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Aug 10, 2017 - From staff reports

Two Teton climbers rescued

MOOSE (AP) -- Grand Teton National Park rangers have rescued two men who got lost and became stranded while descending Mount Moran in northwest Wyoming.

The National Park Service says 58-year-old Ron Sloot of Colfax, Washington and 35-year-old Geoff Mitchell of Spartanburg, South Carolina called for help about 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The two had summited the 12,605-foot Mount Moran around 4:30 p.m. Monday but took a wrong turn on their way down.

A helicopter had to be used to get the men down safely about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Town sells bison from growing herd

SHERIDAN (AP) -- The north-central Wyoming town of Sheridan has found a buyer for six of its bison, which are being sold because the herd has grown too large.

Hunting outfitter and local rancher Brant Hilman was the lone bidder for the bison that have been kept in the pasture above Kendrick Park. The city has three bison left in its herd.

Hilman will pay total of $4,250 for the bison. He currently owns about 50 head of bison, most of which are raised for meat.

Hilman said he'll probably keep some of the animals he bought from the city and send others to market.

Tax would add to college fund

GILLETTE (AP) -- Gillette College representatives and city and county officials have been devising ways to establish a stable funding mechanism for the college after it found itself short on revenue this past spring.

The solution they have settled on is a countywide quarter-cent sales tax on discretionary goods, or non-essential items, which excludes groceries and services.

Campbell County commissioners, the Gillette City Council and Wright Town Council will be asked next week to put the sales tax on a November special election ballot.

Discussions about a stable funding mechanism for the college have been going on for years, but escalated this spring.

Patrol seizes 72 pounds of pot

CHEYENNE (AP) -- The Wyoming Highway Patrol seized about 72 pounds (32 kilograms) of marijuana after stopping a Georgia man who was speeding in an Interstate 80 construction zone near Cheyenne.

The man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He was jailed in Cheyenne.

The trooper stopped the man for traveling 54 mph in a 45 mph zone (87 kph in a 72 kph zone). A drug-detection dog indicated there were drugs in the vehicle.

The patrol said the marijuana was purchased in California and was bound for Georgia.

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