SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal officials say they will round up thousands of wild horses and burros across six Western states starting today. The roundups will take place through February on drought-stricken range lands in Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. Contractors for the Bureau of Land Management will use helicopters plus bait- and water-trapping methods to corral a total of 3,500 wild horses and burros.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman whose remains were found north of Laramie two years ago. The Laramie Boomerang reports the remains were found Sept. 9, 2010, by a sheepherder on the Warren Livestock Co. property near Roger Canyon Road. Detective Cpl. William Meyer with the Albany County Sheriff's Office says the skeletal remains were those of a woman between the ages of 30 and 50 and who was between 5-foot-2 and 5-foot-4 and weighed 105 to 120 pounds.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming women who want to start and grow a small business can get advice from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which is sponsoring a series of Web chats during October. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the chats will feature experts who will give advice to women on how to assemble a business plan, enter competitive markets and establish the foundation of a profitable enterprise.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota horse owner seeking information about the theft of mane and tail hair from his 10-year-old palomino mare is offering a $2,000 reward. T.J. Aisenbrey told police Friday that his horse, Sundance, had her flaxen mane and tail hair cut for the second time in a month and a half. The report comes as Wyoming officials are investigating an estimated 100 cases of horsehair thefts in several counties.