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FALL SNOWSTORM

DENVER (AP) — Winter storm warnings have been posted for central Colorado and southeast Wyoming with more than a foot of snow predicted in some mountain areas.

The area under the winter storm warning was generally along the Interstate 25 corridor, including Denver and Fort Collins in Colorado and Cheyenne and Laramie in Wyoming.

Temperatures were expected to drop rapidly Sunday evening, followed by heavy snow later Sunday night and into Monday.

The National Weather Service says up to 15 inches of snow is possible in the Snowy Range west of Cheyenne in southeast Wyoming and 4 to 7 inches in Denver and up to 14 inches in the higher elevations.

The snow was expected to end Monday night.

TOWN AUDITS

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The state Department of Audit says 13 of the 79 small towns in Wyoming have not been audited by the state or by an independently hired CPA in at least a decade.

Pam Robinson is the administrator for the public funds division of the Department of Audit.

Robinson tells the Casper Star-Tribune that the state used to audit small-town governments at least every four years until the department's budget was cut in 1992.

Small-town governments were not audited by the department again until a budget increase in 2005 allowed the audits to resume on a limited basis.

The issue came to light when a random state audit in 2015 revealed the treasurer of the small Natrona County town of Mills had embezzled roughly $60,000 from the town.

C02 PIPELINE

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An energy company is seeking federal approval to build a pipeline in eastern Montana that would transport the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide for use in oil production along the North Dakota border.

Denbury Resources spokesman John Mayer said the $150 million pipeline would begin near the Wyoming border and stretch 110 miles.

The carbon dioxide would come as a byproduct from a pair of natural gas processing plants.

Carbon dioxide is considered a prime contributor to climate change.

It also can be used to breathe life into old oil fields. Companies pump the gas deep underground in order to push out more oil from tapped out reserves.

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on the proposal through November 3.

Texas-based Denbury hasn't released a construction timeline.

FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — About a dozen Fremont County firefighters are attending a ceremony in Maryland to honor a colleague who died last year after being injured in a fire.

The county's late deputy chief Clarence "Speed" Hartbank is one of 95 firefighters being remembered at the 36th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg on Sunday.

The (Riverton, Wyo.) Ranger reports that the 79-year-old died in January at Swedish Medical Center in Colorado. He was being treated for burns he suffered in a fire in September 2015 near Riverton.

Hartbank's name will be added to the memorial on the academy's grounds. The Fremont County firefighters will also receive a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol to give to Hartbank's widow.

SCHOOL CLOSURES-MILLS

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Leaders in Mills are opposing a proposal to close the town's last remaining school.

The Natrona County School District announced last week that it was considering closing Mountain View Elementary School in Mills and three schools in Casper because of low enrollment and budget cuts. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the Mills Town Council approved a resolution on Friday opposing the closure of Mountain View after getting emails and phone calls from angry residents in the town of about 3,400 people.

Mountain View is at less than half capacity and the district has 970 empty elementary seats.

The school district board is set to vote on the closure recommendations at its Oct. 23 meeting.