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Jun 9, 2013 - The Associated Press
Cheney to compete in antelope hunt
LANDER -- Dick Cheney will be shooting for Wyoming in an antelope hunt that's co-hosted by the governors of Colorado and Wyoming each year.
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said Friday that the former vice president will join him in the Sept. 21 competition in Lander. It will be the first time Cheney has participated in the One Shot Antelope Hunt event.
The event started in 1940 as a duel between Wyoming and Colorado, and governors traditionally lead a team from their state. It's since grown into a premier event that attracts hunters from all over. Eight teams have signed up, including a team that will be led by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Cheney grew up in Wyoming and represented the state in the U.S. House of Representatives for 10 years.
Fugitive ex-hospital CEO arrested
POWELL -- A former Wyoming hospital CEO who disappeared before being tried on charges of defrauding his employers has been arrested in Thailand.
FBI spokesman Dave Joly said Paul Cardwell was arrested early Friday after fleeing in August. Joly says it could take up to a month to return Cardwell to face charges in Wyoming and Indiana.
Cardwell is accused of stealing about $848,000 from Powell Valley Healthcare in Wyoming in 2011 and about $846,000 from White County Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Ind., between 2003 and 2009. He had been CEO of both.
Prosecutors allege Cardwell would send funds to a bogus recruiting firm supposedly run by Michael Plake of West Lafayette, Ind., and that the two split the money.
Plake received a 30-month prison sentence in May.
485-mile race coming to Wyoming
CHEYENNE -- The adventure of a lifetime is coming to the Cowboy State next month, and officials are hopeful it will shine a light on Wyoming as an outdoor tourism destination.
The Cowboy Tough expedition race will take place across southeast Wyoming from July 18-21, giving 70 athletes the chance to compete over 485 miles of terrain for the chance to win $20,000 in cash and prizes.
The event is being organized by Rev3 Adventure, a Manassas, Va.-based company that specializes in arranging large-scale competitive "adventure races" that incorporate biking, boating, trekking, rappelling and more. The company describes the races as "outdoor multisport cocktails" designed to bring out the best in athletes.
They are sponsored by local and state companies and groups.
"We're formed around triathlons, and we've put on everything from a family adventure race to a three-and-a-half-day expedition adventure race," said Michael Spiller. He is race director for Rev3 and one of the main coordinators for Cowboy Tough.
Spiller said the Wyoming race is among the most ambitious his company has coordinated. It is based on a five-year plan that is designed to incorporate many parts of the state, ranging from the Killpecker Dunes of the Red Desert to Devil's Tower to the peaks of the Tetons.