Elk hunter attacked by grizzly in Yellowstone preps for 2nd surgery

An elk hunter, who was attacked by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone, is facing a second surgery. Bob Legasa, 57, of Idaho was mauled in the Gallatin National Forest Saturday in what’s at least the seventh bear attack on a human since May in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Legasa says the bear bit his hand and broke a bone in his forearm. It also clawed at his eye before it ran when his hunting partner used bear spray.

300 soldiers from WY Army Nat’l Guard to deploy to Mid-East

Three-hundred soldiers from the Wyoming Army National Guard will head to the Middle East next year. The deployments are the state’s largest overseas in nearly a decade. Units deploying include artillery and Blackhawk medical evacuation units. They’ll be in the Mid-east for nine months.

WY opens trade office in Taiwan

Wyoming opens a trade office in Taiwan. The Gillette News Record reports the goal is to export Wyoming beef to Taiwan and grow trade between the state and the country in agriculture, manufactured goods, minerals, and tourism.

Dead man’s name to appear on ballots in WY

He’s dead, and his name is appearing on ballots for the general election. The Laramie Boomerang reports Tony Lopez died last week. He was running for Albany County Attorney. Elections officials say since ballots have already printed, his name will have to stay. They add it’s the first time in decades something like this has happened. Lopez was running against incumbent Democrat Peggy Trent. Republicans have the option of naming a replacement candidate in the wake of Lopez’s death, but voters would be forced to write it on their ballots. Lopez was 65.

Early-season snowstorm blankets parts of Wyoming

Some Wyoming highways are reopening after an early-season snowstorm blasted the state. I-25 at the Colorado state line reopened yesterday after an 11-hour closure. I-80, Highway 287 and Highway 87 were also reopened, but plunging temperatures may’ve created slick donations in some spots. Up to a foot of snow fell in parts of the state. Between 3 and 13 inches was reported south of Sheridan.

WY man convicted of drunk driving crash that killed 3

A Wyoming man faces serious prison time after being convicted in a crash that killed three people. Federal prosecutors say Winter Goodman was driving drunk when he caused a crash that killed 70-year-olds Lyle and Sarah Black of the Wind River Reservation and the passenger in his car, William C’Bearing. Prosecutors say Goodman’s blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit.

2 Casper men plead guilty in separate child abuse cases

Two Casper men plead guilty to child abuse charges in separate cases. KTWO-AM reports Mitchell McCain faces up to five years for breaking a 2-year-old girl’s leg last year. He had claimed a dog knocked the girl down the stairs. McCain pleaded no contest. Separately Anthony Skansberg pled guilty to breaking the arm of a 20-month-old boy .

Black bear killed in Grand Teton

A black bear is killed in Grand Teton after it got too comfortable around people and posed a danger. Authorities say the 5-year-old mother bear had demonstrated little fear and was growing bolder after visitors were caught feeding her. They were slapped with a $5,000 fine.

Police: Woman mistakenly texted officer in search for meth

A woman mistakenly texted a police officer during her search for meth. The Powell Tribune reports 23-year-old Audrey Biggica pleaded not guilty to charges of prostitution and attempting to possess a controlled substance. Prosecutors say Biggica said she was willing to perform a sex act as part of payment for meth. Powell Police Sgt. Paul Sapp reported receiving the misdirected text on September 17 and agreed to meet Biggica for arrest. A second officer assisted and met Biggica in an alley, where she was handcuffed.

Ex-North Casper elementary school sold to American Legion Post

A former Natrona County school is sold to an American Legion Post. KTWO-AM reports the former North Casper elementary school was sold to the George W. Vroman Post 2 for $200,000. The sale price was under the appraised value, but the districted cited a high annual cost of maintaining the empty building.