Apr 11, 2012 The Associated Press

Frontier Days drew 252,000

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Last year's Cheyenne Frontier Days attracted more than 252,000 people to its rodeo, night concerts and carnival.

Rodeo attendance increased slightly from 2010 to nearly 81,900.

Night show attendance jumped to just over 118,000 thanks to sell outs at the Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band concerts. Kid Rock and Toby Keith also were well attended.

Officials say social media fans grew to 35,000 at the end of the 2011 Frontier Days.

This year's Frontier Days is set for July 20-29. Main entertainment attractions include another appearance by the Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr. and Reba McEntire.

Former Sullivan press secretary dies

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Wyoming journalist Dennis E. Curran, who served as press secretary to former Gov. Mike Sullivan, has died in Cheyenne. He was 67.

According to the Schrader Funeral Home, Curran died Sunday.

Curran retired last year as full-time editor of the Wyoming Business Report, a statewide publication that began in 2000 and grew under his leadership.

Curran also worked for The Associated Press in its Cheyenne and Helena, Mont., bureaus and for Montana newspapers.

He was Sullivan's press secretary from 1987 to 1994.

A native of Madison, Wis., and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Curran is survived by his wife, Wendy, two daughters, a son and two sisters.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Cheyenne.

Bairoil to give notice on sex offenders

BAIROIL (AP) -- The town of Bairoil has agreed to notify school officials before bringing a sex offender into the building that houses its elementary school.

Some parents and teachers were upset after the police chief took a sex offender there to fix a faucet on March 9.

The school district approved a policy to allow sex offenders to get permission to enter schools 13 days later. Carbon County School District 1 superintendent Neil Terhune said it had been in the works since February and wasn't a reaction to what happened.

He said the town has agreed to follow it even if the repairman is only working in the non-school part of the building.

The policy was needed to provide access to parents who are also sex offenders.

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