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Cheyenne authorities seize 53 dogs from woman
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Cheyenne Animal Control officers have taken 53 dogs from a woman who was transporting the dogs in a trailer.
Debbie Lee, of Cheyenne Animal Control, says the local law allows a person to have up to four pets.
Lee says the woman had a total of 57 dogs, so they allowed her to keep four.
Animal Control says the overall health of a number of the dogs was poor.
Court records indicate that the woman involved has a lengthy history of charges related to animal welfare, mostly in California.
Bob Fecht, of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter, says shelter was caring for the dogs for now.
Wet spring delays Wyoming crop planting
POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - A long winter and a wet spring have left farmers in northern Wyoming well behind in their planting schedule.
University of Wyoming Extension crops educator Sandra Frost says the wet conditions have set farmers back by weeks and harvest levels may be reduced.
Frost tells the Powell Tribune that sugar beets will be the most-impacted crop.
Frost says sugar beet producers cannot decide to switch to another crop because it is a contract crop.
In addition, it's too late for farmers to switch seed to a shorter-season crop. Seeds are ordered in December and have been produced and delivered.
But Frost says a long, dry, warm fall could give beets enough time to reach a good weight and sugar content.
UW GENERAL STUDIES
UW makes revision to general studies program
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The University of Wyoming is making a major revision to it general studies program.
The university says the revision will provide undergraduate students with a strong educational foundation while simplifying the course-selection process.
The general studies program, called the University Studies Program, consists of coursework required for all students pursuing bachelor's degrees at UW. The new program is scheduled to be in place for the fall 2015 semester.
The most significant change is the addition of a required seminar course for all freshmen. Students will choose from more than 60 available in a wide range of disciplines.
UW officials believe the first-year courses will help increase student retention, as students are expected to gain the skills they need to succeed in college.
UW announces commencement speakers
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Famed Wyoming trial lawyer and author Gerry Spence will be among the speakers during University of Wyoming spring commencement ceremonies.
Ceremonies for the individual colleges are scheduled for May 10. College of Law ceremonies will be held May 17, and UW-Casper ceremonies are scheduled for May 15. Additionally, several special ceremonies are scheduled beginning May 2.
Spence will speak at the College of Law ceremony on May 17.
UW is scheduled to accord degrees upon just over 1,600 students, including nearly 1,200 undergraduates, 330 graduate students, about 60 College of Law graduates and around 40 School of Pharmacy graduates.
The largest degree categories are bachelor of arts at 435 degrees, followed by bachelor of science at 394 and master of science at 130.