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The Latest: Helicopter to search for bear in deadly attack

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities say a helicopter will help search for a grizzly bear that attacked and killed a 38-year-old mountain biker as he rode along a trail just south of Glacier National Park.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim said Thursday that the area is dense with grizzly bears and it may be difficult to find the one that killed Brad Treat, who was a law enforcement officer with the U.S. Forest Service.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says Treat and another rider were in the Halfmoon Lakes area of the Flathead National Forest on Wednesday afternoon when they apparently surprised the bear.

It knocked Treat off his bike. The second rider was able to escape and get help and wasn't injured.

Man gets year in jail for animal cruelty

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — A 40-year-old man has been sentenced to a year in jail for allowing seven of his horses and three dogs to die of starvation or other neglect in Park County.

The Powell Tribune reports that Michael A. Wood also will serve three years of unsupervised probation after his jail term and cannot own any pets.

Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters noted that the number of animals that were abused or neglected required "serious consequences."

Wood had pleaded guilty to 11 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Authorities say they found seven horses and three dogs dead and other underfed horses on his property in Clark.

Wood indicated in court that family issues starting late last year caused him to slide into depression.

US House candidate Konsmo: No congressional benefits for me

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Northwest College instructor and U.S. House candidate Mike Konsmo is promising not to serve more than four terms and to forgo all congressional health and pension benefits.

He also promises to donate 20 percent of his $174,000 congressional salary to college scholarships.

Konsmo said Thursday his promises say a lot about his values. He figures paying out-of-pocket for health care in Wyoming would cost him several hundred dollars a month but says many people in the state have no other option.

Members of Congress and their staff get health coverage through a subsidized Washington, D.C., exchange. Konsmo says he'd buy his health insurance on the open market in Wyoming.

Konsmo's self-imposed term limit would significantly limit his pension. Congressmen become vested in their pension only after five years in office.

Wyoming US House candidates back Trump but enthusiasm varies

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Support for Donald Trump among Republican candidates for Wyoming's seat in the U.S. House is wide but enthusiasm for the presumptive GOP nominee varies.

Cheyenne attorney Darin Smith says Trump is his kind of guy — he likes Trump's fiscal conservatism. Smith believes Trump is genuinely conservative now despite supporting Democrats in the past.

State Sen. Leland Christensen says he's curious to see if Trump gets the GOP's full support at the party's national convention. Christensen says people are raising a lot of questions about Trump, maybe more than for any candidate he's ever seen.

Liz Cheney is pro-Trump, saying anti-Trump Republicans only help Hillary Clinton.

Trump has yet to campaign in Wyoming. The state went heavily for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in its presidential caucuses.

New Sublette County sheriff takes office

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Sublette County officials have appointed a new sheriff to replace Stephen Haskell, who was removed from office following a civil jury's finding that he engaged in misconduct or malfeasance in office.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports K.C. Lehr was sworn in Wednesday as the county's new sheriff. He will fill in for the rest of Haskell's term, which runs until January 2018.

Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners Joel Bousman says the board chose Lehr based on his experience, education and expertise. Lehr previously served as an investigator at the Sublette County Sheriff's Office.

Haskell was removed from office on June 10 following allegations that he billed the county for uniforms purchases he made before he was sworn in.

He still faces criminal charges and has pleaded not guilty.

Proposed Albany County wind farm moves toward construction

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A proposed wind farm in northern Albany County is moving closer to breaking ground.

The Laramie Boomerang reports that the Boswell Springs Ranch wind farm has completed its preliminary work with the county but is still waiting on state-issued permits.

Colorado-based Intermountain Wind, LLC, is leading the project, which is expected to cover about 21,000 acres and have about 160 turbines. According to the company's permit application, the completed project would have an expected electrical generation capacity of 391 megawatts, with a duration of about 25-30 years, depending on market and infrastructure conditions.

The initial project timeline indicated construction would begin in August, with an expected completion date of July 2018.