Gillette, Wy – A Gillette man pleaded guilty today (Friday) to two charges of murder and conspiracy, including the killing of a witness in a sexual assault case. In exchange for the guilty pleas and cooperation against three other defendants, prosecutors agreed to recommend that 20-year-old Jacob Martinez serve two consecutive life sentences. The sentencing hearing was NOT immediately scheduled. Martinez was charged in the murders of 16-year-old Bryce Chavers last November and 19-year-old Jeremy Forquer (FORK'-er).
Cheyenne, Wy – The plan to drastically increase school funding in Wyoming is through the House of Representatives. The bill passed unanimously an unusual event given how contentious doling out money to schools has been in the past. This proposal does increases education spending by 200 million dollars, for a total of nearly a billion dollars every year.
Cheyenne, WY – A bill establishing a school of energy resources at the University of Wyoming received final approval from the Wyoming Senate. The goal is to create a home for state of the art research on the state's energy industry. Senator Mike Massie of Laramie says academic research should enhance the energy industry.