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Submitted by Newsroom on February 28, 2013 – 1:40 pmNo Comment


Written, Produced, Broadcast by KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

HEADLINES: Re-evaluation of juvenile Hudson murder suspect may take him to trial … Investigator says road reflector study may save animal lives, reduce collisions … Lander math students beat out Riverton ….. 

Re-evaluation of juvenile Hudson murder suspect may take him to trial

LANDER — A local judge has granted the county’s request for a second competency evaluation of a juvenile suspect connected to the 2011 Hudson double-homicide case. On Tuesday, Ninth District Court Judge Norman Young granted the request by Fremont County Deputy Attorney Patrick LeBrun to have Jude Blackburn reevaluated. The first evaluation found him incompetent to stand trial. The update comes from our news partner

Blackburn faces nine felony counts in connection with the arson murder of Eric Likes and Elva Quiver of Hudson. They include two counts of murder in the first degree, first degree arson and aggravated robbery.

According to testimony in charging documents, the couple was killed in the perpetration of a robbery. Blackburn allegedly hit Likes in the head with a dresser drawer. All four of his co-defendants, Joseph Jude Jenkins and Laziur, Samantha and Ryan Hanway have pleaded guilty to the crimes. Blackburn was 15 at the time of the incident.

Investigator says road reflector study may save animal lives, reduce collisions

FREMONT COUNTY — Organizers of a study being conducted by the state transportation department hope the results shed light on whether wildlife warning reflectors can reduce the number of animal/vehicle collisions, specifically in the counties of Big Horn, Hot Springs and Fremont.

Morgan Graham is the principal investigator for the study, being conducted by the Wyoming Department of Transportation and the Conservation Research Center of Teton Science Schools. He says the information collected will help the transportation department plan road builds in the future because it will determine the effect of wildlife reflectors on not only collision rates but on deer highway crossing patterns and behaviors.

He explained that a properly installed wildlife warning reflector system should make animals stop until a vehicle has passed because of a moving pattern of light crossing the road at various angles that’s created when the glow from headlights shines on the reflectors.

The study’s in its second year, with one more to go – this winter in the area north and south of Thermopolis and next year in Fremont County.

Cody Beers of the state transportation department said, “researchers are studying the reflector installations about one mile at a time at night — both with the reflectors uncovered and with the reflectors covered with white canvas bags.”

Study investigator Graham said more than 75,000 wildlife-vehicle collisions have been recorded in Wyoming during the past two decades and of these, 7,500 have occurred within a 60-mile buffer of Thermopolis. Big Horn, Hot Springs and Fremont counties rank first, third and sixth, respectively, in the most wildlife-vehicle collisions per vehicle mile driven in Wyoming.

Lander math students beat out Riverton 

RIVERTON — Math students from Lander dominated a regional contest held recently at the local community college in Riverton. The students from Lander came out on top in all grades among the 162 middle and high school students from both Lander and Riverton. 

First place honors went to Jordan Crane for juniors and seniors, Duncan Gans for the freshmen and sophomore division, Adrienne Matthews for eighth graders and Richard Ellis for seventh. Prizes were donated by Gannett Peak Sports, Tony’s Pizza and the Central Wyoming College Bookstore. College math professor Mike Bostick organized the contest. 

The second and third place winners, by division were: Abby Hamilton and Connor Wilkinson for seventh; Joseph Crane and Kyle Sandall for eighth; Micah Whiting, with Megan Bausch and Kamille Brough tied for third in the ninth-10th grade division; and Jack Boyle and Dustin Clark for the 11th- 12th-grade group.

Seventh Grade Math Winners

Photo Identifications: Lander students dominated at the Wyoming State Math Contest held at Central Wyoming College Wednesday, Feb. 20. Pictured from left are: Mike Bostick, a CWC math instructor and director of the contest, CWC math professor Val Whitmore, and seventh grade champions, Abby Hamilton, who placed second; Richard Ellis who came in first, and third place winner Connor Wilkinson.


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