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Oct 2, 2013 - The Associated Press
Life sentence sought in bar slaying
CASPER -- Prosecutors say they intend to seek a life sentence for an Evansville man charged with murder and other crimes in the fatal shooting of another man this summer.
Defendant Samuel Renner is charged with killing 41-year-old Todd Callies outside Taylor's Sports Bar in July. Renner has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held without bond at the Natrona County Detention Center.
Prosecutor Dan Itzen says the case would not qualify for the death penalty.
Prosecutors have said Renner got in a fight outside the bar and returned with a gun later that night. Authorities say Renner was threatening patrons with the gun and say Callies was shot as he tried to tackle Renner.
Walk-in atlas out of print
CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says the walk-in hunting atlas is no longer available in print but can be accessed on its web site.
The walk-in atlas contains information on hundreds of areas where hunters can access private lands for a variety of species. Walk in areas are available in 21 of Wyoming's 23 counties and comprise more than 700,000 thousand acres throughout much of Wyoming.
Walk-in acreage varies by hunt area and although many areas have walk-in access, acreage is limited or non-existent in others. No permit is required to hunt in a walk-in area.
Hunters should consult the walk-in atlas for a list of species that may be hunted within each area and the dates the walk-in area is open.
New boss for veterans commission
CHEYENNE -- Al Ellefson is the new chairman of the Wyoming Veterans Commission.
He will serve a two-year term.
Ellefson, of Hulett, is a 26-year U.S. Air Force retiree and also worked 15 years with Wyoming's Department of Workforce Services. He is also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and previously served as their Department of Wyoming commander.
He re-appointed commissioner Lee Alley, of Wheatland, as the vice chairman and commissioner Ron Akin, of Casper, as the secretary and parliamentarian.
The Wyoming Veterans Commission works with the governor and state Legislature on veterans issues. In addition, it helps Wyoming veterans and their families with benefits and disability claims.
The commission also oversees the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville and the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum in Casper.
Grizzly bear relocated near Cody
CODY -- Workers with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department trapped and relocated a young grizzly bear over the weekend in the northeastern part of the state.
The game department says the yearling bear was captured because it was damaging apple trees along the south fork of the Shoshone River. It was moved to the Mormon Creek drainage, on the North Fork of the Shoshone River, west of Cody.