Oct 2, 2012 The Associated Press

Meyer among UW honorees

LARAMIE -- State Treasurer Joe Meyer is among three University of Wyoming graduates who will receive distinguished alumni awards during UW homecoming on Oct. 13.

Meyer earned a BA degree from UW in 1964 and a law degree in 1967.

Meyer has been state treasurer since 2008. He was first elected to state office as Wyoming secretary of state in 1999.

He was the longest serving Wyoming attorney general from 1987 to 1995.

The other two 2012 alumni award recipients are retired educator and Laramie County legislator Harriet Elizabeth Byrd and Cheyenne attorney Gregory C. Dyekman.

Byrd was the first African-American woman to serve in the Wyoming State Legislature.

Internet/phone strike includes Wyo.

DENVER -- CenturyLink workers in 13 states in the West and Midwest are authorizing a strike, if union leaders and the telecommunications company can't reach a contract agreement.

The Communications Workers of America said Monday that more than 88 percent of those voting backed the action.The union and Monroe, La.-based CenturyLink are trying to reach a new contract for 13,000 employees before the current contract expires Saturday night.

The employees include customer service agents, network technicians and Internet support workers.The union approved a strike during contract talks in 2008 but a work stoppage wasn't ordered.

Hotel arson suspect arraigned

CHEYENNE -- A New Mexico man indicted on charges related to a 2010 fire that destroyed a landmark Wyoming hotel is to be arraigned next week.

Robert Rodriguez, 44, is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 9 in Cheyenne. An indictment alleges he purposely set a fire that destroyed the Hitching Post Inn to aid and abet mail and wire fraud. He faces a federal charge of arson and of using fire in the commission of another felony offense and aiding and abetting.

Court documents indicate he was arrested in Sandoval County in New Mexico. A complaint that might describe what led investigators to him has been sealed.

The Hitching Post had been a favored lodge and watering hole for Wyoming legislators for many years. Some rooms in out wings of the sprawling complex were untouched by the fire, but the lobby, restaurant, bar, conference rooms and many guest rooms were destroyed.

Help sought in identifying body

LARAMIE -- Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman whose remains were found north of Laramie two years ago.

The remains were found Sept. 9, 2010, by a sheepherder on the Warren Livestock Co. property near Roger Canyon Road.

Detective Cpl. William Meyer with the Albany County Sheriff's Office says the skeletal remains were those of a woman between the ages of 30 and 50 and who was between 5-foot-2 and 5-foot-4 and weighed 105 to 120 pounds.

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