Pinedale, Wy – A former Pinedale High School agriculture teacher has been sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison for having sexual relations with a teenage female student. Shawn O. Jeter, 35, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Natrona County District Court to third-degree sexual assault and indecent liberties with a minor.
Laramie, Wy – Advocates for victims of sexual assault say they will ask the Wyoming legislature to clarify and strengthen state laws against rape. Jody Mayer of the University of Wyoming's STOP Violence Project says in two cases in Albany County in the last year, juries acquitted the defendants were even though prosecutors considered the evidence against them to be overwhelming. Mayer's group interviewed the jurors after the trial. "We tended to see a lot of victim blaming instead of holding the perpetrators responsible. .following state statutes."
Laramie, Wy – New data suggests that more University of Wyoming graduates are becoming teachers in the state. A summer 2007 survey found that 84 percent of 2005 and 2006 graduates who responded to the survey were working in Wyoming.
Wyoming – The Wyoming Department of Family Services says it's investigating possible neglect at a juvenile facility in Casper. The facility in Casper is owned by Frontier Correctional Systems, which also owns a facility in Cheyenne. Department Spokeswoman Juliette Rule says there are a number of allegations they're looking into.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming U-S House Candidate Gary Trauner says he will do what it takes to balance the budget. Trauner says many give lip service to being fiscally responsible but he plans on taking action. Some Republican organizations have charged that Trauner will not admit to whether he would raise taxes. During an interview with Wyoming Public Radio Trauner admitted that everything is on the table
Cheyenne, Wy – The U.S. Forest Service is going ahead with an environmental study into proposed oil and gas leasing in a scenic mountain range in western Wyoming. Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal had protested that the agency allowed an energy company too much influence in the study. The Forest Service is conducting an environmental study on whether to allow oil and gas leasing on nearly 45,000 acres in and around the Wyoming Range. Freudenthal says the Forest Service has allowed Stanley Energy
Helena, Montana – A Montana request for up to 100 white-tailed prairie dogs from Wyoming goes before that state's wildlife commissioners this week.
Montana wants the animals to bolster the state's population of white-tailed prairie dogs. They exist in the western two-thirds of Wyoming, but Montana has just 10 colonies, all in Carbon County south of Billings.
The prairie dogs serve as prey for some other animals, including the endangered black-footed ferret.