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Nov 22, 2013 - The Associated Press

Avalanche risk high already

JACKSON -- Teton County Search and Rescue already is urging caution in the backcountry of northwest Wyoming after skiers were injured in two early avalanches.

Search and Rescue notes that the avalanches took place in shallow snowpack, steep terrain, in known avalanche paths and while the skiers were traveling in what they perceived to be safe zones.

The avalanches occurred on Nov. 1 and 10.

Officials say skiers need to be aware of the latest avalanche forecasts and practice good judgment.

Native trout numbers rising

POWELL -- Yellowstone National Park officials say the population of native cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake appears to be rising amid efforts to reduce the numbers of invasive lake trout.

The Powell Tribune reported Thursday that nets used to capture and remove lake trout also scoop up cutthroats. Workers return the cutthroats to the water but the numbers help determine the size of the population.

Todd Koel, supervisor for the Yellowstone fisheries program, says about 500 cutthroats were caught in nets in 2011. The number rose to more than 1,000 in 2012 and nearly 1,300 this year.

Officials are tracking lake trout movement through surgically implanted radio tags to locate spawning beds.

Temporary youth crisis center opens

RAWLINS -- A temporary residence for children in crisis is opening in Rawlins.

The Carbon County Youth Crisis Center will provide a home for children until a foster family is found or the children can be returned to their parents.

Organizers say it took nine years of work to establish the Carbon County center. They celebrated with an open house Thursday.

Carbon County contracted with the Cathedral Home in Laramie to staff the center.

Former County Commissioner Terry Weickum, who was instrumental in getting the center, says it was urgently needed.

It allows Carbon County children to stay closer to home rather than being transferred to centers in Laramie or Casper.

Horse roundup announced

ROCK SPRINGS -- The Bureau of Land Management is planning to begin gathering wild horses in southwest Wyoming this week.

A BLM press release says horses will be collected from the Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek herd management areas located south of Interstate 80 to the Wyoming-Colorado border from Rock Springs to Wamsutter.

The BLM plans to gather about 700 wild horses and treat female horses with fertility control. The two areas are located on public, private and state land in Sweetwater and Carbon counties.

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