Aug 30, 2013 The Associated Press

Dry weekend ahead for firefighters

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- A new wildfire has started in Yellowstone National Park but officials report no issues with any of the fires burning in the park.

Storms on Thursday brought rain to the Alum Fire burning about five miles northwest of Fishing Bridge Junction. However, the storms also were accompanied by lightning that started at least one new fire about a mile away.

The National Park Service says more than 700 lightning strikes occurred in the park Thursday afternoon so additional fire starts are expected. Dry, warmer weather also is expected this weekend.

All park roads and major tourist facilities are open. The five fires that have been burning in the park this week have shown little activity and are just being monitored.

Democrats choose Rock Springs

ROCK SPRINGS -- Rock Springs will be the site of the 2014 Wyoming State Democratic Convention.

Party leaders selected Rock Spring earlier this month during a meeting in Green River.

The Democratic convention will run May 16-17 next year. Democrats from across the state will gather to adopt a platform, hear from state and national leaders and plan strategy initiatives heading into the 2014 election cycle.

The party expects between 200 and 300 delegates to attend the convention.

Sweetwater County Democratic Chairman Mark Chollak said the convention will be an opportunity for Democrats to influence the course of the party for the next several years.

Wolves suspected in sheep deaths

JACKSON -- Officials with an Idaho company say wolves are suspected of killing eight of its sheep on a public land grazing allotment in Wyoming during the past 10 days.

The sheep are owned by the Siddoway Sheep Co., which is based in Terreton, Idaho.

It is the same company that reported losing 176 sheep nearby in Idaho two weeks ago after wolves caused the herd to stampede and crush each other.

The eight sheep killed in Wyoming were located on a grazing allotment in the Bridger-Teton National Forest south of Hoback Junction.

J.C. Siddoway said the company has had wolf problems there for about five years.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials are investigating.

Smoke ban backers file suit

CASPER -- Smoking ban advocates in Casper are suing to demand a recount of a petition challenging the city's new weakened regulations.

The co-leader of Keep Casper Smoke Free, Kim Holloway, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Natrona County.

The city says the group failed to collect enough signatures on their petition calling for a referendum on the ban. But Holloway says the signatures of up to 95 people were wrongly thrown out.

The city's administrative services director, V.H. McDonald wouldn't comment on the lawsuit.

In June, city councilors partially repealed the smoking ban and allowed smoking in bars that aren't in restaurants.

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