Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a former state Highway Patrol trooper convicted of exposing himself to a 5-year-old girl. A Gillette jury convicted Jay Gruwell in December 2009 of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor. He's serving a prison sentence of four to seven years. Prosecutors said Gruwell exposed himself to the girl in May 2009 in Gillette. The 23-year patrol veteran had been stationed in Lusk. He denied the allegations at trial and told jurors he had confessed to investigators out of fear.
CASPER, wyo – A new study says increases in salaries for professors at University of Wyoming aren't keeping pace with the national average. Professor salaries at UW increased 0.4 percent over the last two school years. That's half the average rate of increase for professors at public institutions nationwide, according to the report released Monday by the American Association of University Professors.
LARAMIE, wyo – The Wyoming Game and Fish department is cautiously optimistic about its Big Horn Sheep Reintroduction efforts in the Seminoe Mountains near Sinclair. For years attempts at re-establishing a long dormant population has failed but Game and Fish Wildlife Biologist Justin Clapp says that instead of moving sheep in from other parts of the state with the hope that they will adapt - this time they brought in Sheep from another state that better fit with the habitat .
LARAMIE, wyo – Yellowstone National Park announced that its roads are now open to visitors, marking the beginning of spring tourism season for the park.
Last year, over 3.6 million people visited Yellowstone, making 2010 the second straight year and third time in the last four years that Yellowstone has set an annual visitation record. With roads officially opening to car travel on Friday, park spokesman Al Nash says he hopes to see that trend continue.