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SAGE GROUSE-DNA STUDY

BOISE, Idaho — Sage grouse have a vast network of mating grounds in the U.S. West akin to interconnected regional airport hubs that the imperiled species is using to maintain genetic diversity across its entire range, a DNA study has revealed. The 19-page report by the U.S. Forest Service that appeared in a scientific journal in early May involved nearly 6,000 sage grouse samples collected from 2005 to 2015 and maps of some 1,200 mating sites in 10 western states and the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 650 words, photo.

LARGE LARGMOUTH BASS

CODY — Caleb Salzman was just as open-mouthed and shocked as the Wyoming record largemouth bass he hooked. "It was crazy," Salzman said. Weighing in at 11.51 pounds (5.2 kilograms), measuring 24.5 inches (62.2 centimeters) long and with a girth of 20.75 inches (52 centimeters), Salzman established a new Wyoming largemouth bass record. By Lew Freedman, the Cody Enterprise. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 920 words.

OF WYOMING INTEREST:

INTERIOR SECRETARY-TRAVEL

WASHINGTON — An independent watchdog has cleared Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of wrongdoing when he gave a speech to a National Hockey League team owned by a campaign contributor. The Office of Special Counsel said Zinke's June 2017 speech to the Vegas Golden Knights did not violate the Hatch Act, a federal law that prohibits executive branch officials from engaging in political activities. The team's owner, Bill Foley, contributed to Zinke's Republican congressional campaigns and to President Donald Trump's inauguration. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 600 words, photo.

IDAHO POLLUTION DISCHARGE

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho will take over regulating pollution discharge into the state's lakes and rivers from the federal government under an agreement signed Tuesday by the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the agreement was the culmination of a tremendous amount of work and partnership between the state and the federal agency. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 520 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— YELLOWSTONE-ELK ATTACK — For the second time in three days, an elk has attacked someone in Yellowstone National Park.

— GILLETTE TORNADOES — Officials in Campbell County are trying to find out why some of the northeast Wyoming county's emergency warning sirens didn't go off when four tornadoes touched down last week near Gillette.

— REFINERY EMISSIONS — The state of Wyoming has filed a civil lawsuit that contends the Sinclair refinery in Evansville repeatedly released excess amounts of toxic hydrogen sulfide.

— SAGE GROUSE-JACKSON — The sage grouse population in northwest Wyoming's Jackson Hole region has declined significantly this year.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-WALKER'S WEIGHT

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos mandated DeMarcus Walker bulk up this offseason. That was a big weight off his mind. As a rookie last season, Walker slimmed down to about 238 pounds in order to be more of an outside pass rushing threat. This season, he's back at 280 and playing inside along the defensive line. He feels this should tip the scales back in his favor. After all, it's a similar weight from when he flourished at Florida State and became a second-round pick. By Pat Graham. SENT: 730 words, photos.

ROCKIES-REDS

CINCINNATI — The Reds and Rockies open a three-game series. Sal Romano (3-6) faces left-hander Kyle Freeland (5-5). By Joe Kay. (Game started at 5:10 p.m. MT)

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

— FBC-COLORADO STATE-CANVAS STADIUM — Colorado State has named its on-campus football facility Canvas Stadium as part of a $37.7 million partnership agreement.

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