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Mar 28, 2014 - The Associated Press
Two more charged in Lusk killing
BOULDER, Colo. -- Two more men have been charged in the suspected drug-related killing of a Colorado man whose body was found in Wyoming.
Daniel Ortiz and Moises Mendez were both charged Friday with felony first-degree murder, robbery and aggravated motor-vehicle theft in the death of 25-year-old Nathaniel Tallman of Lafayette.
Last week, Russell Britton was also charged with first-degree murder and other counts in the case.
Prosecutors have not revealed which man is suspected of actually shooting Tallman.
Tallman disappeared on Jan. 21. Investigators say he left to meet Britton that day to "conduct a marijuana transaction" but that Britton said Tallman never showed up.
His body was found March 13 along a highway near Lusk.
Mead: UW can guide state education
LARAMIE -- Gov. Matt Mead says the University of Wyoming should be a guiding force in helping the state create a better overall education system.
Mead addressed the UW board of trustees on Thursday in Laramie.
He says the goal of having well educated citizens requires the collective work of the K-12 system, community colleges and UW.
The governor says the UW has the advantage of being the only public, four-year university in the state in terms of financial support. But he says its location in one corner of the state is a disadvantage because other areas of the state are far from UW.
Mead says the solution is for the university to improve its outreach to other areas of the state.
Yellowstone road open for biking
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- Bicyclists are now able to travel on nearly 50 miles of roads accessible from the West Entrance into Yellowstone National Park.
The roads into the park from West Yellowstone, Mont., to Mammoth Hot Springs opened at 8 a.m. Thursday.
There is no bicycle access to Old Faithful or Canyon until the first interior park roads open to motorized vehicles on April 18. The road from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Mont., remains open all year as weather permits.
Park Service officials warn bicyclists heading into Yellowstone must be prepared for harsh weather. Snow and ice may still cover sections of road.
Bicyclists could encounter bears, bison, elk, wolves and other wildlife at any time. No services are available along the road.
Idaho governor signs wolf bill
BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has signed a bill to create a state board that will work to control the growth of wolf populations in the state.
The Republican signed the bill on Wednesday, despite opposition from conservation groups.
The bill, which passed on the final day of the recent legislative session, creates a $400,000 fund and establishes a five-member board whose job is to authorize the killing of wolves that come into conflict with wildlife or livestock. Otter had requested $2 million for the wolf fund.
The money comes from the state's general fund.