Wind farm tax deal hits Converse County revenue

March 12, 2013

DOUGLAS (AP) — A property tax settlement between Wyoming and Duke Energy will result in less tax revenue for Converse County. The Wyoming Department of Revenue originally valued Duke’s Top of the World wind farm near Glenrock at nearly $415 million.

Smith, Begger to marry June 22

SHERIDAN — Alicia Anne Smith and John Paul Begger are engaged to marry June 22 at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church in Ranchester. Smith is a 2004 graduate of Sheridan High School and a 2008 graduate of the University of Wyoming, where she earned a degree in range land ecology. She is employed by Hamilton Construction/Oilfield, Read More

Paleontologist to give presentation at SC on Caesar the dinosaur

SHERIDAN — Join paleontologist Bill Matteson on March 20 at 6:30 p.m. to hear the story of the dinosaur named Caesar. Caesar is an allosaurus skeleton that has been more than 40 percent retrieved from the vicinity of Poison Creek Quarry near Buffalo by geologist Michael Flynn, his son Brian and other volunteers.

Swedish folk music event March 21

SHERIDAN — Keri De Deo will share demonstrations of Swedish folk music along with personal stories and Swedish folktales March 21 at 7 p.m. at Sheridan College’s CTEL presentation hall. De Deo began playing violin at age 4 and lived in Sweden for a year while learning to play Swedish fiddling folk music. De Deo Read More

SHS Parent Advisory Thursday

SHERIDAN — The next Sheridan High School Parent Advisory meeting will be Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Sheridan High School library. SHS principal Dirlene Wheeler will speak on safety. She will also discuss the new addition to the front of the high school that will be constructed this spring and summer. This meeting is Read More

Taco feed at Golden Dome

SHERIDAN — Join the Center for a Vital Community for a fundraising taco feed and live music provided by The Craft Brothers on Friday at the Sheridan College Golden Dome. Taco John’s will provide the taco dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. The Craft Brothers will perform live music.

Media watching for results of papal conclave

NEW YORK (AP) — White smoke or black smoke? Maybe it’s easier just to wait for a text message that a new pope has been elected.A Catholic organization has set up a website,, that lets people register to receive a text or email notification when a pope has been selected.

Conde Nast to launch original Web series

NEW YORK (AP) — Conde Nast is launching a slate of original Web series, continuing the publisher’s push to expand its stable of magazines into multimedia programming. Conde Nast will debut on Tuesday online channels on YouTube and other video destinations for Glamour and GQ. The digital programming is just the start of plans for Read More

Sculpture to honor late UW employee

March 11, 2013

LARAMIE (AP) — Friends describe the late Tommy Thompson as the “perfect unsung ambassador” for the University of Wyoming, a man with a warm and infectious smile and a dedicated employee who worked hard to beautify his campus. “What made Tommy such an institution at (UW) was that everyone knew (him) — 33 years of Read More

Man arrested after high speed chase; multiple thefts, vandalism reported

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Police Department arrested a 19-year-old Banner man early Saturday morning after a high-speed pursuit through the county.Taran Schlegel faces charges of eluding, driving while under the influence, larceny and reckless driving. Police received reports of a reckless driver shortly before 5:30 a.m. and located Schlegel driving a pick-up truck at the Read More

Cardinals count down to conclave with final talks

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals gathered for their final day of talks Monday before the conclave to elect the next pope, amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs more of a manager pope to clean up the Vatican or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful at a time of crisis. There were Read More

Game & Fish looks at cuts after fee hikes nixed

CASPER (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is considering a range of cuts after the Legislature decided not to approve license fee increases. The cuts could include not stocking more than a million fish next year. Game and Fish might also postpone habitat projects and cancel an annual hunting and fishing expo.

Man denies shooting father in Lockwood gunfight

BILLINGS (AP) — A 23-year-old man charged with shooting his father in the back during a gunfight in Lockwood has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault with a weapon. Brandon Jay Joseph White appeared before District Judge Mary Jane Knisley on Friday by video from the Yellowstone County jail. He also denied an Read More

03-11-13 Wyoming Briefs

Granstrom top skier at Jackson Hole Town Downhill JACKSON (AP) — U.S. Ski team member Colby Granstrom was the fastest skier at this year’s Jackson Hole Town Downhill. Granstrom, of Lake Stevens, Wash., had a combined time of 1 minute 37 seconds in his two runs down the course at Snow King Mountain Sunday. Miles Read More

Nigeria: Video shows bodies of foreign hostages

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A video posted online appears to show the corpses of some of the seven foreign hostages abducted by Islamic extremists in northern Nigeria and later killed, a gruesome warning of the growing dangers in the region. The video, viewed by The Associated Press on Monday, matched still images released earlier by Read More

Candidates to register for Venezuelan vot

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The two men who will face off in an election to replace late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez were formally registering for the April 14 vote on Monday, though the virulent broadsides between them began days ago and are likely to only increase as campaigning gets into full swing. Chavez’s hand-picked successor Read More

California animal park reopens after fatal lion attack

DUNLAP, Calif. (AP) — A California animal sanctuary where an African lion killed a 24-year-old intern reopened to the public Sunday with the support of the victim’s family. Cat Haven, a private zoo run by the nonprofit Project Survival, observed a moment of silence at noon for Dianna Hanson, who was fatally attacked by the Read More

Obama cracks wise at annual Gridiron dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama blamed the budget battle if his jokes fell flat at Saturday night’s Gridiron dinner: “My joke writers have been placed on furlough.” Always a target for digs, the president tossed out a few of his own during the Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner, an annual event where political leaders, Read More

Recordings: Nixon wanted total handgun ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — Few presidents in modern times have been as interested in gun control as Richard Nixon, of all people. He proposed ridding the market of Saturday night specials, contemplated banning handguns altogether and refused to pander to gun owners by feigning interest in their weapons. Several previously unreported Oval Office recordings and White Read More

‘Worlds Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade’ in Big Horn

SHERIDAN — Join the annual informal St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 17 in downtown Big Horn, billed as the “World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.” Anyone is welcome to be in the parade — simply show up by 3:15 p.m. The parade will start soon after that.

McIntyre graduates from Iowa

SHERIDAN — Bryan Ruark McIntyre graduated from the University of Iowa in the 2012 fall semester with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences. Additionally, McIntyre’s earned a place on the dean’s list. McIntyre attended Holy Name Catholic School and is a graduate of Sheridan High School.He is the son of Elaine and Thomas Read More

VOA ‘Empty Bowl’ fundraiser April 4

SHERIDAN — Volunteers of America will have their annual “Empty Bowl” fundraiser April 4 from 5-8 p.m. at the YMCA, 417 N. Jefferson St. This fundraiser will benefit the Sheridan Community Homeless Shelter.

Xanterra retains Y-stone contract

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Xanterra Parks & Resorts will continue to provide a wide range of visitor services in Yellowstone National Park for the next two decades. The National Park Service recently awarded its concession contract to Xanterra, which has held the contract since 2005.

Congress wants role as Obama pushes trade agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has embarked on an aggressive trade agenda that could lower barriers and increase U.S. exports to many of the economic giants of Asia and Europe. To make that a reality, though, it may first have to negotiate future trade policy a little closer to home — with Congress. The Read More

Nuclear chief: US plants safer after Japan crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two years after the nuclear crisis in Japan, the top U.S. regulator says American nuclear power plants are safer than ever, though not trouble-free. A watchdog group calls that assessment overly rosy. “The performance is quite good,” Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said in an interview with The Associated Press.