Oct 3, 2013 The Associated Press

UW to honor distinguished alums

LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming will give its Distinguished Alumni Award to four people during UW homecoming on Oct. 12.

The 2013 recipients are retired Shell executive Thomas Botts; automobile dealer Joseph Drew; law professor and retired UW administrator Joseph R. Geraud; and utility company executive, retired Air Guard colonel and former state auditor Rita Meyer.

They will be recognized during the Cowboys' football game against New Mexico.

Geraud is a Riverton resident.

WIC unaffected by budget impasse

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Department of Health says the Women, Infants and Children program has not been affected by the federal budget impasse.

Agency spokeswoman Kim Deti says the department has been getting calls from residents in the program concerned whether their benefits were being cut off.

Deti says the Wyoming WIC program has enough money to operate normally for another two weeks or so.

There are about 11,000 Wyoming residents who get benefits through the WIC program.

The program provides food and health support to low-income women and children up to age 5.

Money eaten by dog replaced

HELENA, Mont. -- A Montana man who painstakingly gathered and reassembled parts of five $100 bills eaten by his golden retriever has been reimbursed by the U.S. Treasury for the "mutt-ilated" currency.

Wayne Klinkel of Helena received a $500 check on Monday.

"It was great to get the check after all the crap I went through," Klinkel, a graphic artist at the newspaper, joked.

His 12-year-old dog, Sundance, downed all but half of one of the bills in December. Sundance, a rescue from a Wyoming animal shelter, snacked on the cash left in the family vehicle while Klinkel and his wife ate at a restaurant, but left a $1 bill untouched. They were on a road trip to visit their daughter in Colorado.

Klinkel carefully picked through the dog's droppings over the next few days to recover parts of the bills and his daughter recovered more when the snow melted in the spring.

Klinkel cleaned and carefully reassembled the bills, put them in plastic bags and sent them to the U.S. Treasury in April with an explanation.

He got a receipt for the bills 10 days later, and didn't hear from the Treasury until he received the check.

"I gave Sundance a pat, showed it to him and told him not to eat it," said Klinkel.

He said there wasn't any correspondence with the check, but the memo section in the bottom left read: "MUT.CURR REFUND."

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