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Submitted by rebecca on January 15, 2014 – 11:42 amNo Comment


Wyo. soldier killed in crash joined Guard as teen

(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming soldier killed in Afghanistan loved flying so much he enlisted in the National Guard in high school and worked part-time to pay for his pilot’s license.

Twenty-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 3 Andrew McAdams was killed when a reconnaissance aircraft crashed in Afghanistan Friday.

He graduated from Cheyenne’s East High School in 2004. The Star-Tribune reported that he doubled up on classes so he could skip senior year and begin his flying career.

English teacher Sonja Turner remembers him as “precociously mature.” He was able to fly around the country because he was a Guard member. She recalled that once he was stuck on the West Coast for days without any money.

He leaves a wife and three-month-old daughter. His mother, father and brother live in Cheyenne.


Wyo. investment income plays role in state budget

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The state of Wyoming capitalized on last year’s record-breaking year on Wall Street to bank hundreds of millions in profits on state investments.

The earnings will help lawmakers as they meet next month to start crafting a new state budget.

Wyoming’s investments stood at $17.6 billion as of the end of November, the latest figure available. Much of that is in permanent funds that may be invested in stocks.

State Treasurer Mark Gordon and Chief Investment Officer Michael Walden-Newman say the state realized $578 million in capital gains in the fiscal year that ran through last June. That money helps fund stategovernment.

Gov. Matt Mead told lawmakers last month the extra revenue means the state won’t have to repeat the budget cuts it’s seen in recent years.


UW produces natural resource magazine

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming is publishing a new magazine dedicated to solving natural resource challenges in the West.

The first issue of Western Confluence magazine is now available and focuses on sustainable rangelands. It is anew publication from UW’s Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources.

The magazine will have two issues a year and will focus on new research and creative solutions to natural resource issues.

The Western Confluence magazine content can be accessed at its website at .


2 Wyoming players get another year of eligibility

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming says the NCAA has granted another year of eligibility to linebacker Devyn Harris and defensive lineman Patrick Mertens.

The university said Tuesday it will be the sixth year of eligibility for both. They missed previous seasons because of injury or illness.

Harris played 12 games in 2013, recording 49 tackles and one sack and recovering two fumbles.

Mertens was nose tackle and team captain in 2013. He had 34 tackles and two sacks, forced one fumble and recovered another last season.

Wyoming says sophomore backup linebacker Zack Berg and junior center Albert Perez are leaving the program. The school says Berg is transferring to another school, which it did not identify. It didn’t say what Perez’s plans are.

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