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3 dead in traffic crash southwest of Riverton

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say three people are dead after a traffic crash southwest of Riverton.

Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen says the two-vehicle accident happened early Saturday near Highway 137 and Goes In Lodge Road on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Stratmoen says two of those killed were a married man and woman, both 70 years old, who were pronounced dead at the scene. A 35-year-old man in the second vehicle died at a hospital in Riverton. He declined to identify them, pending notification of next of kin. But he says all were from Fremont County.

Stratmoen referred other questions about the crash to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, which did not immediately return calls seeking more information.

Sand Creek massacre healing run concludes Sunday in Denver

DENVER (AP) — Descendants of Native Americans killed in the Sand Creek massacre are on the last leg of their annual healing run marking the 152nd anniversary of the attack.

Cheyenne and Arapaho runners started the journey on Thursday after a ceremony at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site near Eads, where nearly 200 tribal members were killed on Nov. 29, 1864. On Sunday, they'll visit Denver's Riverside Cemetery to pay tribute to two U.S. Army officers who refused to participate in the attack before continuing on to the state Capitol.

The run isn't a competition but a way to remember what happened. It's open to anyone who wants to join.

It's organized by the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.

Wyoming bucks national trend of declining hunters, anglers

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming hunters and anglers are bucking a national decline in participation.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the population of hunters and anglers has stumbled nationwide, but not in Wyoming.

The number of residents with hunting licenses moved from 76,612 in 2010 to 78,859 last year.

Wyoming's Game and Fish department has been working on outreach through educational programs and events.

Department official Renny MacKay said the department has found over the years that people who hunt, fish and otherwise experience the outdoors are more likely to support investments in wildlife.

Farmers in Wyoming, Montana see record sugar beet harvests

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Record sugar beet harvests will keep refineries busy making sugar longer than usual.

The Billings Gazette reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects the worldwide demand for sugar will outpace supply.

Randall Jobman of Western Sugar Cooperative says farmers in Montana and Wyoming saw record yields.

Farmers growing beets in eastern Montana for Sidney Sugars broke a 1998 record by delivering 1.124 million tons.

The company's agriculture manager Duane Peters said fall moisture was instrumental in reversing farmers' losses over the summer.

Beets kept growing without a hard freeze in October.

Average sugar content is slightly lower than usual at about 17 percent.

Montana's economy absorbs roughly $100 million annually from its sugar industry.

Wyoming troopers, event planners readying for August eclipse

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Highway Patrol says it is already planning for tens of thousands of visitors expected to turn out for August's solar eclipse.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the highway patrol could relocate troopers to counties that have traditionally been prime viewing areas for the Aug. 21 eclipse. Troopers and dispatchers won't be allowed time off between Aug. 14 and Aug. 27, when thousands of revelers visit Wyoming for eclipse festivities. The state is considered one of the best places in the country to catch views of the eclipse.

Event planners in Casper alone are preparing for tens of thousands of visitors. The newspaper reports almost all of the hotel rooms there have already been reserved. Officials in Teton County have said they could see as many as 40,000 people.