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Federal government wants $18 million back from timber counties

March 30, 2013

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service’s demands that rural timber counties pay back millions of dollars in federal subsidies under automatic budget cuts have outraged members of Congress from both parties and caused concern in those counties with struggling economies. Thirty-one members of the House this week sent a letter to the Read More

Bosnia: Man sentenced to 45 years for war crimes

March 29, 2013

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A court in Bosnia on Friday convicted a Montenegrin man of multiple counts of murder, torture, rape and looting during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war, and sentenced him to 45 years in prison — the highest sentence ever issued in the country.Judge Zoran Bozic said that Veselin Vlahovic, killed 31 people, raped a Read More

BH students nab big scholarships

BIG HORN — Two Big Horn Rams are taking full-ride scholarships beyond athletics. Big Horn High School seniors Lucas Wollenman and Matthew Wigglesworth have been named as two of the 2013-14 recipients of the STARR Charitable Foundation Scholarship.

Sheridan College student named Century Scholar

SHERIDAN — Sheridan College student and Gillette native Trapper Rieniets has been chosen as a 2013 New Century Scholar by the All-USA Community College Academic Team. The New Century Scholars program and All-USA Community College Academic Team, which is presented by USA TODAY and Phi Theta Kappa and sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group, share Read More

USFS plans prescribed burns in Bighorn Mtns

SHERIDAN — Firefighters will begin conducting prescribed burns in the Bighorn National Forest as early as Monday, weather permitting. Burns will continue through late spring, according to a press release from the USFS. Area residents should be aware that smoke may be visible from surrounding communities.

Group praises decision to study coal rail impact

SHERIDAN — Members of the Northern Plains Resource Council have joined together to praise a recent decision by the Surface Transportation Board to study the environmental impacts of the proposed Tongue River Railroad in southeastern Montana.According to a media release, select members of the conservation and agricultural organization have worked for about 30 years to Read More

New UW president will spend time fundraising

LARAMIE (AP) — Robert Sternberg, the incoming president of the University of Wyoming, said an important part of his job will be to find other sources of revenue to help make up for cuts in state funding. “I plan to spend a lot of my time fundraising,” Sternberg, who takes office on July 1, said.

Mountain lions kill dog in Jackson-area backyard

JACKSON (AP) — Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials say mountain lions have killed a dog in its backyard in the Jackson area.The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports the dog was attacked last week outside its home near the Gros Ventre River.Biologist Mike Boyce of the Game and Fish Department says it appears a Read More

Pope washes women’s feet in break with church law

ROME (AP) — In his most significant break with tradition yet, Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of two young women at a juvenile detention center — a surprising departure from church rules that restrict the ritual to men. No pope has ever washed the feet of a woman before, and Francis’ gesture sparked Read More

Tongue River Middle School honor rolls

DAYTON — The following are the Tongue River Middle School third-quarter honor rolls. Eighth-gradesuperintendent’s honor roll

Sale of water rights in DeSmet remain on hold

SHERIDAN — A small body of water noted by a Catholic missionary in his chronicles in 1840 has become a hotly contested and complicated lake over its lifetime. Located about 10 miles north of Buffalo, Lake DeSmet has had ranchers, irrigators, boaters, fishers, miners, industrial development dreamers and several boards of commissioners vying for its Read More

Japanese students visit Casper on goodwill trip

CASPER (AP) — Rurika Odanaka traveled more than 5,000 miles to try on her first cowboy hat.She tilted the brown Stetson back on her head on a recent Friday and wrapped a yellow bandanna around her neck. The Western clothing stood out from the rest of her attire: a conservative, navy blue school uniform.

Egypt says Iranian pose no risk

March 28, 2013

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s tourism minister said Thursday that allowing Iranian tourists to visit Egypt after being banned for more than three decades would pose no threat and could help shore up the nation’s struggling tourism industry. Tourism Minister Hesham Zaazoua’s remarks, in an interview on Thursday with The Associated Press, come amid controversy over Read More

Obama: Immigration bill could pass by summer

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pressed for swift action on a sweeping immigration bill Wednesday, saying last-minute obstacles are “resolvable” and predicting Congress could pass historic legislation by the end of the summer. In back-to-back interviews with Spanish-language television networks, Obama repeatedly voiced confidence in a bipartisan Senate group that appears to be on Read More

Supreme Court case regarding fire union contract sets precedence

SHERIDAN — Four Sheridan firefighters will soon receive back paychecks to compensate for “step increase” pay raises denied by the city of Sheridan due to budget shortfalls in September 2010. On March 20, the Wyoming State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Sheridan firefighters union, International Association of Fire Fighters Local No. 276, reversing Read More

Ind. blast suspect charged in plot to kill witness

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis man facing trial in a house explosion that killed two people and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes was charged Thursday with plotting to have a witness in the case killed. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced Mark Leonard had been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit murder Read More

Easter holiday closures

SHERIDAN — The following government offices will operate limited hours during the Easter holiday weekend: • Sheridan County Courthouse will close at 1 p.m. Friday in observance of Good Friday.

TR bridge work delays minimal

DAYTON — Motorists can expect delays and single lane traffic while crossing the Tongue River bridge east of Dayton on U.S. Highway 14. There will also be a 12-foot width restriction. The Wyoming Department of Transportation announced that S&S Builders of Gillette began the bridge rehabilitation project Monday and hopes to finish before the Fourth Read More

Wyo. hay producers place at World Ag Expo

CASPER (AP) — Three Wyoming hay producers from Wheatland have placed in the top five in the alfalfa hay division at the 2013 World Ag Expo Forage Challenge this winter. In the alfalfa hay division, first place went to David Hinman of Hardrock Farms in Wheatland; second place went to Daryl Tiltrum of Dipper Tree Read More

Enforcement timeline for weapons ban in local court unclear

SHERIDAN — Following a legislative session in which lawmakers gave Wyoming judges the right to ban deadly weapons from their courtrooms, Sheridan’s Circuit Court Judge Shelley Cundiff of the Fourth Judicial District became one of the first in the state to pass down such an order. While concealed carry had previously been banned from Wyoming Read More

Current events discussion at Sheridan Senior Center

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Senior Center will host a current events discussion April 12 at 10:15 a.m. at the Senior Center.The topics will include Wyoming legislative activities on education and the country of Italy. This open forum discussion is for anyone interested in local, national and world issues. It is meant to be a non-political, Read More

Eagles breakfast April 7

SHERIDAN — The Big Horn Mountain Eagles 4169 will host a breakfast April 7 from 8-10 a.m. at 1760 Commercial Lane.The menu consists of biscuits and gravy, eggs, chicken fried steak, fruit, juice, milk and coffee.The cost is $7 per plate. Everyone is welcome.

‘Guilio Cesare’ to be broadcast at the WYO

SHERIDAN — The final performance in the 2012-2013 live from the Metropolitan Opera series will be broadcast at the WYO Theater on April 27. George Frideric Handel’s most popular opera, “Guilio Cesare,” will be transmitted live from the Met in high definition.

String quartet performing April 26

SHERIDAN — The Carpe Diem String Quartet, one of the most unique chamber ensembles on the concert stage today, will perform at the WYO Theater on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. The group’s passions have inspired and led them down the musical paths of gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock and jazz, but the quartet is Read More

Judge rules against group in bison hazing case

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ruled against a conservation group’s attempt to block the use of helicopters to haze wild bison into Yellowstone National Park. U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell writes in his decision Tuesday the Alliance for the Wild Rockies had not shown the hazing significantly harms grizzly bears and their numbers Read More