A VETERINARIAN SAYS METRO ANIMAL CONTROL DID NOT QUARANTINE OR EUTHANIZE A CAT BITTEN BY A RABID BAT, AND THE CAT NOW POSES A POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT BECAUSE IT COULD INFECT PEOPLE AND OTHER ANIMALS .

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LARAMIE, WYO. (AP) - A WILDFIRE THAT HAS BURNED ABOUT 31 SQUARE MILES (80.3 SQUARE KILOMETERS) IN SOUTHERN WYOMING IS NOW 85 PERCENT CONTAINED THANKS TO RAINY WEATHER OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS.

EVACUATION ORDERS HAVE BEEN LIFTED FOR SEVERAL OF THE SMALL COMMUNITIES IN THE VICINITY, AND SOME FIREFIGHTING RESOURCES ARE BEING REDUCED.

WYOMING 10 BETWEEN WOODS LANDING AND THE COLORADO STATE LINE REOPENED MONDAY MORNING, BUT WYOMING 230 BETWEEN WOODS LANDING TO THE COLORADO BORDER REMAINS CLOSED.

THE FIRE WAS REPORTED ON JUNE 10 AND DESTROYED ONE HOME AND TWO OUTBUILDINGS. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.
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AN EVACUATION ORDER HAS BEEN LIFTED FOR NEARLY 1,400 PEOPLE WHO WERE FORCED TO FLEE THEIR HOMES THIS WEEK BY A WILDFIRE IN CENTRAL COLORADO.

THE SUMMIT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE LIFTED THE ORDER ON THURSDAY. IT AFFECTED TWO NEIGHBORHOODS IN SILVERTHORNE, COLORADO, A POPULAR JUMPING-OFF POINT FOR AREA SKI RESORTS IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS.

FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THEY'VE STOPPED THE 90-ACRE (35-HECTARE) FIRE THAT IGNITED TUESDAY. THEY CREDITED FIRE BREAKS - AREAS CLEARED OF FLAMMABLE TREES AND VEGETATION BETWEEN FORESTED AREAS AND BUILDINGS - FOR HELPING RESTRAIN THE BLAZE'S ADVANCE TOWARD HOMES AND CONDOS.

SUMMIT FIRE CHIEF JEFF BERINO HAS SAID THE FIRE WAS CAUSED BY HUMANS. AN INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.
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A CASPER MAN CHARGED IN THREE SEPARATE CRIMINAL CASES PLEADED GUILTY TO SEVEN FELONY CHARGES FRIDAY MORNING IN DISTRICT COURT.

35-YEAR-OLD JAMES EDWIN WALSH ENTERED GUILTY PLEAS TO ONE COUNT OF CONSPIRACY TO DELIVER METHAMPHETAMINE AND SIX COUNTS OF WRONGFUL TAKING OR DISPOSING OF PROPERTY. FOUR ADDITIONAL COUNTS OF WRONGFUL TAKING OR DISPOSING OF PROPERTY, AS WELL AS ONE COUNT OF THEFT, WERE SET TO BE DISMISSED AS PART OF A PLEA DEAL THAT SPANS ALL THREE CASES.

THE PLEA AGREEMENT CALLS FOR WALSH TO SERVE A PRISON TERM OF FOUR AND A HALF TO NINE YEARS IN TOTAL. WALSH ALSO AGREED TO PAY RESTITUTION ON ALL COUNTS, INCLUDING THE CHARGES THAT WERE DISMISSED PER THE DEAL.

COURT PAPERS SAY THAT ON DEC. 13, WALSH WAS ARRESTED BY A SERGEANT OF THE NATRONA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ON AN OUTSTANDING WARRANT OUT OF MILLS. DURING THE ARREST, WALSH WAS FOUND TO BE DRIVING A STOLEN VEHICLE.

THAT SAME DAY, FOLLOWING THE ARREST, OFFICERS EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT AT 4868 TRAILS END ROAD. AT THAT TIME, OFFICERS FOUND SEVERAL STOLEN VEHICLES, A STOLEN FORKLIFT AND OTHER ITEMS.

THE DRUG CASE DATES BACK TO JANUARY 2017, WHEN A SPECIAL AGENT OF THE WYOMING DIVISION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DISCOVERED A DRUG TRAFFICKING RING OPERATING IN THE CASPER AREA. THE FOLLOWING MONTH, A CONFIDENTIAL SOURCE DESCRIBED WALSH AS THE "MAIN SUPPLIER OF METHAMPHETAMINE" TO THE GROUP.

WALSH REMAINED IN CUSTODY AT THE TIME OF FRIDAY'S CHANGE-OF-PLEA HEARINGS ON $200,000 CASH OR SURETY BOND.