Retired plumber uses cold to create colorful ‘gumdrops’

In this Jan. 4, 2018 photo, Russ Opp looks at the gum drop balls hanging from his swing set that he made by putting colored water into balloons and freezing them over the past few sub zero days in Gillette, Wy. (Kelly Wenzel/Gillette News Record via AP)

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Russ Opp has found a way to while away the hours during subzero temperatures in Gillette.

Feds to pause killing of beavers after threat of lawsuit

FILE - In this May 24, 2010, file photo, a beaver holds up a branch to chew on near Thompson Creek in Seaside, Ore. The U.S. government will place a pause on a beaver-killing program in Oregon after environmental groups threatened a lawsuit over the practice. (Alex Pajunas/Daily Astorian via AP, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. government will temporarily stop killing beavers in Oregon after environmental groups threatened a lawsuit alleging the practice reduces the number of dams that create deep pools that are ideal habitat for young, endangered coho salmon.

Court OKs killing a type of owl to see effect on other owls

In this Dec. 13, 2017 photo, a female barred owl sits on a branch in the wooded hills outside Philomath, Ore. A federal appeals court in San Francisco has upheld a plan by wildlife officials to kill one type of owl to study its effect on another type of owl. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court in San Francisco has upheld a plan by wildlife officials to kill one type of owl to study its effect on another type of owl.

Republican House speaker in Utah won’t seek re-election

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes speaks during the Utah Taxpayers Association 2018 Legislative Outlook Conference in Salt Lake City. Hughes won't seek re-election this year, his chief of staff said Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

MIDVALE, Utah (AP) — Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes said Wednesday that he will not seek re-election this year but he isn’t closing the door on his career in politics.

Broomball booms on valley’s winter nights

In this Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, photo, Graham Koten of the Raptordactyls packs up the team's gear following a hard-fought loss to the Swamp Donkeys at the Teton County Fairgrounds in Jackson, Wyo. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Sam Phillips doesn’t look like he has played broomball every winter for the past three years.

Capitol tree heads back to Montana for possible use in park

FILE- In this Dec. 6, 2017, file photo, the Capitol Christmas Tree, which came from a northwestern Montana forest, is lit on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Some Montana companies hope to keep the fame of the spruce tree that served as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree alive by trucking the tree back home to Montana. Organizers hope it can be used to help rebuild a century-old chalet in Glacier National Park that was destroyed in a wildfire last summer. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The spruce tree destined to serve as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was carefully selected from a Montana forest and hauled across the country in a special truck to preserve its freshness.

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