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WILD HORSE ROUNDUP

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. government is halting a Wyoming wild horse roundup amid a legal dispute over whether it should count foals toward the roundup quota.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management agreed Tuesday to stop once it had rounded up 1,560 horses of all ages, a number the agency was on track to reach Wednesday.

The Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and two photographers have sued to contest the roundup. They say that by not counting rounded-up foals, the BLM was about to top its limit by some 300 horses. A judge will decide soon whether to allow the roundup to proceed.

BLM officials declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The BLM rounds up wild horses to keep them from overpopulating rangelands. Some are adopted by the public. Others go to sanctuaries.

YELLOWSTONE VISITATION

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — An early shot of winter weather depressed recreational visits in Yellowstone National Park during the month of September.

The National Park Service reports just over 640,000 people visited Yellowstone in September.

The visitation was down about 8.8 percent from September 2016, when the park recorded more than 700,000 recreational visits.

Snowy weather during the middle of last month closed some roads within and just outside the park for days.

Still, the Park Service says Yellowstone saw its third busiest September on record in the park.

So far this year, the park has hosted more than 3.8 million recreational visitors, down about 2.5 percent from the same period in 2016.

BIGHORN MOUNTAINS SEARCH

BUFFALO, Wyo. (AP) — A 62-year-old Kentucky woman who had been on a backcountry hiking trip has been found dead in the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says Carol Hunchette, of Louisville, died from hypothermia.

Authorities say she and a 67-year-old Richard Cornelius, of Billings, Montana, entered a wilderness area last Friday and made camp. While hiking Saturday, they separated when Cornelius decided to head back to camp on his own.

However, he became lost and never reached the camp. He eventually found his way out late Monday afternoon and met others who contacted authorities.

A search for Hunchette began Monday evening.

Her body was found late Tuesday morning. She had left the camp apparently to seek help and was hiking out with her gear in a snow storm.

WYOMING FATALS-LYMAN

LYMAN, Wyo. (AP) — A single-vehicle rollover in southwest Wyoming has claimed the lives of two Idaho residents.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the accident on Interstate 80 near Lyman was discovered early Monday.

The patrol says 54-year-old Alan Peterson, of Eden, Idaho, was headed west on I-80 when he lost control of his pickup while crossing an icy bridge, sending the vehicle rolling down an embankment.

Peterson and his passenger, 58-year-old Silvia Peterson, were not wearing their seat belts and were thrown from the pickup.

The patrol says the wreck was discovered around 7 a.m. Monday but the exact time of the crash is not known.

ROCK SPRINGS-GANG FIGHT

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Three men have entered guilty pleas in a case stemming from a bar fight in Wyoming over a rival gang member's vest with patches that identify the gang to which he belonged.

Cory Rutherford, Matthew Wedgewood, and Nicholas Hanson pleaded guilty in Sweetwater County District Court last week in plea agreements with prosecutors.

The Rock Springs Rocket Miner reports that the three are members of the Sons of Silence motorcycle club.

Rutherford pleaded guilty to the robbery and intimidation charges in exchange for a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery being dismissed.

Wedgewood pleaded guilty to accessory to robbery and intimidation charges. A charge of conspiracy to commit robbery was dismissed.

Hanson pleaded guilty to accessory to robbery and intimidation charges. A conspiracy to commit robbery charge was dismissed.

WYOMING-CLIMATE PLAN

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's congressional delegation and Gov. Matt Mead are applauding Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to scrap limits on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Rep. Liz Cheney say the Clean Power Plan initiated by the Obama administration is burdensome and illegal.

The Republicans say the plan would essentially stop new coal power plants from being constructed as well as force most existing plants to close in the coming years.

Enzi says the federal government shouldn't pick winners and losers in the marketplace, and Barrasso says the plan would have harmed the state's economy.

Cheney says Pruitt's decision is a necessary step toward reversing the harmful Obama-era policies that strangled the economy.

Mead says the Obama plan usurped state regulatory authority.

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