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Jul 13, 2012 - The Associated Press

Bank suspect to be transferred

POWELL -- A Utah man suspected of holding up banks in four states after being furloughed from jail will be brought to Wyoming to face charges.

Joshua Beckstead was arrested on July 4 in North Dakota on a federal warrant accusing him of holding up banks in Cody and Cheyenne.

The 32-year-old waived his right to extradition hearings, clearing the way for his transfer.

Beckstead is accused of robbing banks in Cody and Cheyenne. An FBI affidavit also says that he's suspected of bank robberies in Ogden, Maysville, Okla. and Columbus, Mont. in May and June.

He was released from the Ogden, Utah jail on May 8 to go to a dentist's appointment but never returned.

Problem bear caught, euthanized

A 4-year-old black bear has been euthanized after it was captured near downtown Cody.

The bear was spotted swimming across the Shoshone River in Cody on Tuesday. It later climbed a tree where it was tranquilized by Wyoming Game and Fish officers and then euthanized.

The bear previously had scavenged for food and caused minor property in the Meeteetse area and had been spotted on cabin porches in the Crandall Creek area.

The Game and Fish Department says once bears become accustomed to getting food by scavenging in populated areas, they become more persistent scavengers.

The 150-pound bear's coat and skull were given to the Shoshone National Forest for education programs.

Rules for raw milk clarified

Proposed rule changes by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture would clarify that families can drink raw milk from their own animals and share that milk with non-paying guests.

Dean Finkenbinder with the agriculture department says an existing state rule in theory could prevent people from drinking unpasteurized milk from their own cows. He says regulators don't enforce the rule that way but want clarification.

The proposed new rule is still too restrictive for some.

Raw milk advocates at a forum in Casper on Wednesday said state regulators shouldn't limit raw milk consumption to cow owners and their friends.

Health officials say drinking raw milk can make people sick. Raw milk advocates say raw milk tastes better and offers nutritional benefits not provided by pasteurized milk.

Horse adoption at Frontier Days

CHEYENNE -- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will offer two horses that were captured from wild herds in Wyoming for adoption by silent auction at Cheyenne Frontier Days this month. The horses will be available for public viewing in a corral across from the General Land Office in Wild Horse Gulch, located east of the fairgrounds.

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