DAILY NEWS/Ryan Collins
Tanner Macie, a fourth grader at Ralph Witters Elementary in Thermopolis, receives an Eastern Red Cedar from Linda Barret from the Hot Springs County Conservation District Wednesday.

Conservation, fourth graders join forces in planting trees
Weather halted youth camp project

By Ryan Collins
Staff Writer

THERMOPOLIS — Toby Emery’s fourth grade class at Ralph Witters Elementary in Thermopolis had plans to plant a variety of trees at the Grass Creek Youth Camp on Tuesday, May 19. Inclement weather never allowed the kids to make the trip up to the Grass Creek Youth Camp, so instead the students received sapling Eastern Red Cedars to plant at home, or wherever they choose.
The trees were handed out to the students by Linda Barret, a member of the Hot Springs County Conservation District. “It’s really a good program for the kids and the community. We try to do it annually for the fourth graders. We’re just try to promote conservation,” said Barret.
The students were given detailed planting guides, and Emery informed the students, “We will be going over planting directions in class.”
The saplings are purchased from Colorado State University in bulk, and are handed out in boxes of 30. Saplings can also be purchased directly from the Hot Springs Conservation district to provide wind blocks, or serve as an affordable shade tree alternative.


G&F to host ‘Fishing for Facts with a Biologist’

CODY -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department invites the public to “Fishing for Facts with a Biologist”, an open forum to share thoughts, ideas or questions related to fisheries Thursday, May 28, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Outdoorsman (632 Big Horn Ave.) in Worland.
Lander Fisheries Biologist Joe Deromedi and Cody Fisheries Biologist Sam Hochhalter will host the open platform and be available to answer questions and engage in discussion on a variety of fisheries related topics. “The program will provide the public with a forum where there are no specific agendas or expectations, just an opportunity to talk about fish and fisheries managed by Game and Fish in the Lander and Cody regions,” said Deromedi. “We encourage those interested to attend.”
For more information, contact Joe at 307-332-2688, Sam at 307-527-7125, or Ken or Melanie, at the Outdoorsman 307-347-2891.

Agencies fight weeds to help sage grouse

LANDER, Wyo. (AP) — State and federal land management agencies are teaming up with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and others to keep invasive plants out of sage grouse habitat.
The Wind River/Sweetwater River Sage Grouse Working Group this month awarded a $31,000 grant to Fremont County Weed and Pest.
The money will go toward a large-scale, three-year noxious weed inventory and treatment effort that the county weed district began last year in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
The local working group is one of eight established throughout Wyoming to conserve sage grouse. The conservation effort comes in response to concerns the federal government could declare the birds an endangered species, a move that could hurt the state’s energy industry.

Shooter in Sheridan killing faces 35 years in prison

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A Sheridan judge has sentenced a man convicted of killing a local homeowner to serve at least 35 years before he would be eligible for parole.
The Sheridan Press reports that District Judge John Fenn on Thursday resentenced Dharminder Vir Sen.
Sen was convicted in the 2009 home-invasion killing of Robert Ernst of Sheridan.
Sen was 15 at the time of the killing and originally received life without parole. The Wyoming Supreme ordered him resentenced because of federal court rulings affecting life sentences for juvenile offenders.
Fenn on Thursday sentenced Sen to life in prison for murder and 20 to 25 years for conspiracy to be served concurrently. He also sentenced Sen to an additional 10-25 years for aggravated burglary. He would be eligible for parole after 35 years.

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Worland Prison time for Worland man after pleading guilty to strangulation
Habitual intoxicated driver given 2 to 4 years

By Zach Spadt

Staff Writer

WORLAND — Two defendants entered guilty pleas and were sentenced to prison in Fifth Judicial District Court in Worland Wednesday, on their respective charges
Appearing at his change of plea and sentencing hearing, Chancy Haux, 30, of Worland, pleaded guilty to one count of strangulation of a household member, a felony, and two counts of domestic battery. Haux will spend one to two years in the Wyoming Men’s State Penitentiary in Rawlins. The maximum penalty for the strangulation charge is five years imprisonment.
The charges stemmed from incidents occurring last December and in January during which Haux hit his victim hard enough to cause her to lose hearing in her left ear. The ear injury — an eardrum rupture — required surgery to repair, according to court records. Haux put his hands around the victim’s throat, cutting off her circulation, according to court records.
Haux will spend one to two years in the state penitentiary. He told District Court Judge Robert Skar that he has two beautiful children.
“What happens when they’re 16 and talking back to you? I want you to understand they can push you,” Skar told Haux while sentencing him.
“I want you to take advantage of the mental health programs at the penitentiary before your kids turn the age where they drive you nuts,” Skarr added.
Skar also accepted a plea agreement from Glenn Clifford, who pleaded guilty to fourth driving under the influence charge or subsequent offense, a felony.

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