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Judge to hear arguments in a public records lawsuit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The lawyer for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, which filed a public records lawsuit against Laramie County School District 1, says the case is headed before a judge in May. It’s been more than a year since Cheyenne Newspapers Inc., the paper’s parent company, filed the lawsuit over a request for emails from the district. The district wanted to charge for the time it took an employee to prepare the electronic documents, and the newspaper said that would put public records out of reach for anyone, not just newspapers. Agencies can charge a fee for public records, but the case centers on whether a charge can be applied to documents that already exist, even if in primarily electronic format, and don’t need to be created. … Read entire article »

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Bridger-Teton National Forest plans controlled burn

BIG PINEY, Wyo. (AP) — The Bridger-Teton National Forest plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the Cottonwood area of the Big Piney Ranger District in coming weeks. Paul Hutta is a fire manager on the forest. He says the objective of the burn is to increase aspen regeneration and reduce conifer stands in the area. He says it will also increase forage for wildlife and reduce hazardous fuels. The Cottonwood II prescribed burn is located approximately 20 miles west of the town of Daniel. The project consists of several units totaling nearly 1,100 acres. Crews already have treated approximately 482 acres over the last couple of seasons. Burning may begin the last week of April and could last through May. The timing will depend on weather and fuel conditions. … Read entire article »

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Volunteers sought to count dead mule deer in western Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife officials are looking for volunteers to count dead mule deer from the Wyoming Range and Uinta herds in the western part of the state. The annual surveys conducted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department assess overall mortalities and show which age classes were hurt the most. The surveys will be conducted on foot and horseback and will be held May 2 and May 9. Volunteers are asked to call 307-883-2998 for the Cokeville surveys or 307-782-6810 for the Leroy surveys. … Read entire article »

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Park tourism helps offset Wyoming’s oil, gas drilling slump

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A steady stream of visitors to national parks is helping to offset the recent hit to Wyoming’s economy as a result of low oil prices. A report released Wednesday by the National Park Service shows that visitors to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and Devils Tower National Monument spent close to $1 billion last year. Meanwhile, the state Economic Analysis Division reports Wyoming’s leisure and hospitality industries added 1,800 jobs over the past year, more than any other sector by far. The increase offset job losses in minerals extraction. Wyoming’s petroleum industry in particular is losing jobs amid oil prices that are only about half of what they were a year ago. Yet low oil prices could give Wyoming tourism a fresh boost by keeping gas prices low. … Read entire article »

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Ex-Laramie County attorney pleads not guilty to property

Former Albany County Attorney Richard Bohling has pleaded not guilty to charges he took county-owned property, including cameras, under false pretenses. Bohling pleaded not guilty to six felony charges at arraignment Wednesday in district court in Laramie. The Wyoming Attorney General’s Office alleges Bohling took the cameras and other property while serving as county attorney. District Judge John R. Perry of Gillette presided over Bohling’s arraignment via a video monitor. The judge said the state has 180 days to bring Bohling to trial. The 54-year-old Bohling remains free on bond. He was first elected county attorney in 2002 and didn’t seek re-election last year. … Read entire article »

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No reopening date for Swinging Bridge

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Swinging Bridge south of Jackson is closed for an unknown amount of time after a truck hit it and damaged the span. Authorities say the truck was carrying a tree machine that was too high and it hit the span. Authorities say the truck also exceeded the bridge’s weight limit. Maverick Bartlett was given two separate citations for exceeding the bridge’s height and weight limits. Bartlett said he had no comment on the incident.   … Read entire article »

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Man shot to death in front of home south of Worland

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a 58-year-old man was shot to death in front of a home south of Worland. Washakie County Coroner Jeff Lapp said Jamye Don Sorrele died April 13 from multiple gunshot wounds covering his entire body. Sheriff’s investigators say Sorrele was involved in a gunfight with a neighbor who lived yards away in a separate mobile home on the same property. The 31-year-old neighbor is being held in the county jail, but charges have not been decided. … Read entire article »

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Former victim’s advocate sentenced in rape case

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A former Casper police victims’ advocate has been sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault. James Holscher was sentenced Tuesday for assaulting a woman as she recovered from surgery in a local assisted living center. Prosecutor Mike Schafer said the victim’s physical and emotional state made her comparable to a 10-year-old child. Holscher pleaded guilty in January to second-degree sexual assault and exploitation of a vulnerable adult. He confessed he was supposed to be helping the woman get a protection order when he assaulted her. At his sentencing, Holscher apologized for his actions. Holscher served as the police department’s victim services coordinator for 12 years before resigning in July. … Read entire article »

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Charge reduced against trucker in fatal pileup in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities have dropped an aggravated vehicular homicide charge against a Canadian truck driver involved in a fiery chain-reaction crash on Interstate 80 in southeast Wyoming that killed two people. Instead, 45-year-old Alex Dragaytsev was cited Tuesday for failure to use caution for hazardous conditions. It carries a $60 fine. Albany County prosecuting attorney Peggy Trent says he has been released from custody. Trent says the evidence currently doesn’t support the more severe charge, but the crash remains under investigation. The pileup happened around 8 a.m. Monday about 18 miles west of Laramie in dense fog and light slush. More than 60 vehicles were involved, and traffic was shut down for about 100 miles in both directions. Eastbound lanes reopened late Monday, and the westbound lanes reopened Tuesday afternoon. … Read entire article »

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Former Laramie County Attorney faces arraignment

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Former Albany County attorney Richard Bohling faces arraignment Wednesday in district court in Laramie on felony charges that he took cameras and other county property. According to the Albany County District Clerk’s Office, Bohling is set to appear before Judge John R. Perry on Wednesday morning. Perry, whose offices are in Gillette, will preside over the hearing by use of a video monitor. The Wyoming Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting Bohling on charges that he obtained property by false pretenses. An investigator with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation has filed a report in court alleging that Bohling used public money while serving as county attorney to pay for cameras and computer equipment. Bohling didn’t seek re-election last year. He was first elected county attorney in 2002. … Read entire article »

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