Grizzly Hunt Critic Scores License, Former UPS Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing Medications

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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A fierce critic of grizzly bear hunting who has made a career photographing the animals has drawn a tag for Wyoming's first such hunt in 44 years.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported Thursday that Tom Mangelsen drew No. 8 on an issuance list that will allow up to 10 grizzly hunters into the field starting Sept. 15. He was up against 3,500 Wyoming residents and 2,327 nonresidents vying for a shot at the tags.
Mangelsen, who credited being chosen to "dumb luck," was among scores of people from around the country who applied for the tags as a means of civil disobedience intended to slow the hunt. Wildlife managers say the tactic is legal.
The hunt for which Mangelsen's tag is valid will end after the first female bear is killed. Up to 10 male grizzlies can be killed.

Former UPS employee pleads guilty to stealing medications

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming man has pleaded guilty to stealing packages of prescription painkillers and other medication intended for patients of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Sheridan.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports Bryan Dennis of Casper pleaded guilty Thursday in Natrona County District Court to five felony charges, including burglary and possession of a controlled substance.
Dennis told the court that he took the medications to feed a drug habit. The items were taken from a UPS facility in Casper while he was an employee.
Prosecutor Trevor Schenk says Dennis was found in possession of about 300 pills.
Under the plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend at sentencing for Dennis to complete a program at the Casper Re-Entry Center and serve three years of probation.

Woman tapped to lead Park Service's Denver office quits

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) - The employee tapped to take over the National Park Service's Intermountain regional office in Denver has quit.
The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports the superintendent of Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Lizette Richardson, was recently asked to lead the office, which oversees Yellowstone, Grand Teton and dozens of other national parks in eight states. But Richardson - like the regional director she was to replace, Sue Masica - rejected a transfer ordered by Secretary Ryan Zinke's Interior Department, and will instead end a long career of working for the federal government.
Lake Mead spokeswoman Christie Vanover says Richardson "notified her employees (Tuesday) that she plans to retire."
The Jackson Hole News and Guide broke the story Wednesday about Masica's retirement, prompted by a rejected reassignment to the Park Service's Midwestern regional office in Omaha, Nebraska.

Thunderbirds air show draws record crowd at Cheyenne

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A record number of people turned out to watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform aerial feats above Cheyenne in southeast Wyoming this week.
Cheyenne Frontier Days official Col. Matt Dillow says nearly 18,900 spectators attended the air show on Wednesday even though the show was delayed an hour and a half because of clouds.
The 2017 show was canceled because of the weather.
Dillow tells KGAB-AM that the record-setting crowd this week was a fitting tribute to the Thunderbirds roughly 20-year partnership with Laramie County Community College where the show was staged.
The Thunderbirds show cannot be held at the college in the future because of a new development occurring across from the college.
Dillow says a search is underway for an alternative site for the show.

Colorado woman hit by historic train identified

DENVER (AP) - The 56-year-old woman who was struck and killed by an historic steam train in northern Colorado has been identified as Kelly M. Yarish of Brighton.
A news release from the Adams and Broomfield Counties coroner says Yarish died from multiple blunt force injuries last Saturday.
Investigators say Yarish was taking pictures of the passing 15-car Union Pacific train that was returning from Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming when she apparently got too close to the tracks north of Denver.
The train had about 700 people aboard. The Cheyenne Frontier Days Train is an annual event hosted by the Denver Post Community Foundation.

Grizzly bear relocated in northwest Wyoming

CODY, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has trapped and relocated a sub-adult male grizzly bear that was killing cattle.
The agency says the bear that was captured on Tuesday had killed cattle on a U.S. Forest Service grazing allotment north of Pinedale.
The bear was moved to a remote area of the Shoshone National Forest northwest of Crandall, which is located in the Cody region.