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 Fink-Debray of Sun Valley, Idaho took second place and Jackson Hole Ski Club coach Zach Schwartz finished in third.

The Jackson Hole Daily reports that Granstrom has been recovering from double knee surgery. He said Fink-Debray told him about the event and decided it would be a good way to get back into racing.
The race is nicknamed the mini-Hahnenkamm, after a World Cup downhill race in Austria known for being the most terrifying on the circuit.

Wyo. Division of Parks asks for public input

CHEYENNE (AP) — Officials with Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails are asking the public for help in developing a statewide concessions master plan.

The public will have the opportunity to comment on what they would like to see improved, enhanced, added or removed from state parks and historic sites.

Domenic Bravo, an administrator for the division of state parks, tells KGWN-TV public input is important in providing popular services.

Comments can be made online at www.artsparkshistory.com or at a series of public meetings to be held across the state during March.

Program aims to help inmates transition to outside

CHEYENNE (AP) — State officials are hoping a program called “Transition from Prison to Community” will keep the public safe and reduce prison costs.

The program is focused on reducing return trips through the justice system while easing inmates into freedom.

Kayla Opdahl with the state Department of Corrections says the agency hopes the program helps end the cycle of offenders constantly returning to prison and wasting funding and services.”
The program has been in place since November 2009.

The program includes building résumés, finding housing and teaching inmates about new technology that developed while they were behind bars.

Opdahl tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that another facet is having the inmates involved with their own re-entry planning.

Jackson Hole elk herd populations steady last year

JACKSON (AP) — The latest count of elk in the Jackson area indicates that herd populations have held mostly steady over the last year.

In addition, biologists say the number of calves relative to the number of cows in the Jackson and Fall Creek elk herds also is up. The calf numbers are a key indication of future population growth.

Wyoming Game and Fish biologists counted 11,051 elk in the Jackson Elk Herd.

Biologist Doug Brimeyer tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that the final count is closer to the Jackson herd’s objective of 11,000 animals than in any other year since the number was set.

To the south of Jackson, the Fall Creek Elk Herd was near its objective of 4,400 animals.

Brig. Gen. Kathy Wright to speak at Casper College

CASPER (AP) — The first woman to command the Wyoming Army National Guard plans a presentation on “Women in the Military,” at Casper College.

Brig. Gen. Kathy Wright’s command includes units located throughout Wyoming with more than 1,700 soldiers. She began her military career in 1973, and was the sixth female to enlist with the Wyoming Army National Guard.

Wright is set to speak Thurs., March 21 at 7 p.m. at the room 225 of the Gateway Building on the Casper College campus. The address is free and open to the public.

Sweetwater County student wins Wyo. Spelling Bee

ROCK SPRINGS (AP) — A seventh-grader from Lincoln Middle School in Sweetwater County has won the Wyoming State Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word brilliantine, which refers to a light, lustrous fabric or a preparation for making hair glossy.

Victoria Allen defeated 56 spellers from 16 counties Saturday and will represent Wyoming in the Scripps National Spelling Bee beginning May 26 in Washington, D.C.

Michael Millan of Natrona County placed second in the state bee, and Jack Van Holland of Teton County placed third.

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