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Prison inmate pleads not guilty to attempted murder

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming State Penitentiary inmate charged with trying to kill another inmate has pleaded not guilty in the case. 35-year-old Bobby Schaper appeared in court Monday. He pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault charges. Schaper had been serving a sentence set in 2011 for attempted manslaughter when he allegedly participated in an attack on another inmate in November. Court records state that surveillance video captured Schaper and two other inmates, Michael Grooman and Joseph Martinez, punching and kicking the victim. Officers used pepper spray to stop the fight. The victim was flown to a Casper hospital. He has identified the three men as his attackers. Schaper faces up to life in prison if convicted of the crime. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming lottery not to release financial documents

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Lottery will no longer release banking and loan documents, vendor contracts and sales data of individual retailers after the board passed a new public records policy. The new policy was passed at a quarterly meeting Monday. The policy also establishes fees for public documents that range from $1 a page to $35 per request for any computer time needed for a records request. The Casper Star-Tribune has submitted a number of records requests under the assumption that the lottery is a semi-public organization since Gov. Matt Mead appointed the board and money will eventually be distributed to cities, towns, counties and an education account. The lottery contends it is a private organization since its board obtained a bank loan for startup costs. … Read entire article »

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Wildlife officials ask for reports of dead sage grouse

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wildlife officials are asking the public to report dead sage grouse so they can be tested for West Nile virus. During West Nile virus season the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will test dead grouse for the virus. West Nile virus is often fatal for the bird and has been reported in northeast Wyoming. Officials say if anyone is willing to collect grouse carcasses they might find, it is unlikely the virus will be passed while handling the bird. They suggest anyone willing uses plastic gloves and an inverted plastic bag to collect the carcass and then to place that bag inside a trash bag. … Read entire article »

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Controversial Casper councilman announces resignation

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Casper City Council member who was accused of ethics violations has announced his resignation. Councilman Craig Hedquist announced Monday that he would resign. Mayor Charlie Powell says the Council will take applicants for the vacant seat from Ward 2. Councilmembers will select a successor. During his time in office, Hedquist was involved in two separate lawsuits against the city. He was elected in 2012 and then was the subject of two city-launched investigations in 2013. He was accused of using harsh words against another city employee in a workplace violence complaint. He was also accused of having a conflict-of-interest by working both as a councilmember and the owner of a construction company that contracted with the city. Hedquist did not respond to requests for comment. … Read entire article »

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Report presents case for Wyoming wind power to California

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A new study presents a case for California regulators to turn to Wyoming wind power to help offset the natural ups and downs of wind and solar power generated in their state. The report released Monday by the University of Wyoming Wind Energy Research Center says Wyoming wind could help California save water — over a billion gallons a year. Wyoming wind also could help California utility customers pay less as their state looks to get one-third of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. The reason for those savings is Wyoming’s wind patterns tend to be opposite of those in California. The wind in Wyoming tends to blow more when it’s less windy in California. The report says wide distribution of wind and solar power makes renewables more feasible. … Read entire article »

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Construction delays opening of U. of Wyoming STEM facility

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Officials at the University of Wyoming say the contractor is to blame for the delayed opening of a new science, technology, engineering and math center. Representatives with Cheyenne-based general contractor AP Wyoming LLC weren’t at a meeting last week when the State Building Commission was told the $50 million facility wouldn’t open this fall. Company vice president Doug Johnson says a number of factors have delayed the project, and that more managers and staff have been added to meet the new spring 2016 deadline. University facilities planning official Matt Kibbon said a $1,000 late completion fine that kicked in June 5 hasn’t been enough to create a sense of urgency for the contractor. He said the penalty won’t be part of future building agreements.   … Read entire article »

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Wind knocks out power in Lander Monday

(LANDER, Wyo.) A strong wind storm is responsible for a prominent power pole in the Lander area to blow down yesterday afternoon, causing a power outage and a large grass fire. The power pole was located on a high ridge overlooking Lyons Valley Road, where the main power lines feed the Lander area. When the pole went down, wires came into contact with the earth and started a large grass fire on the West side of the ridge. Strong winds quickly fanned the flames over the top of the ridge and down the other side. Fire crews responded quickly and battled the fire for hours. The power outage affected around 3,000 homes and business in the Lander area. Temporary stop signs were quickly erected along Main Street and police directed traffic until … Read entire article »

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Sharon Jane Garner obituary

Sharon Jane Garner, 67, of Hudson died on July 21, 2015 at the Wyoming Medical Center. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the Chapel of Mount Hope Hudson’s Funeral Home. Sharon was born August 13, 1947 to Thomas Funderburk and Evelyn Fuss in Yale, Oklahoma. Sharon married Sean Garner on June 2, 1966 and they moved to Lander in 1979 where she worked as a homemaker, child care giver and at the Hudson Market before retiring. She enjoyed crocheting, rock hunting and doll collecting as her hobbies. She also enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Evelyn and her husband Sean. Survivors include son, Jeffery Garner; daughter Shawna Filman (Rick); brother David Funderburk; grandchildren … Read entire article »

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Murder trial to begin in Thanksgiving 2013 Gillette slaying

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The first-degree murder trial for a man charged in the Thanksgiving Day 2013 shooting death of another man is finally set to begin. The trial for 22-year-old Todd Michael Sindelar begins Monday. The trial had been postponed and continued several times due to new evidence in the case. Sindelar is accused of shooting and killing 25-year-old Matthew Boyer on Nov. 28, 2013 at Boyer’s home. Boyer was shot once in the abdomen and once in the chest. Boyer’s girlfriend told investigators the men had been in a dispute about rent. Sindelar fled Gillette after the shooting, leading police on a 200-mile chase. He was arrested in South Dakota. He faces life in prison without parole if convicted. … Read entire article »

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Hawks diving at golfers temporarily closed mini course

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A mini golf course in Laramie is once again doing business after aggressive hawks caused a temporary closure. Lisa Poledna put a sign reading “closed due to angry hawk” outside her business, Oasis Golf, when parents of at least two nesting baby hawks became aggressively protective. She says in her 10 years of owning the course, hawks have never been so aggressive that she has to hide from the dive-bombing birds. The course is open now that the babies are older and their parents are less protective. Wyoming Game and Fish Laramie regional wildlife coordinator Corey Class says the parents probably didn’t know they’d picked such a crowded nesting spot, and that Poledna just has to wait them out. … Read entire article »

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