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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — If all goes to plan, privately funded snowplows will be carving a path into Yellowstone through the East Entrance on May 3. Park officials don’t plan to fire up their snow plows until May 17, two weeks late to cope with federal budget cuts. The Cody Country Chamber of Commerce has launched a fundraising campaign to raise $50,000 to clear the path.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Superintendent Cindy Hill has told a district judge her ability to do her job has changed “significantly” since the state stripped her of most of her administrative duties. She noted that she now oversees a budget of about $1.6 million, compared with $1.9 billion as head of the Education Department. The judge says he’ll rule in a week on whether to restore her role overseeing the agency.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates have asked a federal court to force the government to come up with a recovery plan for Canada lynx 13 years after the snow-loving wild cats were declared a threatened species. A lawsuit filed yesterday alleges the long delay by violates federal law. The animals are rarely seen in their range, which includes part of the Rockies.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The man who used to run the Antelope Butte ski area says there’s room in the region for two ski resorts. The owner of a lodge at nearby Meadowlark Ski Resort has told Wyoming Public Radio he worries that efforts to reopen Antelope Butte as a nonprofit could crush his business. Emerson Scott, who used to run Antelope Butte, says the resorts had their highest skier days when both were open.

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