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Aug 20, 2013 - The Associated Press

Obesity rate holds steady

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming residents aren't getting any fatter, according to a national study.

The Trust For America's Health says Wyoming's obesity rate last year was 24.6 percent, which means about one in four residents are significantly overweight. The rate is about the same as it was in 2011.

Wyoming is doing better than many other states. Its rate was the 10th-lowest obesity rate.

Thirteen states had rates above 30 percent and.

Colorado continues to have the lowest rate at 21.5 percent.

Fire burns near Grand Loop

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- Yellowstone National Park officials say a wildfire burning near the Grand Loop Road north of Yellowstone Lake was the most active Monday on the side farthest away from any major visitor areas.

The Alum Fire has burned an estimated 4,000 acres in the Mud Volcano vicinity.

While the fire is well away from any large visitor areas, firefighters are performing structure protection work in Fishing Bridge, Lake Village and Bridge Bay as a precaution.

The main concern now is smoke from the fire possibly hampering visibility on the lower, east section of Grand Loop Road.

Several other fires are burning in remote areas of Yellowstone and pose no danger although they are sending up a lot of smoke.

Driver in triple fatal fell asleep

CHEYENNE -- The driver of a car that crashed in northern Colorado last week, killing three people, apparently fell asleep behind the wheel.

22-year-old Anthony Alacca of Cheyenne has been charged with three misdemeanor counts of careless driving causing death and one misdemeanor count of careless driving causing injury in Thursday's crash.

A brother and sister, 21-year-old Michael De La Rosa and 18-year-old Mariah De La Rosa, and 21-year-old Michael Gnoato died after Alacca failed to negotiate a curve on U.S. Highway 85. The sedan hit an embankment, went airborne and rolled. A fourth passenger, 21-year-old Mariah Motschman, was injured and remains in critical condition at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.

The accident happened around 5:40 a.m. about 10 miles south of the Wyoming border.

Wolves kill 176 sheep in Idaho

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- A southeastern Idaho ranch lost 176 sheep as the animals ran in fear from two wolves that chased through a herd of about 2,400 animals south of Victor.

Sheepherders for the Siddoway Sheep Co. heard the wolves at about 1 a.m. Saturday, but didn't know the extent of the damage until they saw the sheep piled up on each other at daybreak.

J.C. Siddoway of Terreton says almost all of the sheep died from asphyxiation. About 10 died of bite wounds and one was partially consumed.

Idaho Wildlife Services State Director Todd Grimm says it's the greatest loss by wolves ever recorded in one instance in the state.

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