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GRIZZLY ATTACK-WASHAKIE WILDERNESS

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — A hunting guide and hunter are recovering in Wyoming hospitals after being attacked by a bear in the Washakie Wilderness.

The Cody Enterprise reports that John Sheets said he was field dressing an elk Thursday night on a late-season cow hunt with a female hunter when she was attacked by a grizzly bear.

Sheets said he rushed in, grabbed the bear by the neck and stabbed it with his hunting knife, which caused the bear to retaliate.

Sheets said the rest of the encounter is fuzzy, but he remembers the bear dragging the hunter down a hill. He said the bear came back up and chewed on his ear and broke his leg.

He says they were able to escape on their horses.

Sheets said the last he heard the hunter was in stable condition.

COAL RESEARCH

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A company working to produce cleaner burning coal plans to begin establishing a test plant in northeast Wyoming next month.

Clean Coal Technologies CEO Robin Eves says his company is close to starting the commercial designs of the coal refining process it has been working on for more than a decade.

Along with producing more energy than untreated coal, the refined product also produces fewer harmful emissions when burned, including carbon dioxide.

The company will use coal from the Powder River Basin in northeast Wyoming in the new test plant.

Eves tells the Gillette News Record that the location of the test plant will be announced soon.

Through CCTI's process, coal is treated in a way that extracts much of its moisture but keeps the coal stable.

PRISON HEALTH CARE

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A report says Wyoming's prison system ranked fourth-highest in the country in health care spending in fiscal year 2015.

The report issued last week by Pew Charitable Trusts says the Wyoming Department of Corrections spent an average of $11,798 per inmate in fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015. That's 12 percent less than it spent in 2010, but more than every other state except California, Vermont and New Mexico.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the costs reported in the study include onsite and offsite care; outpatient medical products, such as prescription drugs; long-term care; and other costs.

State Corrections Department Deputy Director Steve Lindley says Wyoming's ranking can be attributed to its correctional facilities being located throughout a large rural state, which makes providing health care more expensive.

ILLEGAL HUNTING STING

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has caught three deer hunters from Idaho attempting to illegally pursue game over state lines in a sting operation using a remote-controlled mule deer buck.

The Jackson Hole News And Guide reports the department schedules the sting for the opening day of deer hunting in Idaho, which usually comes after the Wyoming season has concluded.

The latest sting took place Oct. 10 along Caribou-Targhee National Forest roads in a closed area in northwestern Wyoming.

Game and Fish Warden Kyle Lash says despite the various sting operations conducted over the years, the violation rate continues to be high.

Last year, only one hunter saw the deer decoy and fired at it. In 2015, four of 10 hunters who encountered the decoy shot at it.

TROOPER ARREST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A former Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper has acknowledged scraping his ex-wife's boyfriend's car with a key, causing more than $2,100 in damage.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Robert King appeared in Laramie County District Court on Friday and pleaded guilty to felony property destruction. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped charges of felony stalking and violating a protection order.

King says he became upset when he went to his now-ex-wife's house to check on his children Feb. 12, and her new boyfriend was there.

The former trooper was initially accused of driving past the woman's house in his patrol vehicle and throwing a rock at her window, even though a protection order had been filed against him.

He was placed on administrative leave in February when the Highway Patrol discovered he was under investigation.

MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYERS-WYOMING

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen and strong safety Andrew Wingard have been named Mountain West Conference players of the week.

Wingard was named the defensive player of the week, and Allen was named offensive player of the week for their performances in Wyoming's 42-3 win over New Mexico last Saturday.

Wingard intercepted two passes in the second quarter versus New Mexico that both led to touchdowns. He was the leader of a Wyoming defense that forced a school record seven takeaways, with 35 points being scored by the Cowboys off those turnovers.

In addition to his interceptions, Wingard had five solo tackles.

Allen completed 16 of 28 passes for 234 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He added 20 rushing yards and one rushing TD for 254 yards of total offense.