Wyoming Digest

Aug 30, 2017 From wire reports

Allegiant Air quitting Casper

CASPER (AP) -- Allegiant Air has announced it is ending discount service to Las Vegas at Casper-Natrona County International Airport, effectively slashing the number of cities served out of the airport by one-third.

Allegiant Air currently offers two flights per week to Las Vegas. Those services will end on Jan. 1.

Allegiant's withdrawal will cost the airport $26,000 per year in landing and rental fees.

Airport director Glenn Januska said the airport might also see other losses as a result of Allegiant leaving the market, such as fewer passengers paying for parking or eating at restaurants.

The Casper airport is one of several small air markets to lose Allegiant Air in the past week. Service has also been eliminated to Youngstown, Ohio, and Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Burning sweater may have started grass fire

GILLETTE (AP) -- Investigators say two children may have started a grass fire that threatened several structures in northeast Wyoming.

The fire Monday burned two-thirds of a square mile in the Gillette area. No homes or other buildings burned.

Police Lt. Chuck Deaton said two girls ages 11 and 12 told investigators they used hairspray and a cigarette lighter to burn a sweater.

The girls said they poured water and stomped on the flames before leaving the sweater outside.

Deaton says it's not known yet whether the girls started the fire.

Park snowmobile permit lottery starts Friday

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- People who want to snowmobile in Yellowstone National Park next winter without a guide can enter a lottery starting this Friday.

The park requires all non-commercially guided snowmobile groups that enter the park to have a permit.

Those wishing to snowmobile without a commercial guide can apply through from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30.

Successful lottery applicants will be notified in mid-October. The park will make any remaining or canceled permits available on a first-come, first-served basis through the same webpage beginning Nov. 3.

The park will allow four trips per day for groups that want to enter Yellowstone without commercial guides.

Groups with up to five snowmobiles will be permitted through each of the North, South, East and West entrances each day. Permits cost $40.

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