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Jul 31, 2012 - The Associated Press

New wildfires in Wyoming

CHEYENNE -- Firefighters quickly attacked a new wildfire in Grand Teton National Park on Monday afternoon as they contained other new fires that began over the weekend across Wyoming.

The fire in Grand Teton was started by lightning on the southwest side of Emma Matilda Lake.

Firefighters contained several range fires in Sheridan County, including one that forced the evacuation of a few homes Sunday.

In south-central Wyoming, the Seminoe Fire in Carbon County is contained but a new fire west of there has started by lightning in the Ferris Mountains. It has burned about 2,600 acres and is about 30 percent contained.

First Lady might talk in Jackson

JACKSON -- Michelle Obama may speak at a free public event during her fundraising trip to Jackson next month.

The first lady is scheduled to be in Jackson Aug. 11 for a luncheon with campaign donors at the Snow King Resort.

Teton County Democrats also want Mrs. Obama to speak at a setting open to as many people as possible. Democratic county chairman Chuck Herz said the base of the Snow King ski area is one of the possible venues but there are security concerns about an outdoor event.

County Democrats are also working on taking the first lady to Grand Teton National Park.

State elections get good review

CHEYENNE -- A national study rates Wyoming's election procedures as fairly strong, although it says there is some room for improvement.

The report was released last week by the Verified Voting Foundation, the Rutgers Law School Constitutional Litigation Clinic and Common Cause.

It looks at the election apparatus in each of the 50 states, rating them on various standards of accountability, transparency and vote reconciliation.

Wyoming scored highly in three of the report's five categories: enforcing paper ballots and voting records; allowing for paper balloting for military and overseas voters; and ballot accounting and reconciliation.

he only part of the report where Wyoming was determined to be "inadequate" is in the policies it has in place for post-election auditing.

Warm water hits park fishing

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- Parts of three rivers in Yellowstone National Park will be closed to fishing due to unusually warm water temperatures.

Starting Wednesday, park officials will prohibit fishing on the Gibbon River below Gibbon Falls, Firehole River below Keppler Cascades, and the Madison River.

The reason is water temperatures ranging into the high 70s -- too warm for trout. Warm weather, hot water from thermal features and low stream flows all are causing the water to warm up.

Warm water can be stressful or even fatal for trout.

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