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Betty Dewey Obituary

Betty Louise Dewey, 86, of Lander Wyoming died on January 30, 2016. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Betty was born August 21, 1929 in Decatur Illinois to Charles and Helen Bass. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, quilting and knitting. She was preceded in death by her spouse, Bill Dewey. Survivors include her children; David Dewey, Ben Dewey, Jim Dewey, Bob Dewey, Tom Dewey and Sara-Beth Topson. Betty had 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. … Read entire article »

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Fewer than half of Wyoming students apply for college aid

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Fewer than half of Wyoming high school graduates apply for federal aid to attend college. According to a report by personal finance website NerdWallet, 58 percent of Wyoming graduates did not complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Of the more than 3,000 students who did not complete the FAFSA, almost 1,200 likely would have qualified for a Pell grant, a federal grant that does not have to be repaid. NerdWallet Senior Data Analyst Victoria Simons says students should apply even if they don’t believe they will qualify for aid and that filling out the application may help students decide if they actually want to apply to college. … Read entire article »

Bill to limit student testing advances in Legislature

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A bill that would limit the number of hours Wyoming students can spend taking statewide assessment tests is moving on to the House floor. The House Education Committee unanimously voted on Wednesday to advance the proposal, which would limit assessments to 1 percent of total student-teacher “contact time.” The proposal would go into effect for the 2017-18 school year and would help the state move away from the Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students tests. The bill will not head to the House floor where it must pass three votes before it can be considered by the Senate. … Read entire article »

Developments at the Wyoming Legislature

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Developments at the Wyoming Legislature on Feb. 10, the third day of the 2016 budget session: INTIMATE IMAGES: The House voted to introduce a bill that would make it a crime to disseminate intimate images of another person without their permission. Bills must receive approval of two-thirds of lawmakers for introduction. SHED ANTLERS: The House voted to introduce a bill that makes it illegal to collect shed antlers on private property without the owner’s permission. CONCEALED CARRY: The House voted to introduce a bill that would remove the prohibition on carrying concealed weapons at meetings of the Legislature and other government bodies. WOLVES AND BEARS: The House voted to introduce a resolution that would call … Read entire article »

Riverton man facing vehicular homicide charge after crash

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — A Riverton man is facing a vehicular homicide charge for a single-vehicle rollover crash that killed one of his passengers. 21-year-old Shawn Pendleton was arrested last week in connection with the Jan. 29 crash that killed 38-year-old Dana J. Trujillo and injured another passenger. Investigators say Pendleton was driving drunk west of Riverton when his truck went off the dirt road and rolled at least once. He was arrested at a home near the crash site. A man who answered the phone at the Fremont County jail Wednesday night said Pendleton is still in custody, but he could not say if the suspect has hired an attorney. … Read entire article »

Wyoming proposal would toughen ballot initiative process

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers are considering a bill that would create another requirement for the state’s already rigorous ballot initiative process. A state Senate committee on Thursday advanced a proposal that would require ballot initiatives to be written in the form of a legislative bill. Sen. Eli Bebout, a Riverton Republican, says the proposal isn’t meant to create another roadblock to passing a petition. He says the intent is to ensure the initiative would fit into existing state statute if adopted by the voters. Bebout sits on the committee that wrote the bill. Wyoming already has some of the toughest ballot initiative laws in the country. … Read entire article »

Green River man indicted in 2-year-old boy’s 2009 death

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a Green River man on a first-degree murder charge in the 2009 death of a 2-year-old boy in his care. 34-year-old Jacob Anglesey called emergency crews March 9, 2009, and told them the boy, Konnor Allen, was unresponsive following a fall. The boy had suffered head trauma and died the following day. An investigation did not lead to charges at the time, but the case remained open with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. In 2015, DCI agents presented evidence to the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office they say shows Anglesey was inconsistent when describing how the boy was injured. Medical reports stating the injuries were caused by … Read entire article »

Bills tinkering with K-12 funding fail introduction

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Three bills that would make changes to how K-12 schools are funded in Wyoming have failed introduction in the state House of Representatives. Republican Rep. Mike Madden sponsored House Bills 90, 91 and 92, which all failed on Wednesday. Madden says the bills would have cut transportation costs, changed the way school districts counted their average attendance each year and updated salaries for teachers and school staff. Wyoming faces a projected $477 million revenue decrease over the next two years, and schools are bracing for expected cuts. … Read entire article »

Wyoming, Arch Coal reach bankruptcy bonding deal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming has struck a deal to accept up to $75 million in place of Arch Coal’s $486 million in bonding obligations in the state while the company goes through bankruptcy. Arch’s mines in Wyoming include Black Thunder, one of the world’s largest coal complexes. Bonding helps ensure those mines could be filled in and restored to a natural state should they close. In Arch’s case, an agreement called self-bonding has allowed Arch to show it can cover all potential reclamation costs in Wyoming in exchange for not having to post any bond. An agreement filed Tuesday in Missouri bankruptcy court would make Wyoming a priority creditor to collect at least some of Arch’s bonding … Read entire article »

Bill to bar Wyoming wardens from wolf, grizzly cases fails

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming legislative committee has defeated a bill to bar state game managers from investigating or prosecuting people for killing wolves and grizzly bears as long as the animals remain federally protected. Sponsor Sen. Larry Hicks, a Baggs Republican, Wednesday told a House committee that Wyoming isn’t obligated to enforce provisions of the federal Endangered Species Act. Grizzly bears and wolves are both federally protected species. Opponents of the bill said it could interfere with efforts to delist Wyoming wolves and grizzlies. Brian Nesvik is chief warden of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Nesvik told lawmakers the department quit handling law enforcement investigations related to wolves after a federal judge reinstated federal protections for … Read entire article »