Student government gets more involved in UW tuition spending
LARAMIE — University of Wyoming officials have agreed to put half of all future tuition increases toward priorities determined by administrators and student government.
The Board of Trustees agreed to the change this past week.
Existing policy required half of any tuition increase to be spent on faculty and staff increases. The other half went to fund libraries, information technology and academic unit support.
The new policy replaces the libraries, information technology and academic units with priorities developed by members of student government and administrators “to enhance student success.”
The Associated Students of the University of Wyoming has formed a committee to develop proposals on how tuition increases should be spent.
University president Laurie Nichols says the funding could be for one-time uses or for continuing projects.
Video series focuses on firearms’ history
CHEYENNE — The Wyoming State Museum is launching a video series to teach people about firearms from the museum’s collection.
The first two videos in the “Firearms Friday” series were posted this week on the museum’s YouTube channel.
Museum volunteer Evan Green explains the history and other details of two revolvers, one produced by Remington and another produced by Smith & Wesson.
Museum Collections Section Supervisor Jim Allison says the series is intended to show people the variety of weapons contained in the museum’s collection.
The museum in Cheyenne focuses on the history of Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain region. Its collections also include items crafted and used by Native Americans, clothing and household items and examples of fossils, minerals and animal life.
Fire at apartments for seniors traps some
LITTLETON — A fire in a suburban Denver apartment complex for seniors created smoke so thick it trapped some people in their homes early Saturday, injuring more than a dozen people and killing one, authorities said.
Police officers and firefighters guided residents out through smoky hallways at the Littleton community for people age 55 and older, South Metro Fire Rescue spokesman Eric Hurst said. Residents of upper floors waited for an all-clear on their balconies, away from the heavy smoke.
At least 13 people were taken to hospitals, including three in serious condition, Hurst said. Ten others were in stable condition.
Authorities said at least one person was hurt jumping from a second-floor balcony. They said others suffered smoke inhalation.
3 deer positive for brain wasting disease
GREAT FALLS — Montana wildlife officials say three deer in Blaine County have tested positive for a brain wasting disease.
The deer found to have chronic wasting disease were all harvested within a priority surveillance area.
The testing results prompted wildlife officials to designate the northern part of the county as a CWD-positive area.
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is asking hunters who harvest deer, elk or moose within the priority surveillance area to have the animals tested for the disease.
State oil and gas numbers hit new highs
BISMARCK — North Dakota set oil and gas production records in September, but a slowdown is expected in the coming months due to a sharp drop in oil prices.
The state’s director of mineral resources, Lynn Helms, said Friday that oil production surged to a record 1.36 million barrels per day, while natural gas output hit an all-time high of 2.5 billion cubic feet per day in September.
But the gas volume that was flared off instead of captured also hit a record at 457 million cubic feet per day. The capture rate was 83 percent, missing an 85 percent target for the fifth straight month. The target rose to 88 percent this month.
The North Dakota Industrial Commission is expected to take action Tuesday on changes to the gas capture policy
Priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse
RAPID CITY — A priest who served in Rapid City, South Dakota has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing a child.
Thirty-eight-year-old John Praveen was charged last month with sexually touching a 13-year-old girl over her clothes. He entered his plea Friday. Bond remains set at $100,000.
The Rapid City diocese earlier offered to house and supervise Praveen at a retirement home for priests in Piedmont, but backed off after some community members objected.
Praveen worked at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City and All Saints Church in Eagle Butte. He belongs to the Holy Spirit Fathers, an order based in Hyderabad, India, that has tried to raise his bail. His arraignment earlier this month was postponed because of the lack of a translator.
Harley-Davidson gives 375 bikes to schools
RAPID CITY — Black Hills Harley-Davidson has donated hundreds of bicycles to schools across Rapid City.
Rapid City Area Schools, the Rapid City Council, Rapid City-based Strider Bikes and the Black Hills Harley-Davidson all gathered last week to assemble the 375 Strider Bikes that the local Harley dealership gifted to the district. The Strider Bikes were delivered to every kindergarten physical education class in the district to be incorporated into their curriculum.
The company’s nonprofit Strider Education Foundation hopes the partnership with Rapid City schools will help spark others across the country, encouraging students to use bikes to learn fitness.
— The Associated Press