Photos courtesy Marilyn Lane
The Worland Elks Lodge recently received a $2,000 grant from their National Foundation to distribute to local non-profit groups. Top left, Exhaulted Ruler Tim Sinn presents a check to Grace Godfrey and Adeline Miller with Chief Washakie FFA. Top right, Sinn presents a check to Dave Michel and Mike Moses of Washakie County Search and Rescue. Middle left, Becky Lamb and Carolyn Bies receive a check for Support Our Troops. Middle right, Tim Warren, representing Boy Scouts Troop 25 receives a donation. Bottom left, Sinn presents a check to Brandon Richardson with Boy Scouts Troop 225. Bottom right, Bob Bryant receives a check for Boy Scouts Troop 225.


Wyoming sees nearly $200K
in first-day lotto sales

By Bob Moen
Associated Press

CHEYENNE (AP) — The opening day of the new Wyoming Lottery saw nearly $200,000 in Powerball and Mega Millions tickets being sold.
“We’re pretty happy about it,” state lottery CEO Jon Clontz said. “... And the fact that it went without a hitch. We had no systems errors, no major glitches. So it was really great.”
Wyoming entered the nationwide jackpot frenzy at noon on Sunday when Mary Ogg of Sheridan bought the first ticket. The 67-year-old grandmother had won a promotional contest to buy the first ticket.
Powerball ticket sales from noon Sunday to midnight amounted to more than $130,000, while Mega Millions sales were more than $68,000, The Wyoming Lottery Corp. said.
Mega Millions draws its winning numbers on Tuesday night, while the first Powerball drawing under the new Wyoming lottery is Wednesday night.
The official first-day total sales amounted to $198,612.
Tickets sales remained strong on Monday, Clontz said. “I’m hoping to do $45,000 a day, or $315,000 a week,” he said.
The lottery tickets are being sold at nearly 400 outlets around the state.
ALF’s Pub and Package Liquors in Cheyenne and KIKS Chevron in Evanston tied for top retailer sales at $2,050 each, followed by $1,079 in sales at the Holiday Station in Sheridan, where the first lottery ticket was sold.
Among the counties, Natrona County had the most sales with $36,450, followed by Sweetwater with $24,855, Laramie with $22,028, Uinta with $17,378 and Campbell with $17,693.
Sales for other Wyoming counties were: Fremont, $10,667; Sheridan, $10,166; Carbon, $6,692; Park, $6,597; Converse, $6,138; Lincoln, $5,453; Albany, $5,367; Platte, $4,212; Sublette, $3,893; Teton, $3,769; Big Horn, $2,793; Hot Springs, $2,645; Johnson, $2,628; Goshen, $2,228; Weston, $2,215; Washakie, $2,157; Crook, $2,038; and Niobrara, $663.
The lottery is expected to generate $13 million to $17 million in ticket sales during the first year in Wyoming.
Under state law, the first $6 million in revenue after prizes and expenses goes to local governments. Anything over $6 million goes to schools.
“Winning is great, and we want winners. But the money also goes to very good causes, and so the more money that we can generate for local government and education, that’s great stuff,” Clontz said. “So I’m really happy and I’m happy for the people of Wyoming, too.”


Uden gets life behind
bars for 70s killing

By Mead Gruver
Associated Press

CHEYENNE (AP) — A judge in Wyoming sentenced a 75-year-old Missouri woman to life in prison on Monday for killing her husband with a rifle in the mid-1970s and throwing his body down the shaft of an abandoned gold mine, where it remained for nearly 40 years.
Defendant Alice Uden wore wire glasses, a court-supplied hearing aid and a blue suit, and sat quietly in her wheelchair before speaking at the hearing.
She sobbed gently as she addressed the court about the death of her third husband, Ronald Holtz, then 25.
“I’ve tried to atone for it,” Uden said. “I wish that I never would have met him so that none of this ever would have happened. He was a very frightening man.”
Jurors in Cheyenne didn’t buy Uden’s argument that she shot Holtz in the head to defend her toddler daughter from him. In May, they found her guilty of second-degree murder.
Uden killed Holtz in late 1974 or early 1975 in Cheyenne, where he was living with her and her 2-year-old daughter. Uden testified that she shot him with a rifle after he flew into a rage over the girl’s crying and was inches away from attacking her in bed.
Laramie County District Court Judge Steven Sharpe said he considered possible mitigating factors, including Uden’s lack of prior criminal history.
“This was very much a cold, calculated murder,” Sharpe said.
“The jury heard all of the evidence that was before the court and the jury rejected the defense that it was self-defense.”
District Attorney Scott Homar argued the killing was a thoughtful, deliberate act that rid Uden of Holtz.
“Her way out was to take Mr. Holtz’s life while he was sleeping and then dispose of it in a way that it wouldn’t be found for 39 1/2 years,” Homar said.
Police arrested Uden and her fourth and current husband, Gerald Uden, 72, both of Chadwick, Missouri, last fall in southwest Missouri, accusing them of killing former spouses in separate attacks.
Gerald Uden has pleaded guilty to killing his ex-wife and her two sons in central Wyoming in 1980. Prosecutors have not drawn any link between the two cases.
At her trial, Alice Uden testified that she removed Christmas decorations from a large cardboard barrel and put Holtz’s body inside. She wrestled the barrel into her trunk, she said, and dumped the barrel in an abandoned gold mine on a ranch between Cheyenne and Laramie.
One of Uden’s sons, Todd Scott, testified at the trial that his mother told him decades ago that she had shot Holtz while he was asleep.
After previous, unsuccessful attempts to find Holtz’s remains in the mine filled with the carcasses of cattle and other ranch animals, investigators last summer dug deeper in the vertical shaft and finally excavated Holtz’s remains.
The jury declined to find Uden guilty of premeditated, first-degree murder, which would have carried a mandatory life sentence. The jury also declined to convict her of a less-serious charge of manslaughter.
Uden’s attorney, Donald Miller, urged the judge to sentence Uden to probation because the now-grown daughter, Erica Prunty, has cancer and has been given six months to live.
He also highlighted the psychiatric history of Holtz, who met Uden, a former nurse, while she was working in the psychiatric unit at a Veterans Administration hospital in Sheridan.
“His behavior was unpredictable. He was irritable, he was hostile, he was explosive. He had no incentive to change,” Miller told the courtroom.
Prosecutors in the case against Gerald Uden said the bodies of 32-year-old Virginia Uden, and her two sons, 11-year-old Richard Uden and 10-year-old Reagan Uden, have yet to be found.
Gerald Uden told a Fremont County courtroom in November that he shot each of them with a rifle not far from his home, one after the other, and dumped their bodies in an abandoned mine.
Months later, he said, he retrieved the bodies and sank them in Fremont Lake in western Wyoming. Investigators briefly searched the deep lake for the bodies and say they plan a more comprehensive search soon.
Jurors at Alice Uden’s trial were prohibited from hearing about Gerald Uden’s case.


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Wyoming Trivia

State Nickname: Equality State, Cowboy State

State Flower: Indian Paintbrush

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

State Tree: Cottonwood

State Gemstone: Jade

State Mammal: Bison

State Fish: Cutthroat Trout

State Reptile: Horned Toad

State Dinosaur: Triceratops

State Sport: Rodeo

State Coin: Sacajawea Golden Dollar Coin

State Grass: Western Wheatgrass

Area: 97,914 Square Miles

Date of Statehood: July 10, 1890

State #: 44

State name is from a Delaware Indian word meaning "mountains and valleys alternating"

First National Park: Yellowstone 1872

First National Monument: Devil's Tower 1906

First state to give women the right to vote

First National Forest: Shoshone National Forest

First state to have a country public library system

First state to have a woman governor Nellie Tayloe Ross 1925

First artificially lit evening football game in Midwest 1925

First town in nation to be governed entirely by women: Jackson 1920 to 1921

First business west of the Missouri River: Trading post at Fort William

 

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