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Murder trial to begin in Thanksgiving 2013 Gillette slaying

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The first-degree murder trial for a man charged in the Thanksgiving Day 2013 shooting death of another man is finally set to begin. The trial for 22-year-old Todd Michael Sindelar begins Monday. The trial had been postponed and continued several times due to new evidence in the case. Sindelar is accused of shooting and killing 25-year-old Matthew Boyer on Nov. 28, 2013 at Boyer’s home. Boyer was shot once in the abdomen and once in the chest. Boyer’s girlfriend told investigators the men had been in a dispute about rent. Sindelar fled Gillette after the shooting, leading police on a 200-mile chase. He was arrested in South Dakota. He faces life in prison without parole if convicted. … Read entire article »

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Hawks diving at golfers temporarily closed mini course

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A mini golf course in Laramie is once again doing business after aggressive hawks caused a temporary closure. Lisa Poledna put a sign reading “closed due to angry hawk” outside her business, Oasis Golf, when parents of at least two nesting baby hawks became aggressively protective. She says in her 10 years of owning the course, hawks have never been so aggressive that she has to hide from the dive-bombing birds. The course is open now that the babies are older and their parents are less protective. Wyoming Game and Fish Laramie regional wildlife coordinator Corey Class says the parents probably didn’t know they’d picked such a crowded nesting spot, and that Poledna just has to wait them out. … Read entire article »

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Construction delays opening of U. of Wyoming STEM facility

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Officials at the University of Wyoming say the contractor is to blame for the delayed opening of a new science, technology, engineering and math center. Representatives with Cheyenne-based general contractor AP Wyoming LLC weren’t at a meeting last week when the State Building Commission was told the $50 million facility wouldn’t open this fall. Company vice president Doug Johnson says a number of factors have delayed the project, and that more managers and staff have been added to meet the new spring 2016 deadline. University facilities planning official Matt Kibbon said a $1,000 late completion fine that kicked in June 5 hasn’t been enough to create a sense of urgency for the contractor. He said the penalty won’t be part of future building agreements. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming’s unemployment rate holds at 4.1 percent in June

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent in June. The rate is slightly lower than 4.4 percent recorded in June 2014. It’s also lower than the June federal unemployment rate which fell slightly to 5.3 percent. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reports from May to June, unemployment rates rose slightly in 15 counties, fell in five counties and were unchanged in three counties. Niobrara County reported the lowest unemployment rate in June at 2.6 percent, followed by Teton at 2.7 percent, Crook at 3.1 percent and Weston at 3.2 percent. The highest unemployment rates were found in Fremont at 5.1 percent, Uinta at 4.8 percent, and Natrona and Sweetwater counties at 4.7 percent. … Read entire article »

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Part of Wyoming-to-Midwest gas line to flow other direction

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Part of a natural gas pipeline built to export gas from the Rocky Mountain region to the Midwest is about to move gas in the opposite direction. The $4 billion Rockies Express Pipeline completed six years ago extends from western Wyoming to eastern Ohio. Next week, pipeline operator Tallgrass Energy plans to open the valve on a massive expansion that will send gas extracted from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia west toward Chicago. The reason is surging gas production from the Marcellus Shale formation in the eastern U.S. The development will weigh on Wyoming’s gas industry. Gas sales from the Rockies to the Midwest are projected to fall while sales from the Northeast to the Midwest are projected to rise. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming streams reclassified to allow higher E coli levels

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — Smaller streams throughout Wyoming have been reclassified to allow five times higher concentrations of E. coli bacteria. Three-fourths of all Wyoming’s flowing waters now are considered “secondary-contact recreation” waters by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. That’s according to a plan recently finalized by the agency. The new designation covers 87,775 miles of streams with average flows of less than six cubic feet per second. The change was posted Thursday. The agency says it identified streams where immersion, full-body contact or frequent use of the water by children is “non-existent” or “non-attainable.” coli is introduced to watersheds primarily from feces, either from humans, wildlife or livestock. Contact with the bacteria can cause gastro-intestinal illness and in severe cases death. … Read entire article »

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Trial begins Monday for man accused of trying to kill wife

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Casper man stands trial Monday for allegedly trying to kill his wife when he rammed her car last year. The trial is expected to last three days in Natrona County District Court. Webb is charged with attempted second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault and property destruction for a confrontation with his wife last summer. Police say he struck his wife’s minivan with his vehicle and then drove around the block and tried to hit her as she stood on a nearby lawn. After the trial ends, a second trial for charges against Webb begins. Webb is charged with assaulting a peace officer for allegedly trying to head-butt a security guard at the Townsend Justice Center Oct. 30 in Casper. … Read entire article »

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University of Wyoming reviewing accounting gaps

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming says that its accounting system is so outdated that the $500 million institution is vulnerable. The school says its financial system makes it hard to accurately find and review financial data. Some colleges within the university are using different systems to account for spending. That makes it difficult to compare the colleges or come up with institution-wide numbers. The university is negotiating with a consultant to help determine the best way to an updated financial system. The review is expected to take about a year. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming Game and Fish Department faces budget cliff

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department faces a serious budget cliff because of declining numbers of hunters and anglers. The agency could begin running out of money in the next three years if it doesn’t find another source of revenue or increase license fees. Hunting and angling numbers are down, and license fees haven’t increased since 2008. The department recently went through a series of budget cuts that included limiting the number of fish stocked in reservoirs to ending a heritage expo. But officials say those changes won’t be enough in the long term. A task force is looking for solutions. The Governor’s Fish and Wildlife Task Force has met twice has met twice and plans to gather twice more.   … Read entire article »

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Gilbert L. “Gil” DeLozier obituary

Gilbert L. “Gil” DeLozier, 79, of Lander, Wyoming died on July 21, 2015. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the Faith Lutheran Church in Sinks Canyon, Lander, Wyoming. Gilbert was born November 16, 1935 to Sherman DeLozier and Pauline (Girardin) DeLozier in Magnet, Cedar County, Nebraska. Gilbert attended school in Magnet, NE and graduated high school in 1953. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1954, and served in Japan and South Korea; he was honorably discharged in October 1955 and was an Army Reservist for 8 years following. Gilbert received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal during his active service. Gilbert married Sharon E. (Johnson) DeLozier on May 4, 1958. They had two sons, Michael who was born December 30, … Read entire article »

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