Wyoming digest

Oct 19, 2013 The Associated Press

Small quakes rattle states

POCATELLO, Idaho --Police agencies in western Wyoming and eastern Idaho say two small earthquakes occurring near each other on Friday and Saturday did no damage.

The United States Geological Survey says a 3.3 magnitude quake early Saturday morning about 15 miles from Afton followed a 3.5 magnitude quake about six miles from Wilson on Friday evening.

A police dispatcher in Afton says the agency received no reports of any damage.

Police in Idaho Falls, Idaho, about 60 miles from the temblors, say they received no reports.

However, KIFI-TV and the Idaho State Journal in eastern Idaho say residents in the area felt the first quake and reported them to the news outlets.

Judge sentences man in abuse case

SHERIDAN --A judge in Sheridan has sentenced a man to serve from 60 to 90 years in prison on five convictions of sexual abuse of a minor.

District Judge John Fenn sentenced 26-year-old Andrew W. Deeds on Thursday.

Fenn said at sentencing that there should be no chance for Deeds to re-enter society anytime soon. The judge called Deeds' crime "one of the highest," and said the sexuality of a human being is wired and difficult to change.

Quality of state's education unclear

CHEYENNE --Wyoming educators and employers are far apart on whether state schools are providing a quality education, according to a recent state survey.

The online statewide survey administered this year by the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction with the help of a U.S. Education Department research program found that 78.6 percent of responding teachers, school administrators and school support staff believe that Wyoming schools are providing a quality education.

But only 55 percent of mostly employers responding to a community survey are satisfied with the education of Wyoming students they hire.

Bill Schilling, president of the Wyoming Business Alliance/Wyoming Heritage Foundation and chairman of a state education accountability advisory committee, said he is not surprised by the differing opinions among educators and employers because they have different perspectives.

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