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Man survives 2 attacks by bear

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a 50-year-old Bozeman man was attacked twice by bear attending to her cub on Saturday and was able to drive to drive himself to a hospital.

Madison County Sheriff Roger Thompson says the first attack occurred Saturday morning. The man roll into a ball to play dead and the bear chewed on him. The man suffered a fractured arm when the bear jumped on him.

The man headed back to the trailhead and was attacked again, apparently by the same bear. After the second attack, the bear wandered away and the man escaped.

The Montana Standard reports authorities found a lot of blood in the man's vehicle, but he's apparently going to be OK.

The man has not been identified.

Riverton Regional Airport passengers get security screening

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Passengers boarding planes at Riverton Regional Airport may no longer have to wait until they get to Denver for security screening.

Denver Air Connection passengers who only have carry-on luggage will no longer have to take a shuttle to the Denver International Airport entrance and go through security there.

The change will allow those passengers to go directly into the terminal and check in at their gate.

The Riverton Ranger reports passengers who have a checked bag will still have to claim it and go back through security at DIA.

Rescue teams gear up for winter in backcountry

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Search and rescue workers in Teton County are gearing up for what is expected to be a busy season this year when snow starts to fall following a flurry of calls for help last year.

Search and Rescue chief adviser Tim Ciocarlan says it's the hardest time of year for rescuing people because of short days and cold nights.

Volunteers respond year-round, day and night, to help anyone who needs to be rescued in the backcountry, which covers more than 4,200 square miles.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports volunteers train all year for all types of rescues, including swift water rescues, avalanche, plane crashes, backcountry skiing, snowmobile incidents and cave rescues.

Casper may cut back on snow removal

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Officials in Casper are considering eliminating some snow removal routes to save money.

Streets superintendent Shad Rogers says up to 20 percent of the streets now being plowed could be skipped without having much of an impact on city transportation.

According to the Casper Star-Tribune , the city is now plowing nearly 50 miles of roads.

City manager V.H. McDonald says the city council is not being asked to cut any routes unless the city budget requires more cuts.

Ski area raises introductory prices because of fraud

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Officials in Casper are raising the price of season passes at the Hogadon Ski Area for first-time buyers because of fraud.

Leisure Services Director Doug Follick says the ski area on Casper Mountain has no way to verify whether a customer is truly a first-time buyer and he says some people are abusing the system.

People who bought the passes paid $185 compared with $265 for a standard pre-season pass.

According to the Casper Star-Tribune , the current prices are $250 for children, $365 for youths ages 13 to 18 and $900 for two adult and two child passes.