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BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildfires in the U.S. have charred more than 10,000 square miles so far this year, an area larger than the state of Maryland, with large fires still burning in every Western state including many that are not fully contained. Whether sparked by lightning or humans, fire has long been a force shaping the landscape of the U.S. West. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 920 words. AP Photos.



BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho ranch's attempt to block U.S. efforts to protect the greater sage grouse has attracted the support of Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and other top state Republicans. Otter, House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill asked a federal judge last month for permission to intervene in a lawsuit targeting the federal government's regulation of sage grouse habitat. By Kimberlee Kruesi. SENT: 430 words. AP Photo


GRANT TOWN, W.Va. — It's coal people like miner Steve Knotts, 62, who make West Virginia Trump Country. So it was no surprise that President Donald Trump picked the state to announce his plan rolling back Obama-era pollution controls on coal-fired power plants. By Ellen Knickmeyer And John Raby. SENT: 1,200 words, national lines. AP Photos.


— BLM-SODIUM — The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal to lease about 5,000 acres of sodium in southwest Wyoming. The three proposed federal lease tracts involved are located in southwest Sweetwater County, about 15 miles southwest of Green River.

— DROWNING-RETIRED OFFICERS — A man who drowned in a reservoir that spans the Utah-Wyoming border has been identified as a retired Salt Lake City-area police officer. The Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake says the man who drowned Sunday while swimming at Flaming Gorge Reservoir was identified as Mikal Wersland.

— MANSION SALE — A northwest Wyoming mansion that features unusual architecture is up for sale for $750,000. Known as the Smith Mansion, the 75-foot-tall, five story log cabin is a cavalcade of whimsy, towering over a hill that overlooks the surrounding landscape.

— DRY ARIZONA-RESERVOIRS— Scientists say water levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell are dropping to dangerous levels, reflecting the Colorado River's worsening "structural deficit."



ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Nathan Peterman will be the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback, a job the second-year player is expected to hold until first-round pick Josh Allen of Wyoming is deemed ready. The Bills made the announcement on their Twitter account before practice Monday morning as the team prepares for its season opener at Baltimore on Sunday. By Sports Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 820 words. AP Photo.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Dymonte Thomas stepped up when Su'a Cravens missed most of training camp with a sore left knee. He'll be called on to continue those fill-in duties with Cravens going on IR over the weekend. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton.


DENVER — The Colorado Rockies begin a pivotal 10-game homestand on Monday against San Francisco. The Rockies are schedule to throw Tyler Anderson, while the Giants counts with Madison Bumgarner. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time is 1:10 p.m.


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