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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Searchers have recovered the body of a Grand Targhee Resort worker who failed to return from snowboarding in the backcountry. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports 34-year-old Lee Kidd was found dead Thursday under about 2 feet of snow at the bottom of a 500-foot cliff. Rescuers believe he had been buried since Dec. 23, when he did not show up for work at the resort.

DENVER (AP) — A Republican lawmaker is assailing a list of proposals for limiting Western mining to protect the vulnerable sage grouse, while an environmental group says it's a chance for the new administration to help with conservation. The proposals released by the Obama administration Thursday range from banning new mining activity on about 15,000 square miles for up to 20 years to imposing no additional restrictions on mine locations.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials say a small-scale version of a key component of an eastern Idaho radioactive waste treatment facility that has so far failed to operate will be tested in Colorado. The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday said Engineers at Hazen Research near Denver in January will start testing a smaller replica of the primary reaction vessel that's part of the $600 million Integrated Waste Treatment Unit at the Idaho National Laboratory.

GOODING, Idaho (AP) — A south-central Idaho man has died of a gunshot wound and another man is in custody. The Gooding Police Department in a statement Thursday says a 34-year-old Gooding man was shot Wednesday evening and later died at a hospital.

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