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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities have announced the establishment of a 7,000-square-mile watershed conservation area in three Western states that includes major migration corridors for birds and mammals. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday gave notice that it has established the Bear River Watershed Conservation Area in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming. Officials say the area supports native fish, more than 200 species of birds and links migratory routes for elk, pronghorn and other mammals

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The downturn in Wyoming's mining and oil and gas industries has caused the state to see its first population decline since 1990. But economists say there are signs the state's economy has stabilized. The U.S. Census Bureau this week estimated that Wyoming's population declined by 1,054 people to 585,501 from July 2015 to July 2016. That's a drop of 0.2 percent.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A half-eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich found at the scene leads Wyoming police to arrest a burglary suspect. Police say DNA testing on the sandwich linked to the 26-year-old Cheyenne man. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that Zachery Munoz has pleaded not guilty to three counts of burglary.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Officials say the Wyoming Army National Guard could break ground on a new readiness center in Laramie in 2017. The Laramie Boomerang reports that according to a news release from Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, the Senate is moving forward with a bill that would provide $21 million for the Laramie readiness center as well as a 2 percent raise for active-duty military service members.

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