AP-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY
Sep. 01, 2018
Wyoming at 6:15 p.m.
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday named the superintendent of Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park to head the National Park Service, a job that has been filled on an acting basis for nearly 20 months. If confirmed by the Senate, David Vela would become the first Hispanic to lead the agency. Vela is a 28-year career veteran who has worked at parks across the country and was director of the Southeast region for four years. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 290 words.
DENVER — The Trump administration is rolling back some U.S. regulations on climate-changing methane pollution, calling them expensive and burdensome, but Colorado says its rules are working — and they have industry support. Energy companies have found and repaired about 73,000 methane leaks since 2015 under a state-required oil field inspection program, according to the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division. The number of leaks fell by 52 percent, from more than 36,000 in 2015 to about 17,250 in 2017, according a state report released last week. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 800 words, photo.
— HUNTING GRIZZLIES — Wildlife officials in Wyoming and Idaho say they've been contacting hunters licensed to kill grizzly bears to tell them their hunts are on hold following a judge's ruling.
— POLICE SHOOTING-WYOMING — A Wyoming police officer injured in a May shootout has been given an extension of paid leave after officials initially told him to return to work this month.
— CAPITOL BUILDING RESTORATION — The Wyoming State Capitol may reopen as early as this winter after years of being closed off to the public for restoration work.
— WYOMING WILDFIRE — Firefighters are gaining ground on a wildfire in southeast Wyoming.
— YELLOWSTONE OVERLOOK — An overlook at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park has reopened after two years of repair work.
— BODY FOUND-GLENROCK — Authorities have released the name of a woman who was found dead in a home in eastern Wyoming.
CHEYENNE — Washington State coach Mike Leach will be getting back to his roots when his Cougars open their season at Wyoming on Saturday. Leach is a Wyoming native, growing up in Cody just east of Yellowstone National Park where he developed an interest in coaching while playing sports at Cody High School. "I started coaching baseball — Little League, Babe Ruth — from 15 to my sophomore year in college," Leach recalled this week. "That's where I discovered I liked coaching and a lot of that developed.'" By Bob Moen. SENT: 670 words, photos.
DENVER — Colorado chases after its fourth straight win over Colorado State in the Rocky Mountain Showdown on Friday night at the home of the Denver Broncos. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game starts at 7:30 p.m. MT)
ADAMS STATE-FEMALE KICKER
DENVER — The field goal kicker from Adams State thought about her range for a moment. On the field, it's at least 54 yards, which is how far she connected on one during practice. In the arena of opening doors for other female football players, she hopes it's endless. Rebecca "Becca" Longo became one of the first females to receive a partial football scholarship a season ago. Given all the media attention surrounding her, the team elected to redshirt her. By Pat Graham. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.
NEW KICKOFF RULE
After Hawaii's Tristin Kamaka made a fair catch on a kickoff at his 13-yard line and the ball was moved up to the 25, Colorado State players pointed fingers and waved arms to indicate the spot was off by 12 yards, and the home fans howled. The reaction presented a teachable moment for the referee, who flipped on his microphone and announced: "By the new rule, a fair catch on a kick places the ball at the 25-yard line. First down." Yes, it's going to take time to get used to the NCAA's new kickoff rule. By Eric Olson. SENT: 900 words, photos.
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