A Wyoming tribe is considering hemp and medical marijuana as possible opportunities to bolster its economy and treat illnesses.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported that the Eastern Shoshone Tribe’s General Council approved a group’s study of the benefits of legalizing medical marijuana and producing hemp.

The group whose Shoshone name So-go-Beah Naht-Su’ translates to Mother Earth and Medicine in English says it has no plans to push for legalizing recreational marijuana.

The group is expected to present research and a proposal at the next general council meeting, possibly in January.

Advocates say the measures could help diversify the Wind River Reservation economy while offering an additional option to treat some medical conditions.

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Authorities say a man and woman who died last week while hiking in a popular area of Arches National Park in Utah were a couple from California.

Grand County Sheriff Lt. Kim Neal said Monday that the two who died Nov. 29 while hiking to Delicate Arch were 65-year-old Toshiaki Amimoto and 60-year-old Etoko Amimoto of Torrance, California. He said their son, 30-year-old Ryo Amimoto, suffered serious injuries but survived.

Neal said it appears the three slipped while on a steep slope in a sandstone bowl near the Delicate Arch. It had been raining and snowing with temperatures near freezing.

Delicate Arch is a four-story sandstone arch perched on the rim of a deep red rock canyon in southern Utah.

The state of Wyoming collected over $1 billion in sales and use taxes in fiscal year 2019.

According to an annual tax revenue report compiled by the state’s Economic Analysis Division, that was nearly 12% more than the state collected the previous fiscal year.

The report credits oil exploration and more active drilling rigs in eastern Wyoming for some of the growth.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported that construction stemming from the energy sector delivered high returns for the state.

Still, the 2019 fiscal year didn’t set any tax records.

Chief economist Wenlin Liu (LEW) said the amount of total sales and use taxes for fiscal year 2019 was about 5% lower than that of fiscal year 2015, before the economic downturn in the state.

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Ten grizzly bears from a zoo in Argentina are adjusting to their new home at Colorado’s Wild Animal Sanctuary.

The bruins were flown from Argentina to Dallas, and then driven to Keenesburg, north of Denver, in late November.

After an adjustment period, sanctuary officials plan to move the bears to a 50-acre habitat near Springfield.

Wildlife Animal Sanctuary director Pat Craig told Colorado Public Radio that the sanctuary is the next best thing to living in the wild.

The bears come from the Mendoza Zoological Park in the Mendoza Province near the Chilean border. The zoo was the subject of protests for housing a polar bear that died in 2016.

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