THE NUMBER OF GONORRHEA CASES REPORTED AMONG WYOMINGITES HAS INCREASED DRAMATICALLY IN RECENT YEARS, ACCORDING TO THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM MANAGER COURTNEY SMITH SAYS GONORRHEA CASES IN WYOMING HAVE INCREASED BY 529 PERCENT IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS.

FROM 2016 TO 2017, THE NUMBER OF GONORRHEA CASES IN WYOMING SHOT UP BY 50 PERCENT, WITH 415 CASES REPORTED STATEWIDE LAST YEAR. NIOBRARA, FREMONT AND LARAMIE COUNTIES SAW THE HIGHEST GONORRHEA RATES IN 2017.

SMITH BELIEVES THE INCREASE IS DUE TO MORE PEOPLE HAVING ANONYMOUS SEX, HAVING SEX WITH MULTIPLE PARTNERS AND NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE ARE USING CONDOMS.

SMITH ADDED THAT RATES FOR OTHER SEXUALLY-TRANSMITTED DISEASES SUCH AS CHLAMYDIA CONTINUE TO BE A CONCERN, BUT HAVE NOT GROWN AS MUCH AS THE GONORRHEA RATES.

GONORRHEA CAN BE CURED WITH ANTIBIOTICS, BUT CAN CAUSE COMPLICATIONS SUCH AS PELVIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASE AND INFERTILITY IF NOT TREATED.

SMITH SAYS THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW FOR SURE IF YOU HAVE GONORRHEA IS TO GET TESTED.
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A NATIONAL PARK SERVICE REPORT SAYS A 23-YEAR-OLD UTAH MAN WHO LOST HIS LIFE GUIDING KAYAKERS ON YELLOWSTONE LAKE LAST SUMMER SPENT AT LEAST 30 MINUTES IN THE COLD WATER BEFORE BEING PULLED OUT BY RESCUERS.

TIMOTHY CONANT OF SALT LAKE CITY WAS TRYING TO ASSIST A CLIENT WHO HAD OVERTURNED WHILE ON A JUNE OUTING WHEN HE ROLLED HIS OWN KAYAK INTO WATER ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 43 DEGREES.

CONANT REMAINED IN THE WATER AS TWO OTHER GUIDES TOWED THE CLIENT TO SHORE.

WHEN ONE OF THE GUIDES WENT BACK FOR CONANT, HE WAS FLOATING MOTIONLESS.

CONANT WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AFTER RESUSCITATION EFFORTS FAILED TO REVIVE HIM.

HIS DEATH WAS THE FIRST FATALITY IN YELLOWSTONE LAKE IN 20 YEARS.
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THE NUMBER OF GONORRHEA CASES REPORTED AMONG WYOMINGITES HAS INCREASED DRAMATICALLY IN RECENT YEARS, ACCORDING TO THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM MANAGER COURTNEY SMITH SAYS GONORRHEA CASES IN WYOMING HAVE INCREASED BY 529 PERCENT IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS.

FROM 2016 TO 2017, THE NUMBER OF GONORRHEA CASES IN WYOMING SHOT UP BY 50 PERCENT, WITH 415 CASES REPORTED STATEWIDE LAST YEAR. NIOBRARA, FREMONT AND LARAMIE COUNTIES SAW THE HIGHEST GONORRHEA RATES IN 2017.

SMITH BELIEVES THE INCREASE IS DUE TO MROE PEOPLE HAVING ANONYMOUS SEX, HAVING SEX WITH MULTIPLE PARTNERS AND NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE ARE USING CONDOMS.

SMITH ADDED THAT RATES FOR OTHER SEXUALLY-TRANSMITTED DISEASES SUCH AS CHLAMYDIA CONTINUE TO BE A CONCERN, BUT HAVE NOT GROWN AS MUCH AS THE GONORRHEA RATES.

GONORRHEA CAN BE CURED WITH ANTIBIOTICS, BUT CAN CAUSE COMPLICATIONS SUCH AS PELVIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASE AND INFERTILITY IF NOT TREATED.

SMITH SAYS THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW FOR SURE IF YOU HAVE GONORRHEA IS TO GET TESTED.
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A NATIONAL PARK SERVICE REPORT SAYS A 23-YEAR-OLD UTAH MAN WHO LOST HIS LIFE GUIDING KAYAKERS ON YELLOWSTONE LAKE LAST SUMMER SPENT AT LEAST 30 MINUTES IN THE COLD WATER BEFORE BEING PULLED OUT BY RESCUERS.

TIMOTHY CONANT OF SALT LAKE CITY WAS TRYING TO ASSIST A CLIENT WHO HAD OVERTURNED WHILE ON A JUNE OUTING WHEN HE ROLLED HIS OWN KAYAK INTO WATER ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 43 DEGREES.

CONANT REMAINED IN THE WATER AS TWO OTHER GUIDES TOWED THE CLIENT TO SHORE.

WHEN ONE OF THE GUIDES WENT BACK FOR CONANT, HE WAS FLOATING MOTIONLESS.

CONANT WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AFTER RESUSCITATION EFFORTS FAILED TO REVIVE HIM.

HIS DEATH WAS THE FIRST FATALITY IN YELLOWSTONE LAKE IN 20 YEARS.
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LARAMIE, WYO. (AP) - A STUDY BY THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING HAS FOUND THAT HUNTERS, ANGLERS AND WILDLIFE VIEWERS SPENT NEARLY $800 MILLION IN THE STATE IN 2016.

THE LARAMIE BOOMERANG REPORTS THE ACTIVITY FROM THIS GROUP ACCOUNTED FOR MORE THAN 9,600 JOBS AND MORE THAN $260 MILLION IN LABOR INCOME, ADDING UP TO MORE THAN $1 BILLION IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY ACROSS THE STATE.

ACCORDING TO THE STUDY, HUNTERS SPENT ABOUT $126 MILLION ON TRAVEL AND $80 MILLION ON EQUIPMENT. ANGLERS SPENT $164 MILLION ON TRAVEL AND $22 MILLION ON EQUIPMENT. WILDLIFE VIEWERS SPENT $335 MILLION ON TRAVEL AND $30 MILLION ON EQUIPMENT. RELATED LICENSES ACCOUNTED FOR ABOUT $30 MILLION.

THE STUDY, WHICH WAS REQUESTED BY THE WYOMING GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT, SHOWS SPENDING BY NONRESIDENTS OF WYOMING ACCOUNTED FOR $532 MILLION.

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THE LARAMIE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP IN FINDING A WANTED CHEYENNE WOMAN.

LT. DON HOLLINGSHEAD SAYS THE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR 27-YEAR-OLD DESIREE LUCERO.

"SHE HAS A PROBATION REVOCATION WARRANT WITH THE ORIGINAL CHARGE OF POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE."

LUCERO -- WHOSE PICTURE CAN BE SEEN ON KGAB.COM -- IS A 5-FOOT-5 FEMALE WEIGHING 180 POUNDS, WITH BLACK HAIR AND BROWN EYES.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON HER WHEREABOUTS IS ASKED TO CALL CRIME STOPPERS SILENT WITNESS AT (307) 638-TIPS.
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RIVERTON, WYO. (AP) - A WYOMING POLICE OFFICER IS OUT OF A JOB AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH SHOPLIFTING AND INTIMIDATING A WALMART EMPLOYEE WHO CONFRONTED HER ABOUT STEALING.

FREMONT COUNTY PROSECUTORS FILED 11 SHOPLIFTING CHARGES AND AN OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT CHARGE AGAINST BRIDGETT MCGINNESS ON MARCH 9.

RIVERTON POLICE CHIEF ERIC MURPHY TELLS THE DAILY RANGER THAT MCGINNESS IS NO LONGER WITH THE DEPARTMENT. HE DID NOT PROVIDE ANY MORE INFORMATION.

STATE INVESTIGATORS SAY SURVEILLANCE TAPES SHOWED THAT ON 11 DIFFERENT OCCASIONS BETWEEN NOV. 21 AND DEC. 19, MCGINNESS USED THE STORE'S SELF-CHECKOUT SYSTEM AND PUT SOME ITEMS IN HER BAG WITHOUT SCANNING THEM OR BROUGHT HER OWN BAR CODES TO SCAN.

PROSECUTORS SAY A WALMART CLERK SPOTTED MCGINNESS TRYING TO STEAL ITEMS THREE TIMES.

INVESTIGATORS SAY MCGINNESS TOLD THEM SHE WAS A GOOD PERSON WHO MADE POOR CHOICES.

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- A STUDY BY THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING HAS FOUND THAT HUNTERS, ANGLERS AND WILDLIFE VIEWERS SPENT NEARLY $800 MILLION IN THE STATE IN 2016.

THE LARAMIE BOOMERANG REPORTS THE ACTIVITY FROM THIS GROUP ACCOUNTED FOR MORE THAN 9,600 JOBS AND MORE THAN $260 MILLION IN LABOR INCOME, ADDING UP TO MORE THAN $1 BILLION IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY ACROSS THE STATE.

ACCORDING TO THE STUDY, HUNTERS SPENT ABOUT $126 MILLION ON TRAVEL AND $80 MILLION ON EQUIPMENT. ANGLERS SPENT $164 MILLION ON TRAVEL AND $22 MILLION ON EQUIPMENT. WILDLIFE VIEWERS SPENT $335 MILLION ON TRAVEL AND $30 MILLION ON EQUIPMENT. RELATED LICENSES ACCOUNTED FOR ABOUT $30 MILLION.

THE STUDY, WHICH WAS REQUESTED BY THE WYOMING GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT, SHOWS SPENDING BY NONRESIDENTS OF WYOMING ACCOUNTED FOR $532 MILLION.