Wyoming News Update

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WYOMING SNOW

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Some Wyoming mountains are expected to receive the first accumulating snow of the approaching winter season.

The National Weather Service says rain is expected to turn to snow late Tuesday night at elevations above 8,000 feet (2,438 meters).

The snow is expected to continue through Wednesday night.

Mountain ranges that are expected to see snow include the Absaroka, Teton, Bighorn, Wind River and Wyoming.

Snow is also expected in parts of Yellowstone National Park.

GRAND TETON RESCUE

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — National Park Service rangers rescued a 28-year-old Pennsylvania woman who slipped on snow while climbing down the Middle Teton mountain in Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming last weekend.

Rescuers were call about 7:45 p.m. Saturday by Deidre DeSantis, of Oakdale, Pennsylvania, who reported she was stranded on a ledge after falling about 30 feet (9.1 meters).

She had been climbing the Middle Teton with a friend but the two became separated.

DeSantis was located early Sunday when rescuers in a helicopter spotted the light from her headlamp. A rescuer was lowered to join her about 8:15 a.m. Sunday but poor weather conditions prevented her from being taken out by helicopter until about 3 p.m.

DeSantis was exhausted and cold but suffered only minor injuries.

ROBOCALLS-POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court says a Montana law that restricts automated telephone calls about political campaigns violates the First Amendment's free-speech protections.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that so-called robocalls can't be regulated based on the content of their messages.

The ruling that strikes down the 1991 Montana law barring political robocalls also applies to the eight other Western states within the 9th Circuit's jurisdiction.

The judges say the court has previously upheld state laws that regulate robocalls, such as those that aim to protect consumers from scams.

But they say restricting a robocall based on its content is a different matter. The opinion written by Judge Richard Paez says "prohibiting political robocalls strikes at the heart of the First Amendment."

HORSE SHOW-DISEASE-BAN

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say horses from affected counties in seven states have been banned from participating in a Columbus horse show to protect livestock from contracting a viral disease.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture says next month's All American Quarter Horse Congress is not allowing horses from counties with confirmed or suspected cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VSV).

The highly contagious virus has been detected in areas of Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

The disease primarily affects horses, but can also infect cattle, swine, sheep and goats. It causes lesions that burst, leaving open wounds. The most common method of transmission is insect bites.

Humans can contract the disease if they come into contact with lesions or secretions of infected animals.

The disease hasn't been found in Ohio.

VETERANS ASHES-INTERNMENT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A coalition of nonprofit groups plans to inter the ashes of 23 military veterans in a Wyoming cemetery.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the ashes are scheduled to be interred Sept. 18 at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville.

The public ceremony 3 miles (5 kilometers) east of Casper is expected to include military honors for the unclaimed, created remains of Sheridan County veterans.

The planned internment is a combined effort of groups including the Wyoming State Society Daughters of 1812, Kane Funeral Home of Sheridan, the Natrona County United Veterans Council, and the Missing in America Project.

The Missing in America Veterans Recovery Program is a federally recognized organization for the identification, location, verification, and movement of the remains of veterans and family members.

TRAILER STOLEN-FOSSILS

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A trailer containing fossils worth more than $100,000 has been reported stolen from a Colorado parking lot.

KCNC-TV reports the sliver-toned trailer was taken Sunday from the Crowne Plaza Convention Center and Hotel lot in Aurora.

Officials say the 20-foot-long (6.1 meter) trailer contains 13 fossils including at least four valued at more than $10,000 each.

Officials say the items belonging to fossil and mineral supply company GeoDecor Inc. include a 92-million-year-old fossil shark specimen valued at $50,000.

The fossilized skull of a giant predatory fish from Kansas is valued at $20,000, while a fossil garfish is valued at $18,000.

A stingray and fish fossilized in limestone from Wyoming is believed to be 51 million years old.

Details of the stolen items have been circulated to fossil dealers.

SheridanWyoming.com

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