Estimated read time: 2-3 minutes
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — For the second time in a decade, the U.S. government has removed grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region from the threatened species list. It will be up to the courts again to decide whether they stay off the list. The decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove federal protections from the approximately 700 bears living across 19,000 square miles in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming took effect Monday.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A man sentenced to life in prison for a murder he committed as a juvenile is on track to go free soon in an example of a Wyoming case affected by a landmark Supreme Court ruling. The Wyoming Board of Parole granted parole for 41-year-old Jonathan Roderick. He was 15 when he shot an 84-year-old man during a burglary. In Wyoming, the Supreme Court ruling and new law passed in the state affected 13 inmates, including one freed in 2015.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A 60-year-old man has died after falling from a raft while fishing on the Snake River in northwestern Wyoming. Teton County officials say the man was not wearing a life jacket when he fell in the water on Sunday afternoon. Other rafters found him downstream, but efforts to resuscitate him failed.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The journalism department at the University of Wyoming is in a tight spot, but members of the Wyoming Press Association stepped up to help fund a couple of courses. The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports Robb Hicks, publisher of the Buffalo Bulletin, and Toby Bonner, general manager of the Powell Tribune, paid for the multimedia messaging course. Bob Kennedy, owner of the Cody Enterprise, says he diverted the Bruce M. Kennedy Scholarship to help fund the journalism department.