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CENSUS-TRIBAL COUNT

Wyoming aims for accurate census count of Native residents

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming state and tribal officials are working to ensure Native Americans are accurately counted in the 2020 Census.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported advocates and officials are consulting with tribal leaders and planning an advertising campaign to attract attention to the U.S. Census Bureau’s canvassing efforts.

Officials say they hope the outreach leads to a more accurate count of Native American residents in Wyoming, who are believed to have been under-counted in the past.

Census data says 2.7% of Wyoming’s population identifies as Native American.

The figures indicate about 27,000 people live on the Wind River Reservation west of Casper and off-reservation trust land, with about 7,800 identifying as Native American.

The Census Bureau says American Indians and Alaska Natives living on reservations were under-counted by nearly 5% in 2010.

YELLOWSTONE WI-FI

Yellowstone looking at Wi-Fi upgrades for some buildings

(Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com)

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The National Park Service is reviewing a proposal from a wireless network company that wants to install Wi-Fi in the developed areas of Yellowstone National Park.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that AccessParks has proposed upgrading internet infrastructure all over the park within buildings managed by another company that operates several of Yellowstone’s historic hotels.

A park document detailing some of the work says the proposed “large-scale wireless communication system” that would cover Canyon Village, Grant Village, Lake, Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs. It would boost internet access for park employees and guests.

It would involve installing antennas and transceivers but doesn’t call for any new towers or getting internet service into backcountry areas.

Public comment on the proposal is being accepted until Nov. 29.

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STABBING DEATH-FREMONT COUNTY

Woman pleads not guilty in Wyoming knife death

(Information from: The (Riverton, Wyo.) Ranger, http://www.dailyranger.com Ranger, http://www.dailyranger.com>))

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — A 21-year-old woman has pleaded not guilty to two counts of manslaughter in the stabbing death of a man in Fremont County last month.

Rachelle Lynch entered the pleas last week in Fremont County District Court before Judge Marvin Tyler.

One of charges contends she killed Joshua Friday "unintentionally, but recklessly," and the other charges that she killed him "voluntarily, in a sudden heat of passion."

Authorities say Friday he died due to complications of a stab wound on or about Oct. 8 after a reported physical altercation between the two.

Public defender Jonathan Gerard says the victim was the aggressor in the confrontation.

Lynch remains in custody on $100,000 bail.

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LOG CABIN FIRE-INVESTIGATION

Century-old Wyoming cafe burned, cause of fire still unknown

(Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com)

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities have not determined the cause of a July fire that caused irreparable harm to a more than century-old Wyoming log cabin.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported Friday that multiple local agencies including the Jackson Police Department and Jackson Hole Fire have been conducting a joint investigation into the fire at Cafe Genevieve in downtown Jackson.

Police Lt. Roger Schultz says investigators cannot determine if the fire was caused by humans or otherwise based on physical evidence.

Authorities say multiple witnesses were interviewed in the case, but one key witness won’t agree to speak with investigators causing the case to remain active.

Authorities say the 109-year-old building caught fire July 2 and has remained closed since.

Owner Fred Peightal says he hopes to reopen the restaurant by February.

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AIRMEN-BURNING HOME

Air Force airmen honored for helping Nebraska family

(Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two U.S. Air Force airmen who helped a family as their house burned in western Nebraska have been awarded commendation medals.

Airmen 1st Class Cristopher Horton of Kalkaska, Michigan and Christian Reid of Littleton, Colorado received the medals Friday from Col. Damien Schlussel, the commander of the 90th Security Forces at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that while on a patrol near Dix, Nebraska on Nov. 6 they saw a person run across the street as if something were wrong and went to investigate. After seeing a fire on the roof of a house, they knocked on the door to alert the family of four inside. They were able to evacuate along with their pets.

F.E. Warren oversees dozens of nuclear missiles in silos scattered across rural southeastern Wyoming, western Nebraska and northeastern Colorado.

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STOLEN MILITARY MEDALS

Wyoming Congresswoman gives veteran replacement WWII medals

(Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney has given replacement military medals to a woman and her father after the original medals were stolen from a trailer outside a veteran organization in Wyoming.

Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the Republican representative awarded Martha Albright and her father Harry L. Grover the medals on Veterans Day.

Cheyenne police say a passerby found an emptied shadow box near Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1881.

Authorities say the box contained a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and campaign medals from Grover’s service in Africa and Italy during World War II which were donated to the organization years prior.

Authorities say the investigation continues as police are looking for the person or people responsible.

Albright says Cheney did everything she could to make this right.

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