FORMER NATRONA COUNTY ASSESSOR CONNIE SMITH DIED MONDAY, JUST A COUPLE DAYS AFTER HER RETIREMENT BECAME FORMAL.

SMITH ANNOUNCED HER RETIREMENT FOR HEALTH REASONS IN EARLY MARCH, EFFECTIVE MARCH 31.

SMITH WAS APPOINTED TO THE POSITION AFTER THE RESIGNATION OF FORMER ASSESSOR SUSAN DEWITT IN 2013.

SHE WON RE-ELECTION IN 2014, AND WOULD HAVE BEEN UP FOR RE-ELECTION THIS FALL.

THE NATRONA COUNTY COMMISSION ON MARCH 21 APPOINTED DEPUTY ASSISTANT ASSESSOR TAMMY SAULSBURY TO SERVE THE REST OF SMITH'S TERM ENDING EARLY 2019.

SAULSBURY WAS AMONG THREE PEOPLE WHO APPLIED WITH THE NATRONA COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY FOR THE VACANCY.
SAULSBURY SAID AT THE TIME THE WORK OF THE OFFICE WOULD CONTINUE, BUT IT WOULD BE EMOTIONALLY HARD.

ACCORDING TO SMITH'S OBITUARY FROM THE NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME, SHE WAS BORN CONNIE GARDNER IN 1955, GRADUATED FROM NATRONA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL IN 1973, AND MARRIED HER HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART CHARLES SMITH, JR., A YEAR LATER.

SMITH IS SURVIVED BY HER HUSBAND, TWO DAUGHTERS, AND 11 GRANDCHILDREN.

A CELEBRATION OF HER LIFE WILL BE HELD AT HIGHLAND PARK COMMUNITY CHURCH AT 11 A.M. SATURDAY.
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A CASPER WOMAN WHO WAS GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY AT PROBATION TWO WEEKS AGO RATHER THAN BEING SENT TO PRISON FOR METHAMPHETAMINE-RELATED CRIMES WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY EVENING ON DRUG CHARGES.

AMBER SUE CARPIN WAS BOOKED INTO JAIL ON RECOMMENDED CHARGES OF METH POSSESSION AND MARIJUANA POSSESSION.

CARPIN WAS SENTENCED MARCH 21 TO A TERM OF THREE YEARS ON SUPERVISED PROBATION WITH AN UNDERLYING SUSPENDED PRISON SENTENCE OF FOUR TO FIVE YEARS. IN THAT CASE, CARPIN WAS ARRESTED IN NOVEMBER AFTER A NEWBORN CHILD WAS FOUND TO HAVE METH IN HER SYSTEM AT BIRTH.

CHARGING PAPERS IN THE LATEST ARREST SAY TWO CASPER POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO 1405 E. 2ND STREET AT 8:41 P.M. TUESDAY TO ASSIST PROBATION AND PAROLE AGENTS WITH THE SEARCH OF A RESIDENCE.

CARPIN HAD REPORTEDLY PROVIDED A URINE SAMPLE TO HER PROBATION AGENT, AND THAT SAMPLE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE PRESENCE OF METH. WHILE SPEAKING WITH CARPIN, THE PROBATION AGENT ALLEGEDLY FOUND A "ROACH" INSIDE A CIGARETTE PACK, WHICH CONTAINED A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA.

THE PROBATION OFFICER THEN ASKED POLICE TO ASSIST PROBATION AND PAROLE AGENTS WITH A SEARCH OF THE RESIDENCE IN AN EFFORT TO FIND ANY FURTHER DRUGS OR PARAPHERNALIA. RESIDUE OF METH AND MARIJUANA, AS WELL PARAPHERNALIA, WERE ALLEGEDLY FOUND INSIDE THE HOME.

CARPIN WAS ARRESTED ON THE DRUG CHARGES, A CONFIRMED WARRANT FOR A BOND VIOLATION AND A PROBATION HOLD.
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THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS FORGING AHEAD WITH EFFORTS TO OFFER COMPUTER SCIENCE TO EVERY K-12 STUDENT IN THE STATE.

THE AGENCY THIS WEEK ANNOUNCED THE CREATION OF BOOT UP WYOMING 2022, AN INITIATIVE TO FACILITATE THE ADDITION OF COMPUTER SCIENCE TO SCHOOL COURSES.

A NEW LAW ENACTED BY THE STATE LEGISLATURE MANDATES THAT COMPUTER SCIENCE BE TAUGHT IN EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT BY THE 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR.

STATE SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT JILLIAN BALOW SAYS EVERY STUDENT WILL LEARN BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS AND HAVE OPTIONS FOR MORE ADVANCED COURSEWORK IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN KARI EAKINS SAYS THE BOOT UP WYOMING 2022 INITIATIVE INCLUDES THREE PARTS: A COST AND NEEDS ANALYSIS IN EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT, TEACHER TRAINING AND STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT.
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JACKSON, WYO. (AP) - THE PROFESSIONAL SKIER WHO LAST WEEK WAS INJURED ON CODY PEAK REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT A HOSPITAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT.

BRYCE NEWCOMB IS BREATHING ON HIS OWN BUT REMAINS UNRESPONSIVE WITH A SEVERE BRAIN INJURY.

NEWCOMB WAS INJURED WHEN A CORNICE, OR AN OVERHANGING SNOW MASS, BROKE LOOSE AND SENT HIM TUMBLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN.

NEWCOMB, A SPONSORED SKIER, IS A REGULAR IN THE TETON BACKCOUNTRY. HE IS A JACKSON RESIDENT BUT GREW UP SKIING IN SUN VALLEY, IDAHO.

HE HAD SUCCESSFULLY SKIED THE LINE THAT FAILED HIM TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE MARCH 27 INCIDENT.

NEWCOMB WAS WEARING A HELMET, BUT HIS FRIENDS BELIEVE HE HADN'T BUCKLED IT YET BECAUSE IT FELL OFF DURING HIS FALL.