Apr 6, 2012 The Associated Press

Snowmobile ruling withdrawn

CHEYENNE (AP) -- A federal appeals court has withdrawn a recent ruling that said the state of Wyoming wasn't economically affected by restricting snowmobile traffic at each entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday granted a request from the state to reconsider a court ruling issued in late February.

Wyoming and Park County had protested that court incorrectly ruled in February that the state could only argue it was economically affected by snowmobile restrictions at the park's East Entrance.

The National Park Service is drafting new snowmobile limits for Yellowstone that should be in effect by next winter. The court ruling will be important to the state if it wants to challenge those forthcoming limits.

Sex offender taken into school

BAIROIL (AP) -- Some parents and teachers in Bairoil want the town's police chief fired for taking a sex offender into a building that houses the small town's elementary school.

The sex offender is a maintenance worker. Chief John Scott escorted him to a part of the building not used by the school so he could fix a faucet on March 9. State law says sex offenders can't be within 1,000 feet of a school without written permission of school officials.

Teacher Adene Wuertley said she confronted Scott and principal Travis Moore said Scott threatened to arrest the teacher if she disrupted the work.

Angry parents of the school's five students confronted city councilors at Wednesday's meeting. Mayor M.D. Reaser eventually yelled back, saying he wouldn't fire Scott.

Buford sells for $900,000

BUFORD (AP) -- Buford is a small place for sure, but so is the world.

A remote, unincorporated area along busy Interstate 80 that advertised itself as the smallest town in the United States, Buford was sold at auction for $900,000 on Thursday to an unidentified man from Vietnam.

Buford is not an incorporated municipality and is not viwed as a "town" by the State of Wyoming or the federal government.

Its owner for the last 20 years, Don Sammons, served with the U.S. Army as a radio operator in 1968-69.

After meeting the buyer, an emotional Sammons said it was hard for him to grasp the irony of the situation.

"I think it's funny how things come full circle," he said.

The buyer attended the auction in person but declined to meet with the media or to be identified. Sammons and others involved in the auction would not discuss the buyer's plans for Buford.

It will take about 30 days for all the paperwork to be completed before ownership of the place located almost equidistant between Cheyenne and Laramie in southeast Wyoming changes hands, Sammons said.

The new owner will get a gas station and convenience store, a schoolhouse from 1905, a cabin, a garage, 10 acres, and a three-bedroom home at 8,000 feet altitude -- overlooking the trucks and cars on the nearby interstate on one side and the distant snowcapped mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado on the other.

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