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FATAL STANDOFF

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities shot and killed a man they say fired a rifle at them during a standoff in southeastern Wyoming.

Laramie County sheriff's deputies recognized a truck Wednesday afternoon that was being driven by a man who had an Albany County arrest warrant for sexual assault and violating his probation.

After an hour-long standoff, the man exited his vehicle and fired toward the officers. A deputy and three Cheyenne police officers returned fire, hitting the suspect, who died at a nearby hospital. No law enforcement officers were injured.

Investigators have not released any other information.

YELLOWSTONE GRIZZLIES

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials say they'll review the recent lifting of protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears in light of a court ruling that retained protections for gray wolves in the Great Lakes.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday that it is seeking public comment on the court ruling given the possible implications for an estimated 700 bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Those bears lost their protections July 31, allowing future trophy hunts in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

On August 1, a federal appeals court in the wolf case said wildlife officials needed to give more consideration to how a species' loss of historical habitat affects its recovery.

Like wolves, grizzly bears have recovered well in some areas but remain absent from much of their historical range.

THEFT SENTENCING-PROBATION

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Cheyenne man who was convicted of stealing more than $150,000 from ATMs was sentenced to three years of probation.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports a federal judge on Monday ordered David Netterfield to pay $59,000 in restitution on top of the probation sentence.

Netterfield was a former employee of the armored truck company Garda. He says he took the money to create a rainy day fund to help make his life better.

Netterfield told the judge he regretted what he did and promised to make himself better.

Prosecutors argued for a prison sentence of a year, but the judge found Netterfield to be a good candidate for probation.

POLITICAL CIVILITY

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Former U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Al Simpson made a case for political civility as the two discussed national topics at a public forum.

Montana Democrat Baucus and Wyoming Republican Simpson called for more respect and understanding during the Monday event hosted by Montana State University Billings and Yellowstone Public Radio.

The senators contrasted the current climate in the Senate with how things were done in their day, citing their ongoing friendship. The senators say political disagreement does not have to lead to animosity.

Simpson says he and Baucus didn't always agree, but they respected and trusted each other.

Baucus says the example of listening and working together can be set at the state level.

Both senators were elected in 1978. Simpson served until 1996, and Baucus served until 2014.

NEW NATIONAL FOREST SUPERVISOR

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A top official for the Bridger-Teton National Forest is leaving the Jackson Ranger District for a position with the U.S. Forest Service.

The Jackson Hole News And Guide reported Tuesday that District Ranger Dale Deiter is leaving Wyoming to lead the Prescott National Forest in north central Arizona as a supervisor.

He says he enjoyed the job and the place, but the cost of living became high with his salary was stretched thin between his mortgage and kids' college expenses even though he was highest-paid Jackson Ranger District employee.

The 52-year-old applied for the Jackson district ranger post over a decade ago.

He says one of his proudest accomplishments on the job was helping designate the Snake River watershed's wild and scenic stretches.

FIRE CHIEF-EARLY RETIREMENT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Emails obtained by a Wyoming newspaper indicate a fire chief used his city email account to send suggestive messages to women and make sexual comments about women's appearances to other fire personnel.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports Casper Fire Chief Kenneth King's early retirement last week came after his emails were anonymously distributed to a group of firefighters and city officials last month.

King told the newspaper in a text message that he's "sorry if any of my emails have made anyone feel uncomfortable."

City Manager Carter Napier says he met with King last week after he received copies of the emails and a letter that outlined concerns about the chief. He wouldn't discuss details of their conversation.

Napier also declined comment on whether other employees were being investigated or disciplined.

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