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JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming utility company had the lowest power rates in the nation in 2017. The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports Lower Valley Energy, based in Afton, Wyoming, had the lowest rates for residential electricity among 813 cooperatives. A news release says the annual ranking comes from the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, which tracks industry trend.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A wildlife refuge in southern Wyoming is expanding by 581 acres with help from The Nature Conservancy. The Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Albany County is home to the endangered Wyoming toad. The Wyoming toad was listed as a federally-endangered species in January 1984. The Refuge was formally established in 1993.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Bureau Land Management is considering what should be done with the 600 miles of roads built in the Power River Basin to serve the region's failed coal-bed methane industry. The agency would like to leave at least a portion of them open to improve access to public lands.

MEETEETSE, Wyo. (AP) - Biologists plan another release of black-footed ferrets in Wyoming's Park County. The animals were thought to be extinct until a tiny colony was discovered in 1981 near the small northwestern town of Meeteetse.

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