A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF THE CITY OF CASPER PLEADED NOT GUILTY IN NATRONA COUNTY DISTRICT COURT ON FRIDAY TO STEALING MORE THAN $19,000 FROM THE CITY.

THIRTY-EIGHT-YEAR-OLD HEATHER MARIE KIRKENDALL ENTERED THE PLEA TO THE SOLE COUNT OF FELONY LARCENY DURING HER ARRAIGNMENT BEFORE DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DANIEL FORGEY.
THE CASE BEGAN NOVEMBER 15TH WHEN THE CITY'S FINANCIAL SERVICE DIRECTOR THOMAS PITLICK MET WITH TWO AGENTS WITH THE WYOMING DIVISION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AND TOLD THEM HE REVIEWED THE RECEIPTS FOR THE PURCHASE OF PERMITS FROM THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, WHERE KIRKENDALL WAS EMPLOYED.

THE CITY GAVE THE RECEIPT BOOKS AND RECEIPT DAILY WORKSHEETS FROM DECEMBER 2014 TO OCTOBER 2017 TO THE DCI AGENTS, WHO BEGAN FINDING DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN THE BOOKS AND WORKSHEETS FROM MAY 2016 TO OCTOBER 2017.

THE AGENTS FOUND 187 INSTANCES WHERE RECEIPTS ISSUED DID NOT MATCH THE RECEIPTS FOR THE DAILY WORKSHEETS, AND KIRKENDALL WAS THE EMPLOYEE WHO COUNTED, SIGNED AND SEALED THE CURRENCY BAG FOR MONEY RECEIVED BY THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

MORE THAN $19,400 WAS NOT ACCOUNTED FOR IN THOSE RECEIPTS.

THE CITY'S HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT SAYS KIRKENDALL LEFT THE CITY'S EMPLOY ON NOVEMBER 30TH.

SHE REMAINS FREE ON BOND, AND A TRIAL DATE WILL BE SET LATER.

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CASPER FIRE-EMS PUT OUT A SMALL FIRE AT THE EASTRIDGE MALL EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.
DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN PATRICK MCJUNKIN SAID FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO THE CALL ABOUT MIDNIGHT AND FOUND A FIRE IN A STORAGE CLOSET AREA OF A RESTAURANT AT THE BUILDING, GAINED ENTRY TO THE BUILDING, AND PUT IT OUT.

THERE WERE NO OCCUPANTS IN THE BUILDING, AND NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

BEFORE FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED, A SINGLE HEAD IN THE FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM WAS ACTIVATED IN THE BUILDING, AND THAT CONTROLLED THE FIRE AND MINIMIZED THE DAMAGE.

THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED YET AND THE INCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

LIKEWISE, A DAMAGE ESTIMATE TO THE BUILDING AND ITS CONTENTS HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED.
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MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WYO. (AP) - YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK HAS BEGUN OFFERING DIGITAL ANNUAL AND SEVEN-DAY VISITOR PASSES...

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LARAMIE, WYO. (AP) - THE NEW NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND CULTURAL CENTER IS THE MOST VISIBLE INITIATIVE ENACTED SINCE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING PRESIDENT LAURIE NICHOLS TOOK OFFICE IN MAY 2016 AND BEGAN CONCERTED EFFORTS TO ATTRACT AND SUPPORT NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENTS.

THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE FREQUENT VISITS TO THE WIND RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION. SHE'S ALSO ESTABLISHED A NATIVE AMERICAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO COUNSEL HER ON THE UNIVERSITY'S RELATIONSHIP WITH NATIVE STUDENTS AND THE RESERVATION'S TWO TRIBES.

THE LARAMIE BOOMERANG REPORTS THAT IN JUNE, UW HOSTED A PROGRAM THAT BROUGHT NATIVE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO CAMPUS FOR A WEEKLONG PREVIEW OF COLLEGE LIFE. IN DECEMBER, UW HIRED ITS FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN PROGRAM ADVISER.

ENROLLED NORTHERN ARAPAHO STUDENT STEPHIN LITTLESHIELD SAYS WHAT NICHOLS HAS ACHIEVED IN A SHORT TIME IS IMPRESSIVE.

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CANADIAN BLOCKCHAIN COMPANY BLOCKCRUSHR LABS HAS OPENED ITS FIRST WYOMING OFFICE.
BLOCKCRUSHR LABS DEVELOPS AND COMMERCIALIZES THE NEW BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY.

THE COMPANY OPENED ITS OFFICE IN CHEYENNE JUST BEFORE THE STATE LEGISLATURE CONVENES TO CONSIDER PROPOSALS THAT WOULD ENCOURAGE MORE SUCH BUSINESSES TO OPERATE IN THE STATE.

THE COMPANY HAS FILED FOR A WYOMING SUBSIDIARY, BLOCKCRUSHR WYOMING, LLC.

FOUNDED IN APRIL 2016, THE COMPANY'S LEADING PRODUCT IS TOKENCLUB, A MONTHLY INITIAL COIN OFFERINGS SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE.
SIMILAR TO A KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN, INITIAL COIN OFFERINGS USE BLOCKCHAIN-BASED TOKENS, OR CRYPTOCURRENCY, TO RAISE MONEY FOR VARIOUS CAUSES.

THIS CAN BE USED TO ENSURE FUNDS ARE GOING TO THEIR INTENDED DESTINATION.

BLOCKCHAIN IS A PLACE TO SECURELY STORE DOCUMENTS, INFORMATION OR CRYPTOCURRENCY.