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BILLINGS, Mont. _ Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ordered federal land managers on Thursday to give greater priority to access for hunting, fishing and other kinds of recreation when the government considers selling or trading public land. The secretarial order comes amid longstanding complaints that millions of acres of state and federal land in the American West can be reached only by traveling across private property or small slivers of public land. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 560 words, photo.
SALT LAKE CITY — Conservation groups sued the U.S. government Thursday over a new agreement that will allow Utah to take water from the Flaming Gorge Dam. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation didn’t properly assess the effects on water levels, endangered fishes and recreation on the Green River in approving an agreement signed Wednesday between the federal agency and state of Utah, the Center for Biological Diversity and three other organizations say in the lawsuit. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 360 words.
_ RIG EXPLOSION _ An explosion at an oil rig in northeast Wyoming has injured two men.
_ WYOMING SHOOTING-BAIL _ A man accused of the shooting death of his mother has been ordered held on a $1 million bond.
_ LEASE SALE _ A Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease sale in Wyoming has netted $11.8 million.
_ WILDLIFE DYING-COLD _ Increasing numbers of wildlife deaths across parts of Wyoming have been attributed to cold weather and record snowfall.
_ BANKERS SURVEY _ A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows bankers are losing confidence in the future of the region’s farm economy in the wake of falling farm income and rising floodwaters.
LARAMIE, Wyo. _ Within the context of Wyoming’s passing game, the tight end position was a productive one for the Cowboys a season ago. Austin Fort and Tyree Mayfield caught just 28 passes between them, but the duo accounted for more than 28 percent of the team’s receiving yards. In fact, Mayfield emerged as one of the Cowboys’ top receiving threats by season’s end, finishing with the second-most yards of all of Wyoming’s pass-catchers and tying for the team lead with two touchdown receptions. By Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 480 words.
DALLAS _ The Stars, the Western Conference wildcard leader, is home against against playoff-chasing Colorado. The Avalanche are second team behind the second wildcard, like they were after a 4-0 loss at Dallas two weeks ago. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. (Game starts at 6:30 p.m. MT)
WASHINGTON _ The Denver Nuggets are vying for the No. 1 seed in the West as they take on the about-to-be-eliminated Washington Wizards on Thursday night. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game started at 5 p.m. MT)
SPORTS IN BRIEF:
_ BRONCOS-HOGAN _ The Denver Broncos are bringing back quarterback Kevin Hogan on a one-year deal.
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