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The Latest: Overnight evacuations ordered in Jackson fire

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Fire managers say residents of about 30 evacuated homes in Jackson won't be allowed to return before Tuesday as crews battle a wildfire on a hill overlooking the town.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports that authorities took some residents to their homes Monday to retrieve pets and medications.

The fire has burned about 300 acres (120 hectares).

The fire started Sunday but the cause hasn't been released. It was burning on East Gros Ventre Butte on Jackson's northwest edge.

Authorities say 80 people were trying to cut and hold a containment line around the fire, assisted by helicopters and air tankers.

Grand Canyon to make second run at corralling bison herd

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In the two years since the Grand Canyon approved a plan to reduce the number of bison in far northern Arizona, the herd has only grown in size.

No one is sure exactly how many of the massive animals call the region home, but it's in the hundreds. Left unchecked, it could reach 1,500 in several years.

The Grand Canyon tried to round up bison last year and ship them away, but the animals migrated north. Park officials are trying again this month.

The National Park Service released a plan in September 2017 that called for a mix of corralling the animals at the North Rim and for citizen volunteers to shoot the bison. The park has made no significant movement on lethal options.

Yellowstone Park river to close area for exotic fish removal

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park biologists have announced plans to release toxins into a river to remove exotic fish.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported Friday that the poisons are expected to be discharged Monday into the upper Gibbon River drainage in northwest Wyoming.

Park officials say the project targets rainbow trout and brook trout native to the Yellowstone River watershed, but not to the upper Gibbon ecosystem.

The region is expected to remain closed until Sept. 13.

Park officials say about 110 miles (177 kilometers) of stream and seeps could be poisoned, and the treatment could be repeated in 2020 to ensure the fish are wiped out.

Officials say this step would enable the reintroduction of westslope cutthroat trout and Arctic grayling planned for 2020 or 2021.

Wyoming nanny gets 18 months for child abuse

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming nanny has been sentenced to 18 months in jail after being caught on video abusing a 15-month-old boy.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports Sandy Olvera of Jackson pleaded no contest to three counts of unlawful contact. Teton County Circuit Court Judge James Radda sentenced Olvera Friday and ordered her to pay $19,000 in restitution.

The boy's family said in the months after hiring Olvera, their son went from happy and easygoing to scared and irritable. They ordered cameras that captured nine incidents of rough handling and abuse in a five-hour period and called police.

The boy's parents say he suffers from night terrors and is undergoing counseling.

Olvera's attorney Chris Leigh says Olvera was physically and verbally abused as a child and has enrolled in counseling.

WY man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting elderly woman

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an elderly woman who has dementia.

KTWO-AM reports Antonio Dee Trujillo of Casper entered an Alford plea Friday to third-degree sexual assault. Under such a plea, he does not acknowledge guilt but concedes prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction if the case went to trial.

Trujillo was arrested after the 80-year-old woman was taken to the hospital on Jan. 20. Court records say a woman who lived with the victim found Trujillo's pajamas on the floor next to the woman's nightgown.

Initial charges of first-degree sexual assault and abuse of a vulnerable adult were dropped as part of the plea agreement. Prosecutors have agreed not to seek more than 15 years in prison.

A sentencing date has not been set.

Famous Yellowstone hotel reopens after four-year renovation

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — A famous hotel in Yellowstone National Park is open again after renovations.

The National Park Service reopened the Mammoth Hot Springs hotel on Friday after a four-year project that cost $30 million.

About 100 people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Park maintenance worker Dean Heppner helped with the effort to fix up the 106-year-old hotel in northern Yellowstone. Heppner tells the Billings Gazette it was a chance to see features of the building nobody else could see.

The hotel gets about 95,000 visitors a year.


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