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Dec 16, 2013 - From staff and wire reports

Boysen master plan meeting Tuesday

Wyoming State Parks is hosting a public meeting for the Boysen State Park Master Plan from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Little Theater at Central Wyoming College, 2660 Peck Ave., Riverton.

The 20-year master plan is a yearlong project that was initiated in the spring. This is the second in a series of public meetings on the plan.

The public is invited to share thoughts on draft alternatives that will outline future management and development at Boysen State Park. The meeting will be followed by a 30-day comment period.

For more information, visit www.boysenstateparkmasterplan.com.

Former director to pay restitution

CHEYENNE -- A federal judge has ordered a former director of the Eastern Shoshone Housing Authority to repay more than $45,000 to the federal government.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal on Tuesday sentenced 45-year-old Joanne Lynn Seesequasis to serve three years of probation and make restitution.

In October, Seesequasis pleaded guilty to a single felony count of conversion of federal money from a tribal organization.

Seesequasis declined to address Freudenthal at Tuesday's sentencing hearing.

The indictment against Seesequasis states she claimed the overtime pay between March 2009 and March 2010 while knowing that the claims were fraudulent and not approved by the housing authority board.

State parks gift certificates available

Gift certificates for Wyoming State Parks daily use and overnight camping permits are available at the department's office in Cheyenne.

The certificates make great gifts but must be redeemed by mail or in person at Wyoming State Parks Historic Sites an Trails Headquarters.

Annual daily use permits bought between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15, will be $6 less for Wyoming residents and $7 less for non-residents via the department's early bird discount.

Resident annual daily use permits are $33 ($27 with early bird discount), annual overnight camping permits are $40, and additional vehicle permits are $7. Non-resident annual daily use permits are $53 ($46 with early bird discount) and additional vehicle permits are $7. The additional permits for second vehicles can be purchased for vehicles registered in the same household.

Wyoming State Park headquarters is located on the fourth floor of the Barrett Building, 2301 Central Ave., in Cheyenne.

For more information, call 777-6323.

UW committee offering scholarships

The American Indian Studies Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications from American Indian students to apply for the Frank and Cynthia McCarthy Scholarship, the Robert W. Winner Memorial Scholarship and the John and Ada Thorpe Scholarship. The deadline is Feb. 14 to apply for scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The scholarship committee awards several scholarships in varying amounts depending on availability of funds and the quality of applications. The committee makes awards based upon: scholastic ability and achievement, demonstrated leadership, participation in extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, and the applicant's potential to contribute to the American Indian community upon graduation.

Applicants must be full-time students at the University of Wyoming. Incoming and continuing students may apply. Applicants must be American Indian and must provide proof of tribal enrollment as part of the scholarship application.

The scholarship application form is available at http://www.uwyo.edu/aist/scholarship-information/.