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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

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A judge says he wants family and friends of an Ogden man awaiting trial for murder to cut back on the number of letters they send to his office. The Standard-Examiner reports that Judge Brent West said Wednesday he's been receiving "a batch of letters" in support of Andrew Dominic Esquer every week.

FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — The lawyer for a 15-year-old Utah boy accused of firing a shotgun into the ceiling of a junior high classroom says the incident was a cry for help. The teen made a brief appearance in a Farmington juvenile courtroom Thursday morning, sitting between his parents and his lawyer. He has pleaded not guilty to five theft and firearms charges.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A defense attorney for a Utah polygamous leader who pleaded guilty to food stamp fraud says his client got a harsher punishment after another high-profile defendant escaped. Lawyer Jim Bradshaw said Thursday that the six-month jail term already served by John Wayman didn't fit the evidence. He was accused of telling followers to pool resources such as food stamp benefits. It comes after top leader Lyle Jeffs fled home confinement.

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