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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

January 1, 2019

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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SHUTDOWN-NATIONAL PARKS

WASHINGTON _ Human feces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behavior in fragile areas were beginning to overwhelm some of the West’s iconic national parks on Monday, as a partial government shutdown left the areas open to visitors but with little staff on duty. “It’s a free-for-all,” Dakota Snider, 24, who lives and works in Yosemite Valley, said by telephone Monday, as Yosemite National Park officials announced closings of some minimally supervised campgrounds and public areas within the park that are overwhelmed. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 800 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ ANIMAL CRUELTY _ A Wyoming lawmaker wants to raise the state’s maximum penalties for cruelty to animals.

_ ROCKIES WINTER STORM _ A winter storm is creating severe driving conditions in southeastern Montana and northeastern Wyoming.

_ NATIONALIST CHRISTMAS SIGNS-GREELEY _ Police say Christmas signs posted on utility poles in Greeley by a white nationalist organization violate city ordinance.

_ METAL MUSIC FEST _ Officials will allow a metal music festival to take place again east of Grand Teton National Park.

_ INTERNET OUTAGE-CHEYENNE _ The mayor of Wyoming’s capital city says she wants answers following a lengthy internet outage that affected people across much of the U.S.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-JOSEPH FIRED

ENGLEWOOD _ John Elway is looking for his fourth head coach in six seasons after firing Vance Joseph for presiding over the Denver Broncos’ worst two-year stretch since the late 1960s. Elway acknowledged being part of the problem in the Broncos’ 20-28 record since their Super Bowl 50 parade, including 11-21 under Joseph. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 925 words, photos.

HKN--KINGS-AVALANCHE

DENVER _ The Colorado Avalanche try to snap a four-game skid when they host the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. By Dennis Georgatos. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 6 p.m. game.

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