THE FEDERAL HEAD START PROGRAM FOR POOR FAMILIES WILL GET A NEW START NOW THAT THE NATRONA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES ON MONDAY APPROVED THE SALE OF THE FORMER MILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO THE TOWN OF MILLS FOR A THIRD OF ITS APPRAISED VALUE.

MARY KUGLER, AREA COORDINATOR FOR HEAD START, SAID ITS BUILDING ON WEST B STREET IS OVERCROWDED AND THE FORMER SCHOOL WILL MEET THE PROGRAM'S NEEDS FOR ITS 178 CHILDREN AND THOSE ON A WAITING LIST.

KUGLER SAID THE BUILDING WILL NEED A NEW FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM, A COMMERCIAL-QUALITY KITCHEN AND RESTROOMS.

IN THE PAST TWO YEARS, THE DISTRICT'S BOARD OF TRUSTEES HAS VOTED TO CLOSE NINE SCHOOLS AND SELL SOME OF THEM.

BUT SOME TRUSTEES BALKED AT THE TOWN OF MILLS' BID -- THE ONLY BID THE DISTRICT RECEIVED -- TO BUY THE SCHOOL FOR $75,000, FAR LESS THAN ITS APPRAISED VALUE OF $257,000.

DEBBIE MCCULLAR SAID SELLING IT WAS A BAD DECISION AND SHE PROPOSED RE-OPENING THE BIDDING PROCESS.

BUT DAVE APPLEGATE SAID THE DISTRICT SPENDS UP TO $50,000 A YEAR JUST TO MAINTAIN THE ABANDONED BUILDING, SO THE SALE EVEN AT THE CUT-RATE PRICE WAS WORTH IT.
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THE CHIEF OF THE CASPER POLICE DEPARTMENT HELPED MAKE A DRUG BUST IN DOWNTOWN CASPER ON FRIDAY, RES ULTING IN ONE MAN'S ARREST ON A NUMBER OF FELONY CHARGES.

21-YEAR-OLD ADAM SCOTT KRAFT WAS BOOKED INTO JAIL ON RECOMMENDED CHARGES OF DRIVING WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, POSSESSION OF ALPRAZOLAM AND POSSESSION OF COCAINE.

ACCORDING TO AN AFFIDAVIT, A CASPER POLICE OFFICER RESPONDED TO THE GASLIGHT SOCIAL SHORTLY BEFORE 11 P.M. FRIDAY TO ASSIST CHIEF OF POLICE KEITH MCPHEETERS WITH A DRUG INVESTIGATION.

MCPHEETERS HAD BEEN ON PATROL IN THE AREA WHEN HE SAW TWO PEOPLE GET INTO THE BACK OF A MAROON 2005 CHRYSLER PASSENGER VEHICLE. MCPHEETERS APPROACHED AND SMELLED MARIJUANA COMING FROM THE VEHICLE, AND SAW KRAFT IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT WITH THE VEHICLE'S LIGHTS TURNED ON AND THE KEYS IN THE IGNITION.

POLICE SAY KRAFT WAS OBVIOUSLY INTOXICATED.

TWO OTHER PEOPLE WHO WERE IN THE CAR WITH KRAFT TOLD POLICE THAT KRAFT WAS IN POSSESSION OF A LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA. THEY SAID THAT KRAFT HAD THE MARIJUANA WITH HIM WHEN HE PICKED THEM UP.

A SEARCH OF KRAFT'S VEHICLE ALLEGEDLY TURNED UP OVER TWO OUNCES OF MARIJUANA, FOUR ALPRAZOLAM PILLS, A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA WAX AND OVER THREE GRAMS OF COCAINE.
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A 23-YEAR-OLD OKLAHOMA WOMAN IS FACING CHARGES AFTER ALLEGEDLY TRYING TO ROB A CHEYENNE CONVENIENCE STORE BY CLAIMING SHE HAD A BOMB.

COURT RECORDS ALLEGE TALIA POAFPYBITTY TRIED TO STEAL MONEY FROM THE MAVERIK AT 1706 S. GREELEY HIGHWAY ON AUG. 4 BY PLACING A BAG ON THE COUNTER AND SAYING IT CONTAINED A BOMB.

CLERKS TOLD RESPONDING DEPUTIES THAT POAFPYBITTY SAID SHE WOULD BLOW THE STORE UP IF THEY DIDN'T GIVE HER THE MONEY.

WHEN QUESTIONED ABOUT THE THREAT, POAFPYBITTY REPORTEDLY TOLD DEPUTIES THAT SHE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE EXCITING.

POAFBYBITTY WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED ROBBERY-THREAT AND INTERFERENCE WITH A PEACE OFFICER-RESIST. IF CONVICTED ON BOTH COUNTS, SHE COULD FACE UP TO 11 YEARS IN PRISON.

POAFPYBITTY IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD IN THE LARAMIE COUNTY JAIL ON A $15,000 CASH BOND. HER PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR AUG. 15.

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CASPER, WYO. (AP) - A RECENT REPORT SAYS CARBON TECHNOLOGY COULD SUPPORT 2,600 JOBS A YEAR IN WYOMING.

A STUDY BY THE AMERICAN JOBS PROJECT, A UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY-BASED NONPARTISAN GROUP, LAYS OUT A SERIES OF SUGGESTIONS ON HOW WYOMING CAN GROW THE CARBON TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY AND ADDRESS SOME OF THE STATE'S MOST TROUBLING PROBLEMS - LIKE THE LOSS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO MOVE TO OTHER STATES.

THE REPORTS SAYS WYOMING NEEDS TO SET UP FUNDING FOR EARLY-STAGE CARBON TECHNOLOGY IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, ENCOURAGE PRIVATE INVESTORS TO JOIN A POOL OF VENTURE CAPITAL AND REWORK THE HATHAWAY SCHOLARSHIP SO THAT IT PROVIDES WYOMING STUDENT DEBT FORGIVENESS FOR WORKING IN THE STATE AFTER GRADUATION.