Jun 14, 2012 The Associated Press

Guernsey State Park to reopen

CHEYENNE -- Part of Guernsey State Park will reopen in time for the weekend after a wildfire chased campers and visitors out last Saturday.

State Parks Division Administrator Domenic Bravo says crews were working Thursday to remove hazardous trees and clean up debris.

The plan is to reopen about a third of park Friday afternoon, including Sandy Beach, Sandy Beach boat ramp, Cottonwood Cove and Long Canyon areas. The Newell Bay boat ramp and area will be closed.

Skyline Drive will be open but Lakeshore Drive on the east side of Guernsey Reservoir will remain closed.

The wildfire burned about 2,700 acres since last Saturday. It is mostly out now but fire crews are still mopping up a few hot spots.

The fire destroyed one private cabin but park facilities were sparred.

City officials meet in Laramie

LARAMIE -- Hundreds of municipal employees and elected officials from around the state are in Laramie this week for the Wyoming Association of Municipalities convention.

WAM Director of Communications and Training Ginger Newman says those attending the convention will be offered a variety of workshops addressing topics ranging from policy meetings to strategic planning.

Newman said the topics are generally leadership oriented.

The convention will also feature a number of speakers, including Sen. Mike Enzi, Gov. Matt Mead and former Gov. Mike Sullivan.

College explores funding options

POWELL -- Plans for a county sales tax for infrastructure needs in November are prompting Northwest College officials to consider other funding options to complete a building project.

The Wyoming Legislature in March approved $9.4 million in state funding for the college to build the planned Yellowstone Academic Workforce Training Building. But the college must raise another $4.9 million as its share of the project.

Northwest College President Paul Prestwich said many options have been discussed if the sales tax plan fails.

But he says it will be a few weeks before college leaders are ready to make any recommendation to the college Board of Trustees on how to raise the local match.

Two sentenced in hunting case

CHEYENNE -- A Ten Sleep rancher has been fined $5,000 for helping out-of-state hunters use his family's tags to kill animals and take them home.

Richard Carter Sr. was sentenced Wednesday to four years of probation. He has voluntarily paid $10,000 in restitution to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. He is banned from hunting for three years.

Also Wednesday, Oregon hunter Matt Robinson was sentenced to two years of probation. He was fined $2,500 and must pay $7,500 restitution for killing bull elks in 2005 and 2008 on the Carters' property without his own license. He can't hold a hunting license during his probation.

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