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Teapot Dome petroleum reserve for sale

DENVER (AP) - Teapot Dome, the Wyoming federal oil reserve that was at the root of a 1920s political scandal, is up for sale, this time to the highest bidder.

The Denver Post reports the U.S. Department of Energy has hired Denver-based Meagher Energy Advisors to sell the Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 3, known as the Teapot Dome.

In 1922 and 1923, Albert Fall, who was President Warren G. Harding's interior secretary, leased Navy petroleum reserves at Teapot Dome near Casper in low, no-bid contracts.

Fall was convicted of taking bribes from the oil companies that received the leases, and the leases were returned to the Navy in 1927.


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.


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.


WR Nico Brown leaves Wyoming for personal reasons

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Wide receiver Nico Brown is leaving the Wyoming Cowboys for personal reasons.

Coach Craig Bohl announced the departure Tuesday.

Brown, of Topeka, Kan., appeared in eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2013, primarily on special teams.

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