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YELLOWSTONE SUPERINTENDENT

BILLINGS, Mont. — A new superintendent was named Wednesday to Yellowstone National Park, one of the crown jewels of the U.S. park system, after his predecessor said he was being forced out by the Trump administration following a dispute over bison. Cameron "Cam" Sholly will replace Dan Wenk, who has been superintendent since 2011.

WESTERN WILDFIRES

DENVER — A fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in the Utah tourist town of Moab, while more than 3,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming fled multiple wildfires scorching the drought-stricken U.S. West on Wednesday. The blaze in Moab, known for its dramatic red rocks, started in a wooded area Tuesday night and quickly spread to homes over less than a square mile (kilometer), Police Chief Jim Winder said.

REFINERY-NATIONAL PARK

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's Health Department issued a permit Wednesday allowing construction of an oil refinery about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a project opposed by several national and regional conservation groups. The Davis Refinery still has other hurdles, but the permission to build that followed a 1 ½-year state review is a major victory for the project.

RIVER RESCUE

CODY — The Shoshone River was flowing at roughly 8,000 cubic feet per second a mile upriver from the Corbett Dam when the last of three raft occupants was plucked from its grip by Park County Search and Rescue on Saturday afternoon. The three floaters missed the take-out spot and got spilled into the water, and though none suffered serious injury they all reportedly left the river battered, bleeding and close to shock.

EXCHANGE CODY NITE RODEO

CODY — Last year the lament behind the chutes at Stampede Park of "Where have all the bareback riders gone?" was not part of a country song, but a daily question for Cody Nite Rodeo in Wyoming. That should not be an issue this summer as Cody begins the 80th anniversary season of the nightly show that dates to 1938.

EXCHANGE BIRD COLLECTION

LARAMIE — A couple years ago, in preparation for moving to the new Laramie High School, science teacher Erin Klauk began cleaning out old storage rooms in the science wing. "There was tons of storage, and it was filled with really old, kind of disgusting things," she said.

EXCHANGE PARKING LOT CAMPSITE

JACKSON — Josef and Benjamin Sipiorski were hungry for adventure, but money was tight while the brothers worked as summer lifeguards to make ends meet while studying engineering at Elgin Community College and Judson University in Illinois. Even with the Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center offering to nearly double their pay as lifeguards in Jackson, it wasn't enough for a summer lease.

WYOMING CAMPGROUND DEATH — A 19-year-old Indiana man has died after reportedly falling from rocks while climbing with a friend in southern Wyoming.

FORKLIFT FATAL — A 22-year-old man has died after the forklift he was driving flipped and ejected him in northern Wyoming.

LAND WITHDRAW-MINING — A portion of public land in Wyoming has been withdrawn from mining.

SNAKE RIVER EROSION — Officials say a stretch of the Snake River in Wyoming is becoming increasingly hazardous as erosion, fallen trees and other natural effects continue to take a toll.

POLICE SHOOTING-WYOMING — Officials say a Wyoming police officer who was shot five times last month has been released from the hospital.

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