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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

HUNTING GRIZZLIES

MISSOULA, Mont. — A federal judge will consider whether to allow the first grizzly bear hunts in more than four decades around Yellowstone National Park after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lifted protections for about 700 of the animals last year. Wildlife advocates and Native Americans who have sued to stop the hunts say the population remains vulnerable. Judge Dana Christensen has said he wants to make a decision before fall hunting season.

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HUNTING GRIZZLIES

HELENA, Mont. — A judge is expected to make a ruling this week on whether the first grizzly bear hunting season to be held in the Lower 48 states in more than four decades will open as scheduled on Saturday outside Yellowstone National Park. Wildlife advocates and Native American tribes will appear in court Thursday to urge U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen to reinstate federal protections that were lifted last year for approximately 700 grizzlies living in and around Yellowstone. They are asking him to do so before the hunts begin this weekend in Wyoming and Idaho. By Matt Volz. SENT: 880 words, photo.

WILD HORSES

BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildlife advocates on Wednesday asked a federal judge in Montana to stop a planned mustang roundup they argue would destroy the genetic viability of a herd descended from the mounts of Spanish conquistadors. The Bureau of Land Management beginning Sunday intends to remove 17 of the roughly 150 horses on the 59-square mile (154-square kilometer) Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range along the Montana-Wyoming border. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 360 words, photos.

OF WYOMING INTEREST:

BI-STATE SAGE GROUSE-ESA RULING

RENO, Nev. — A U.S. judge who earlier ruled federal wildlife officials illegally denied Endangered Species Act protection for a population of bi-state sage grouse in California and Nevada in 2015 has reinstated the proposed listing of the bird as threatened until a new review determines whether it's on the brink of extinction. In the meantime, U.S. District Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero in San Francisco also ordered on Friday reinstatement of the proposed designation of more than 2,800 square miles (7,200 square kilometers) of critical habitat along the Sierra's eastern front. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 640 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— WYOMING WILDFIRES — More than 50 residences in southeast Wyoming have been ordered evacuated because of a wildfire burning west of Wheatland.

— NATURAL GAS FIELD-APPROVAL — Federal officials have approved a natural gas field in Wyoming, and protesters say the decision will threaten roaming pronghorn.

— RESERVOIR-BODY FOUND — A federal prosecutor won't seek the death penalty against a Cheyenne man accused of shooting a 19-year-old in the head and dumping his body in a Wyoming reservoir.

— UW-NICHOLS — University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols has provided the first report on the progress made under the school's new five-year strategic plan.

— POLICE SHOOTING-WYOMING — A Casper police officer who was seriously injured in a May gunfight has been given eight more weeks of paid leave.

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WORLD TRAVELER

CODY — When Carol Armstrong recently took to the air in a Beechcraft T-34, it was her first time in the cockpit since 1990. The hiatus is understandable. During that year she was in an aircraft for most of two months as she and her husband flew around the world. "I had a husband who was an aviator and adventurer," she said. By Evan Bartel, Cody Enterprise. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

HORNS FOR HEROES

CHEYENNE — Self-taught artist and Dubois resident Ben Barto has long considered himself an entrepreneur. Born in Rock Springs, he was selling vegetable and flower seeds from the back of comic books at age 6 and earned the title "paperboy of the month" by age 10. By Chrissy Suttles, Wyoming Tribune Eagle. SENT: 500 words, photo.

RESTORING CLASSIC CARS

ROCK SPRINGS — Pat Hruska Jr. may have found his biggest restoration project to date, a 1937 Cadillac Hearse with a flathead V8 engine. Hruska, the owner of Pat's Auto Service in Rock Springs, brought in the vehicle in early August after five hours of trying to pry it from the ground from where it was acquired. His 22-year-old son, Tyler Hruska, dedicated the next day to get it running. By Gregory R.c. Hasman, Rock Springs Rocket Miner. SENT: 950 words, photos.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-MILLER'S JAB

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Von Miller took a friendly, subtle swipe at former teammate Aqib Talib while praising the signing of veteran cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones. "I think it's great," Miller said Wednesday following the team's annual kickoff luncheon at team headquarters. "Somebody said we didn't have no dogs. I mean, we've got dogs. We've got dogs." That somebody was Talib, who told Sports Illustrated this summer he didn't believe the Broncos have been making the right personnel decisions since winning Super Bowl 50. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 280 words, photos.

BRONCOS PREVIEW

DENVER — Von Miller went bonkers when Bradley Chubb fell to the Denver Broncos with the fifth pick in the NFL draft. Chubb not only takes pressure off Miller, who hasn't been back to the playoffs since winning Super Bowl 50 MVP honors, but he bolsters what was already a dynamic Denver pass rush and covers a whole lot of warts in the Broncos' beleaguered secondary. By Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 750 words.

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QBS PROGRESS

Will they start? If not, when will they play? While there are many scenarios that can dominate the spotlight as the NFL season kicks off, with five teams there is only one. The first-round rookie quarterback, including Wyoming's Josh Allen. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

— FBC-WYOMING-BYU — Wyoming and Brigham Young University have announced a two-game, home-and-home series, renewing a football rivalry that dates back to the 1920s.

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