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Jan 4, 2013 - The Associated Press

Contractor sues over prison project

CHEYENNE -- A Utah construction company that built a medium-security prison in Torrington is suing the Wyoming Department of Corrections over what it says is money still owned for the project.

Officials with Sandy, Utah-based Layton Construction say the department still owes them $2.7 million.

The company alleges breach of contract in its lawsuit filed last month in Laramie County District Court.

Brian Farmer with the Department of Corrections declined to comment, citing department policy not to discuss litigation involving the agency.

The Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution opened in January, 2010. The prison has room for 720 inmates.

Three finalists for NWC president

POWELL -- Three finalists are in the running for president of Northwest College in Powell.

The three candidates are: Stefani Hicswa, president of Miles Community College in Miles City, Mont.; Debra Thatcher, chief operating officer, provost and vice president of academic affairs at State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology; and Jon Connolly, vice president of academic affairs with the Northern Wyoming Community College District.

Each candidate will spend two days on campus this month during the interview process with the college board of trustees that will select the new president.

President Paul Prestwich is leaving the college this summer.

Reservoir to be lower during work

GUERNSEY -- Guernsey Reservoir will be quite a bit lower this year while crews work on improving the reservoir dam.

The park will remain open during the nearly $8 million project. Work to be done will include refurbishing the south spillway, building a filter in the dam embankment near the north spillway and building a new parapet wall on the crest of the dam.

The reservoir will be about 12 feet lower than usual in May and will remain that low through the rest of the summer.

The reservoir is expected to return to normal levels next year.

Cultural fund accepting applications

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund is accepting applications for grant money to support arts, culture and historic resources in the state.

The fund can provide funding for a range of projects, including visual arts, performing arts, crafts, literature and architectural preservation.

Applications are due April 1 for projects beginning after July 1 and the fund will accept another round of applications later in the year.

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