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Meth tied to 4.5 percent of Casper arrests in ’13

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

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Natrona County Sheriff Gus Holbrook thinks Casper’s economic boom led to an increase in methamphetamine arrests last year.

Meth was listed as a factor in about 4.5 percent of arrests in 2013, up from 3.5 percent in 2012. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the figure hovered between 2.2 and 2.5 percent between 2010 and 2012.

The executive director the Wyoming Meth Project, Jean Davies, thinks most meth labs have disappeared from Casper and that the drug is now supplied by Mexican cartels.

Meth use is believed to have played a role in some violent crimes in Casper recently.

Last week, a suspected meth user admitted to using brass knuckles to beat a man he believed was housing an informer on a past drug operation.


Magnitude-4.8 earthquake shakes Yellowstone park

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-4.8 earthquake that shook northern Yellowstone National Park is the strongest there since 1980.

But the Sunday quake was still considered relatively light, and its location didn’t raise concerns about the park’s supervolcano, which experts say has the potential to erupt with a force about 2,000 times the size of Mount St. Helens and would have worldwide effects.

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations says the earthquake occurred at 6:34 a.m. about 4 miles north-northeast of the Norris Geyser Basin. It was felt in the Montana border towns of West Yellowstone and Gardiner.

There were no immediate reports of damage. The park has few visitors and staff this time of year.

Yellowstone sees frequent earthquakes. Since Thursday, there have been at least 25 recorded.


No congressional redistricting drama in Wyoming

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Redrawing congressional boundaries every 10 years is a hotly contested process in many places — but not Wyoming, the nation’s least-populated state.

The 2010 census counted 568,300 Wyoming residents. That keeps the state solidly among the six others with only a single congressional district.

Many congressional districts nationally are drawn with oddly shaped, or “gerrymandered,” boundaries so they can encircle certain blocs of voters.

Not so in Wyoming, where the boundaries of the state’s at-large congressional district are the same asWyoming’s neatly rectangular state boundaries. The other rectangular state, Colorado, contains seven congressional districts.

Wyoming doesn’t have the least-populated congressional district, however. Each of Rhode Island’s two congressional districts has fewer people than Wyoming’s population.

Montana’s at-large district is the largest in population with just shy of 1 million people.


Wyoming Guard program transforms teenagers

(Information in the following story is from: Rawlins (Wyo.) Daily Times,

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — The goal of the Wyoming National Guard’s Cowboy Challenge Academy is to transform at-risk teenagers.

For each cadet class attending the academy the goal is to come out the other side of training with the values, life skills, education, and employment potential to be responsible and productive Wyoming citizens.

The academy seeks to give the cadets a quality education that instills cowboy ethics to give them hope and opportunity for a better future.

Core components of the voluntary program include academics, citizenship, life-coping and employment skills, civic service, leadership and physical fitness.

Region One Recruiter Charley Stoneking tells the Rawlins Daily Times that the program tries to give cadets skills that they can use in their lives.

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