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Judge sets trial for Russian in rifle sight case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A judge has set a February trial date for a Russian man charged with trying to export military-grade, thermal-imaging rifle sights from the United States to Russia without federal permits.

U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson on Monday ordered 32-year-old Roman Kvinikadze of Moscow to stand trial Feb. 3 in Cheyenne.

A statement from a federal agent alleges Kvinikadze tried to buy the sights from an undercover Homeland Security agent. Kvinikadze was arrested this summer after traveling to Wyoming to inspect the sights and finalize the purchase.

The U.S. State Department restricts export of the sights, which essentially allow a shooter to see a target's body heat in the dark.

Cheyenne lawyer Ronald Pretty represents Kvinikadze. Pretty says his client intended to sell the sights to Russian hunters.


Wisconsin couple reported missing found in Wyoming

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Wisconsin couple reported missing after a visit to Yellowstone National Park was found safe on the Beartooth Highway, where their car had been stuck for nearly a week.

Park County, Wyo., sheriff's spokesman Lance Mathess says the owner of a guest ranch heard about the missing couple and went looking for them on his snowmobile. He found them at about 8:30 a.m. Monday and took them back to the guest ranch.

Mathess says Mark and Kristine Wathke of Cornell, Wis., were cold and hungry, but otherwise OK.

They were last seen leaving the northeast entrance of Yellowstone at 4 p.m. Tuesday. They had hotel reservations in Miles City that night, but never arrived.

Mathess says they either didn't see or ignored signs that said the Beartooth Highway was closed due to the weather.


Judge orders Montana to re-compute coal tax

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A state judge has ordered Montana authorities to recalculate how much is owed by a Wyoming mining company that challenged its $3.4 million tax bill.

Monday's ruling from District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock of Helena concerned Cloud Peak Energy's sale of coal to affiliates that it partially owns.

The state alleges the Gillette, Wyo., company undervalued coal that it sold between 2005 and 2007 - and paid too little in taxes as a result.

But Sherlock says tax authorities erred in coming up with a value for Cloud Peak's coal based on when it was shipped. He says the value should be based on when the sales contract was signed.

The practice of selling coal to affiliated companies also is under scrutiny by federal regulators investigating royalties on coal shipped to Asia.


Man suspected of abducting Colo. woman arrested

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A Laramie man and a Fort Collins woman he was suspected of kidnapping are both behind bars after the woman managed to call 911.

Laramie police say 24-year-old Janie Boer called authorities around 2 a.m. Sunday to report she was being abducted in a Mitsubishi Eclipse. Her call was tracked to 25 miles south of the Colorado-Wyoming border.

A Wyoming state trooper and two Laramie police officers later stopped the car and arrested 26-year-old Jacob Heller.

The woman was also arrested for unrelated felony warrants from Weld County in Colorado.

Both were being held in the Albany County Jail awaiting extradition to Colorado. It wasn't immediately clear if they had lawyers yet.


Sioux Falls Seminary in SD names new president

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A vice president at a seminary in Illinois has been named the new president of the Sioux Falls Seminary in South Dakota.

The seminary's board of trustees announced Monday that Greg Henson has been elected as the 12th president of the seminary that serves 26 denominations.

Henson currently is vice president for institutional advancement at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Ill. Beginning next February he will succeed G. Michael Hagan, who is stepping down at the end of the year after a dozen years at the helm in Sioux Falls.

The Sioux Falls Seminary bills itself as the only accredited seminary in the Dakotas, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana. It had about 360 students last year.


Wyoming at Boise St. to air on ESPN2 on Saturday

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Mountain West Conference football game between Wyoming and Boise State is scheduled to air on ESPN2 on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. Mountain.

The Idaho Statesman reports the Broncos (6-3 overall, 4-1 Mountain West) and the Cowboys (4-4, 2-2) will each earn a $500,000 national television appearance bonus.

This is the sixth of seven Boise State games to be broadcast by an ESPN channel this season, and the first on ESPN since Nov. 19, 2010. Boise State has earned $1.1 million in national TV bonuses this season.

The Broncos' Nov. 30 game against New Mexico also will be carried by an ESPN channel. The network hasn't announced the kickoff time and channel.

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