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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton National Park officials say an operation to kill mountain goats is beginning on Sunday. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that aerial gunners contracted by the park will spend up to a week locating and shooting at the approximately 100 goats in the high Tetons, which includes the north and west slopes of the range's Cathedral Group. The mountain goats are an invasive species and park officials say their eradication will help the mountain range's struggling bighorn sheep herd. Park officials plan to close the area to the public next week.
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Gillette woman wanted in connection with a federal investigation into a methamphetamine distribution ring has been arrested. The Gillette News Record reports that 40-year-old Billie Jo Adams was arrested Dec. 28 in Cheyenne and was transferred to Campell County on Friday. Federal authorities had been seeking Adams and others in connection with a Mexican cartel’s alleged conspiracy to distribute meth. It wasn't immediately known if Adams had a lawyer. In May, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Southern California announced that 43 people faced charges in the case.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A portrait of former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal has joined those of other past governors in the state Capitol. Freudenthal and other current and former elected officials took part in an unveiling event Friday in the Capitol rotunda. The portrait now hangs in the recently restored building's east wing, joining those of almost every other former governor who served at least one full term. The exception is Republican Gov. Matt Mead, who served two terms from 2011-2019 and whose portrait is still in the works. A Democrat, Freudenthal served two terms from 2003-2011.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A group of Wyoming news organizations has largely prevailed in a lawsuit over records related to the dismissal of a university president. A judge ruled Friday the vast majority of records sought by the Casper Star-Tribune, WyoFile and others will be released. Some information and documents were ordered withheld. University of Wyoming trustees decided last year to not renew President Laurie Nichols' contract. They have not explained their decision, which took Nichols and many others at the school by surprise. The university made sweeping use of attorney-client privilege to avoid disclosing communications among trustees. Attorneys for the university and Nichols, who sided with the school in the case, did not return messages seeking comment.
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