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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A veteran agent with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration is taking over as head of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. Gov. Matt Mead has appointed Steve Woodson as new director of DCI. Mead says he worked closely with Woodson when Mead was United States Attorney for Wyoming. Woodson has been with the DEA for 20 years.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A wildfire burning near Glendo State Park in southeast Wyoming has grown to about 23 square miles. More than 200 firefighters have gained about 20 percent containment on the Sawmill Fire, which started Saturday on a Wyoming National Guard training area. The east side of Glendo State Park is closed as a precaution but the west side of the park remains open.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Eastern Shoshone Tribe is asserting its close ties to the Wind River Indian Reservation as they fight in court to stop the Northern Arapaho from getting a federal permit to kill bald eagles on the reservation. The Arapaho are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking a permit to kill bald eagles on the reservation for the tribe’s Sun Dance.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An Oregon man is pleading guilty to attempted first-degree murder and larceny in the shooting and carjacking of another man in western Wyoming last year. Roy Fritts, of Union, Ore., faces life in prison without parole. Utah police arrested Fritts and his wife last August. They were driving a van belonging to a California man found shot and wounded near Flaming Gorge Reservoir in southwest Wyoming.

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