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Wyoming home to handful of Central American migrant kids

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming is now home to a handful of the over 100,000 children who fled Central America without a parent in recent years. The federal government says it has placed 19 from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras in Wyoming since October 2013. Because the number is so small, the government won’t provide a county-by-county breakdown to protect the children’s privacy. The children are expected to attend school as they wait to see if they can stay in the country but the state education department doesn’t keep track of whether they enrolled or where. If all did, they would account for just 0.02 percent of the nearly 93,000 students in public schools. Most of these children are older than students who enter school not knowing English and have gaps in their … Read entire article »

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8 Wyoming football games to be nationally televised

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The Mountain West Conference and its national television partners have released the remainder of this fall’s conference games that will be televised nationally. Eight Wyoming games will be televised this coming season as part of the package. The Cowboys will appear on four CBS Sports Network telecasts and four ESPN Network televised games. Wyoming home games versus Northern Illinois, Boise State, Utah State and San Diego State will all be televised nationally. Road games at Eastern Michigan, at Colorado State, at Nevada and at New Mexico will also be televised. In all, 45 Mountain West contests will be nationally televised this fall. Additional telecasts by ROOT SPORTS and the Mountain West Network will be announced at a later date. … Read entire article »

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Yarbrough signs as free agent with Broncos

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Former Wyoming defensive end Eddie Yarbrough has signed a three-year free agent contract with his hometown Denver Broncos. Yarbrough, a native of Aurora, Colorado, was not selected in the NFL Draft over the weekend but received a number of free agent offers after the draft had concluded on Saturday. Yarbrough said he received free agent offers from several other NFL teams, but he couldn’t refuse the Denver offer to stay in his home state and represent the Wyoming Cowboys. Yarbrough reports to rookie mini-camp on Thursday in Denver. He said the contract is valid as long as he makes the team, which is something he’s not worried about. Yarbrough was a three-time First Team All-Mountain West selection as a defensive end with Wyoming. … Read entire article »

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Judge detains Colorado man on attempted child sex charges

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal magistrate has ordered a Colorado man to stay in jail while a grand jury considers charges that he tried to hire a Cheyenne teenager for sex. Magistrate Kelly Rankin of Cheyenne denied a request Friday from Leif Jourgensen of Ft. Collins, Colorado, to be released from custody. He’s charged with attempted enticement of a minor and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. A criminal complaint charges Jourgensen posted a Craigslist advertisement in Wyoming this month seeking to hire a girl to perform a sex act. Law enforcement investigators responded and pretended to be a 14-year-old girl. The complaint states Jourgensen agreed to meet the girl in Cheyenne but fled in his truck when police approached him. Federal marshals arrested him this week in Ft. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming Downs struggles with new horse race machines

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — One of two companies licensed to operate historic horse racing machines in Wyoming has closed half of its locations and reduced hours at the others in recent months. Wyoming Downs is licensed to operate eight historic racing machine venues across the state. Wyoming Downs and Wyoming Horse Racing were both forced to shut down operations last October after their instant racing machines were found in violation of state gambling law. The two operators installed new machines that meet state law. But Wyoming Downs chief operating officer Rick Cook said its new machines haven’t proved successful, forcing it to close sites in Gillette, Evansville, Cheyenne and Laramie. Cook said Wyoming Downs is looking to install different games. … Read entire article »

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Assault at Riverton hotel sends one to jail, other to hospital

(RIVERTON, Wyo.) An altercation at the Riverton Holiday Inn early this morning sent Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputies to investigate. Undersheriff Ryan Lee said the reported altercation was between suspect Frank Lopez and two victims. Lopez is alleged to have been chasing one victim down the hallway of the motel while brandishing a whiskey bottle. The second victim attempted to intervene at which time Lopez is alleged to have violently attacked the man striking him multiple times in the head and once under the chin with the heavy glass whiskey bottle. Lopez is also alleged to have struck the first victim at least one time under the chin with the whiskey bottle as well. Lee said it’s unclear what caused the altercation to start with, however several other hotel guests witnessed the incident. The victim was … Read entire article »

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Syphilis cases on rise in southeast Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Health reports an alarming increase in reported syphilis cases in southeast Wyoming. Courtney Smith is the communicable disease surveillance program manager with the state Health Department. Smith says the agency has received six reported cases of “early” syphilis reported in Laramie County since Jan. 1. She says that is a significant increase from last year. Syphilis is primarily transmitted through unprotected sexual activity. If left untreated, syphilis can lead to serious health complications and death. … Read entire article »

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More layoffs announced at Wyoming coal mines

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Alpha Natural Resources is laying off 37 workers at its Belle Ayr and Eagle Butte mines in northeast Wyoming. The layoffs announced on Thursday represent about 6.5 percent of Alpha’s 563 workers at the two mines. Low prices and weak market conditions have led Powder River Basin mines to lay off more than 500 workers since January in Wyoming. The Mine Safety and Health Administration reports that at the end of the first quarter of 2016, Belle Ayr employed 271 workers, while Eagle Butte had 292. It wasn’t made clear how many of the overall 37 layoffs came from each mine. Bristol, Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in August. … Read entire article »

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State education board wants to keep coordinator job

WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming State Board of Education has voted to keep funding its state coordinator position. The state Legislature this past winter approved a two-year budget that funded the job for only one year and directed the state education board to submit a report about the necessity of its coordinator. But the board voted unanimously during a meeting in Worland on Thursday to use unspent money from elsewhere in its budget to keep the coordinator position. Paige Fenton Hughes is the current Wyoming State Board of Education coordinator. She is leaving the job this year. … Read entire article »

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Another spring storm to bring more snow to Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — More snow is on tap for Wyoming, especially the southeast part of the state. The National Weather Service has posted a winter storm warning for the mountains of southeast Wyoming as well as the Cheyenne and Pine Bluffs area. Up to 11 inches of snow is possible in Cheyenne. A winter storm watch has been issued for Wheatland, Glendo and Torrington. The Laramie area is under a winter weather advisory. The Weather Service says snow is expected to begin Thursday night and continue off and on into the weekend. Snow and rain is likely throughout much of western and central Wyoming as well. … Read entire article »

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