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Apr 19, 2012 - The Associated Press

Corrals to be removed

JACKSON (AP) -- An environmental group says it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to remove some corrals it says could impede pronghorn migration in western Wyoming.

The group Western Watersheds sued last year over the corrals in the Bridger-Teton National Forest east of Kelly in Jackson Hole.

Ranchers use the corral while they graze cattle on public land in the Gros Ventre River drainage. The group says the corrals weren't built in accord with federal rules and could impede antelope migration between Jackson Hole and the Upper Green River Basin.

Rancher Amy Robinson says removing the corrals will only be a temporary inconvenience. She says ranchers will continue to do business in the Gros Ventre.

Udall: Delay rural post office closures

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado Sen. Mark Udall is backing an effort to prevent closing rural post offices in Wyoming and other states for at least two years.

Udall joined other senators on Wednesday in backing the amendment to a bill that would stabilize the U.S. Postal Service.

The Postal Service says it needs to begin closing thousands of low-revenue post offices and mail processing centers this year as part of efforts to become profitable.

The Senate bill would, in part, slow if not stop many closings by forcing the agency to first consider the special needs of rural communities.

Seventy-one post offices in Colorado and 43 in Wyoming face possible closures.

Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Roy Blunt of Missouri have proposed appointing an advocate for rural communities facing closures so that communities' interests are heard.
 

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