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Trump's vow to revive coal country is met with measured hope

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — The hard-eyed view along the Tug Fork River in West Virginia coal country is that President-elect Donald Trump has something to prove: that he'll help bring back Appalachian mining, as he promised campaigning.

Nobody thinks he can revive it entirely — not economists, not ex-miners, not even those recently called back to work.

But coal towns are seeing one commodity that had grown scarce: measured hope.

Trump vowed to undo looming federal rules threatening to further drive coal under.

Last year, the nation had about 66,000 coal mining jobs — down 20,000 in less than a decade.

Mines out west stand to gain the most with huge coal reserves beneath public lands.

Industry executives caution that competition from low natural gas prices and pressure to cut smokestack emissions will continue.

WILDLIFE DISEASE

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A hunter has killed a buck mule deer in the Shoshone National Forest that tested positive for a fatal neurological disorder.

This is the third hunting area near Yellowstone National Park where chronic wasting disease has been found.

Scott Edberg of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department said in a statement that this recent case is not a surprise.

He said this shows the importance of a management plan and increased surveillance in western Wyoming.

The disease impacts elk, moose and deer.

UW PRESIDENT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols and other UW officials will visit 10 communities across the state to hear comment about the operation of the state's only public, four-year university over the next five years.

The strategic planning listening sessions will take place in Cody, Jackson, Torrington, Rock Springs, Riverton, Casper, Cheyenne, Laramie, Sheridan and Gillette.

The first sessions will be held Nov. 30 in Jackson and Cody.

The final ones will be Dec. 8 in Gillette and Sheridan.

Nichols says the sessions will allow Wyoming residents to voice their hopes and dreams for their land-grant university in Laramie.

The statewide listening sessions are in addition to an extensive series of discussions on campus focused on developing a roadmap for UW for the next five years.

BIGHORN SHEEP TRANSFER

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A group of 30 to 45 bighorn sheep will be transferred as scientists pursue research into deadly pneumonia outbreaks among Montana herds.

The 482 sheep last counted in the herd is more than the recommended range of 292 to 358.

Game Management Bureau chief John Vore says decreasing the population of a dense herd can help reduce the risk of an outbreak.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks veterinarian Jennifer Ramsey said baseline data is difficult to collect and that the department has probably moved infected sheep in the past.

She said outbreaks of disease are a serious challenge to restoration efforts.

The Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the transfer.

FARM BUREAU

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Members of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation have adopted policy stances on special districts, wanton destruction of livestock and trespassing for shed antler hunters.

The policy positions on the issues and others were approved during the organization's annual meeting this month.

Farm Bureau members approved a policy opposing additional dissolution authority for special tax districts in Wyoming.

Increasing incidences of livestock being shot and killed in Wyoming and other states prompted the organization's members to approve a policy seeking tough penalties for the wanton destruction of livestock.

And members support expanding state Game and Fish statutes to include collecting shed antlers in the trespass authority of the hunting and fishing regulations.

SPORTS COMPLEX REVENUE

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A sports complex that has been open for about a year is making an economic impact.

An economic development report shows the Energy Capital Sports Complex put roughly $827,000 into the surrounding community.

Visitors were drawn to the area from May to October for events like the Wyoming State Girls Fastpitch tournament.

Campbell County Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Mary Silvernell estimated the complex's impact on retail, food and lodging revenue.

She said lodging alone accounted for about $414,000 in revenue.

Gillette Public Works Director Sawley Wilde said labor and materials for the events cost about $44,000.