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AIR GUARD PLANES

Air Guard looks to improvements to planes

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner has joined other Air Guard leaders around the country in asking Congress to approve upgrades to older transport planes.

Wyoming is one of the 18 states with Air Guard units that operate the C-130H planes. The military transport aircraft are used both domestically and abroad.

In addition to overseas missions, two of the Wyoming planes are used for firefighting.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the Adjutants General Association says the planes need improvements to meet new aviation requirements.

Wyoming U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis is co-sponsoring a bill in the House to require the upgrades or alternative solutions by 2020.

The Republican says the planes are a critical component of defense and service capabilities for Wyoming, the U.S. Air Force and the nation.

YELLOWSTONE TRAFFIC

Yellowstone finds traffic safety violations

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park rangers issued 10 citations and arrested four people for various traffic safety violations last month.

Rangers conducted traffic safety checkpoints in the park on three days in June, looking for traffic violations, safety violations and impaired drivers.

They made contact with 328 drivers.

Violations cited by rangers included driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

FOUNDATION-LAND TRUST

Foundation gives $10,000 to Wyoming land trust

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Community Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust.

The challenge grant will support the land trust's efforts in securing funding for core operations by helping attract additional donations.

The money raised will help cover costs associated with accomplishing conservation easement project work, including staff time, legal expense and travel throughout the state.

The Stock Growers Land Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving Wyoming's working family ranches and farms and the wide-open spaces, natural habitats and rural communities they support.

The Wyoming Community Foundation is a statewide nonprofit organization that seeks to connect people with causes that build a better Wyoming.

COUGAR RESEARCH

Researchers finding that cougars not so solitary

(Information in the following story is from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com)

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - New research has debunked some theories as to why mountain lions in northwest Wyoming seem to be eschewing their normal solitary habits.

Theories included that the lions were associating with their siblings or parents.

But recent research by the Teton Cougar Project determined that theory to be wrong. Its results were recently published in the academic journal Acta Ethologica.

Project team leader Mark Elbroch says the research found that interactions among lions together most often occur between the least-related lions.

Elbroch tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that more research is being done to see what the cats are doing when they are together.

STATE ARCHAEOLOGIST

New Wyoming state archaeologist named

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming has a new state archaeologist.

Greg Pierce has been selected for the position. He succeeds Mark Miller, who retired this spring after holding the job for the past 30 years.

Pierce has a bachelor's degree in history and anthropology from the University of Arizona and a Master of Arts in anthropology from East Carolina University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of Wyoming.

He has conducted research and fieldwork in the southeastern United States and the American West.

Pierce also has worked in North Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming.

GLACIER-BEAR ENCOUNTER

Texas hiker involved in bear encounter in Montana

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) - National Park Service rangers are searching for a bear wounded in an encounter with a hiker in Glacier National Park.

The agency says the encounter occurred Saturday morning on the Mt. Brown Lookout Trail on the west side of the park in Montana.

A 57-year-old hiker from Texas says he was hiking alone when a bear charged him from an area below the trail.

The hiker deployed his bear spray and then discharged one round of his handgun. The bear ran away.

The hiker, whose name was not released, wasn't hurt.

It's not known whether a grizzly or black bear was involved. Park rangers found evidence that the bear was wounded.

The trail has been closed until further notice while rangers search for the bear.

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