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Liz Cheney: Trump remarks appalling but she still supports

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Count Liz Cheney among the Republicans standing by Donald Trump.

A growing number of Republicans in the House and Senate have stopped supporting their party's presidential nominee because of remarks he made about women.

Cheney said Monday Trump's comments are appalling but Hillary Clinton's actions are far worse. Cheney says Clinton's handling of emails as secretary of state put her self-interest above national security.

Cheney is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who in May said he supports Trump.

Cheney is the Republican nominee for Wyoming's lone seat in the U.S. House. Her Democratic challenger, Ryan Greene, might also vote for Trump.

Greene says Trump's comments are inexcusable but he hasn't decided how he will vote. He says neither Trump nor Clinton has earned his vote yet.

Cheney is a former State Department official and Fox News commentator. Greene owns an oilfield services company.

Fiorina to speak at GOP's Volunteer of the Year reception

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina will be in Cheyenne this week for the GOP'S Volunteer of the Year Reception.

The former Hewlett-Packard executive is set to speak at the event Thursday, which previously featured then-presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as a speaker.

Fiorina was one of more than a dozen Republican's fighting for the 2016 presidential nomination that ultimately went to Donald Trump. Though her campaign was unsuccessful, Fiorina has remained active in Republican politics.

State GOP Chairman Matt Micheli says he is excited to have Fiorina at the event and that she is a leader in the Republican Party.

Officials work to identify semi driver burned in fiery crash

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Campbell County officials are working to identify a semitrailer driver who died after crashing into propane tanks off Highway 51.

Coroner Laura Sundstrom says the man was burned in the Saturday crash when the tanks caught fire, making it more difficult to identity him. She was still waiting for medical records Monday to confirm the man's identity.

Authorities say the driver may have suffered a medical incident before he struck the propane tanks.

Evidence suggests he went off the wrong side of the road, up against a guardrail and crashed into the tanks without steering or hitting the brakes.

There are no signs of mechanical failure on the vehicle.

Damage from the crash and fire is estimated at $500,000.

High-voltage powerline plan threads route through SW Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have released a plan for two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho that avoid sage grouse habitat and private land, but cross about 9 miles of a conservation area for raptors.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday released its final supplemental environmental impact statement for two segments of the Gateway West project proposed by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power.

The two segments are part of a 1,000-mile transmission line project to deliver 1,500 megawatts from southern Wyoming through southern Idaho to points west, potentially tapping into Wyoming's wind energy.

The southwestern Idaho portion has faced opposition from private property owners as well as environmental concerns where the powerlines cross the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.

Idaho officials: Wolf depredation drops, management working

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials say livestock depredations by wolves appear to have reached a low point, showing that the program is on the right path.

Idaho Wildlife Services Director Todd Grimm says his office killed 70 wolves in Fiscal Year 2016, which ended Oct. 1. Fifty of the wolves were tied to livestock depredations. The recent numbers were about the same as during FY 2015 and slightly down from 2013.

Grimm says he believes depredation cases have gotten about as low as they will be.

Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation Administrator Dustin Miller says the state, which recently took over wolf management, has greater flexibility to manage the predators than the federal government did. He says he expects the depredations trend to stay low.

Proposed natural gas project tests sage grouse plans

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A proposal to add about 9,000 new natural gas wells in southwest Wyoming is putting sage grouse conservation plans to the test.

The proposed project area includes sage grouse habitat and there are a number of restrictions on development.

The U.S. Department of the Interior decided not to list the grouse in a decision made in September 2015, in part because of the conservation plans developed by states like Wyoming.

The Continental Divide-Creston Natural Gas Project would provide an additional $2 billion in revenues to the state over 40 years.