At two-room school, education meets rural Wyoming

In this May 4, 2018, photo, Red Creek Elementary students Oliver Nelson, from left, Kadin Pollock and Luke Nelson work on homework assignments in a small crevasse during a school outing in rural Natrona County, Wyo. There are two classrooms in the trailer that is Red Creek Elementary. The third classroom is outside: It’s the sprawling prairie and foothills, the ridges, the anthills, the coyote scat and the roaming cattle where the school's nine students have science class and explore and learn about their world. (Josh Galemore/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — There are two classrooms in the trailer that is Red Creek Elementary. There are cubbies, hooks for jackets, a cluster of desks, a bathroom, a whiteboard, posters with owls and educational platitudes. There’s a desk for the teacher, some tables, a cabinet stuffed with balls, a purified water fountain.

Montana Banksy: ‘All the joy, none of the spotlight’

Montana Banksy creates rock art in and around Livingston, Mont. Montana Banksy, who gets her name from the British street artist as well as her tendency to work on the banks of the Yellowstone River, uses the earth as her canvas and medium. courtesy Montana Banksy

LIVINGSTON, Mont. — You might find the artist known as Montana Banksy as the sun rises collecting rocks along the Yellowstone River and belting Billie Holiday tunes to scare away the bears. But she would prefer you don’t find her.

AP Exclusive: Washington psychiatric hospital called ‘hell’

FILE - In this file photo taken April 11, 2017, a security officer stands on steps at the entrance to Western State Hospital, in Lakewood, Wash. Hundreds of mentally ill patients at Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital are forced to live in conditions that do not meet federal health and safety standards, while overworked nurses and psychiatrists say they must navigate a management system that punishes whistleblowers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

SEATTLE (AP) — Behind tall brick walls and secure windows, hundreds of patients at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital live in conditions that fail U.S. health and safety standards, while overworked nurses and psychiatrists say they are navigating a system that punishes employees who speak out despite critical staffing shortages.

California fire kills 1 as heat stokes blazes in West

Firefighters wait for water as they battle flames at the Alpine Oaks Estates mobile home park during a wildfire Friday, July 6, 2018, in Alpine, Calif. Gusty winds fanned the flames as Southern California struggles through a scorching heat wave. (Eduardo Contreras/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

HORNBROOK, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire raging through drought-stricken timber and brush near California’s border with Oregon killed one person and destroyed 40 buildings as it burned largely out of control, authorities said Friday.

Room rates climb at some Yellowstone Park lodges

FILE - In this May 13, 2016 file photo, the historic yellow stagecoach arrives at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel as the crowd takes photos during the 125th anniversary celebration of the hotel. The cost of staying in some of Yellowstone National Park's most historic lodges increased by up to a third this summer under a new, pilot pricing system that allows the lodging concessionaire more leeway in setting room rates. (Hannah Potes /The Billings Gazette via AP, File)

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The cost of staying in some of Yellowstone National Park’s most historic lodges increased by up to a third this summer under a new, pilot pricing system that allows the lodging concessionaire more leeway in setting room rates.

Man accused of starting Colorado wildfire

Craig Hotshots firefighters take a break from battling the Weston Pass Fire, Monday, July 2, 2018, near Fairplay, Colo. In Colorado, more than 2,500 homes were under evacuation orders as firefighters battled more than a half-dozen wildfires. (Hugh Carey/Summit Daily News via AP)

DENVER (AP) — A man accused of starting a Colorado wildfire that has destroyed more than 100 homes acknowledged building a fire on land where he has been living but said he made sure it was out, according to a court document.

Southern California hit by record-breaking heat wave

Construction workers carry large bottles of water during a break in the blistering days heat in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, July 6, 2018. Southern California baked Friday under a heat wave that forecasters correctly predicted would be one for the record books, with widespread triple-digit highs and increased fire danger. The National Weather Service says downtown Los Angeles broke the July 6, 1992 record when it hit 95 degrees. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California sizzled Friday in record-breaking heat from the desert to the sea, with widespread triple-digit highs and withering conditions that stoked wildfires.

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