Aug 30, 2012 The Associated Press

Twenty-one arrested on drug charges

SHERIDAN -- Twenty-one people have been arrested in Sheridan County by authorities who have been investigating several methamphetamine distribution rings in the area.

The arrests this week were the results of a two-year investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in conjunction with local and state law enforcement.

The investigation identified at least four separate drug trafficking organizations operating in Sheridan and other locations in northeast Wyoming and other states.

Most of the 21 are charged with conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.

The investigation continues and additional charges and arrests are expected.

Heatwave breaks, ties records

CHEYENNE -- The latest wave of hot weather has helped break or tie some weather records in Wyoming.

Cheyenne set a new record Wednesday when the temperature reached 93 degrees at the city's airport. The National Weather Service says that broke the previous record high for the day, set back in 1900, by one degree.

Lander has tied the 2001 record for the most 90 degree days at 47. Casper and Riverton have had the second highest number of 90-degree days in their history this summer.

The good news is the fire danger has dropped and no red flag warnings were in effect in the state on Thursday.

Forbes ranks UW 11th in value

LARAMIE -- University of Wyoming is listed among "America's Best Value Colleges" in rankings released by

UW ranks 11th in the best value category, which is part of Forbes' annual "America's Top Colleges" rankings. The rankings are compiled by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

The rankings measure the overall cost of each school relative to the quality of education offered.

UW Admissions Director Shelley Dodd says UW offers an excellent combination of academic experiences, state-of-the-art facilities, robust scholarship programs and affordability for students.

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