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Suspicious package investigated in Lander

(LANDER, Wyo.)  The Lander Post Office was closed for a few hours this morning when a suspicious package was discovered. The package had white powder on the outside. The Lander Police department, fire department and the Regional Rapid Response Team from the Riverton Office of Homeland Security are investigating the package. No further information was available at press time. … Read entire article »

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Riverton man caught stealing red handed

(RIVERTON, Wyo.)  Riverton Police believe they have caught a serial burglar. Captain Eric Murphy with the Riverton Police department said officers responded to a residence Tuesday night after the homeowner contacted police.  The resident said foot prints in the snow led to his garage, but no foot prints leaving. When officers arrived, they went into the garage with guns drawn and found a man stealing items.  Even with guns trained on him, 29 year old Jeramie Lewis rushed the officers who had to forcefully detain Lewis. Officers found items in Lewis’s possession that connected him to as many as 10 other burglaries that had occurred over the past several weeks in the Riverton area. … Read entire article »

Gillette hospital identifies need for more internists

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Campbell County’s need for medical internists is getting worse. Two internists this week notified Campbell County Memorial Hospital that they will be leaving this fall. Campbell County Health CEO Andy Fitzgerald says the two doctors are moving to Laramie to practice at Ivinson Memorial Hospital. The departures come as the hospital has already identified a need to recruit one full-time internist. Fitzgerald said there’s no minimizing the loss. But he says the hospital is in a better position to offer specialized care in many areas than in the past. In addition, Campbell County Health also has been increasing efforts recently to recruit family medicine doctors. … Read entire article »

Bill extends federal help to rural water systems

DENVER (AP) — Senators from Colorado, Wyoming and Montana are co-sponsoring a bill to re-authorize training and other assistance for rural water providers. Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet said Wednesday the bill will renew the Environmental Protection Agency’s technical assistance to small utilities to comply with the Save Drinking Water Act. The bill would renew the assistance for six years. It’s called the Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act Other sponsors include Republicans John Barrasso and Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Democrat Jon Tester of Montana. The bill has a dozen other co-sponsors. … Read entire article »

Search for missing Casper woman continues

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Casper police say they continue to actively investigate the disappearance of a 61-year-old woman last seen in October. Lt. Chris Hadlock says tips in the search for Kristi Richardson have slowed down, but he says police will check out leads no matter how old the case is. Police have talked to several “persons of interest” but have no suspects. Richardson’s family is offering a $45,000 reward for information leading to her location. Richardson went missing Oct. 7 after workers at her trucking business said she didn’t show up for work. Stains found on her bed that day are being tested at the state crime lab. Police are not calling the case a criminal investigation but say Richardson … Read entire article »

North Platte flushing pushed back a week amid ice concern

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Water levels will rise significantly in part of the North Platte River later this month during a flushing operation to help trout. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has asked the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to temporarily increase flows out of Gray Reef Reservoir southeast of Casper. The higher flow rate originally was scheduled to begin this coming Monday but concern about ice in the river has postponed the flushing until March 16. The purpose of the 10-day operation is to maintain fish spawning habitat and the invertebrates that fish eat. Each day from 3-9 a.m., flows will increase from 500 to 4,000 cubic feet per second before gradually decreasing back to 500. The department … Read entire article »

Man in dead cow case gets up to 10 years

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge in Campbell County has sentenced a man to seven to 10 years in prison for his role in the killing of a cow with stolen guns. The sentence imposed on Randy W. Ayres will be served consecutively to a past federal sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm. District Judge John R. Perry said he would reconsider parts of the sentence if the 36-year-old Ayres improves himself while in prison. Ayres was charged with aggravated burglary, accessory after the fact and wrongful taking or disposing of property. Authorities say that after stealing the guns and other property last September, Ayres and another man shot a cow and partially dismembered it. … Read entire article »

UW announces 2015 Hall of Fame inductees

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming has announced new inductees into the UW Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. The list includes seven individuals and one team. The inductees are: Marcus Bailey, men’s basketball; Ashley Elliott, women’s basketball; David Hearn, men’s golf; Jeff Huson, baseball; Don Miller, wrestling; Joe Ramunno, football; Quentin Skinner, ski coach; and the 1980-81 WAC Champion men’s basketball team. The induction ceremony for the Hall’s 23rd class will be held on Sept. 4 in Laramie. A total of 141 individuals and 16 teams have been inducted into the UW Hall of Fame since its inception in 1993. Its plaque display is located in the concourse of the Arena-Auditorium. … Read entire article »

Spring enrollment at University of Wyoming increases

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming has enrolled 162 more students for the spring semester compared to a year ago. The university officially counted 12,627 students. The increase in spring enrollment follows a 105-student increase in fall enrollment. While spring enrollment numbers are generally lower than those in the fall, the fall-to-spring retention rate increased from 90.2 to 92.1 percent. Director of Admissions Shelley Dodd credited faculty, staff and administrators for working hard to help increase enrollment. The UW College of Engineering and Applied Science saw a 9.2 percent enrollment increase from last spring, or a difference of 152 students. Engineering college dean Michael Pishko said the enrollment increase is reflective of a high demand for engineers, regardless … Read entire article »

Senate passes House version of ‘right to try’ bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The state Senate has agreed with a House version of a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to seek experimental drugs as a last-ditch effort to improve their condition. The two chambers passed the bill Wednesday, and the legislation is headed to the governor’s desk. The bill would let terminally ill patients use drugs that are still undergoing clinical trials by the Food and Drug Administration, as well as drugs that have been approved for use in other first-world countries. House changes to the bill include protections for doctors who recommend experimental drugs as treatment and access to drugs earlier in the FDA trial process. … Read entire article »