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  • Theobald appointed acting UW president

    Daniel Bendtsen, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 16, 2019

    LARAMIE - Neil Theobald was named the University of Wyoming's acting president, as of July 1, by the Board of Trustees on Monday morning. Theobald has been the university's vice president for finance and administration since July 2018, and told the Laramie Boomerang on Monday that he's "thrilled" to take on the new role. "I'm just honored for the trust the board has placed in me," he said. In the past year, Theobald has taken a leading role on the university's major projects, like the creating... Full story

  • UW creating four new jobs to combat sexual assault

    Daniel Bendtsen, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 9, 2019

    LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming is planning to create four new jobs as part of its No More Campaign, which aims to provide more resources to prevent and respond to sexual assault on campaign. The positions won’t be filled until the Board of Trustees signs off on the budget for the 2020 fiscal year, but President Laurie Nichols and Vice President for Student Affairs Sean Blackburn have already found money for the jobs through internal re-allocation of funding — not through an overall budget increase approved by the trustees. “I just think i... Full story

  • UW files first arguments in Supreme Court firearms case

    Daniel Bendtsen, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 25, 2019

    LARAMIE — Attorneys representing the University of Wyoming filed the school’s first arguments Tuesday in a Wyoming Supreme Court case concerning UW’s ability to restrict the carrying of firearms on campus. Lyle Williams, a Uinta County delegate to the Wyoming State Republican Party Convention last year, sued the university after UW police cited him for openly carrying his firearm during the political rally at the UW Conference Center. Williams argued the school’s ban on guns violates Wyoming Statute 6-8-401, which prohibits gun regulat... Full story

  • Gordon promises task force on missing, murdered native women

    Daniel Bendtsen, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 25, 2019

    LARAMIE — Gov. Mark Gordon made an impromptu announcement Friday on the University of Wyoming campus that he’ll convene a task force to address ways to combat the high rates of murdered and missing American Indian women in Wyoming. Gordon’s surprise commitment came at the tail end of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls March, organized by the UW student group Keepers of the Fire, which aims to foster American Indian students’ cultures on campus. The event was organized to raise awareness of the high rates of homicide and dis... Full story

  • Commission meeting sees protest over shooting incident

    Daniel Bendtsen, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 11, 2019

    LARAMIE — The public comment period of the Albany County Commission’s Tuesday meeting was eventful as several expressed dismay over an officer-involved shooting from November. The commission meetings are typically a harmonious affair, but not this week after ACoPP, which stands for Albany County for Proper Policing, organized an effort to protest the county’s handling of the death of Robbie Ramirez, a 39-year-old man who was fatally shot by an Albany County Sheriff’s Office deputy in November. The public comment at the beginning of the commiss... Full story

  • Laramie to revisit softball vote, OK would start state play

    Daniel Bendtsen, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 4, 2019

    LARAMIE — Albany County School District No. 1 board members plan to revisit the possibility of offering softball at Laramie High School after they complete their budget for the 2019-2020 school year. The board declined a request from Laramie Girls Softball in February in a dramatic 4-4 vote. The ninth school board member, Michele Mitchum, resigned the same day as that board meeting, and a tie vote was enough to kill the proposal. Since then, organizers of Laramie Girls Softball have pushed the board to reverse that February decision as more d...

  • UW top priority for Ag Committee

    Daniel Bendtsen, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 21, 2019

    LARAMIE — The state Legislature’s Management Council decided an evaluation of the University of Wyoming’s College of Agriculture will be the top priority for the Joint Agriculture, State & Public Lands & Water Resources Committee during the 2019 interim. In a letter to Management Council, the agriculture committee’s co-chairmen said the scrutiny on the College of Agriculture would “help ensure the college is offering programs that are Wyoming-centered including rangeland management, ecology, high-altitude cattle management and ranch manager pro... Full story

  • Judge says University of Wyoming can regulate guns

    Daniel Bendtsen, Laramie Boomerang-WNE|Dec 22, 2018

    LARAMIE — State law does not prevent local governments from regulating guns manufactured outside of Wyoming, Albany County District Court Judge Tori Kricken ruled this week. “To the extent that the Wyoming Firearms Freedom Act preempts regulation of firearms by cities, towns, counties, political subdivisons and or/any other entities, it does so only with respect to firearms, firearm accessories and ammunition that are manufactured in Wyoming,” Kricken wrote in her order for summary judgment. The ruling came as part of a lawsuit against the U...

  • UW could expand sexual assault resources in 2019

    Daniel Bendtsen, Laramie Boomerang-WNE|Nov 17, 2018

    LARAMIE — Proposals to add more funding for resources related to sexual misconduct are likely to be part of the University of Wyoming’s budgeting process for the 2020 fiscal year, Vice President for Student Affairs Sean Blackburn said. In September, the university produced a five-year strategic plan in response to a sexual misconduct survey conducted earlier in the year. The survey examined rates of victimization, the pervasiveness of attitudes that can lead to sexual misconduct and students’ awareness of and trust in existing reporting proce...

  • State: Haynes 'not eligible to be governor'

    Daniel Bendtsen, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 24, 2018

    LARAMIE — Wyoming officials are seeking a court ruling that would make Republican candidate for governor Taylor Haynes ineligible for the office. Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Buchanan and Attorney General Peter Michael determined Haynes is not eligible to run for governor and the Republican candidate’s ranch home lies in Colorado. Michael said in a court filing he can prove “by a preponderance of the evidence that Dr. Haynes has not resided in Wyoming for the constitutionally required period necessary to become governor.” Haynes filed to run...

  • Haynes: Residency accusation a 'pack of lies'

    Daniel Bendtsen, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 12, 2018

    LARAMIE — Republican gubernatorial candidate Taylor Haynes denounced an accusation Saturday that he does not meet residency requirements to be Wyoming’s next top elected official, which preceded confirmation Tuesday state authorities are looking into the matter. Calling an anonymous accusation a “pack of lies,” the Republican promised voters he’s a Laramie resident and has not had a residence in any state but Wyoming for about 35 years. “Our counsel is preparing concrete iron-clad documentation for the secretary of state and working wit...

  • Superintendent expects charges in Riverton hazing allegations

    Daniel Bendtsen, Riverton Ranger Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 11, 2018

    RIVERTON — A proposed expulsion of three former members of Riverton High School’s wrestling team has been delayed for months amid legal challenges by the boys’ attorneys. Meanwhile, a separate investigation into the students’ conduct for an alleged hazing incident by the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office has continued. Fremont County School District 25 superintendent Terry Snyder said he’s “not aware of their findings” but he “expect(s) there will be charges.” The incident is alleged to have taken place on a school bus in Natrona County in e...

  • Dubois schools face biggest cut of any district in state next year

    Daniel Bendtsen, Riverton Ranger Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 27, 2018

    RIVERTON — A bill the Wyoming Legislature approved this year saved Fremont County School District 2 in Dubois from a more than 3 percent reduction in funding. The district still will suffer the largest cut in the state, however: The Legislative Services Office says FCSD 2 is the only district set to face a reduction of more than 1 percent next year. House Bill 140 - school finance amendments - capped annual funding cuts for small districts at 2.5 percent. Without that measure in place, and with the three-year rolling average of enrollment at D...