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Submitted by rebecca on March 18, 2014 – 3:44 pmNo Comment

SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT-LAWSUIT

District judge takes up superintendent case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — State schools Superintendent Cindy Hill is looking for another favorable court ruling in her effort to regain control of the Department of Education.

Laramie County District Judge Thomas Campbell scheduled a conference with attorneys for Hill and the state on Tuesday morning to decide what to do next in Hill’s lawsuit against the state.

In January, the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that a 2013 law that removed the elected superintendent as department head was unconstitutional. Legislators enacted the law after complaints about Hill’s performance. Hill then filed a lawsuit to get her duties restored.

The Supreme Court said the law left the superintendent with too few duties but left it up to the district court to decide how the lawsuit should be resolved.

GUARD STRANGLED

Teen accused of strangling guard pleads not guilty

GERING, Neb. (AP) — A 15-year-old Wyoming boy has pleaded not guilty to murder in the strangling of a western Nebraska jail guard.

Dylan Cardeilhac of Torrington made his plea Monday in Scotts Bluff County District Court. Authorities say security video shows Cardeilhac luring 24-year-old Amanda Baker into his cell on Feb. 14 and shows him pouncing on her and strangling her from behind.

Authorities say another inmate, 16-year-old Guy Eagle Elk, of Lisco, told Cardeilhac how to choke the woman. Eagle Elk’s trial on a charge of aiding and abetting assault is scheduled for July. He’s pleaded not guilty.

Both boys are charged as adults.

SUBURBAN WOLF

Gray wolf spotted in neighborhood near Jackson

(Information in the following story is from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com)

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife officials confirm that a gray wolf was spotted passing through a suburban subdivision outside Jackson Monday.

The Jackson Hole Daily reports that the lone wolf was spotted by at least four people and didn’t cause any problems as it trotted by the Melody Ranch neighborhood.

Nancy Hoffman says the wolf came within about 10 feet of her living room window and called the sighting a “blessing.”

A spokesman for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Mark Gocke, says its tracks led toward the Snake River in the general direction of the South Park Feedground.

Wolf sightings in developed neighborhoods aren’t common but not unheard of.

At least one wolf in a pack that frequented another area subdivision in 2012 was killed by federal officials after the pack injured a dog.

SAND CREEK MASSACRE-MUSEUM

Denver museum to consult with Native Americans

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s state museum has agreed to consult with Native American tribes after the museum closed an exhibit on the Sand Creek Indian massacre over complaints from descendants of the slaughter’s survivors that they weren’t consulted about the display.

The consultations, which will begin Tuesday, will include Colorado officials, History Colorado museum officials, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma Tribes.

State historic preservation officer Ed Nichols says consultations are a good first step before discussing museum exhibits.

A U.S. Army force led by Col. John M. Chivington (SHIV’-ing-tin) swept into a sleeping Indian village in southeastern Colorado on Nov. 29, 1864. Troops killed more than 160 Cheyenne and Arapaho, most of them women, children and the elderly.

GREAT LAKES-ND

Great Lakes to stop service to 2 ND airports

(Eds: Corrects when airline pulled out of Devils Lake and Jamestown. APNewsNow. Will be updated.)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Great Lakes Airlines will suspend service to two more North Dakota locations by the end of the month.

The Wyoming-based company says it is suspending service to the Dickinson and Williston airports. It pulled out of Devils Lake and Jamestown at the end of January.

Great Lakes has said it is pulling out of several regional airports because of problems retaining pilots. The company has cited new federal rules that require co-pilots to log 1,500 flight hours before they can work for commercial airlines. They previously required 250 hours.

The new regulations have also affected Great Lakes flights in Pierre, S.D. The shortage of pilots caused about 17 percent of flights to be cancelled in February in Pierre.

WWC-WYOMING

6 Cowboys on Western Wrestling Conference squad

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Six wrestlers from the University of Wyoming have been named to the Western Wrestling Conference’s All Conference squad.

Three Cowboys who won titles at the conference championships on March 8 — junior Tyler Cox, redshirt freshman Benjamin Stroh and junior Shane Woods — earned a spot of the WWC’s first team.

The university said Tuesday that three other Wyoming wrestlers who finished as runners up at the tournament will be on the conference’s second team. They are redshirt freshman Cole Mendenhall, junior Andy McCulley and junior Dakota Friesth.

Wyoming finished second at the championships, eight points behind North Dakota State.


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