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03-11-13 Wyoming Briefs

March 11, 2013

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

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.

03-07-13 WYOMING BRIEFS

March 7, 2013

Grand Teton cuts speed but sees more roadkillJACKSON (AP) — The number of animals struck by vehicles in Grand Teton National Park rose last year despite a speed limit reduction on the park’s main road. Grand Teton had 110 reported animal strikes on park roads last year, up from 102 in 2011.Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs Read More

Colo. school funding challenge goes to high court

DENVER (AP) — A lawsuit challenging Colorado’s school funding system as unconstitutional goes before the state Supreme Court on Thursday, an epic case that can have far-reaching implications on the already cash-strapped budget. The case aims to settle a yearslong debate: How much money should the state spend on education to adequately fund school districts Read More

Wyo. may allow electronic proof of auto insurance

CHEYENNE (AP) — Legislation awaiting Gov. Matt Mead’s signature would let drivers use their smartphones to prove they are insured if they are pulled over or involved in a crash.

Search finds pilot, missing plane on mountainside in south-central Wyo.

March 6, 2013

RAWLINS (AP) — Searchers found a missing plane and the body of its pilot on a mountainside in south-central Wyoming.

03-06-13 Wyoming Briefs

McClements resigns from Fremont District 21 RIVERTON (AP) — Richard McClements is resigning as superintendent of Fremont County School District 21. McClements joined the Fort Washakie district at the start of the 2011-12 school year. Before moving to Wyoming, he was a superintendent at a K-12 school on the Navajo Reservation in Shonto, Ariz.

Plowing Beartooth an idea to save Yellowstone access

March 5, 2013

CHEYENNE (AP) — Plow the Beartooth Highway. It’s one idea being floated to aid tourism in Cody during a delay in opening Yellowstone National Park to automobiles this spring. The annual job of clearing snow from park roads was supposed to begin Monday. Because of federal budget cuts, park officials announced Monday, spring plowing won’t Read More

Menendez’ bill could have aided donor’s investment

March 4, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Robert Menendez sponsored legislation with incentives for natural gas vehicle conversions that would benefit the biggest political donor to his re-election, the same eye doctor whose private jet Menendez used for two personal trips to the Dominican Republic, an Associated Press investigation found. The disclosure reflects the latest intersection between the Read More

Incoming UW president: ‘College made me what I am’

LARAMIE (AP) — Robert Sternberg said his father’s dream was for him to someday take over the family’s second-floor, walk-up button store in Newark, N.J. The son didn’t fulfill his father’s wish.

Vandalism spree in Cheyenne continues

CHEYENNE  (AP) — Cheyenne police are investigating after vandals shot the windows out of several vehicles for the second time in the past week. KGWN-TV reports several windows were shot out a few blocks north of Holliday Park on Thursday night, but this time police think three of those windows were blasted by a .22-caliber Read More

Cody teens held in triple slaying in Clark

POWELL (AP) — Two teens from Cody are being held in the slayings of three members of a family in the tiny northwestern Wyoming town of Clark. Sheriff Scott A. Steward said 19-year-old Stephen Hammer and 18-year-old Tanner Vanpelt were arrested Saturday after neighbors gave deputies a description of two men seen entering the home. Read More

Mont. lawmakers seek answers to bison management

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Legislature will consider year-round bison hunting and prohibitions on the animals’ movements amid a slew of bison-related measures to be tackled during the second half of the legislative session. Senate Bill 143 is one of the most contentious bison bills this session. Besides extending the current three-month bison hunting Read More

Prosecutors: 10K debt motive in Lockwood shooting

March 2, 2013

BILLINGS (AP) — A $10,000 debt that may be drug-related may have been the motive for a shooting in Lockwood in which a 23-year-old man is charged with shooting and injuring his father, Yellowstone County prosecutors said. Justice of the Peace Pedro Hernandez on Thursday set bail at $150,000 for Brandon White, who is charged Read More

4,000 books lost at Meeteetse library

POWELL (AP) — The Meeteetse library has lost nearly a quarter of its books after its sprinkler system accidentally turned on. The library is located in the town’s school. On Sunday, a malfunctioning heating unit began pumping hot air into the library, causing the sprinklers to turn on. Firefighters were able to turn off the Read More

Study: Wyoming 2nd highest in juvenile incarceration rates

March 1, 2013

SHERIDAN — A nationwide report released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation claims Wyoming trails only South Dakota when it comes to the rate at which the state imprisons juveniles. According to figures compiled by the foundation’s Kids Count Data Center, the Cowboy State detained or incarcerated 440 juveniles per every 100,000 in Read More

Petition drive to repeal “Hill bill” underway

CHEYENNE (AP) — The Wyoming Constitution Party is collecting signatures to repeal the new state law that removed state education superintendent Cindy Hill from office. The effort’s chairwoman, Jennifer Young of Torrington, told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle the drive isn’t about Hill. She believes the law violated the state constitution because it stripped the superintendent’s Read More

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