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UW collects $50.7 million in private donations

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming saw a slight dip in private contributions in the last fiscal year but still collected the second-highest amount ever. For the fiscal year ending June 30, private giving to UW reached $50.7 million. While down from the previous year’s record of $56 million, it’s still only the second time in the school’s history that fundraising has exceeded $50 million. UW President Dick McGinity says the money is exceptional. Leading the donors was Hess Corp., which committed $5 million to support the construction and equipping of UW’s new High Bay Research Facility for research into unconventional reservoirs of oil and gas. Halliburton also gave $3 million for the High Bay facility and research. UW athletics received a record $12.8 million in donations to support renovations and student-athletes. … Read entire article »

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Judge denies request to delay wild horse roundup

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request from horse preservation groups to block the federal government’s plan to round up about 800 wild horses in Wyoming. Judge Nancy Freudenthal in Cheyenne on Thursday denied the group’s request for an injunction. The groups responded by filing an appeal with a federal appeals court in Denver. The groups are challenging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s plans to remove horses from the Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek herd management areas in southern Wyoming areas starting next month. The groups claim the federal agency failed to follow environmental laws in planning the action. The state of Wyoming has intervened in the lawsuit, saying wild horses must not be allowed to damage the lands or conflict with private property rights.   … Read entire article »

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Advisory from wydot on uw game-day road construction

(LARAMIE, Wyo.)  Fans traveling to the Cowboys football opener this weekend are advised of possible delays as they approach Laramie. East of town on I-80, the Remount interchange bridge is being worked on, thus reducing westbound traffic for a short stretch to single lane. Speeds are reduced to 65 miles per hour. A mill and overlay is in progress on I-80 between the Otto Road and Round Top interchanges. Expect single lane travel with speeds reduced to 65 mph for 10 miles. Concrete slab repair is underway on I-80 from Round Top to South Greeley Highway in Cheyenne. This affects both lanes where speed is reduced to 65 mph.Crews may be working at spot locations, reducing speeds to 45 MPH for a short distance. Also east of Laramie on the interstate, … Read entire article »

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Pastor shot, wounded in Wyoming church

CENTENNIAL, Wyo. (AP) — An elder at a Wyoming church where the pastor was shot says the wounded man is expected to be OK. Pastor Dennis Lynn Davis was shot with his own handgun after apparently interrupting a burglary Tuesday night at Centennial Valley Community Church west of Laramie. Elder Randy Svalina said Davis underwent surgery and is recovering while law officers look for suspects. Albany County Undersheriff Rob DeBree said Davis was shot with his own .380-caliber handgun during a struggle with the burglar. Davis said the burglar was about 6 feet tall and wore a black ski mask and camouflaged clothing. The shooting prompted a search around Centennial, a picturesque village at the foot of Wyoming’s Snowy Range. … Read entire article »

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Yellowstone National Park employee found dead

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Law enforcement at Yellowstone National Park is investigating the death a woman who worked there. Park officials say 21-year-old Kassandra “Kassie” Wieferich was found dead Tuesday night in the Old Faithful Lodge area. Officials started searching for Wieferich, a park concession employee from Twin Bridges, Montana, on Tuesday after she missed shifts at work and failed to meet a family member on Monday afternoon. The Park Service didn’t announce the discovery of her body until Wednesday to allow notification of her family. National Park Service park rangers and special agents are investigating her death. … Read entire article »

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Fall, head trauma killed Russian hiker

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say a 20-year-old Russian man found dead in Grand Teton National Park died of blunt force trauma from a fall. The Teton County coroner is ruling the death of Aleksandr “Sasha” Sagiev an accident. Sagiev was a seasonal employee. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that officials believe he died almost immediately after hitting his head during a fall from the steep traverse. Sagiev was reported missing Aug. 18. His body was found Aug. 22. … Read entire article »

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Primary election results certified

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The State Canvassing Board has certified last week’s primary election results. Secretary of State Max Maxfield says two write-in candidates in state legislative races received enough votes to make the general election ballot if they accept their nomination. The write-in candidates are: Linda Fleming of Baggs, Democratic candidate, Senate District 11, and Harlan Edmonds of Cheyenne, Republican candidate, House District 12. Maxfield says the names of candidates who will appear on the general election ballot will be determined as soon as all write-in candidates have notified his office of their acceptance or refusal of the nomination. According to state statute, Sept. 4 is the last day for the Secretary of State to certify the list of names for the general election ballot to each county clerk. … Read entire article »

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UW family medicine program to expand access

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — More people will have access to the University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency Programs in Casper and Cheyenne. The residency programs received a special federal designation that will allow them to focus on increasing access to care for thousands of medically and financially underserved residents in Laramie and Natrona counties. Dr. Beth Robitaille of UW says the designation comes with additional resources to both increase and improve access to care for underserved people. Established in 1976 and 1980 in Casper and Cheyenne, respectively, the UW clinics are community-based residency programs governed by a 10-member board. They serve more than 17,000 people each year. … Read entire article »

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2 daughters’ views differ on 1970s Wyoming slaying

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A daughter of a 75-year-old Missouri woman sentenced to life in prison this week for killing her husband in Wyoming almost 40 years ago says she stands by mother. A judge in Cheyenne on Monday gave Alice Uden the maximum possible sentence, but Erica Hayes maintains the shooting saved her from her stepfather. In May, a jury rejected Uden’s claim she shot Ronald Holtz to protect the then-2-year-old Hayes after Holtz became enraged by the girl’s crying. Jurors accepted prosecutors’ argument that Uden shot Holtz while he was asleep. The jury found the Chadwick, Missouri, woman guilty of second-degree murder. Now 42, Hayes said Wednesday she will support her mother in prison. Holtz’s daughter, Sharon Brock, called Uden in a letter read at Monday’s sentencing a “very disturbed individual.” … Read entire article »

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Colorado sheep farmer killed in ATV crash

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Family and friends are gathering to remember a Colorado sheep farmer killed while bringing supplies to his shepherds. A funeral service is being held Wednesday afternoon for 50-year-old John Wade Bartmann of Greeley at Timberline Church in Fort Collins. He died Aug. 17 after his ATV rolled and pinned him in a remote part of the Routt National Forest near the Wyoming border. Steamboat Today reports that Bartmann was the 2006 Colorado wool grower of the year and was featured in a 2012 New York Times story about the struggles sheep farmers were facing in the midst of the drought and low sheep prices. He grazed his sheep in Wyoming’s Red Desert in the winter and moved them to Colorado in the summer. He leaves a wife and two … Read entire article »

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