Apr 25, 2014 The Associated Press

Famed bear makes spring debut

JACKSON -- A grizzly bear famous for raising her cubs near roadside areas in Grand Teton National Park has made her first appearance of the spring.

The 18-year-old female known as grizzly bear 399 was spotted Monday with two cubs.

She had three cubs when she seen in November 2013. Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs ways one of the cubs might have wandered off on its own or might not have survived the winter.

Park biologists have never attached a tag to her, but wildlife photographer Roger Hayden says she's recognizable by some distinctive scars.

Grizzly 399 has been a favorite of photographers and wildlife watchers since 2006 when she began frequenting Oxbow Bend, Willow Flats and the area around Jackson Lake Lodge.

Coal plant losses written off

Arch Coal Inc. has written off as a loss its total $57.7 million investment in a planned coal-to-liquids plant in southern Wyoming but continues to maintain its equity interest in the project, according to a company spokeswoman and a recent report to federal regulators.

Houston-based DKRW Advanced Fuels has planned to build the $2 billion facility near Medicine Bow to process coal into gasoline and other liquid fuel.

Arch Coal invested $25 million into the planned DKRW plant in 2006 in exchange for a 24 percent stake in the company and has put in more money since then. Arch had planned to provide coal to the facility.

A receptionist told The Associated Press on Wednesday that DKRW Chairman Robert C. Kelly was not available.

The project, which has struggled with permitting and funding delays, has lost $62 million during the past seven years, according to a review of Arch's financial filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by Taxpayers for Common Sense, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group.

Sheriff sued over horse's killing

A Thermopolis couple whose horse was killed by the Hot Springs County undersheriff is suing the sheriff over his policy regarding euthanizing animals.

A federal judge in Casper began considering Chris and Larry Bentley's claim against Sheriff Lou Falgout Tuesday.

The Bentleys' 15-year-old horse was shot by undersheriff David Larson about 100 feet from their home in August 2010. He found the horse stumbling on a road through their property and thought it was a neglected stray.

The Bentleys say the horse had some health problems because of a lack of nutrition before they adopted it.

Defense attorney William Simpson says Larson acted on a "reasonable belief."

The couple also sued the undersheriff and reached a settlement with him last year.

Resort nears snowmaking plan

JACKSON -- The Jackson Town Council has signed a lease and contingency development agreement with Snow King Mountain Resort that will advance a snowmaking project for the Town Hill.

The town has agreed to lease the resort a water pipe and two pump stations planned for the mountain that are supposed to increase snowmaking capacity.

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