May 6, 2014 The Associated Press

Park might change concession plan

JACKSON -- Companies that do business in Grand Teton National Park may be sharing some of their earnings with the National Park Service.

The park is working on a new fee structure for commercial operators in the park, such as towing companies or bike tour operators. The plan would take effect in 2016.

Grand Teton spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said the changes would add a new graduated fee based on gross receipts in the park that concessionaires earn.

The fee would be in addition to an existing $300 annual flat fee.

Skaggs says Yellowstone already assesses the gross receipts fee.

As many as 100 companies, many based in Jackson Hole, have commercial use authorizations with Grand Teton.

Business owners say the fee will complicate bookkeeping.

Fugitive collared in Nebraska

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. -- A 31-year-old Scottsbluff man wanted in two other states has been captured after a chase and hunt that lasted more than four hours.

The Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Office says deputies were helping the Nebraska State Patrol at a Scottsbluff checkpoint around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when they saw a vehicle turn around as it approached the checkpoint. The vehicle accelerated away, with deputies in pursuit. Deputies say they followed the vehicle for several miles. It eventually ran off a highway and crashed in a field, where the driver fled on foot.

Officers eventually found the driver and took him into custody around 4 a.m. Sunday. He was identified as Christopher Lynch.

Deputies say Lynch is wanted in Colorado on a theft warrant and in Wyoming for probation violation.

UW grad speakers set

LARAMIE -- Famed Wyoming trial lawyer and author Gerry Spence will be among the speakers during University of Wyoming spring commencement ceremonies.

Ceremonies for the individual colleges are scheduled for Saturday. College of Law ceremonies will be held May 17, and UW-Casper ceremonies are scheduled for May 15. Additionally, several special ceremonies are scheduled beginning May 2.

Spence will speak at the College of Law ceremony on May 17.

UW is scheduled to accord degrees upon just over 1,600 students, including nearly 1,200 undergraduates, 330 graduate students, about 60 College of Law graduates and around 40 School of Pharmacy graduates.

The largest degree categories are bachelor of arts at 435 degrees, followed by bachelor of science at 394 and master of science at 130.

Officials seize 53 dogs from woman

CHEYENNE -- Cheyenne Animal Control officers have taken 53 dogs from a woman who was transporting the dogs in a trailer.

Debbie Lee, of Cheyenne Animal Control, says the local law allows a person to have up to four pets.

The woman had a total of 57 dogs, so she allowed her to keep four.

Animal Control says the overall health of a number of the dogs was poor.

Court records indicate that the woman involved has a lengthy history of charges related to animal welfare, mostly in California.

Bob Fecht of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter says the facility is caring for the dogs for now.

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