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LANDER KILLING

Lander man sentenced for killing cousin

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A 24-year-old Lander man convicted of shooting his cousin to death and of sexually assaulting his cousin's fiancee has been sentenced to 50 years to life in prison.

K2TV reports John Thomas Hereford was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years to life on second-degree murder and kidnapping charges. He also will serve 45 to 50 years for the sexual assault, but the sentences will run concurrently

Hereford was charged in the Sept. 11, 2012, death of 32-year-old Travis Armajo of Lander. He also is accused of confining Armajo's fiancee and sexually assaulting her. Authorities say the sexual assault happened shortly after the shooting.

LAKE TAHOE-LOGGING LAWSUIT

UNR prof lawsuit seeks to block Sierra logging

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A renowned conservation biologist who has done research for the Forest Service for more than a decade is suing the agency to try to block logging in the mountains above Lake Tahoe.

University of Nevada biology professor Dennis Murphy says the logging is being done illegally under the guise of reducing wildfire threats that don't exist.

He says the Forest Service is ignoring its own analysis of the low fire risk in the high altitude, old-growth forest on about 100 acres surrounding Echo Lakes about 8 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

He says the logging threatens the survival of the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed be listed as an endangered species.

WILDLIFE REFUGE

Fish and Wildlife seeks public comments on refuge

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments as part of a plan to open additional parts of the remote Red Rock Lakes Wildlife Refuge to the public.

The 51,000-acre refuge in western Montana runs along the Idaho border west of West Yellowstone.

Refuge manager Bill West tells The Bozeman Daily Chronicle that the federal agency bought 1,490 acres east of the refuge last summer. Another 6,000 acres of easements surround purchased property.

But West says that before the area can be opened to the public there has to be a public comment period and planning process.

The addition to the refuge means that much of the headwaters used by Arctic grayling are now protected.

WYOMING-BOISE ST

Boise State rolls in 48-7 victory over Wyoming

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Jay Ajayi rushed for three touchdowns and quarterback Grant Hedrick threw for three more scores to lead Boise State to a 48-7 victory over Wyoming on Saturday night.

The Broncos (7-3, 5-1 Mountain West Conference) put the game away early, scoring 48 unanswered points after the Cowboys scored early in the first quarter.

Ajayi rushed for 70 yards and scored on runs of 22, 12 and 2 yards. Hedrick completed 27 of 36 passes for 265 yards. All of his touchdown passes went to Matt Miller, the first from 14 yards out.

In the second quarter, Hedrick fired a 48-yarder to Miller, who outmuscled the defender near the goal line. Hedrick also tossed a 5-yard TD to Miller in the third quarter.

Wyoming (4-6, 2-4) struggled to move the ball, losing to Boise State for the seventh straight time.

Quarterback Brett Smith threw for 207 yards but also had two interceptions.

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