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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

April 9, 2019

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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ENDANGERED WOLVES

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — More Mexican gray wolves are roaming the American Southwest now than at any time since federal biologists began reintroducing the predators more than two decades ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday. Agency officials declared progress for the endangered species in New Mexico and Arizona, saying there are at least 131 wolves in the wild in the two states. That represents a 12% jump in the population. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 660 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN _ A plan to address a shrinking supply of water on a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West is headed to President Donald Trump.

_ ROCK SPRINGS RECYCLING _ A recycling center in Rock Springs might close soon if it doesn’t get more funding.

_ FOREST-INVASIVE GRASS _ Managers of a national forest in western Wyoming propose the use of crop-dusting techniques to control an invasive species of grass.

_ CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP _ Wyoming in 2020 will host a major curling event for the first time.

_ WWII SAILOR IDENTIFIED _ Relatives say the remains of a sailor who died when the Japanese sank the USS Oklahoma during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor will be brought back to Wyoming for reburial.

_ WYOMING OPIOID ABUSE _ Opioid abuse and related deaths in Wyoming have not reached the crisis levels of some other states, but remain a serious concern.

SPORTS:

BRAVES-ROCKIES

DENVER _ Rockies lefty Kyle Freeland makes his third start when Colorado begins a three-game home series against Atlanta on Monday night. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game starts at 6:40 p.m. MT)

RAPTORS-IMPROVED SIAKAM

Pascal Siakam confidently launches shots he may not have dared attempt in previous seasons. He makes plays during times of the game when he would have been sitting on the bench. The Toronto Raptors forward might be the leading candidate for the most improved player award and he’d like to win it. But he’s already received recognition that means more to him. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 940 words, photos.

PLAYOFFS-WEST PREVIEW

The Calgary Flames are the new players in the Western Conference playoffs. The field is stacked with Stanley Cup contending teams such as the San Jose Sharks, Winnipeg Jets, Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

NHL DRAFT LOTTERY

TORONTO — Jack Hughes will have a pretty good idea of where he’ll be headed after Tuesday night. Expected to be the top pick at June’s NHL draft, the 17-year-old center with the U.S. national development team will be on hand when the lottery results are revealed in Toronto. SENT: 340 words.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

_ AVALANCHE-RANTANEN _ The Colorado Avalanche may have All-Star forward Mikko Rantanen back for the start of their first-round playoff series against Calgary.

_ WORLDS-BLASHILL _ Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill will lead the U.S. at the men’s world hockey championship next month in Slovakia. (With AP Photo)

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