NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019

News in brief from Wyoming News Exchange member papers

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Grazing approved in Bridger-Teton

PINEDALE – More than 17 years in the making, the Pinedale Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest has signed the final record of decision for the Upper Green River Area Rangeland Project. The project allows for continued cattle and horse grazing on 170,643 acres in the Upper Green River watershed.

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Fremont County attorney questions inquest

RIVERTON — Fremont County Attorney Patrick LeBrun has several legal concerns about the public inquest planned in the matter of a fatal, officer-involved shooting that took place Sept. 21 in Riverton.

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Court halts leasing, drilling expansion in sage grouse habitat

SHERIDAN — A federal judge ruled in an Idaho district court Oct. 16 that the Bureau of Land Management must temporarily discontinue efforts to expand leasing, drilling and industrial activities in millions of acres of greater sage grouse habitat in Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, California and Oregon.

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Blackjewel mine sale closes, some employees called back to work

CASPER — The sale of two Powder River Basin coal mines owned by bankrupt operator Blackjewel closed Friday, leading the new owner to begin mobilizing furloughed employees after nearly four months of limited communication.

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Wandering Jackson wolf apparently staying put in Colorado

JACKSON — A former Teton County wolf whose southerly travels beyond the Wyoming border made headlines this past summer is mostly staying put, biologists say.

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Contura pays county taxes in sign of finished mine deal

GILLETTE — Eagle Specialty Materials has apparently closed its deal to assume ownership of the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal mines in Campbell County and could be days away from hiring back some of the nearly 600 employees who have been out work since July 1.

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Economic growth shows signs of slowing

CASPER — Wyoming’s economic growth has started to show subtle signs of slowing, a new quarterly report published by the state’s Economic Analysis Division shows.

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