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WYOMING WOLVES

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — The three-month long wolf hunting season is underway in Wyoming.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports a dozen wolves were legally harvested in the first 40 hours Sunday, over a quarter of the total wolves that can be killed in the state's managed hunt area.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department carnivore manager Ken Mills attributed the considerable success to the opener falling on a weekend, winter weather pushing lots of sportsmen into the field, and also a species that may temporarily have lost its fear of mankind.

Mills says it has been three years since the last hunting season. He says because of this, "there's almost a whole new generation of wolves out there and they're naive to human hunters."

MISSING HUNTER

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — The search for a missing hunter in northwest Wyoming has ended with two hunters being found safe.

Fremont County Sheriff Jack "Skip" Hornecker says searchers were notified Monday originally of one missing hunter but it turned out that there were two missing.

Hornecker says the two showed up at a ranch about 5:30 p.m. Monday.

He says the hunters were wet and cold with some dehydration issues but otherwise unharmed. They refused medical treatment.

The sheriff says the hunters became disoriented on Sunday because of inclement weather and ended up several miles away from the trailhead where they were to meet another hunter.

Hornecker says the lack of information about the second hunter complicated the search efforts.

He stressed the importance of hunters letting others know details about their plans.

WIND ENERGY

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Members of a panel at a forum on wind energy topics say expanding Wyoming's wind energy industry could boost the state's economic diversification and help address its education funding issues.

Titled "Wyoming's Wind Energy Future," the two-day forum was convened in Laramie by the University of Wyoming Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources and the UW School of Energy Resources' Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy.

Panelist Riata Little of the Casper Area Economic Development Association says wind would not be subject to the same volatile boom-and-bust cycle that coal is famous for.

The Laramie Boomerang reports that the panelists say money brought into the state could also help offset effects to education caused by the decline of the coal industry.

WYOMING SENATOR-TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming says the White House reached out to him about its vacant Health and Human Services secretary position, but that he is not going to join President Donald Trump's administration.

Casper Star-Tribune reports that Barrasso said on Monday he was honored to speak with the White House, but he believes he can best "represent Wyoming and help the president by fighting for a conservative agenda as an ally in Congress."

Barrasso, a medical doctor by trade, has been vocal in supporting GOP's repeated efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He is the fourth-ranking Republican in the Senate.

The White House position became available following the ousting of previous secretary Tom Price, who faced criticism over the use of private charter planes.

ABORTION CLINIC ACCESS

NEW YORK (AP) — How far do American women need to travel in order to obtain an abortion?

A new study makes those calculations state-by-state and reveals some striking disparities. In New York, the average distance is a little over three miles (about five kilometers), while the average distance in Wyoming is more than 168 miles (271 kilometers).

The analysis was conducted by researchers with the Guttmacher (GOOT'-mak-ur) Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, using 2014 data on abortion clinic locations. The findings were published Tuesday in the journal Lancet Public Health.

In the states with the longest average distance to travel — Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota — at least half of women of reproductive age lived more than 90 miles (145 kilometers) from the nearest abortion clinic.

NURSE-PAINKILLERS

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A former registered nurse at a hospital in Converse County has pleaded not guilty in federal court in Wyoming to charges of stealing narcotic painkillers.

Ryan Joseph Harris entered his plea last Friday before U.S. Magistrate Michael Shickich in Casper.

KTWO AM in Casper reports that a Dec. 4 trial date has been scheduled before U.S. District Court Judge Alan Johnson. Harris remains free on an unsecured $10,000 bond.

Harris was indicted by a grand jury on Sept. 19 on four charges of tampering with a consumer product and acquiring a controlled substance.

He is accused of taking painkillers from Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas and replacing them with a saline solution from Sept. 1, 2016, to June 2.