Sheridan County

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from environmental groups that sought to block federal coal leases in Wyoming's Powder River Basin on the grounds that burning the coal would contribute to global warming.

Here are some highlights of the past week's news on Sheridan Media:

The Sarpy Hills Fire Complex in southeastern Montana has merged into one large fire.

It was a busy week for Yellowstone Park Rangers as three accidents in the park resulted in one fatality and significant injuries to others. Carl Dullmaier of Germany, sustained a head injury after being thrown from a horse near Tower Junction.

"American Idol" will be holding auditions in Casper next week as part of its "Small Town Audition Bus Tour".

The event will be held Wednesday at the front of the Fort Caspar Museum.

The Big West Arts Festival kicks off today in the heart of the Sheridan College Campus.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Authorities have lifted an evacuation order and reopened roads that had been closed due to a wildfire threatening the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

Firefighters are on the scene of a wildfire burning about 11 miles northeast of Hyattville in the Bighorn National Forest. According to a media release from the Bighorn National Forest, the Black Butte Fire was reported late last night and has burned about 11 acres.

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