THE NATRONA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP IN LOCATING A CASPER RE-ENTRY CENTER INMATE WHO LEFT THE FACILITY.

20-YEAR-OLD LEO CURTIS VAN BUSKIRK WAS RELEASED FOR WORK TUESDAY AND DID NOT RETURN BY 1 A.M. WEDNESDAY AS REQUIRED. HE WAS REPORTED AS HAVING ESCAPED AT ABOUT 3:30 A.M., ACCORDING TO SGT. AARON SHATTO.

VAN BUSKIRK IS DESCRIBED AS STANDING 6'3" TALL AND WEIGHING 195 POUNDS. HE HAS BROWN HAIR AND BROWN EYES.

VAN BUSKIRK WAS SENTENCED FOR FELONY MARIJUANA POSSESSION OUT OF SHERIDAN COUNTY.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON HIS WHEREABOUTS IS ASKED TO CALL THE NATRONA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT DAN WENK SAYS HE'S LOOKING FORWARD TO LEARNING MORE ABOUT WYOMING'S INITIATIVE TO COLLECT A FEE AT YELLOWSTONE TO FUND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION EFFORTS IN THE STATES SURROUNDING THE PARK.

WENK SAYS HE HAS MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RESOLUTION AND HE'S CONCERNED ABOUT ADDING TO THE OVERALL COST PARK VISITORS MUST PAY.

THE WYOMING LEGISLATURE THIS YEAR APPROVED A RESOLUTION THAT SEEKS AN AGREEMENT WITH THE U.S. INTERIOR DEPARTMENT AND NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ON COLLECTING A FEE AT YELLOWSTONE AND GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARKS.

PROPONENTS SAY THE IDEA IS TO GENERATE MONEY FOR WYOMING, MONTANA AND IDAHO TO DEAL WITH ISSUES LIKE WILDLIFE COLLISIONS, DISEASE AND MIGRATION ROUTES.

THE WYOMING RESOLUTION DOESN'T SPECIFY HOW THE FEE WOULD BE ASSESSED OR WHAT THE AMOUNT WOULD BE.
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GARY TRAUNER, WHO IS RUNNING AS A DEMOCRAT FOR THE US SENATE SEAT CURRENTLY HELD BY REPUBLICAN JOHN BARRASSO, SAYS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS FACING HUGE BUDGET DEFICITS BECAUSE OF FALSE PROMISES AND BAD TAX POLICIES FAVORED BY REPUBLICANS..

TRAUNER IS A WILSON BUSINESSMAN. MEANWHILE A SPOKESMAN FOR SENATOR BARRASSO SAID WEDNESDAY MORNING THE INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN IS RUNNING FO RE-ELECTION THIS YEAR, EVEN THOUGH HE HAS NOT MADE A FORMAL ANNOUNCMENT.
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THE LARAMIE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS DEALT WITH TWO RECENT INCIDENTS INVOLVING THREATS AGAINST SCHOOLS IN LARAMIE. THE MOST RECENT INVESTIGATION INTO A THREAT INVOLVED A LARAMIE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT POSTING A THREAT VIA SOCIAL MEDIA ON SUNDAY. THE THREAT IN THIS SITUATION WAS DEEMED NOT CREDIBLE BY THE LPD, AS WAS THE RUMORED THREAT THAT WAS INVESTIGATED IN FEBRUARY AT THE LARAMIE HIGH SCHOOL.

LARAMIE POLICE CHIEF DALE STALDER SAID THE LPD TAKES EVERY THREAT SERIOUSLY. STALDER SPOKE WITH LARAMIE LIVE TO TALK ABOUT THE PROCESS THE LPD USES IN CASES SUCH AS THE ONE AT LMS AND LHS. STALDER SAID THAT WHILE THE LPD HAS DEVELOPED STANDARD RESPONSE PROTOCOLS FOR THESE TYPES OF INCIDENTS, THE INVESTIGATION PROCESS IS THE SAME AS USED FOR MANY OTHER CRIMES THE LPD INVESTIGATES.

STALDER SAID IN BOTH CASES, THE LPD WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE KEPT UPDATED AND TO HELP THE SCHOOLS FOLLOW THEIR INTERNAL PROCEDURES, WHICH ARE INDEPENDENT OF ANY CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION.

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CHEYENNE, WYO. (AP) - WYOMING IS ESTIMATED TO HAVE AT LEAST 347 WOLVES ROAMING WITHIN ITS BORDERS AFTER THE STATE REGAINED MANAGEMENT OF THE ANIMALS AND ALLOWED LIMITED HUNTING OF WOLVES.

THE NUMBER OF WOLVES COUNTED BY STATE GAME MANAGERS AT THE END OF 2017 IS DOWN FROM ABOUT 380 ESTIMATED THE YEAR BEFORE.

STATE GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS SAY THE WOLF POPULATION LEVEL IS HEALTHY, BUT A WILDLIFE ADVOCATE DECRIED THE DROP IN NUMBERS.

THE AGENCY REPORTS 43 WOLVES WERE LEGALLY HUNTED LAST YEAR IN THE STATE. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2013 THAT THE STATE HELD A WOLF HUNT AFTER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ALLOWED THE STATE TO RESUME MANAGEMENT OF THE WOLVES LAST YEAR.

THE STATE ALSO REPORTED 191 LIVESTOCK KILLED BY WOLVES IN 2017, DOWN FROM 243 IN 2016.