Mar 30, 2012 The Associated Press

Missing woman's body found

GILLETTE (AP) -- Searchers have found the body of a Gillette woman who has been missing since Monday, and no foul play is suspected.

Authorities found the body of 49-year-old Ruth Martinson on Thursday near her truck, which searchers found earlier in the day. Campbell County Coroner Tom Eekhoff said she died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Dog owner pleads no contest in attack

CHEYENNE (AP) -- The owner of two pit bulls held responsible for killing Shetland pony in Laramie County last month has pleaded no contest to three public nuisance charges. The dogs will be euthanized.

Melissa Blair entered the plea Thursday in Laramie County Circuit Court.

Blair faces a $50 fine for each charge. Blair's lawyer indicated she may seek to work off the fines by volunteering at a local animal rescue.

The 8-year-old pony was killed in its pen northeast of Cheyenne last month. Witnesses saw the event. Cheyenne Animal Shelter employees said the pit bulls were covered in blood when they arrived, and a local veterinarian confirmed they were responsible.

Wyoming law requires any dog that kills livestock must be put down.

UW enrollment up 1.1 percent

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Preliminary figures show the University of Wyoming has enrolled 12,839 students this spring, an increase of 137, or 1.1 percent, over last spring.

The spring enrollment figures at the state's only four-year university don't include many outreach students who are still enrolling.

UW Vice President for Student Affairs Sara Axelson said Thursday she expects that once all the outreach students are counted, enrollment this spring will be well over 13,000.

UW's 2011 fall enrollment was 13,922. The final spring enrollment figure will be less than that because some students graduate after the fall semester and others leave or drop out.

But this spring's preliminary number of 12,839 is "strong," Axelson said.

"We're ahead of where we've been in previous years," she said.

At this time last year, UW's enrollment was 12,702. In 2010, it was 12,496.

Preliminary figures this spring show undergraduate enrollment increasing by 24 students, or 0.2 percent, over the spring of 2011 and graduate and professional enrollment increasing by 113, or 3.7 percent.

Axelson noted continued increases in the number of minority students attending the university. There are now 1,204 minority students enrolled, an increase of 10 percent over last spring's 1,095. Minority undergraduate students increased by 84 students to 996, compared to 912 in the spring of 2011. Minority graduate and professional students increased by 25 students to 208.

"To see the rise in these other special populations in the spring semester is really great to see," she said.

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