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Apr 30, 2013 - The Associated Press

State, fed plow crews meet in park

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- Wyoming crews clearing snow in Yellowstone National Park have reached federal plowing crews.

The National Park Service says the two sides met Monday just south of Grand Village, 16 miles from where Wyoming Department of Transportation began plowing.

That puts the South Entrance on track to open on May 10 as originally scheduled.

Budget cuts had threatened to delay the opening of park entrances but the towns of Cody and Jackson and area businesses have paid for state plowing in the park to open both the East and South entrances on time.

The West Entrance opened on time on April 19 thanks to good weather. People now can drive from West Yellowstone, Mont., to Old Faithful or north to Mammoth Hot Springs.

Search continues for boater

MANILA, Utah -- Authorities have identified the missing fisherman they're searching for after his boat was found partially underwater in Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

Deputies from Daggett County, Utah, say they're looking for 46-year-old Jackson resident Danny Angelo Durante.

Durante's boat was reported about 6 p.m. Sunday in the Jug Hollow area. Rescuers believed it capsized amid high winds and treacherous waters at the reservoir.

Deputies say they continued their search through the night using sonar systems provided by Summit County rescuers and the Utah Department of Public Safety.

Feedground seeks renewal

JACKSON -- The U.S. Forest Service is recommending renewal of a permit for a Jackson Hole elk feedground operated by the state of Wyoming.

The permit for the 91-acre Alkali Creek Feedground would be good for two decades.

A decision on the feedground permit had been delayed because 14 acres of the site intruded on the Gros Ventre (groh-VAWNT') Wilderness. But the feedground's boundary was redrawn last year to no longer include the portion in the wilderness.

Game and Fish officials applauded the forest's permit proposal, while conservation groups criticized the proposal.

Game and Fish biologist Doug Brimeye between 400 and 2,300 wintering elk used Alkali Creek Feedground last winter.

Chopper pilot son of bank founder

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Yellowstone County authorities have tentatively identified the pilot killed in a helicopter crash as an 81-year-old Billings man.

Sheriff Mike Linder says investigators believe Saturday's crash killed Dan Scott, one of five children of Homer Scott, who founded what is now First Interstate BancSystem.

The company has 72 banks across Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota.

An autopsy Wednesday is expected to confirm Scott's identity.

A funeral listing from Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary says a celebration of Scott's life is scheduled for May 6 at the Paddock Ranch.

The crash and resulting fire happened Saturday morning north of Shepherd. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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