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May 3, 2013 - The Associated Press

Missing boater's body recovered

MANILA, Utah -- Authorities have recovered the body of a missing Wyoming fisherman whose empty boat was found partially underwater in Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

Deputies from Daggett County, Utah, say the body of 46-year-old Danny Angelo Durante was discovered Thursday night about 100 feet underwater and about 100 feet away from his boat. Durante's body was pulled from the water about 11 p.m.

The Jackson man's boat was reported Sunday evening in the Jug Hollow area. It presumably capsized amid high winds and treacherous waters at the reservoir.

Deputies from Daggett and Summit counties in Utah and Sweetwater County in Wyoming assisted in the search. The body was found with sonar operated by the Utah Department of Public Safety's dive team.

Park's east gate opened

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- The northern half of Yellowstone National Park is now accessible to visitors.

The park's east entrance opened Friday after a public-private effort to get the park's roads plowed despite federal budget cuts.

The south entrance, providing access to Old Faithful and Fishing Bridge, is scheduled to open next week, as originally scheduled.

The budget cuts took effect March 1 and threatened to delay the opening of park entrances by two weeks while the National Park Service postponed spring plowing to save money.

In response, the towns of Jackson and Cody and the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce raised $171,000 to hire state snow plows to help with the job.

Ten billionth ton of coal mined

Wyoming is on track to mine its 10 billionth ton of coal this month.

That's according to a calculation by the Wyoming State Geological Survey released this week. It's based on production records going back to 1865, when Wyoming was still a territory.

The executive director of the Wyoming Mining Association, Marion Loomis, said the state has the capacity to keep producing coal at the current rate for the next 50 to 100 years. However, Loomis said regulations governing the burning of coal could affect that.

According to the governor's office, Wyoming has been the nation's largest producer of school since 1987 and produces 40 percent of the nation's coal.

Elk to be shooed from refuge

JACKSON -- Any bison and elk remaining on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole will be driven off to preserve forage for next winter.

Refuge biologist Eric Cole says the hazing was to begin any day now.

On April 25, just over 4,000 elk and nearly 300 bison still were occupying the south end of the 25,000-acre refuge.

The loitering herds are grazing on forage that's greening up and is most valuable in winter, which is why refuge managers push them off now.

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