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Mar 13, 2013 - The Associated Press

Park roads can be plowed

CHEYENNE -- Gov. Matt Mead on Tuesday approved providing state snow plows and crews to clear roads inside Yellowstone National Park and told communities in northwest Wyoming to go ahead and raise money for the effort.

The Cody Country Chamber of Commerce is ready to do just that, as soon as it gets a total estimated cost, Executive Director Scott Balyo said.

"Before we can fund raise we need to know how much we need to raise," Balyo said. "It has to be reasonable."

Spring plowing in Yellowstone has been postponed two weeks to save money amid federal budget cuts.

Plowing was scheduled to begin March 4 but is delayed two weeks with the idea of letting warmer weather do much of the work in the weeks ahead.

Businesses near Yellowstone fret that the park won't fully open to automobiles until one to two weeks later than usual this May.

Rules reviewed for horse tours

JACKSON -- Yellowstone National Park officials are beginning to review the park's regulations for guided back-country horse trips. The goal is to come up with revisions in time for the 2014 summer season.

The National Park Service has scheduled public hearings on its policies for guided trips involving livestock. Upcoming meetings will take place Tuesday in Jackson, Wednesday in West Yellowstone, Mont., Monday in Gardiner, Mont., and March 20 in Cody.

Yellowstone currently has 45 concession contracts for guided saddle and pack stock tours.

Commercial stock day use in Yellowstone is up by about 50 percent over the past 15 years. Park spokesman Al Nash says the increased use is prompting the review.

Teen shot while cleaning guns

POWELL -- Authorities say a teenager was shot and seriously injured while he and a friend were cleaning handguns in Clark, a small town near the Wyoming-Montana border.

Park County Sheriff Scott Steward says 19-year-old Patrick Caines was shot in the lower abdomen Monday night and is recovering in a Billings, Mont., hospital. Caines' friend had been "dry-firing" the weapons after reassembling them and didn't realize one .41-caliber revolver was loaded.

Steward believes the shooting was an accident.

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