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Oct 19, 2012 - The Associated Press
Cheney among Meyer eulogists
CHEYENNE -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney was among the speakers at services to honor the life of former Wyoming Treasurer Joe Meyer.
Meyer, who died earlier this month from cancer at age 71, was best friends with Cheney, going back to when they played football together in Casper as boys. Lynne Cheney also spoke at Friday's funeral in Cheyenne, along with Gov. Matt Mead and former Govs. Dave Freudenthal and Mike Sullivan.
In addition to treasurer, Meyer also had served as secretary of state and state attorney general.
Several co-workers remembered Meyer at a ceremony Thursday at the State Capitol in Cheyenne as a considerate employer. Mead said he was thankful in his early days as governor for Meyer's guidance.
Guilty plea in attack on cop
JACKSON -- A Jackson man has pleaded guilty to attacking a police officer.
Nathan Maggard pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony interference.
Maggard was arrested in June. He is accused of attacking Jackson officer Jamie Colvin when she intervened in a disturbance Maggard allegedly caused by trying to take a cab that already had a fare.
A police report says Maggard slammed Colvin into several tables and a metal trash can before she subdued him.
Maggard said in court he was intoxicated at the time.
Mrs. Mead to run marathon
CHEYENNE -- Wyoming First Lady Carol Mead plans to run in the New York City Marathon next month as a member of a charity team dedicated to reducing underage drinking and impaired driving.
Mead announced Thursday that she's running to benefit a Montana-based charity called Mariah's Challenge. It offers scholarships to young people who uphold pledges not to drink or ride in a vehicle with a driver who's been drinking. She says a similar program could work in Wyoming.
Mead says she'll be happy with a time in the four- to four and one-half hour range for the 26.2-mile course. She recently completed a marathon in Denver.
Renny MacKay is spokesman for Gov. Matt Mead. MacKay says the governor plans to watch the Nov. 4 race with the couple's two children.
SHERIDAN -- Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service plan to conduct a prescribed burn on Friday about one mile west of U.S. Highway 16 in Tensleep Canyon, on the western slope of the Big Horn Mountains.
The agency intends the burn to improve wildlife habitat, reduce fuels, and increase forage on about 225 acres of sagebrush. Smoke will be visible in the area, with the heaviest smoke from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Travelers on the highway and on forest roads should use their headlights and be aware that smoke may reduce visibility.