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Casper man charged with 10 sex-related felonies

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A 20-year-old Casper man is facing 10 sex-related charges after a formal appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on Monday. Christopher Dudgeon faces seven charges of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, two charges of sexual contact with a minor and one charge of taking immodest liberties with a minor. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Dudgeon was on probation for sexual battery, a misdemeanor, when the new crimes are alleged to have occurred. … Read entire article »

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Man charged in Cheyenne shooting reaches deal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A man charged in a fatal drug-related shooting in Cheyenne in 2012 could be sentenced to between four and five years under a deal with prosecutors. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that Brian M. Sears appeared in court Monday to plead guilty to reckless endangerment and felony possession of marijuana. He had earlier pleaded not guilty to attempted second-degree murder but that charge was dropped. Sears is accused of shooting and killing 22-year-old Connor Tarr after Tarr and a man named Cameron Scott stabbed him during a struggle in December 2012. Police say Sears then shot at Scott’s car as the man was trying to get away. A judge will decide later whether to agree to the four to five year sentence recommended by prosecutors. … Read entire article »

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UL hopes to employ 25 in Laramie by end of 2015

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Underwriters Laboratories says it hopes to employ 25 people at its new office in Laramie by the end of next year and possibly double that amount later. Gov. Matt Mead announced Monday that it would open a technology office there in June, starting with six employees. The global safety company puts its familiar UL seal of approval on electrical appliances and devices that meet its standards. UL information technology director Mike Nuteson told the Laramie Boomerang that the company is looking for people with a technical background, either from schooling or job experience. He said it plans to “invest heavily” in training new employees. UL will open its office at the Wyoming Technology Business Center at the University of Wyoming while it looks for a permanent space. … Read entire article »

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Cindy Hill returns to Wyoming Dept. of Education

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill has returned to the Department of Education. Hill’s return on Monday ends nearly 15 months of exile. The courts recently ruled for her in a legal challenge she mounted against a change in state law that had stripped her office of its powers. Hill says she believes Monday is a good day for her, the state constitution and the state of Wyoming. Hill’s return to the department follows a judge’s final order last week holding that the state law stripping her of her authority was unconstitutional. Renny MacKay is spokesman for Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead. He says members of Hill’s staff met with members of the governor’s staff and other officials on Monday as part of her transition back to power. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming man pleads not guilty in explosives theft

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Wyoming man has pleaded not guilty in the theft of 559 pounds of explosives from a government bunker near Red Lodge. Budd James Nesius of Wheatland is charged with possession of stolen explosives. He entered his not-guilty plea Monday during a brief hearing in U.S. District Court in Billings. Officials discovered in April that the explosives were missing from the U.S. Forest Service bunker. In November, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced it had recovered all of the explosives, but did not provide further details. Nesius was arrested and charged in February. After Monday’s hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby remanded the 32-year-old Nesius to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. … Read entire article »

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Wyo. continues Linc review amid Australia charges

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — State officials say they’re not yet privy to the details of any environmental problems a company seeking to experiment with underground coal gasification in Wyoming allegedly caused with a similar project in Australia. Gov. Matt Mead spokesman Renny MacKay said Monday that Wyoming officials are trying to learn more about the alleged problems. The Queensland, Australia, government charges Linc Energy with causing serious environmental harm at an underground coal gasification plant. A Queensland government spokeswoman did not respond to a request for more details. In Wyoming, Linc proposes to burn up to 2,000 tons of underground coal reserves near Wright to produce several gases including methane. Linc officials say they dispute and will contest the Australian charges. Wyoming officials say they will hold Linc to a high environmental standard. … Read entire article »

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Forest Service plans burns in Sierra Madre range

SARATOGA, Wyo. (AP) — Crews on the Medicine Bow National Forest are hoping to conduct prescribed burns in the Sierra Madre range beginning as early as this week. Both planned burns will be west of Encampment, on the Brush Creek-Hayden Ranger District. Crews plans to burn about 200 acres over one to two days this spring in the Divide Peak Prescribed Burn Project near the northwest corner of the Sierra Madre. Crews plan to burn roughly another 200 acres in the Sandstone Prescribed Burn Project, which is on the west end of the Sierra Madre in Big Sandstone Canyon. Burning in both areas will continue over coming years. The exact date of the burns will depend on weather and fuel moisture conditions. … Read entire article »

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Laramie County aid groups seek more state funding

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Five Laramie County organizations have applied for more than $200,000 in state grants for services to the needy. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Monday the total is higher than in previous years, when county groups sought around $83,000 or less in grants in Temporary Aid to Needy Families. County grants manager Sandra Newland says the reason is that other funding sources are drying up. Requests include $75,000 for job training for single mothers through CLIMB Wyoming, $50,000 for the Boys and Girls Club and $41,000 for WHMI Strong Families Strong Wyoming, which promotes the importance of marriage and families. High Country Consulting is seeking $30,000 for counselors to work with teen parents and the Wyoming Family Home Ownership Program is asking for $4,600 to help families buy homes. … Read entire article »

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Transportation Commission awards $24 million in highway contracts

(WYOMING)  Contracts totaling $24.4 million for 12 highway projects around the state, including two made possible by increased fuel tax revenue, were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its April meeting. Concrete Foundations of Douglas won the largest of the contracts with the low bid of $6.2 million for improvements to US 20-26-87 (E. Richards Street) between the East Douglas Interchange and Mesa Drive in Douglas. About one-half mile of the highway on the eastern end of the project will be rebuilt with concrete pavement because it carries growing heavy truck traffic. The remainder of the section will have deteriorating pavement milled off and replaced with a new layer of asphalt pavement. The contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2015. Gillette’s S&S Builders won a $4.8 million contract to widen two … Read entire article »

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Pet owners advised to vaccinate against rabies

Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory scientists are urging  pet owners – especially those in Laramie and Goshen counties – to have pets vaccinated against rabies. Forty-one of 66 tests of animals from the two counties this year have been positive, said Myrna Miller, a virologist with the University of Wyoming’s WSVL. Thirty-seven skunks and one fox from Goshen County and three skunks from Laramie County have been positive. All have been from the South Central rabies strain. “It is important for pet owners to vaccinate their pets against rabies,” said Miller in the Department of Veterinary Sciences, which manages the WSVL. “Even if the animal does not usually have contact with wildlife, rabid skunks and foxes have been known to climb into outdoor dog kennels and attack large dogs and even humans.” Miller advised … Read entire article »

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