Oct 30, 2012 The Associated Press

Body found near Laramie ID'd

LARAMIE -- Authorities have identified a 55-year-old woman whose body was found by a sheepherder north of Laramie in 2010.

The Albany County Sheriff's Office this week identified the remains as those of Rosella Lovell, who was a janitor at The University of Wyoming.

Detective Cpl. William Meyer says tips began coming in early October right after a story in the Boomerang outlined efforts to identify the woman. Lovell was identified through dental records Oct. 4.

Meyer says the cause and circumstances of her death remain unclear, but an autopsy didn't reveal any trauma.

Authorities haven't found any local family, and it's believed Lovell graduated high school in Idaho and lived in Greeley, Colo., for about 10 years before moving to Laramie.

Committee to choose UW president

LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming has selected 23 people to serve on a committee that will help choose the school's next president.

The appointees, announced Friday by UW Board President Dave Bostrom, will work with a Florida-based consulting firm the board hired to help find a successor to current president Tom Buchanan, who plans to retire next summer.

The university said in a news release that the committee includes members "representing a wide range of interests."

Committee members include UW trustees, faculty, staff and students, as well as a state legislator, community college president and representatives from various Wyoming industries.

A final decision is expected toward the end of February.

Bats studied ahead of turbine project

SHIRLEY BASIN -- Researchers are studying the population of bats in the Shirley Basin ahead of a wind project to provide energy to a million homes.

Zoologists Doug Keinath and Ian Abernethy are collecting bats to determine the species of bats living in the area.

The goal of researchers with the Natural Diversity Database is to document where the three species of Wyoming bats live in the hope of preventing deaths.

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