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Submitted by Newsroom on October 21, 2010 – 9:02 amNo Comment

 WYOMING GOVERNOR’S RACE
     Wyoming governor’s race hits home stretch
    
     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Both main-party candidates in the Wyoming
governor’s race say they’re campaigning hard and taking nothing for
granted with less than two weeks to go before election day.
     On voter registration numbers alone, Republican Matt Mead should
have the race sewn up over Democrat Leslie Petersen.
     There are roughly 170,000 registered Republicans in the state
compared to just over 63,000 registered Democrats.
     Yet Democrats have held the Wyoming Governor’s Office for all
but eight years since 1975.
     Mead, a former U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, says he’s taking
nothing for granted as the campaign enters its final weeks.
Petersen, who’s retired from the real estate business in Jackson,
says she expects to put on a respectable showing.
    
 SUPERINTENDENT PAY
     Former Cheyenne schools chief seeks $400K in pay
    
     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – The former superintendent of Wyoming’s
largest school district is seeking nearly $400,000 in pay.
     Ted Adams claims board members at the Laramie County School
District 1 conspired to get rid of him and should pay him for the
final year of his contract. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports
Adams’ claim states that he’s owed $398,424 in lost wages and
benefits.
     Adams claims that some board members pressured him to fire
people they didn’t like and looked out for their own personal
interests instead of the district as a whole.
     The board members couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
     Adams lost an attempt to win the Republican nomination for state
superintendent of public instruction.
    
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     Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle – Cheyenne

     
     
 ILLEGAL STOCKING
     Wyo. Game and Fish probes illegal fish stocking
     
     CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – Wyoming Game and Fish is offering a reward
for information on who illegally stocked largemouth bass into the
North Platte River at Gray Reef Dam.
     Biologists with the game department found two 10-inch largemouth
bass while electro-fishing below the dam.
     The game department is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for
information leading to the conviction of whoever stocked the fish.
     Al Conder is fisheries supervisor for the Casper Region of the
game department. He says the nearest population of largemouth bass
on the North Platte River drainage had been in a pond near
Glenrock, more than 70 miles downstream.
     Conder says the bass may have been stocked in the river, or into
Gray Reef Reservoir.
     State law imposes hefty penalties for illegal fish stocking.
 

     
     
 HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION EMBEZZLEMENT
     Wyo. woman gets probation in embezzlement case
    
     GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) – A woman convicted for her role in an
embezzlement scheme involving hundreds of thousands of dollars has
been sentenced to probation.
     The Gillette News Record reports that 37-year-old Hailey
Jacobsen Remmick was sentenced Tuesday to nine years of probation.
She was convicted in August on six counts of wrongful taking or
disposing of property and one count of conspiracy to commit
larceny.
     Remmick’s mother, Julie Deliramich, was convicted of embezzling
almost $400,000 from a homeowners association in Gillette.
Prosecutors say she was the bookkeeper for the Fox Park Homeowners
Association in Gillette when she forged board members signatures to
obtain loans from a bank.
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     Information from: The Gillette News Record – Gillette
     
 CASPER JUVENILE CENTER
     New Casper juvenile detention center to cost more
    
     CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – Natrona County can expect to pay about
$292,000 more a year than it does now to operate a juvenile
detention center once the new facility is completed.
     The county currently pay about $1.2 million annually to run its
juvenile detention center located in the Hall of Justice in Casper.
But a bigger center under construction will cost almost $1.5
million to operate when its completed next year.
     The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the county commissioners
heard the figures Tuesday from the Colorado-based Cornerstone
Programs, a for-profit company that runs the juvenile detention
facility. Cornerstone officials say the new detention center will
cost more to operate because it will need more staff.
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     Information from: Casper Star-Tribune – Casper
 
 WYOMING OIL SPILL
     Wyo. oil spill hints at Niobrara Shale’s potential
    
     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Oil spewing at a new well east of Cheyenne
could be good news for other companies preparing to drill into the
Niobrara (NY’-oh-BRER’-uh) Shale.
     The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality says oil surged
through the well owned by Denver-based SM Energy Co. last Friday
and sprayed from a flare stack for eight hours, blackening 15 acres
of ranch land.
     SM Energy says it’s cleaning up the site.
     Mark Northam at the University of Wyoming says the accident
shows the ground holds quantities of oil under pressure – something
oil companies like to see.
     Dozens of companies are preparing to drill into the Niobrara
Shale near Cheyenne, hoping it will produce as much oil as the
booming Bakken (BAHK’-en) Shale in North Dakota.

 

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