NewsApril 5, 2013
BEIJING (AP) — Several prominent lawyers in China have signed a letter urging a court to explain its detention of a rights lawyer after he defended a practitioner of the banned Falun Gong movement.Wang Quanzhang was detained Wednesday at the end of a trial at Jinjiang People’s Court in eastern Jiangsu province. According to other Read More
WASHINGTON (AP) — The closings of control towers at 149 small airports, due to begin this weekend because of government-wide spending cuts, are being delayed until June 15, federal regulators announced Friday. The Federal Aviation Administration said it needs more time to deal with legal challenges to the closures.Also, about 50 airport authorities and other Read More
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — New questions confronted the University of Colorado, Denver on Friday amid disclosures that a psychiatrist who treated theater shooting suspect James Holmes had warned campus police a month before the deadly assault that Holmes was dangerous and had homicidal thoughts. Court documents made public Thursday revealed Dr. Lynne Fenton also told Read More
SHERIDAN — Sheridan College President Paul Young announced today that he may ask the school’s board of trustees to consider a special election as early as August to fund the renovation and expansion of the current Technical Education Center on the college’s main campus. Young said it has been 36 years since the college asked Read More
SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Planning and Zoning Commission voted against the Big Horn Community Center and tennis facility proposed at its regular meeting Thursday evening. The decision came on the heels of more than 90 minutes of staff presentation, public comment and discussion amongst planning commission members. Nearly 20 community members spoke at the Read More
SHERIDAN — Following a month in which payments of federal mineral royalties and coal lease bonuses to Wyoming were suddenly slashed by more than $10 million, state officials are scrambling to determine how best to adapt to the new reality of life in the age of the sequester. Late last month, the Wyoming Treasurer’s Office Read More
DAYTON — The Tongue River High School drama department will present the play “Lord of the Ringlets- Kicking the Hahbit” April 12 and 13.The play is a comic spoof of “Lord of the Rings” in which Bumbo Braggins the Hahbit is taken on a marvelous adventure by Randalf and a band of silly dwarves. Production Read More
SHERIDAN — The First People’s Center for Education announced this week that Rod Trahan has been hired as the organization’s first development director. “I am excited to apply my business experience to helping this organization increase its impact and expand its potential throughout the United States and Canada,” Trahan said in a media release. “No Read More
SHERIDAN — It may only be April, but the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce announced this week that the organization’s Christmas Stroll Committee has launched its annual competition for this year’s Christmas Stroll button design. The group has already distributed the entry forms to each elementary school in Sheridan County.
CASPER (AP) — Genesis Oil is seeking permission to build a facility near Douglas so that oil can be shipped by train. A company representative told Converse County commissioners Wednesday that the company has applied to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality for permission to build a potential crude-oil rail-loading facility near Douglas.
SHERIDAN — A proposed rezone of scattered acreages of urban residential land surrounding Ranchester did not receive approval at the Sheridan County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Thursday night. Although the rezone from urban residential to agricultural was initiated by the commission, all five members voted against it after hearing nine affected landowners speak out Read More
CHEYENNE (AP) — Three defendants are set to stand trial in June on federal charges that they defrauded investors of more than $4 million by promoting non-existent wind farms projects in Wyoming and South Dakota. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl of Casper has set aside three weeks for a trial starting June 3. The U.S. Read More
CHEYENNE (AP) — A legal settlement between ranchers and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would reduce wild horse numbers by about half on more than 4,300 square miles of sagebrush country in the Red Desert of southwest Wyoming. Under the agreement, the BLM would allow no more than 1,050 wild horses in four herd Read More
LARAMIE (AP) — The driver’s door to the white Albany County Sheriff’s Office SUV is marked “Luger,” and when it opens, out bounds the passenger. The 3-year-old German Shepherd from Czechoslovakia is black, tan and sturdy.He is 85 pounds of fur and friendliness. He’s tethered by a thick black leash to his handler, roommate and Read More
CHEYENNE (AP) — An aerial survey shows that the mountain pine beetle epidemic declined across Wyoming’s forests last year except for the Black Hills area in the northeast part of the state. The U.S. Forest Service and Wyoming State Forestry Division announced the results of the survey this week.April 4, 2013
SHERIDAN — Sheridan Memorial Hospital is looking at ways to provide an alternative urgent care option for patients who come to the emergency room with less critical issues that don’t necessarily need emergency treatment. Dr. John Addlesperger presented information to the hospital board of trustees at their regular meeting Wednesday about the possible ways to Read More
SHERIDAN — Seven sites in Wyoming, including a site in Sheridan, have been selected to participate in the 2013 Tour of Honor Motorcycle Ride that benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. The Tour of Honor is a season-long, self-directed ride to memorials and monuments around the continental U.S. and Hawaii. Motorcyclists plot their own routes and Read More
CHEYENNE (AP) — The Wyoming Army National Guard unit will be deployed this month for a stint in the Persian Gulf region. The Guard says 162 soldiers from the Laramie-based 133rd Engineer Company will deploy April 12.
SHERIDAN — Despite stubborn unemployment statistics and a slower than desirable recovery, Wyoming’s economy is nothing if not stable. According to recent figures from the state’s economic analysis division, the state remained on track for a steady economic recovery throughout the fourth quarter of 2012.
CHEYENNE (AP) — The percentage of University of Wyoming students defaulting on federal loans is well below the national average. According to U.S. Education Department figures, 4.9 percent of UW students defaulted on their student loans within three years of entering repayment.
SHERIDAN — Come to the Sheridan Eagles Aerie, 850 N. Main St., on Saturday to join in a benefit for 2-year-old Thane Dube of Sheridan and his family. Dube fell deathly ill in January with the flu and has a long road to recovery ahead of him. The fundraiser is a tournament featuring the card Read More
SHERIDAN — The public is invited to Fort Phil Kearny on April 14 to learn about and train and play with Kearny’s Frontier Regulars, a living history unit that has been around for 11 years. Unit members will introduce the public to their group’s activities, purposes and goals by inviting attendees to participate in their Read More
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s vow to restart its mothballed nuclear facilities raises fears about assembly lines churning out fuel for a fearsome arsenal of nuclear missiles. But it may actually be a sign that Pyongyang needs a lot more bomb fuel to back up its nuclear threats. Despite the bluster, it could Read More
SHERIDAN — Even though Sheridan’s new Welch Cancer Center just opened last year, Dr. Gregory Marino, medical oncologist, can’t wait until the day it closes its doors. “I look forward to the day the Welch Cancer Center is not a business anymore because there is no more cancer to treat,” Marino told a crowd of nearly Read MoreApril 3, 2013
SHERIDAN — County Commissioners accepted a grant award to be used for the Tongue River bank stabilization project on Tongue Canyon Road approximately one mile southwest of Dayton at their regular meeting Tuesday. The $74,672 hazard mitigation grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover 75 percent of the total project cost of nearly Read More