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Game and Fish explains Wyoming wolf plan

Wolves could be delisted and hunted in Wyoming by fall 2012 under a plan hashed out this summer by Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe.

Fish and Wildlife will publish a preliminary rule delisting Wyoming wolves in October.

Updated 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Friday update here: The air outside smelled of smoke Tuesday night, while inside the Clark Pioneer Community Center, local firefighters assured Clark residents they were doing their best to protect them and their property.

The Hole in the Wall Fire, which reached 4,491 acres on Wednesday, is burning north of Bennett and Line creek drainages in the Shoshone National Forest, about eight miles northwest of Clark.

Although SkyWest Airlines announced it would pull its Salt Lake City service from Yellowstone Regional Airport in late September, the airline is mandated to continue its flights to and from Cody until another regional carrier replaces it.

SkyWest, flying to Salt Lake City for Delta Airlines, announced in late June it would end flights from Cody because it wasn’t making a profit.

While checking their mail Saturday, Byron residents learned their post office is one step closer to closing.

A 60-day proposal to close notice was posted at the Byron post office Saturday, Aug. 13.

Although wolf delisting is not a sure bet yet and still faces opposition, Gov. Matt Mead and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may have reached a preliminary agreement for Wyoming wolf management.

But, even if everything goes according to plan, state wolf management would not result until the fall of 2012, and multiple parties must agree in the process.

Wyoming, feds announce wolf deal Wednesday

Gov. Matt Mead and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have finalized elements of a wolf plan, but not all are cheering just yet.

Under the plan, Wyoming will maintain at least 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs outside Yellowstone National Park.

It was a slug fest of metal with Terry Vaughn of Cody wrecking his way to victory in the final bout at the Park County Fair Demolition Derby Saturday night.

As usual, it was sold out as the crowd screamed for their favorite drivers.

An alleged drunk driver killed two wild mustangs from the Pryor Mountain herd Sunday.

At about 2 a.m. Sunday, Adam Finn, 26, of Germantown, Tenn., allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol, struck and killed two wild horses from the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range on U.S. 37, according to the National Park Service.

More post offices in Wyoming and across the country are under the U.S. Postal Service’s scrutiny for potential closing.

The service announced Tuesday it is studying the possible closure of 3,753 post offices around the country.

Scientists auger 50 million years into the past

Polecat Bench is a pristine plateau of swaying grass and surrounding mountains, but beneath the bench are clues of a global warming event millions of years ago.

Studying those clues from the past, including how fauna and flora acclimatized to warmer temperatures, will help predict the future, scientists say.

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