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Mar 26, 2013 - The Associated Press

Money raised to open park on time

JACKSON -- Thanks to successful local community fundraising efforts, Yellowstone National Park will be open on time this spring to visitors coming through the south and east entrances in Wyoming.

On Monday, the Jackson Town Council approved paying $71,000 to plow the park's South Entrance beginning April 8. Last week, the Cody Chamber of Commerce announced it had raised $100,000 to plow the East Entrance.

Officials say roads passing through those entrances should be clear by the first weekend in May, assuming no major snowstorms set the plowing effort back.

The National Park Service had announced that the roads would open two weeks later than usual because of federal budget cuts.

The delay could have cost communities that bank on Yellowstone visitors millions of tourist dollars.

AG warns of credit card scam

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Attorney General is warning that scammers are directing automated telephone calls to citizens seeking information about credit cards and debit cards.

The Attorney General's Office reports it has seen a sharp rise in consumer complaints regarding this type of scam. Investigators are looking into the calls.

In the scam, a voice recording tells the person receiving the call that there's been a problem with their card.

The recording then asks the person enter their card number and other information.

The Attorney General's Office warns people not to give out any personal information over the phone. Anyone with concerns about their debit or credit card should contact the financial institution that issued the card.

Teton Park bears waking up

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK -- The National Park Service says bears in Grand Teton National Park are active again and looking for food.

Park staff received reports of bear tracks March 15. Park officials said Monday that the reports are consistent with long-term data that show half of adult males bears are out of their winter dens by mid-March every year.

Now that bears are coming out of hibernation, park officials are reminding hikers to travel in groups of at least three, to stay at least 100 yards from bears and to make noise. They also say to carry bear spray -- and know how to use it.

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