Worland News 7-11-18

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The Terek Fire which continued to burn last night in parts of Big Horn and Washakie Counties is now estimated at between 30 and 60 percent contained. Worland Fire Protection District #1 and BLM sources were both trying confirming the containment numbers last night and estimated that 36,000 acres had been burned. BLM had posted the 60 percent containment number, while WFPD relayed the 30 percent containment estimate. The posts were updated about an hour apart with BLM posting the most recent update.
Firefighters on the ground as well as aerial firefighting operations continued throughout the day. A number of slurry operations took place to protect threatened structures, but as of the latest reports no structures have been lost due to the Terek Fire.
Highway 31 between Manderson and Hyattville was scheduled to open at 10:00 P.M. last night, prior to the re-opening only local traffic with proof of need to travel on the road were allowed. Big Horn Radio Network will continue to update this fire as information is made available.

Social media is buzzing after a report posted yesterday that called the new University of Wyoming slogan sexist and racist. The proposed slogan, “The World Needs More Cowboys” has proponents and critics clicking away on their QWERTY keyboards.
Already commentary is rolling in from local and state media like the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Casper Star Tribune. An article has even been spotted on Yahoo’s Lifestyle News page. In that article, writer Heather Schreiber quotes comments from Christi Boggs, an instructional designer and coach for the university’s Nordic Ski Team, Boggs is also the co-chair of the Committee on Women and People of Color, quote “If you have to explain your slogan, and show a video with your slogan, and have a one-page explanation of your slogan, you have a bad slogan.” End quote.
University of Wyoming alumni and residents of the Cowboy State have responded in numerous ways to the wave of media attention. Someone on the social media site Facebook created a Profile Picture frame that features the new slogan so that users can express their support.
The University plans to move forward with the slogan.

The Fremont County School District No. 25 superintendent says three Riverton High School wrestlers have been expelled for assaulting and sexually harassing eight teammates.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports the wrestlers were expelled for a year for what occurred on a school bus in early January while the team was in Natrona County traveling for a meet in Douglas.
Superintendent Terry Snyder says the actions were “appalling” and the perpetrators “needed to be held accountable.” He declined to detail the assaults and harassment.
The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office says its investigation has been forwarded to prosecutors. Officials declined to provide additional information, citing the nature of the crime and the ages of those involved.
Snyder says he anticipates criminal charges to be filed.

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