Man gets 8-16 years for role in Hudson slayings
(Information in the following story is from: The (Riverton, Wyo.) Ranger, http://www.dailyranger.com)
RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) - A 24-year-old man charged in connection with the slayings and robbery of a Hudson couple has been sentenced to eight to 16 years in prison.
The Riverton Ranger reports Ryan Blake Hanway struck a deal with prosecutors in November and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. Two first-degree murder charges were dismissed.
Hanway was 1 of 5 people charged in the slayings of 42-year-old Eric Clinton Likes and his girlfriend, 20-year-old Elva Charlotte Quiver, in Likes' home in November 2011. Investigators say the home was set on fire two days later to cover up the crime.
Hanway was accused of helping the group scope out the scene before the murders, but his attorney says his client didn't participate in the crimes.
Montana investigating bison deaths north of YNP
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - State veterinarians have been sent to examine bison carcasses north of Yellowstone National Park amid concerns the bison might have acquired a deadly disease from domestic sheep.
Pat Flowers of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks tells the Independent Record that a veterinarian from his agency and the state Department of Livestock this weekend hope to do necropsies on the bison.
At least two bison and possibly four have been found dead in the last week.
The Gallatin Wildlife Association says state officials should check for the presence of malignant catarrhal fever that can be transferred from sheep to bison, cattle, deer and moose.
Flowers says dead bison in the area this time of year aren't unusual, but the presence of domestic sheep is new for the agency, so it will investigate.
Jackson students help with lion research
(Information in the following story is from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com)
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Some high school students in Jackson have been getting some hands-on experience with wildlife research.
Two Summit High School math and science classes have been working with a wildlife research institute for the past few months on a mountain lion study. They're going out in the field to refresh batteries and memory cards in several motion-activated cameras hidden and positioned to pick up wildlife activity.
They have been watching the footage and recording observations in a spreadsheet. Students will then try to find meaning in the data.
The idea of the project is about teaching students how to apply science and math lessons to real-world experiences.
Sophomore Alex Howell tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that the project gets teens outdoors and teaches them how to do studies.
GOLDEN CORRAL LAWSUITS
New suit filed over alleged Golden Corral illness
(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com)
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A new lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 4 people who say they fell ill after they ate at a Golden Corral restaurant in Casper last year.
Attorney Jason Ochs tells the Casper Star-Tribune he filed a personal injury lawsuit against Golden Corral Corp. and franchise owner Golden DBL Inc. this week. Two similar suits were dismissed by a federal judge in April because of what Ochs called jurisdictional issues.
The Wyoming Department of Health has recorded more than 300 cases of the gastrointestinal bug norovirus among people who ate at the restaurant in November and December.
Golden Corral attorney Scott McGath said he hadn't looked at the lawsuit as of Friday afternoon and couldn't comment. The Star-Tribune was unable to reach Golden DBL attorney Jeff Meyer.
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