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SHERIDAN COLLEGE-RACIST INCIDENTS

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — Northern Wyoming Community College officials have announced a wave of changes after Native American students were targeted in at least two racially motivated incidents earlier this fall.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the announcement on Thursday calls for requiring keycard access to gain entrance to buildings and the possibility of adding security cameras.

Dr. Paul Young, the president of the community college district that includes campuses at Sheridan and Gillette colleges, said that Sheridan College would work with the Department of Justice to "evaluate and strengthen training for campus police and (the) Crisis Management team."

Other changes include the establishment of a multi-cultural center, increasing funding for campus-wide diversity efforts, further working with tribal leaders on the Wind River and Crow reservations and holding campus- and community-wide discussions about inclusion.

WYOMING-ACADEMIC FEES

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has approved cost-based student fees for academic programs.

Under the new fee structure approved Thursday, students in academic programs that cost more will pay higher fees.

Average increases in the overall cost to students per semester to attend UW will range from $123 for College of Arts and Sciences students not in science or visual/performing arts majors, to $272 for engineering majors.

Total revenue from the program fees is estimated at $4.5 million annually. Of that, $1.3 million will go to enhance advising, student success services and career preparation. The remaining $3.2 million will go to support specific academic programs, including $1.8 million to replace revenues from existing fees.

None of the fee money will go toward permanent faculty salaries or research support.

PLANE CRASH

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP) — Three people suffered minor injuries in a plane crash near a Wyoming airport.

The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports Wyoming Highway Patrol Sgt. Kyle McKay says a small airplane crashed Wednesday near Rock Springs-Sweetwater County Airport.

McKay says the aircraft experienced mechanical issues.

Airport Manager Devon Brubaker says the single-engine Cessna 207 came to a stop about 2.5 miles from airport runway nine.

Of the four people in the plane at the time of the crash, all but the pilot were transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County.

Bureau of Land Management Wyoming spokeswoman Kristen Lenhardt says the people on board included a United States Geological Survey staff member, a member of the Rock Springs Grazing Association and a Bureau of Land Management "range technician."

YELLOWSTONE VISITATION

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park recorded nearly 212,000 visits in October, down 12.4 percent from October 2016.

The park noted that snowy weather during the month may have contributed to the decline.

Still, the numbers were the third busiest October in the park's history.

So far this year, Yellowstone has recorded more than 4 million visits. It is the third straight year Yellowstone has eclipsed the 4 million mark.

In 2016, the park saw a record 4.26 million visitors.

BANKERS SURVEY

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy will likely remain slow in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states in the months ahead.

The overall Rural Mainstreet Index for the region remained in negative territory below 50 and declined to 44.7 in November from October's 45.3. The index is based on Creighton University's monthly survey of bankers.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss the current low commodity prices and declining farm income continue to weigh on the rural economy.

The index ranges between 0 and 100, with any number under 50 indicating a shrinking economy.

The index tracking the price of farmland and ranchland declined to 36.5 in November from October's already-weak 39.2.

Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.

PUPPY DEATH-SENTENCING

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — A man who is accused of stomping a puppy to death after it chewed his video game controllers has received credit for 125 days served in jail and was sentenced to probation with mandatory anger management counseling.

The Cody Enterprise reported Wednesday that Lee T. Jackson pleaded guilty in March to stomping the puppy that he and Necia Kacmar owned together.

At his September sentencing, prosecutors argued for 18 to 24 months of imprisonment. But Kacmar asked the court to not sentence Jackson to prison, saying she wants him to go through counseling and be a productive member of society.

Jackson's probation calls for allowing home inspections whenever requested by probation and parole, getting a written pass before leaving the state and continuing with anger management courses.

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