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May 30, 2014 - The Associated Press
New business council boss picked
LARAMIE -- Shawn Reese will be the new chief executive officer of the Wyoming Business Council.
Reese was selected Thursday by the 15-member Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors during their meeting in Laramie.
Board co-chairman Rex Lewis says terms of Reese's employment have not yet been completed. The job will pay between $120,000 and $150,000.
Reese worked for the business council previously from 2003-2011.
He has been Gov. Matt Mead's policy director most recently, overseeing a staff of advisers and analysts on a range of issues.
He replaces former CEO Bob Jensen, who resigned March 28.
Riverton businessman Hal Herron was one of two other finalists for the job.
New publisher for Boomerang
LARAMIE -- Jeff Robertson has been appointed publisher of the Laramie Boomerang.
The Boomerang reported Friday that Robertson takes over the job on July 14. He succeeds Jerry Raehal, who recently became CEO of the Colorado Press Association in Denver.
Robertson previously was publisher of the Torrington Telegram and a group publisher and division manager for the Telegram's owner, News Media Corp. He was responsible for 12 community newspapers, two free-distribution shoppers and 13 newspaper websites and niche publications in Wyoming, Nebraska and Arizona.
He also served as director of News Media's new media division from 2005 to 2011.
Mike McCraken, president of Cheyenne Newspapers Inc., which owns the Boomerang and the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, said Robertson is a good fit for the Boomerang and the Laramie community.
Girls say man tried to abduct them
POWELL -- Powell police say two 12-year-old girls reported that a man tried to abduct them, but they fought back and escaped.
The girls told police the man tried to pull one of them into a pickup Wednesday night near Northwest College, but they bit him and kicked him.
Police are asking the public's help in finding the man. He was described as between 50 to 70 years old, slender, about 6 feet tall with long, gray, braided hair. He was driving a rusting gray or blue pickup from the late 1980s or early 1990s.
Police notified Park County School District No. 1, and district officials alerted parents by phone and e-mail.
Northwest College also issued an alert through its emergency notification system.