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Teton County Wyo. Commissioners Oppose Forest Merger

Teton County Wyo. Commissioners Oppose Forest Merger(JACKSON, Wyo.) – Commissioners in Teton County, Wyo., and the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance are voicing concerns about a potential merger between the Caribou-Targhee and Bridger-Teton national forests. The merger could save taxpayers millions of dollars, but opponents don’t like the idea of moving the supervisor’s office away from Jackson. Federal officials are expected to […]

Police Kill Man Who Stabbed Woman in Parking Lot

Police Kill Man Who Stabbed Woman in Parking Lot(SALT LAKE CITY) – Police in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville shot and killed a man Thursday morning that was holding a woman hostage at knife point. Authorities say officers shot the man to disarm him in a parking lot when it became apparent that he would likely kill the woman. The shooting […]

Group Seeking Wolf Buffer Zone

Group Seeking Wolf Buffer Zone(YELLOWSTONE, N.P.) – Wildlife activists are asking Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead to create a buffer zone around Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks to reduce the number of wolves killed in the region. Nearly 60 wolves have been killed in the state since federal protections for wolves were lifted in October. Advocates believe there are […]

FBI Offers Reward in Honey Bun Bank Heist

FBI Offers Reward in Honey Bun Bank Heist(SALT LAKE CITY) – A pair of robbers used glazed pastries while holding up a bank in Utah earlier this week. Salt Lake City Police say the pair held up a Zions Bank using Honey Buns. The robbers allegedly placed a package inside the bank covered with blue wrapping paper that they claimed was a […]

KSL Pulls Gun Classifieds

KSL Pulls Gun Classifieds(SALT LAKE CITY) – KSL has temporarily suspended firearms sales on its popular classifieds website. Company managers say the move came out of respect for the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, which raised broad questions about the site’s largely unregulated gun sales. Other companies have made similar decisions in recent days. Dick’s Sporting Goods […]

Harvests Down at National Elk Refuge

Harvests Down at National Elk Refuge(JACKSON, Wyo.) – The number of elk killed during this year’s hunt in the National Elk Refuge is the lowest on record. Hunters killed 87 elk this year, less than half of the average of 180 killed each year over the past two decades. Last year’s hunt killed only 110. Wildlife biologists say it’s possible […]

Utah Funeral Set for Conn. Shooting Victim

Utah Funeral Set for Conn. Shooting Victim(OGDEN, Utah) – Officials for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say funeral services for a girl killed in last week’s school shooting in Connecticut will be held later this week in Utah. The body of 6-year-old Emilie Parker will be brought back to Ogden today, with funeral services set for Saturday at […]

Man Dies From Indoor Soccer Accident

Man Dies From Indoor Soccer AccidentJACKSON, Wyo.) – A Jackson man has died after an indoor soccer accident at the Jackson Parks and Recreation Center on Thursday. Nicolas Izard, 32, crashed into a wall during a co-ed game. He was later stabilized and airlifted to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center where he died Saturday. City officials said they’re saddened by […]

Victim’s Family: Emilie Would ‘Light Up Rooms’

Victim’s Family: Emilie Would ‘Light Up Rooms’(OGDEN, Utah) – Six-year-old Emilie Parker was one of 27 people killed during the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. Emilie and her family had recently moved to New England from Utah, where her parents, Robbie and Alyssa Parker, had grown up. Emilie’s grandfather, Randy Parker, an Ogden resident, told KSL that his granddaughter loved taking […]

Kidnapped Woman Told Not to Contact Police Right Away

Kidnapped Woman Told Not to Contact Police Right Away(GLENDIVE, Mont.) – A kidnapped Idaho woman was told not to contact police right away when she was dropped off at a grocery store in eastern Montana Sunday. Susan Smith, 62, of Rathdrum, was abducted by Mitchell Walk, 57, who was arrested Wednesday in North Dakota. Walck allegedly fired a gun at an Idaho State […]

Rising Grizzly Population Could Lead to Regulated Hunts

Rising Grizzly Population Could Lead to Regulated Hunts(MISSOULA, Mont.) – State wildlife officials in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming say regulated trophy hunts for grizzly bears could be on the horizon. Federal protections for grizzlies in the areas surrounding Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks could be lifted before 2014. The proposed hunts would be conducted in areas where run-ins with humans and livestock […]

Dinosaur Skull Seized From Jackson Home

Dinosaur Skull Seized From Jackson Home(JACKSON, Wyo.) – Federal investigators have seized a dinosaur skull in Jackson that is valued at over $250,000. U.S. Customs officials said the skull came from a close relative of the Tyrannosaurus Rex known as the Tarbosaurus, which lived about 70 million years ago. The skull is related to an investigation into a Mongolian fossil smuggling […]

BYU Students Seek Longest Donut Record

BYU Students Seek Longest Donut Record(PROVO, Utah) – Students at Brigham Young University may have created the world’s longest doughnut this week. The maple-frosted “Cougar Tail” – a staple for the school’s football and basketball games – measured in at a whopping 1,328 feet. Organizers are submitting paperwork to the Guinness Book of World Records. They’re hopeful that the feat will go […]

WA Woman Admits to Sending Threatening Letters From Prison

WA Woman Admits to Sending Threatening Letters From PrisonFBI news release (POCATELLO) — Linda Joyce Lakes, 54, of Medical Lake, Washington, pleaded guilty today in federal court to mailing a threatening communication, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. According to the plea agreement, Lakes began serving a state sentence at the Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center on February 4, 2009, and was released after […]

Wyo. Lawmaker Seeks to Charge Major Fees for Backcountry Rescues

Wyo. Lawmaker Seeks to Charge Major Fees for Backcountry Rescues(JACKSON, Wyo.) – A Wyoming state legislator from Jackson is pursuing a measure that would allow sheriff’s departments to bill people needing backcountry rescues. Rep. Keith Gingery says he was inspired to propose the measure after a rescue of snowmobilers last year cost Teton County $14,000. The Wyoming Search and Rescue Council normally reimburse rescues, […]

Tribal Lawsuit Disbursements to Begin Next Month

Tribal Lawsuit Disbursements to Begin Next Month(HELENA, Mont.) – Hundreds of thousands of American Indians should start receiving payouts from a $3.5 billion federal settlement by year’s end. The lawsuit, which claimed the U.S. government had mismanaged tribal land trust royalties for over a century, was settled Friday. The case began in 1996 when members of the Blackfeet Nation in Montana […]

Wolf Lawsuit Moves to Wyoming

Wolf Lawsuit Moves to Wyoming(CHEYENNE, Wyo.) – A lawsuit over wolf management operations has moved to a Wyoming court. Several environmental groups filed the lawsuit in Washington D.C. earlier this month, asking the federal government to place Wyoming’s wolves under the Endangered Species Act. Lawyers for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say the move to a Wyoming court […]

Hunters Kill Grizzly in Grand Teton Park

Hunters Kill Grizzly in Grand Teton Park(JACKSON, Wyo.) – A group of hunters participating in an elk reduction program in Grand Teton National Park shot and killed a grizzly bear Thanksgiving morning. According to officials, the bear charged three men in an area along the east side of the Snake River near the Teton Point Overlook. Authorities say the kill was […]

Montana Coal Mine Laying Off 75 Workers

Montana Coal Mine Laying Off 75 WorkersBILLINGS, Mont. – One of the west’s largest open-pit coal mines is laying off 75 employees. Montana’s Decker Coal Mine near the Wyoming border plans to hand out pink slips in mid-January. Officials say the layoffs will cut the site’s workforce in half. A dispute between the mine’s owners regarding potential expansion is ongoing, but […]
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