservation and Glacier National Park. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 380 words, photo.
— DISPUTED BELLS — The U.S. defense secretary plans to take part in a ceremony in Wyoming marking the beginning of a process to return three disputed church bells to the Philippines.
— WAR DOG MEMORIAL — A statue commemorating military dogs and their handlers is scheduled to be unveiled around Memorial Day weekend next year at the State of Wyoming Veterans Memorial Park in Cody.
— WYOMING-INVESTMENT STRATEGY — Wyoming may change its investment strategy to a more conservative approach for the state’s checking account.
— COAL MINE EXPANSION — State environmental regulators have given the OK to expanding a coal mine in southeastern Montana and set a $13.7 million cleanup bond.
— BRUCELLOSIS-WYOMING — A new case of brucellosis has been found in a cattle herd in northwest Wyoming, and the herd has been placed in quarantine.
— GORDON-TRANSITION — Wyoming Gov.-elect Mark Gordon has named co-chairs to lead his transition committee.
— LIBERTY PIPELINE — Phillips 66 and Bridger Pipeline say they have preliminary plans for a new pipeline to send Bakken crude oil to Texas.
— BIGHORN NATIONAL FOREST-SNOWMOBILING — Snowmobiling season is scheduled to open this week in the Bighorn National Forest depending on the amount of snowfall.
DENVER — The Denver Nuggets try to end a three-game skid Tuesday night when they host a Houston Rockets team dealing with turmoil surrounding Carmelo Anthony. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)
NEW YORK — Oakland’s Bob Melvin was voted Manager of the Year for the third time, winning the American League honor after leading the Athletics to the playoffs despite the lowest opening-day payroll in the major leagues. Atlanta’s Brian Snitker won the National League award for leading the Braves to a surprising first-place finish. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 350 words, photos.
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