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Ex-chief says some have quit education department

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

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The man who temporarily ran the Wyoming Department of Education says a handful of employees have quit since Superintendent Cindy Hill was restored to power and that more resignations could be coming.

The Casper Start Tribune reported Tuesday that former department director Rich Crandall declined to identify the employees who left.

He says some department employees have one or more job offers and that he's written about 10 letters of recommendation.

Hill, an elected official, returned to the department Monday after about 15 months. Lawmakers unhappy with her performance passed a law stripping her of her authority, but the state Supreme Court ruled the law was unconstitutional.

Crandall was appointed to run the department after the law passed.

Education department spokesman Travis Hoff declined to comment on any resignations.


Wyoming unemployment rate drops to 4 percent

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - State officials say Wyoming's unemployement rate fell to 4 percent in March, down from 4.2 percent in February and 4.7 percent a year earlier.

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services said Monday the seasonally adjusted total of employed residents rose by 1,500 in March.

The unemployment rate fell year-over-year in every county, with the largest decline in Sheridan, down to 5.1 percent in March from 6.8 percent a year earlier. Park County's rate fell to 5.3 percent from 6.6 percent.

Converse County had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.1 percent, followed by Sublette and Campbell, both at 3.3 percent. Lincoln County had the highest rate at 6.4 percent, followed by Johnson at 5.8 percent and Big Horn at 5.7 percent.

The national unemployment rate is 6.7 percent.


New landslide strategy in Jackson

(Information in the following story is from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide,

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Officials in Jackson are hoping a mound of dirt and rock will stop a slow-moving landslide from destroying a two-story parking lot next to Sidewinders Tavern.

Crews with dump trucks spent Monday afternoon depositing earth fill while an excavator piled rubble in the parking structure's first floor.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports a survey marker behind the parking area has moved 4 inches in the last three days.

The slide began April 4 and the shifting ground has sheared one house in two. Four homes, two apartment buildings and several businesses remain evacuated while road damage has blocked access to about 30 other homes.


Man charged in Cheyenne shooting reaches deal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A man charged in a fatal drug-related shooting in Cheyenne in 2012 could be sentenced to between four and five years under a deal with prosecutors.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that Brian M. Sears appeared in court Monday to plead guilty to reckless endangerment and felony possession of marijuana. He had earlier pleaded not guilty to attempted second-degree murder but that charge was dropped.

Sears is accused of shooting and killing 22-year-old Connor Tarr after Tarr and a man named Cameron Scott stabbed him during a struggle in December 2012. Police say Sears then shot at Scott's car as the man was trying to get away.

A judge will decide later whether to agree to the four to five year sentence recommended by prosecutors.


Casper man charged with 10 sex-related felonies

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

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A 20-year-old Casper man is facing 10 sex-related charges after a formal appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on Monday.

Christopher Dudgeon faces seven charges of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, two charges of sexual contact with a minor and one charge of taking immodest liberties with a minor.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports Dudgeon was on probation for sexual battery, a misdemeanor, when the new crimes are alleged to have occurred.


UL hopes to employ 25 in Laramie by end of 2015

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Underwriters Laboratories says it hopes to employ 25 people at its new office in Laramie by the end of next year and possibly double that amount later.

Gov. Matt Mead announced Monday that it would open a technology office there in June, starting with six employees.

The global safety company puts its familiar UL seal of approval on electrical appliances and devices that meet its standards.

UL information technology director Mike Nuteson told the Laramie Boomerang that the company is looking for people with a technical background, either from schooling or job experience. He said it plans to "invest heavily" in training new employees.

UL will open its office at the Wyoming Technology Business Center at the University of Wyoming while it looks for a permanent space.


Mead, Simpson head to Thermopolis to discuss park

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Gov. Matt Mead is headed to Thermopolis on Saturday to hear from residents about the future of Hot Springs State Park.

The Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources last month notified owners of TePee (TEE'-pee) Pools Inc. that they must remove their pool and other facilities from the park by early May. The company has had a concession to run a hot springs minerals bath and pools operation at the park since 1990.

A lawyer for the company said earlier this month that the company has no intention of vacating the premises. Efforts to reach company officials on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

State parks director Milward Simpson says the state is in contact with the pool company officials. He says he hasn't decided whether to give them more time.


Park County chips in for World War I memorial

(Information in the following story is from: Powell (Wyo.) Tribune,

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - The Park County commissioners have voted to contribute $10,000 toward a memorial in Cody to honor Wyoming soldiers killed in World War I.

The Powell Tribune reported Tuesday the memorial will be placed in the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Park and will list the names of more than 60 state residents.

The park already has monuments honoring Wyoming residents killed in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Cold War and other engagements as well as peacetime service.

The World War I monument is expected to cost $45,000 total. Organizers have been raising money for the project from various sources.

A dedication ceremony is planned for Memorial Day.

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