Gillette, Wy – A former Campbell County fire chief has been sentenced to an additional 15 years in prison on child molestation charges. Thursday's sentence means Gary Scott faces nearly 40 years in both state and federal prison. District Judge John Brooks called Scott a classic sexual predator who needs to be in jail. The 55-year-old Scott pleaded no contest last fall to 14 state molestation charges. He is already serving a 24-year federal sentence on 10 felony convictions of taking children across state lines for sexual abuse.
Casper, Wy – Fremont County may no longer use an at large method of choosing County Commissioners. U-S District Judge Alan Johnson ruled that the method violates the Voting Rights Act because if dilutes the strength of the Native American vote. The county will have to develop single member districts by June 30th that will give the Wind River Reservation better representation on the five member board of County Commissioners. A lawsuit in the case was filed in 2007.
Laramie, WY – The federal government has sent 40 thousand dollars to Laramie County. The money is go to shelters and emergency programs. Groups have until May 14th to apply for the funding, which is meant to increase capacity at shelters and expand food programs. Non-profits with the highest need will be chosen to receive the funding. Laramie County agencies have recently provided more than 10,000 meals and 650 nights of lodging for people in need.
Laramie, WY – Radical activist turned academic William Ayers is scheduled to speak on the University of Wyoming campus tonight, after a court order yesterday. As that's happening, newly released documents provide more information about the decision to cancel Ayers' first scheduled visit to the UW campus.
Lander, Wy – A Lander group is asking the City Council to modify its tradition of allowing the public to carry open alcoholic drinks on July 4. The council normally votes in June to waive the city's open container restriction on Independence Day. The idea is to let people drink at the Pageant of the Old West parade and the buffalo barbecue in City Park. April Coffman, the adviser of a Lander Valley High School group called Changing Attitudes Now, asked the council last week to consider waiving the open container law only after noon.