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Woman in Shoshoni defends herself against home intruder

(SHOSHONI, Wyo.) A woman who lives in Shoshoni was at home in her basement when she heard footsteps upstairs yesterday morning, prompting her to call the sheriff. Undersheriff Ryan Lee said the woman observed a truck in her driveway, however no one was around the vehicle. She searched her home locating an open medicine cabinet in the bathroom. She entered the bathroom and found a man hiding in the dark. Lee said she chased the man out of her home, taking after him with a garden implement. The man attempted to explain that everything was a simple “misunderstanding.” He identified himself as 29 year old Trevor Hyatt of Ethete. He asked that she not call the Sheriff. Hyatt was located in Riverton and taken into custody for Burglary without incident. He was additionally … Read entire article »

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Health facilities panel releases recommendations

LANDER, Wyo. (AP) — A task force has recommended that the state-run Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin be privatized or closed. In addition, it also recommends better defining the roles of the Wyoming Life Resource Center in Lander and the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston. The Wyoming Task Force on Department of Health Facilities released its final recommendations on Wednesday for the future of the state’s five state-run safety net medical facilities. The state operates five health care facilities: Wyoming Life Resource Center in Lander, Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston, Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin, Wyoming Pioneer Home in Thermopolis, and the Veterans’ Home of Wyoming in Buffalo. Members of the task force presented four options but chose one … Read entire article »

Remains in SD are of Wyoming man missing 14 years

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The discovery of human remains in western South Dakota’s Lawrence County has solved a 14-year-old mystery. Authorities say the remains are those of David F. Johnson, a retired dentist from Buffalo, Wyoming, who was reported missing on June 5, 2000. Foul play is not suspected in Johnson’s death. He was 70 years old and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease at the time. His disappearance prompted a search in Wyoming, South Dakota and Minnesota. The remains were found Oct. 16 by two people who were working on trees in the area. Authorities used dental records to identify the remains. … Read entire article »

Ex-principal pleads not guilty to forgery, theft

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A former church school principal has pleaded not guilty to forgery and theft charges. Tyneka Fantroy-McCall faces one count of felony forgery and one count of misdemeanor theft. She pleaded not guilty on Thursday in Laramie County District Court. Pastor John Christensen of Trinity Lutheran Church and School says he found a fake receipt for more than $900 worth of textbooks and reported it to police. The forgery count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. For misdemeanor theft, Fantroy-McCall could be sentenced to up to six months in jail and a $750 fine. Fantroy-McCall served as principal of Trinity Lutheran School from 2010 until 2013. … Read entire article »

Wyoming jobless rate up slightly in September

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.7 percent in September. The rate was 4.6 percent in August. The state Department of Workforce Services says the Wyoming rate remains lower than the national rate of 5.9 percent. In September, Fremont County had the highest jobless rate in the state at 4.8 percent, followed by Lincoln at 4.5 percent and Laramie at 4.4 percent. The lowest rate among counties was Sublette with 2.9 percent, followed by Converse and Campbell counties with 3 percent each. Teton County is at 3.1 percent. … Read entire article »

Chronic wasting disease found in mule deer

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — Officials at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s disease laboratory in Laramie say a 4-year-old mule deer buck taken in Carbon County during hunting season tested positive for chronic wasting disease. According to the Associated Press, the agency collects about 4,000 samples through hunter field checks and at sampling stations to determine where the infections occur. The disease a contagious neurological disorder that is usually fatal to deer, elk and moose. It causes a spongy degeneration of the brains of infected animals resulting in weight loss and abnormal behavior. There’s no evidence that meat of infected animals can spread the disease to humans, but tests are done as a precaution and to give wildlife … Read entire article »

Ed candidates talk leadership at public forum

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The two candidates for Wyoming’s top education chief debated the attributes needed for the job during a forum. Republican Jillian Balow and Democrat Mike Ceballos fielded a series of questions in Thursday’s debate in Cheyenne moderated by the Wyoming League of Women Voters. The tone of the debate was cordial, with little back-and-forth between the candidates. However there were some points of contention regarding what is needed from the next superintendent. Balow stressed her background in education, saying the job needs someone with boots-on-the-ground experience in education. Ceballos, a retired telephone company executive, says district administrators and educators tell him the job doesn’t necessarily need a teacher, but a proven leader. … Read entire article »

North Wyoming sugar beet harvest nearly done

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — Indications are of a normal sugar beet harvest in northern Wyoming. Western Sugar senior agriculturalist Mark Bjornestad says warmer than normal weather has complicated the harvest but the harvest is solid. The sugar content in the beets will top 17 percent; it’s at 17.2 percent now. Fields are producing, on average, 28 tons per acre, which right on the five-year average. Bjornestad said this year’s crop is not a record one but a good one. He says the harvest is about 80 percent done and will wrap up soon. The statewide average for the sugar beet harvest completion this time of year is about 50 percent. … Read entire article »

Jackson residents reminded of snow removal rules

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Jackson town council wants to make it clear that residents are required to shovel snow on the sidewalks in front of their homes. Councilors voted Monday to make the town’s snow removal law less ambiguous. It must pass two more readings. Town Manager Bob McLaurin says town officials will be more aggressive in enforcing the law this winter. The town’s public works department plows the streets while the Jackson/Teton County Parks and Recreation Agency clears 25 miles of town sidewalks, mostly in the downtown business district and walkways around schools and bus stops. Councilor Jim Stanford said the snow plow drivers need to be careful not to dump snow on the sidewalks. … Read entire article »

Florida recruit withdraws verbal commit to Wyoming

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A Florida basketball prospect has withdrawn his verbal commitment to Wyoming. Eric Turner is a 6-foot-5, 195-pound small forward at The Villages Charter High School. He says he has decided to re-evaluate his earlier decision although he says Wyoming remains a possibility. Turner averaged 24 points and seven rebounds per game last season as a junior in high school. The Cowboys still have four verbal commitments for its 2015 class. … Read entire article »