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Aug 14, 2013 - The Associated Press
First outreach meeting for Sternberg
LARAMIE -- New University of Wyoming President Robert Sternberg has been busy meeting with Gov. Matt Mead, state legislators, community members and numerous school stakeholders since taking over the job in July.
On Monday, he spoke for an hour with UW faculty members and staff as part of a series of town hall-style gatherings Sternberg is planning to host this fall and spring.
He addressed the need for higher faculty and staff salaries and his stated goal of making UW the No. 1 land-grant college institution in the country.
Sternberg is a New Jersey native and graduate of Yale and Stanford. He came to UW from Oklahoma State University, where he was provost and senior vice president.
Ex-hospital boss to remain jailed
POWELL -- A judge says a former CEO accused of defrauding two hospitals and fleeing to Thailand will remain in federal custody until his case is resolved.
Paul Cardwell is accused of defrauding Powell Valley Healthcare in Wyoming.
An indictment alleges Cardwell would arrange for hospital funds to be sent to a bogus recruiting firm supposedly run by Michael Plake of West Lafayette, Ind., but the money went to Plake and Cardwell instead. Plake is serving a 30-month sentence.
Cardwell also is accused of defrauding White County Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Ind., when he was its CEO.
Last week in Wyoming, a federal judge ordered that Cardwell be held until his case is resolved. His lawyer has indicated there could be a plea deal.
Weather slows fire growth
CHEYENNE -- Wyoming wildfires are showing little growth thanks to a lack of hot, dry weather that is plaguing neighboring states.
The state's largest fire has burned about 24 square miles in the Shoshone National Forest. However, it has grown little over the past few days and firefighters are content to just monitor it for now.
Several smaller fires are burning in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and two in Yellowstone National Park. The two Yellowstone fires are in remote areas and not threatening any park facilities or campgrounds.
Wyoming has enjoyed cool temperatures and afternoon rainstorms in recent days, helping to keep fire activity down.
Meantime, Idaho and Utah have both seen hot, dry weather that has prompted red flag warnings in areas bordering Wyoming.
City, newspaper involved in lawsuit
LARAMIE -- The city of Laramie is suing the Laramie Boomerang newspaper and a city councilor to get a judge's ruling on whether they're entitled to inspect city personnel records.
Tuesday's district court lawsuit follows requests by Laramie Councilor Joe Vitale and the newspaper for information related to former Mayor Jodi Guerin's qualifications to serve as city recreation manager.
The city recently hired Guerin over more than 70 other applicants. She and her husband run a coffee shop. At least one city Parks and Recreation employee has said they're concerned Guerin is unqualified.