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Man sentenced to 15 years in prison in drug case

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Green River man to 15 years in prison for possession with intent to sell more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in Casper. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl on Wednesday also sentenced 43-year-old Kenneth Shannon Miller to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a $500 fine. Casper police, the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation investigated the case. … Read entire article »

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Grand Teton park elk hunt gets underway

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A unique annual elk hunt in a national park has begun. The Grand Teton National Park’s annual elk reduction program began Saturday and will run until Nov. 2. Congress allowed the “controlled reduction” of elk when the park was created in 1950. Hunting is not allowed in most national parks, and the hunt in Grand Teton comes with restrictions. The 650 Wyoming-licensed hunters are restricted to two areas of the park. They are allowed to hunt cows or calves — but not bulls — from three primary herd segments: Grand Teton, southern Yellowstone National Park and the Teton Wilderness area of Bridger-Teton National Forest. The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports archery, hand guns and other non-center-fire ammunition rifles are banned, and artificial elk calls are also not allowed. … Read entire article »

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Man convicted of kidnapping, assaulting wife

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A jury has convicted a Gillette man of kidnapping and sexually assaulting his estranged wife. The man was found guilty on Thursday after his wife testified that he duct-taped her and threatened to kill her and himself if she did not perform sexual acts on him in January. The Associated Press is not naming the man because his relationship with the woman would identify a victim of sexual assault. Defense attorney Bill Disney argued there was no evidence of injury to the woman. The Associated Press reports the man told the jury he hugged the woman and placed the tape over her mouth briefly to “shut her up.” The woman testified she did whatever she could do to save her life. The man’s sentencing is in January. … Read entire article »

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Land managers plan public meetings on Yellowstone

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Federal land managers are planning to hold public meetings on how to handle issues spread over the multiple jurisdictions in the 15 million acres of the greater Yellowstone National Park ecosystem. The Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee wants the public’s help in building stronger relationships and assessing priorities on public lands across the area that includes Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. The committee is made up of 11 federal land managers. It has scheduled one meeting for Oct. 28 in Bozeman. A similar meeting will be held next spring in Cody. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming voters prefer to elect schools chief

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A poll shows that most Wyoming voters prefer to elect the state’s superintendent of public instruction. The poll commissioned by the Casper Star-Tribune found that 68 percent of respondents prefer an elected superintendent, while 23 percent would rather see the office as an appointed one. Nine percent were undecided. The poll by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research of Jacksonville, Florida, interviewed 625 registered voters by telephone between Oct. 6 and Oct. 8. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent. Seventy percent of Republicans and 59 percent of Democrats polled preferred electing the position. There was much controversy recently when the Legislature created a separate Education Department director appointed by the governor. The state Supreme Court struck down the law, saying it was unconstitutional. … Read entire article »

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Laramie getting a reputation for bike commuters

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Laramie is getting a reputation for the large number of people who ride bicycles to work. According to the Laramie Boomerang, the city has one of the highest number of bicycle commuters in the country. Local cycling supporters say they are not surprised. Peggy McCrackin, a member of the city of Laramie’s Parks and Recreation master plan committee, says bicycling and trails are valued by the community and should be reflected in the city’s long-term planning. … Read entire article »

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Jackson officials say lodging tax no problem

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Officials debating Teton County’s lodging tax say the tax has not hurt the local economy. Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board Chairwoman Ponteir Sackrey, Travel and Tourism Board coordinator Kate Sollitt and Jackson Town Manager Bob McLaurin said Thursday that complaints about traffic and housing shortages are unrelated because the lodging tax isn’t used to promote tourism in the summer and housing has always been a problem. The lodging tax is a 2 percent tax on overnight stays in any Teton County lodging facility. It raises $4.5 million a year. Part of the money is used to market Jackson Hole and pay for the costs of increasing the number of visitors to the resort town. … Read entire article »

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Trial set in Casper shooting death

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A trial date has been set for a 67-year-old Casper man charged with shooting another man in the head in August. Natrona County District Court Judge Thomas Sullins on Thursday scheduled the second-degree murder trial for Charlie Mapp to start on March 9 and said it would last up to four days. Mapp is charged in the shooting death of 28-year-old Richard Abeyta at an Aug. 9 house party in Casper. Court records say Abeyta accused Mapp of flirting with his girlfriend and the two men argued. Investigators say Abeyta had taunted and threatened to kill Mapp and eventually followed him to his vehicle. Prosecutors allege Mapp grabbed a .38-caliber revolver and shot Abeyta above his right eye. Abeyta died at the hospital the next day. Mapp pleaded not guilty … Read entire article »

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Black bear euthanized after breaking into house

TETON VILLAGE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wildlife officials euthanized a black bear after it broke into an occupied house in Teton Village at the base of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The 3- to 4-year-old male bear, which had been looking through windows in the house, broke in through a bathroom window at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The bear had left the house through the same window by the time Game & Fish biologist Mike Boyce arrived. Agency spokesman Mark Gocke says the bear did not flee the area and huffed at Boyce, so it was euthanized. Gocke says eight black bears, including three cubs, have been removed from the Jackson area this summer and fall while a grizzly bear was trapped and removed last week. … Read entire article »

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Woman accused of burning infant pleads not guilty

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Casper woman accused of burning an infant’s face with a hot saucepan and shaking the baby hard enough to require trauma care has denied several charges. 25-year-old Stephanie Shirts pleaded not guilty Thursday to four counts of child abuse, four counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine and one count of aggravated child abuse. She’s accused of burning the girl, causing a brain injury and suffocating her with a blanket before resuscitating her. An emergency room doctor contacted police Sept. 16 after the infant’s 24-year-old mother, Bobbi Humphreys, brought the baby to the hospital. Humphreys has pleaded not guilty to four counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine and one count of misdemeanor child endangering. … Read entire article »

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