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Jul 16, 2013 - The Associated Press

Teton visits up 7.6 percent

JACKSON -- Traffic in Grand Teton National Park through the first six months of the year was up 7.6 percent compared with the same period last year.

National Park Service figures show that Grand Teton counted 872,106 recreational visitors through the end of June.

There were slightly more than half a million visitors in June alone. Visitation in June itself was up 5.1 percent.

Wildfire near Casper contained

Firefighters have completely contained a 211-acre wildfire in a remote area southeast of Casper.

Fire spokesman Aaron Voos says the fire was contained on Monday.

Firefighters are now conducting mop-up operations

The fire was reported last Thursday and burned pine, grass and sagebrush.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but lightning is suspected.

$3M coming in habitat grants

JACKSON -- Landowners in national forest land at the southern edge of Jackson will share $3 million in grant money to prevent development and preserve habitat and elk migration corridors.

The grant money is part of the National Forest Service's Forest Legacy Program.

The grants are going to the Munger Mountain Corridor area, which is considered highly threatened by development.

At Munger Mountain, the money will help complete a protected corridor of land that connects the Bridger-Teton National Forest to an elk feedground.

Some of the $3 million also will protect more than a mile of riverfront habitat along the Snake River, which soon could be certified under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Idaho man dies in train wreck

TWIN LAKES, Idaho -- Authorities in northern Idaho say a 53-year-old Post Falls died after his vehicle collided with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's office says Albert P. Brunner's 1993 Mitsubishi 3000 GT hit the side of the train where the tracks cross Ramsey Road near the town Twin Lakes.

A passing motorist reported the collision about 12:45 a.m. Sunday after spotting the Mitsubishi's wreckage.

Sheriff Ben Wolfinger says the Mitsubishi struck a crossing gate that was down and then hit a train car that was 17 cars from the front. Brunner died at the scene.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says the train had four locomotives and 125 empty coal cars traveling east from Washington state to the Powder River Basin. He says the gates at the crossing were working properly.

Trustees plan special session

LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting and board retreat this week in Sheridan.

The board will be in Sheridan on Wednesday and Thursday.

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