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3 arrested, charged in death of man who was decapitated

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities have filed charges against three people in the death of a 30-year-old man who was found decapitated in northern Wyoming. Juan Antonio Guerra-Torres was found dead on Jan. 9, 2014, along a remote dirt road. The Park County Sheriff’s Office identified the three taken into custody as 51-year-old John Louis Marquez; 27-year-old Sandra Garcia; and 28-year-old Pedro Garcia Jr. Marquez was arrested in Texas, while the other two were taken into custody in Georgia. Marquez is charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree and murder in the first degree, while Sandra Garcia and Pedro Garcia Jr. are each charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree and aiding and abetting murder in the first degree. … Read entire article »

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Shoshoni man sent to hospital with gunshot wound

(SHOSHONI, Wyo.)  A 24 year old Shoshoni man was transported to an out of county hospital via air ambulance Saturday night after accidently shooting himself. Deputies responded to and address in the 600 block of Maple Street in Shoshoni for a reported self inflicted gunshot wound. Undersheriff Ryan Lee said according to the victim and witnesses, the man was carrying a loaded semi automatic handgun in his pocket. The man was walking around the home when the weapon fell out of his pocket and landed on the hammer, discharging the gun. Lee said “The bullet entered the man’s lower calf and travelled upwards exiting his inner thigh.” The gun is described as a Czechoslovakian 7.62 caliber pistol. The incident is being investigated as self inflicted as of Monday morning; further details about the … Read entire article »

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One vehicle accident near Lander does not claim any lives

(LANDER, Wyo.)  A one vehicle accident on South Pass is being blamed on Saturday’s wind storm in Fremont County. A 2005 GMC ¾ ton pickup pulling a 5th wheel camper trailer was heading down South Pass just after 2pm Saturday when the accident occurred near the Red Canyon overlook on highway 28. The man driving the vehicle said he was nearing the portion of the road where the wind sock is traveling about 20mph when wind lifted the trailer and the back of the pickup about 6 feet off the ground and blew both vehicles sideways off the road.  The trailer was ripped from the pickup and both rolled down a 60 foot embankment three times before coming to a stop against a fence. The Lander man and his wife only sustained cuts … Read entire article »

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Plane lands safely on US Highway in Wyoming

THERMOPOLIS, Wyo. (AP) — A pilot safely landed his single-engine plane on a highway in rural central Wyoming after the aircraft experienced mechanical troubles. Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Brandon Kidgell says 68-year-old George Lippincott of Thermopolis was flying from Worland to Thermopolis with his 5-year-old grandson when he was forced to land on U.S. Highway 20 about 6 miles north of Thermopolis on Friday afternoon. Kidgell said Lippincott reported that the 1963 Mooney M20C airplane’s engine malfunctioned. No one was hurt, but the plane sustained damage to its wings from striking posts along the highway while trying to avoid vehicles. … Read entire article »

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Cheyenne hospital hires ‘experience officer’

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Cheyenne Regional Medical Center has hired a “chief experience officer” to help improve patient satisfaction and physician involvement. Hospital CEO Margo Karsten said Kristen Truman-Allen began work in January. The program will be evaluated in six months to see if it should continue. Truman-Allen says she visits patients on rounds with doctors and asks what the hospital and its employees need to do differently, or what they are doing right. She then gives feedback to providers. She also leads listening sessions during which former patients describe their experiences. Truman-Allen says the goal is for patients to feel like they’re being heard. She says doctors who receive high patient satisfaction scores listen well and make sure their patients understand their care. … Read entire article »

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Wildlife scientists study sheep disease in Wyoming

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wildlife scientists are in the early stages of a study of bighorn sheep. The study is trying to determine if well-fed, healthy bighorn sheep are less prone to contracting deadly pneumonia than sheep in poorer nutritional condition. The research builds on disease monitoring in the Jackson sheep herd in recent years, and also of herds near Dubois and Cody. Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials said they hope to combine the Wyoming research similar research in Montana and Colorado. They are hoping that the combined research gives a broad-scale look into the dynamics of bighorn sheep die-offs. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming ranchers help to promote beef in Japan

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two Wyoming ranch families are part of an advertising campaign to promote and increase the demand for American beef in Japan. The U.S. Meat Export Federation chose Carol and Charlie Farthing and their family of Iron Mountain and Adam and Meghan George and their family of Cody for the campaign. An article about the Farthings was posted earlier this year on the federation’s promotional website for Japan. Anne Wittmann of the Wyoming Beef Council says the organization has written about these families to show the commitment and care it takes to provide high-quality beef. Wittmann said the campaign has directly reached about 420,000 Japanese consumers. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming ranked third in US in percentage of married people

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. Census Bureau data indicate that Wyoming couples tend to marry young and often. The average marriage age in Wyoming is 25 for women and 26.6 for men. That’s about two years earlier than the national average. With 55.9 percent of its population married, Wyoming ranks third in the nation. But Wyoming also has the 14th highest divorce rate in the nation at 12.4 percent. And the state has the sixth highest rate of people who have been married three or more times at nearly 6 percent. Wyoming is second to last in the nation in the rate of people who have never been married. … Read entire article »

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UW Alumni Association celebrates 120th anniversary

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming Alumni Association is marking its 120th anniversary. The association was first organized on March 26, 1895, by eight UW graduates. Since then, the association has served UW by keeping alumni connected to the university, helping alumni get good jobs and providing scholarships to deserving students. Today, there are more than 119,000 UW alumni worldwide. Association executive director Keener Fry says there are 18,700 Alumni Association members who play a crucial role in increasing the value of every UW degree. Fry says membership gifts provide funding for scholarships, awards, network and chapter events, and alumni career services. … Read entire article »

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UW employees to receive raises

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has approved $6.2 million in raises and employer-paid benefits for faculty and staff. The Fiscal Year 2016 compensation policy approved Thursday calls for both market and merit-based raises of 1.55 and 1.65 percent, respectively. But while the $6.2 million is slightly higher than the amount allocated for compensation in the previous fiscal year, it’s unlikely it will solve UW’s long-term compensation woes. According to data compiled by the university, UW faculty members are paid at 85 percent of the market average and staff members are paid at 92 percent of market average. … Read entire article »

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