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Work on new Cheyenne airport terminal to start in late 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Crews are set to begin work to make way for a new passenger terminal at the Cheyenne Regional Airport.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the airport's assistant director of aviation, Jim Schell, said Thursday ground work should begin in about four to six weeks.

Construction on the terminal building is expected to begin in September and be completed in about a year.

Plans for the project include the passenger terminal, construction of a new passenger parking lot and an apron for aircraft storage.

Wyo. Supreme Court upholds Laramie cold case conviction

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld a Laramie man's attempted-rape conviction in a cold case dating from 1972.

A jury last year acquitted Lance David Bean of Laramie of charges of rape and murder in the death of 20-year-old Sharon Reher.

The jury convicted Bean of attempted rape. A judge sentenced Bean to five years of probation.

Prosecutors said Bean was at a party at Reher's Laramie residence the night before she was found dead from a stab wound.

Investigators testified during Bean's trial that recent testing showed DNA from Bean's skin on Reher's clothing.

Bean appealed his conviction to the Wyoming Supreme Court. His lawyer argued on appeal there was no proof Bean was involved in any crime.

Sentenced reduced for Casper man in UW student's death

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has reduced the prison sentence of a 22-year-old Casper man involved in the death of a University of Wyoming student during an off-campus fight in 2014.

The Laramie Boomerang reports that Dalton Williams was originally sentenced to three to five years in prison for voluntary manslaughter for causing the death of Joseph McGowan, of Lander.

At the time, District Court Judge Jeffrey Donnell said Williams would be eligible for a sentencing re-evaluation if he successfully completed the boot camp program.

In an order filed Wednesday, Donnell determined Williams had made "adequate progress" toward rehabilitation and suspended the remainder of his prison sentence.

Donnell ordered Williams to be placed on three years of supervised probation from the date of his boot camp graduation, scheduled for May 25.

Montana proposes to triple wolf harvest near Yellowstone

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's wildlife commissioners have rejected a proposed increase in the number of gray wolves that can be killed in an area bordering Yellowstone National Park.

The Fish, Wildlife and Parks commission on Thursday rejected a recommendation from wildlife managers to increase the 2016 wolf quota near Gardiner from two animals to six.

Agency officials had cited complaints the predators were eating too many elk wanted by hunters and outfitters.

Spokesman Ron Aasheim says the quota won't be final until the commission votes again in July.

Park officials and wildlife advocates have argued that wolves spending much of their lives inside Yellowstone should be given special protections.

No hunting is allowed in the park. But wolf hunting has been legal in neighboring Montana since 2011 when they lost their endangered status.

Rocky Mountain states prepare for return of grizzly hunts

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Three states are getting ready for the possible return of grizzly bear hunting in the Rocky Mountains for the first time in decades.

The Obama administration has proposed lifting protections for grizzlies around Yellowstone National Park. The bears have been considered a threatened species since 1975, but wildlife officials say their population has sufficiently recovered.

Before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service makes a final decision by March 2017, it is requiring Wyoming, Montana and Idaho to outline what their grizzly bear hunting seasons would look like.

The three states are coordinating their plans. Montana releases an outline for its hunting regulations on Thursday.

Environmental groups say federal protections should remain until the state plans are thoroughly reviewed, and there should be a transitional period before hunting the iconic species is considered.