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May 9, 2012 - The Associated Press

Commission reverts to three members

PINEDALE (AP) -- Sublette County voters have reversed a decision they made last year to expand their county commission to five members.

On Tuesday, voters approved a ballot measure to return the commission to three members.

Preliminary results have the change being approved by 974 to 832.

Just last August, voters had approved expanding the commission to five members.

But opponents of the idea collected enough signatures on a petition to hold a special election on the question again.

Businessman chief of UW trustees

LARAMIE (AP) -- Worland businessman David Bostrom has been elected president of the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees.

Bostrom takes the gavel from Jim Neiman of Hulett, who served two terms as board president.

Bostrom moved up after having served as the board's vice president. He was first appointed as a trustee in 2007. His term expires in 2013.

Buffalo attorney David Palmerlee was elected vice president; attorney John MacPherson of Saratoga was chosen as secretary; and insurance agent Jeff Marsh of Torrington was elected treasurer.

Appointed by the governor with consent of the Wyoming Senate, the UW Board of Trustees consists of 12 members appointed to six-year, staggered terms. As UW's governing body, the trustees have a broad range of responsibilities such as handling the university's major policy and budgetary matters.

Researcher gets Pentagon grant

CHEYENNE (AP) -- The Defense Department has award a grant for equipment to a researcher at the University of Wyoming.

The grant was among 190 announced by the Pentagon on Tuesday. Individual amounts weren't listed, but they total $54.7 million and average $288,000.

The UW grant is for an instrument to measure subsurface flows in certain types of soils. The researcher is Fred Ogden.

Woman admits park embezzlement

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A Maine woman who once worked for the federal government at Yellowstone National Park has admitted to stealing nearly $7,500 from the park.

Danel Nickerson of Kittery pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Maine on Tuesday to embezzlement of government money.

The 45-year-old Nickerson was indicted in January by a grand jury in Casper. The case was moved to Maine at her request.

Prosecutors say Nickerson's job at the park in 2007 included counting cash that had been collected at park entry points. Authorities say she stole the money by concealing cash-filled envelopes with other paperwork on her desk, or by hiding them in her trash.

Hher lawyer says she has paid full restitution. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 8.

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