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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The first major wildfire of the season in western Wyoming has grown from 300 acres to 2,000 as crews battle to gain control of the flames amid 45 mph wind gusts. The fire burning heavy and down timber in the Bridger-Teton National Forest is located about 30 miles northwest of LaBarge. It was discovered late Sunday afternoon.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead says the Environmental Protection Agency should drop a proposed rule on carbon dioxide emissions standards for new power plants. In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Mead says the proposal would be particularly damaging to Wyoming, which is the nation’s leading coal producing state. He says the rules will hamper development of clean technologies.

TETON VILLAGE, Wyo. (AP) — Teton Village in Jackson Hole was evacuated for about three hours because of a leaking gas line. Teton County official say crews installing fiber optic lines damaged the propane gas line yesterday leading to the evacuation. Businesses evacuated at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort included the Terra Hotel and the Mangy Moose bar and restaurant.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Cheyenne East graduate Morgan Hartigan has failed to qualify after competing in the U.S. Olympic Swimming trials. Hartigan, who will be a junior at the University of Wyoming this fall, placed 114th in the 100-meter breaststroke preliminaries in Omaha with a time of 1 minute, 13.06 seconds. She says she’s excited about accomplishing her goal of reaching the trials.

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