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Sexual Assault Reports on Rise at State University
Staff and Wire Reports

Sexual assault reports are on the rise at the state's only university, but campus police say it's probably because more people are coming forward to report acts of sexual misconduct.

Mike Samp is the chief of the University of Wyoming Police Department in Laramie. He says the number of sexual assault reports on campus have tripled from 2012-13, from five to 15, and more than doubled 2011's seven.

He presented his report this week during a meeting of the university's board of trustees. As part of his report, he said the university has increased its sexual assault education and support for students as well as prevention efforts, so expects reports to continue to increase.

Megan Selheim is the coordinator of the university's STOP Violence Program, which provides support and information on sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. She said the number of students seeking services through the program has more than doubled over the past few years.

Election Filing Period Nears
News Release

Secretary of State Max Maxfield is reminding potential candidates that the filing period for federal, state, county and municipal offices nominated at the Primary Election is May 15-30. By statute, candidates have until close of business on May 30 to submit an application and filing fee to the Secretary of State’s Office, the County Clerk’s Office, or the Municipal Clerk’s Office, depending on the office sought.

In a release issued by his office, Maxfield encouraged anyone interested in running for a state office to file their Application for Nomination and pay the required filing fee online during the filing period. He said applicants could also download the form and submit the document by mail or in person to the respective filing office. Forms and online filing information are available with this story at

Road Treatments Continue Next Week
by Leslie Stratmoen

The Sheridan County road crews will continue surface treatments next week. The roads to be treated with magnesium and calcium chlorides are Passaic, Wild Cat, Lower Prairie Dog, Beckton Hall, Dayton East, River, and Cat, Owl, Rapid, Amsden, Wolf and Solder creeks.

Crews will be working from 6-5 daily, weather permitting. The information's coming from the Sheridan County Public Works Department.

Rod Liesinger is the county's public works director. He warns motorists to take caution when driving on the treated roads.

So, he says, use alternate routes whenever possible, not only to protect your vehicle but because the road work will cause traffic delays. He can be reached for further questions at his office. The number is -- 307-674-2920.

New Gatchell Exhibit Opens
Staff Reports

An opening reception for a new exhibit called, “Untrammeled: 50 Years of the Wilderness Act Through The Viewfinder,” was held Friday night at the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum in Buffalo.

The exhibit shows historic and modern photographs of the Cloud Peak Wilderness area side-by-side to compare the areas in photographs over a 90-year period, from 1923 to 2013.

The historic images were taken by then-Forest Service Supervisor John Spencer, and the modern photographs were taken by Dave Stoetzel of Buffalo. He used prints of the historic photos to locate the same viewpoints for his images. Craig Cope, of the US Forest Service, and Jim Headley, also contributed to the exhibit.

The actual opening of the museum comes in a couple of weeks, on May 24. The museum will then be open for the season from 9-6 Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 on Sunday.

Habitat Holds Garage Sale
Staff Reports

The Habitat for Humanity, Buffalo Chapter, will hold a garage sale next week, from Thursday through Sunday at the Johnson County fairgrounds in Buffalo.

Those staging the event say there will be three buildings full of new and used items, that will include clothing, household goods and crafts. Organizers say all proceeds will help build affordable housing for people in the community.

An early bird sale has been planned for Thursday night, from 5-8, for which a $10 bill per family gives shoppers a first chance at bargains. There's no admission charge for the rest of the weekend. The sale runs from 9-4 Friday and Saturday, and from 11-4 on Sunday. There will be concessions, offered by the American Legion and Auxiliary from Powder River Post No. 13 in Buffalo.

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