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May 24, 2012 - Associated Press

Ranch deal to be discussed

CHEYENNE (AP) -- The University of Wyoming and Colorado State University presidents intend to meet soon to talk about plans to sell a jointly owned ranch in southeast Wyoming.

The Y Cross Ranch sprawls across almost 80 square miles of high country between Cheyenne and Laramie. The University of Wyoming Foundation and Colorado State University Research Foundation have owned the property jointly since 1997.

The two schools have been preparing since last year to begin marketing the ranch this spring. The University of Wyoming Foundation says it's ready to sell but a Colorado State spokeswoman says the two presidents need to discuss the timing of the sale.

Long fireworks ban predicted

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Laramie County has banned the use of fireworks in unincorporated areas because of the risk of grass fires.

Fireworks will only be allowed in a designated area near Interstate 25 from June 30 to July 4.

The ban is expected to remain in effect until the fall.

The county is also asking property owners to keep dry grass near structures mowed short and not to burn trash.

Park set for summer season

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- Yellowstone National Park is ready for another summer.

All park entrances are open, and the road over Dunraven Pass linking Canyon Village and Tower Fall is scheduled to open on Friday morning. Also set to open Friday is the Beartooth Highway, which connects the communities of Red Lodge and Cooke City, Mont., and the park's Northeast Entrance.

Most seasonal visitor services are open in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Saturday also marks the opening of fishing season in the park.

There will be no daytime travel delays or overnight road closures due to construction during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

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