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Guard biathletes complete first race of regional competition

CASPER, Wyoming – The Alaska National Guard’s Pfc. Travis Cooper topped the field at the 2017 Western Regional National Guard Biathlon Competition Sprint Race Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Casper Mountain Biathlon Center. He crossed the finish line first among more than 70 biathletes representing nine states.   Participants alternated between skiing three trail loops to elevate their heart rates. In between circuits, which wound through the surrounding tree-lined hills, they transitioned to the shooting range, where they shot at targets 50 meters away, while struggling to control their breathing. Missing targets meant penalty laps – 10 km for the men and 7.5 km for the women.   Cooper has been competing in biathlon for more than a year now. He originally enlisted in the National Guard to compete for Alaska and realize his dream of cross country skiing, with his sights set on competing … Read entire article »

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Man injured in skier-triggered avalanche near Jackson Hole

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — A 22-year-old man has been injured after being partially buried in a skier-triggered avalanche near Jackson Hole. Teton County Search and Rescue responded Thursday to the avalanche at No Name Canyon, an out-of-bounds area just south of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Teton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Matt Carr says the injured skier was with a party of six when the slide occurred. No other people were hurt in the avalanche. The injured skier was taken to St. John’s Medical Center for treatment. Rescuers believe he hit a tree on the way down, injuring his leg, ribs and back. … Read entire article »

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Charges dropped, will be re-filed in Wyoming cold case

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Prosecutors say they plan to re-file charges in a Wyoming cold case after additional evidence testing. Arson and murder charges against a 67-year-old man were dismissed Tuesday. The man was arrested in August and charged in connection with the 1985 death of Shelli R. Wiley, who was 22 years old at the time. Albany County Attorney Peggy Trent asked in January for the charges to be dismissed because additional DNA testing could not be completed before a Jan. 9 deadline to submit expert reports. Trent said in an emailed statement last week that charges will be refiled when all testing and trial preparation is completed. … Read entire article »

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Some budget relief for Wyoming from Amazon sales taxes

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s beleaguered state budget will get help from online sales taxes. Gov. Matt Mead announced Thursday the state and Amazon have reached a voluntary collection agreement. The online retail giant will begin collecting tax on its sales in Wyoming starting March 1. Amazon already collects sales tax in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Wyoming has made big budget cuts over the past couple years to keep up with falling revenue from declining coal, oil and natural gas production. Hardest-hit right now are public schools, which face a $360 million annual shortfall. Wyoming is among seven states without a state income tax and relies on sales and minerals taxes more than most others. Mead’s office says the long-term benefit of Amazon’s sales taxes is difficult to predict. … Read entire article »

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Former Wyoming Marine falsely claimed combat wounds

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A former U.S. Marine who accepted gifts and honors, including a letter from Gov. Matt Mead, after falsely claiming to have been wounded in combat has pleaded no contest to a charge of obtaining property by false pretense. Adam P. Snow, of Laramie, entered the plea to the misdemeanor charge recently in state Circuit Court. Last year, Snow accepted a rifle and plaque from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation after he said he had been wounded multiple times during combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also received a personal letter from Mead. Albany County Undersheriff Josh DeBree says some area residents questioned Snow’s accounts. An investigation, aided by U.S. Navy officials, determined Snow was a weather observer who was never injured. … Read entire article »

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Doctor charged with distributing painkillers back in custody

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming doctor and his wife, who are charged with distributing painkillers, are back in custody after federal prosecutors allege they violated the terms of their release by contacting former patients. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl issued warrants Wednesday for the arrest of Shakeel and Lyn Kahn. They appeared in court Thursday and Skavdahl ordered them held pending a Jan. 19 hearing on whether their bond should be revoked. Both asked for public defenders. The Kahns were charged in November. Prosecutors allege Shakeel Kahn was taking cash payments to prescribe large quantities of pain medication to people who had no legitimate medical need for the drugs. Federal prosecutors allege that since their release from jail on Dec. 2, Shakeel Kahn contacted a former patient and the patient’s brother and … Read entire article »

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Josh Allen coming back for another season at Wyoming

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Quarterback Josh Allen, who was a key part in Wyoming’s resurgence this past season, has decided to return for his junior season and not declare for the NFL draft. Coach Craig Bohl said he looks forward to Allen being part of the continued success of the Wyoming football program. Allen passed for 3,203 yards, had 523 rushing yards and 3,726 yards of total offense this past season. He threw 28 touchdown passes and ran for seven TDs. His 28 TD passes led the Mountain West and ranked 20th in the nation. He also led the Mountain West and ranked 27th nationally in points responsible for, averaging 15.6 points per game passing and rushing. Wyoming played in the league championship game and lost to BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl. … Read entire article »

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Wrecks and deep snow in wake of western Wyoming snowstorms

EVANSTON, Wyo. (AP) — Weather and excessive speed by some motorists caused a 17-vehicle pileup on Interstate 80 in southwest Wyoming. Highway Patrol trooper David Homer says no one died and there were no serious injuries in the wreck that occurred about 2 p.m. Wednesday about 15 miles east of Evanston. Homer says the pileup occurred shortly after a semitrailer rear-ended another truck and jackknifed in the westbound lanes. Parts of I-80 were closed into Thursday because of the wreck, weather conditions and other accidents. Also Wednesday, a stranded motorist who went around a road closure gate was rescued on Wyoming Highway 28. A succession of snowstorms this week buried much of western Wyoming. More than 50 inches of snow accumulated in some mountains and over a foot in the Jackson Hole valley. … Read entire article »

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School district consolidation idea not politically viable

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A proposal to slash the number of school districts in Wyoming by more than half in order to save money doesn’t appear it will make the grade in the state Legislature this year. Consolidating the state’s 48 school districts into 23, or one per county, is among a number of ideas suggested to help address the state’s K-12 funding crisis. Lawmakers meeting in Cheyenne are expected to draft legislation soon on dealing with the shortfall. Consolidating school districts would save an estimated $7.5 million, mainly by eliminating well paid district administrators. However, the idea isn’t expected get anywhere as lawmakers being to tackle the issue. Opponents and even supporters say district consolidation is politically toxic because it erodes local control and would save relatively little money. … Read entire article »

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Cheyenne man pleads guilty to trying to hit police with car

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Cheyenne man with a long history of felony convictions has pleaded guilty to trying to hit officers with a stolen vehicle. Jimmie Ray Files pleaded on Wednesday pleaded guilty to seven felonies including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, attempted bodily injury of a police officer and theft. Files led law enforcement on a 40-mile chase in a stolen vehicle down Interstate 25 on Aug. 21. Before he was apprehended he lurched the vehicle toward approaching patrolmen. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors will request that Files be sentenced to 35 to 50 years in prison. Typically, the maximum potential sentences for aggravated assault charges are 10 years in prison, but Files’ sentence is longer because he has been convicted of eight other felonies in Wyoming, Colorado … Read entire article »

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