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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

March 20, 2019

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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WYOMING URANIUM

CHEYENNE _ The U.S. government approved plans Tuesday to expand a Wyoming uranium mine while it considers a proposed new mine by the same developer not far away. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will allow Littleton, Colorado-based Ur-Energy to more than double the surface area of its Lost Creek Mine while tapping deeper deposits underlying the sagebrush country of south-central Wyoming. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 480 words.

OF WYOMING INTEREST:

COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ Seven states that rely on a major waterway in the U.S. West have finished a yearslong effort to create a plan to protect the Colorado River amid a prolonged drought, the federal government declared Tuesday. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman commended Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming for reaching a consensus on the Colorado River drought contingency plan. Now the states are seeking approval from Congress to implement it. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BISTATE GROUSE-OFF ROADERS

RENO, Nev. _ Conservationists want a federal judge to allow them to join a legal battle over a type of sage grouse found only along the California-Nevada line in opposition to a lawsuit filed by off-road vehicle enthusiasts trying to overturn U.S. protections for the bird. Four national environmental groups filed the formal request to intervene in the bistate grouse case in federal court in Reno on Friday. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 550 words, photo.

BLACK LUNG DISEASE-FUND

COEBURN, Va. _ Former coal miner John Robinson’s bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a month, but the federal fund he depends on to help cover them is being drained of money because of inaction by Congress and the Trump administration. Amid the turmoil of the government shutdown this winter, a tax on coal that helps pay for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund was cut sharply Jan. 1 and never restored, potentially saving coal operators hundreds of millions of dollars a year. By Dylan Lovan. SENT: 1,100 words, photos and video.

IN BRIEF:

_ THERMOPOLIS FATALS _ The Wyoming Highway Patrol says two teens have died in a single car rollover south of Thermopolis.

_ GOP OFFICE ARSON _ A federal judge in Wyoming has sentenced a 27-year-old man to 44 months in federal prison for breaking into and burning a Republican Party office in Laramie.

_ GOVERNOR-GRIZZLY BEARS _ Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he will appoint an advisory council to come up with recommendations on how to manage the state’s grizzly bears.

SPORTS:

NEW RULES

DENVER _ In no sport but the NFL do players, fans, coaches and general managers annually debate the rules of the game, advocating ways to make pro football better, safer, fairer. Officiating is especially a hot topic around the league after a blown call late in the NFC championship game pretty much cost the New Orleans Saints a trip to the Super Bowl. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,100 words, photos

ROCKIES PREVIEW

DENVER _ A certain Colorado Rockies player struck it rich this spring: Leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon . Although, All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado didn’t fare too bad, either, with his eight-year contract worth $260 million. Blackmon profits through Colorado’s experiment to bat Arenado in the No. 2 spot — a plan that could spill into the regular season. By Pat Graham. SENT: 840 words, photos.

INDIANS-GONZALEZ

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Carlos Gonzalez’s career is laden with personal achievements — a batting title, three All-Star appearances, three Gold Gloves. He has earned the respect of teammates and opponents and the unwavering devotion of Colorado fans, who have spent the past decade cheering the outfielder known simply as “CarGo.” SENT: 530 words, photo.

AVALANCHE-WILD

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ The Colorado Avalanche visit the Minnesota Wild in a key matchup for two Western Conference wild card contenders. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game starts at 6 p.m. MT)

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

_ BKW-WYOMING-WNIT _ The Wyoming Cowgirls will host Northern Colorado at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

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