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WYOMING TOWN FIRE

Devastated by winter fire, Wyoming town looks to rebuild

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A western Wyoming town knocked back on its heels by a fire last winter is dusting itself off for tourist season and could begin rebuilding this summer.

A wrecking crew in downtown Dubois last week tore down two of three buildings that were heavily damaged Dec. 30. The fire destroyed eight businesses.

Damage to the buildings alone totaled as much as $1.4 million. The fire destroyed local landmarks including a flea market called The Mart.

Resident Ellen Jungck says it's good the badly burned buildings are gone now because they were depressing to look at.

Investigators say the fire probably started next to a chimney in the attic of The Mart.

Dubois is 50 miles east of Grand Teton National Park and home to about 1,000 people.

GRAND TETON-BUSINESS FEES

Grand Teton considers higher fees for in-park businesses

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Grand Teton National Park is considering charging higher fees for businesses that operate within the park.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the park currently charges a $300 annual fee for permits to operate businesses such as guided tours and hikes, photography and painting workshops, towing services and outfitting for the park's elk hunt.

The park proposes continuing the $300 fee, but adding a reasonable fee based on the income of each operation. It also is considering allowing more businesses to operate in the park.

Park spokesman Andrew White says revenue from the businesses is used to manage park programs.

The park is accepting public comment on the proposed fee change through May 15.

GRAND TETON GRIZZLIES

Environmentalists sue over Grand Teton grizzly take limit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Environmentalists are suing over how many grizzly bears would need to be killed by elk hunters before Grand Teton National Park officials would have to reassess their rules for elk hunting in the park.

The Sierra Club and Western Watersheds Project filed suit Friday in federal court in Washington, D.C.

The lawsuit against the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says planning for elk hunters to kill as many as four grizzlies over the next seven years fails to account for cumulative threats to grizzlies across the region.

Grand Teton is among the few national parks that allow hunting.

Hunters regularly kill grizzly bears in self-defense in western Wyoming. That's only happened once in Grand Teton, when two elk hunters killed a grizzly in self-defense in 2012.

SheridanWyoming.com

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