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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lost 25,000 workers between 2014 and 2016 amid an energy industry downturn but has showed some signs of recovery in recent months. The Casper Star-Tribune reported that the lost jobs equaled more than 10 percent of total monthly employment at the end of 2016. Tom Gallagher with the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says it's unclear if the recession in the state is over.
DENVER (AP) — Biologists are surveying the foothills of Colorado's Rocky Mountains for a threatened species of mouse that has emerged as a source of frustration for ranchers and the real estate industry. A recent search turned up no Preble's meadow jumping mice at the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge outside of Denver. Even though they are shielded by federal law, Preble's mice have declined across a range that extends from Wyoming to Colorado Springs.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park has lifted boating restrictions on Yellowstone Lake after a large portion of the lake was closed to accommodate airplanes scooping up water to fight a wildfire. Fire officials had planned to use the two scooper planes for the next week or so to dump water on a three-square mile fire outside the park that's threatening 200 homes. However, the park said the planes had been released from the fire Saturday night.
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Officials in Grand Teton National Park are trying to reduce big crowds at a popular place to paddle a canoe or have a picnic. Park officials say as many as 400 vehicles at a time are squeezing into the String Lake parking lot, which has 165 designated spots.
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