CASPER RESIDENT DALE ZIMMERLE TOLD CASPER CITY COUNCIL LAST WEEK THAT IT IS ACTING UNCONSTITUTIONALLY BECAUSE IT PROHIBITS PEOPLE FROM BRINGING GUNS INTO COUNCIL MEETINGS, WHEREAS CHEYENNE ALLOWS THAT.

HOWEVER, THE LEGAL QUESTION ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENENING IN CHEYENNE REMAINS TO BE RESOLVED, AND REGARDLESS OF THAT, A COUNCIL MEMBER SAID THE BAN IS NOT UNCONSTITUTIONAL NOR UNREASONABLE.

IN CHEYENNE, ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY LOGAN SHARPE SAID HIS CITY HAS NOT ENACTED A FORMAL BAN ON FIREARMS, BUT ITS UNIQUE BECAUSE ITS MUNICIPAL COURT USES ITS CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS FOR MUNICIPAL COURT HEARINGS.

SHARPE SAID STATE LAW PROHIBITS PEOPLE FROM BRINGING FIREARMS INTO COURTROOMS, BUT THERE'S A LEGAL QUESTION WHETHER THE COURT PROHIBITION EXTENDS TO CHEYENNE'S CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS

IN CASPER, COUNCIL MEMBER AND FORMER NATRONA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE MIKE HUBER ACKNOWLEDGED DALE ZIMMERLE'S RESPECT FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, BUT THE WYOMING CONSTITUTION'S LANGUAGE ABOUT FIREARMS DOESN'T MEAN PEOPLE CAN BRING GUNS WHEREVER THEY WANT.

HUBER SAID THE COUNCIL HAS AN OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR EVERYBODY WHO ENTERS THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, JUST LIKE COURTS HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE SAFETY.

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CASPER POLICE ON THURSDAY ARRESTED A WOMAN WHO ALLEGEDLY FAKED HER OWN KIDNAPPING IN ORDER TO EXTORT MONEY FROM HER FATHER.

25-YEAR-OLD ALYSHA ANN DAHL WAS BOOKED INTO JAIL ON RECOMMENDED CHARGES OF BLACKMAIL AND INTERFERENCE.

CHARGING PAPERS SAY POLICE WERE CONTACTED AFTER DAHL'S FATHER RECEIVED TEXT MESSAGES FROM SOMEONE WHO IDENTIFIED THEMSELVES AS "BOOGEYMAN." THE TEXT MESSAGES CAME FROM DAHL'S PHONE.

THE FATHER WAS TOLD THAT HIS DAUGHTER HAD BEEN KIDNAPPED, AND $350 WAS THE PRICE FOR HER FREEDOM. BUT, IF HE SENT $130 VIA WESTERN UNION, HE COULD AT LEAST SPEAK WITH DAHL OVER THE PHONE. "BOOGEYMAN" LATER TEXTED THAT FOR $80, DAHL COULD HAVE ACCESS TO HER PHONE, BUT $130 WOULD BE THE PRICE FOR HER RELEASE.

POLICE HAD THE PHONE COMPANY "PING" DAHL'S PHONE -- IT WAS LOCATED AT AN ADDRESS IN THE 1200 BLOCK OF POPLAR, WHERE A FRIEND OF DAHL'S LIVED AND WHERE DAHL WOULD REGULARLY STAY.

AN INVESTIGATING CASPER POLICE SERGEANT FELT THAT THE WHOLE SITUATION SEEMED STRANGE -- MOST NOTABLY, THE FACT THAT THE DOLLAR AMOUNTS WHICH "BOOGEYMAN" HAD ASKED FOR MATCHED WITH THE STREET PRICES FOR ONE-HALF GRAM, ONE GRAM AND ONE-EIGHTH OF AN OUNCE OF METHAMPHETAMINE.

THE SERGEANT ALSO HAD INFORMATION THAT DAHL WAS AN ACTIVE METHAMPHETAMINE USER AND WAS INVOLVED IN SALES OF METHAMPHETAMINE.

DAHL, WHEN CONTACTED AT A HOME IN THE 1200 BLOCK OF POPLAR, ALLEGEDLY ADMITTED THAT SHE HAD FAKED THE KIDNAPPING IN ORDER TO
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ROCK SPRINGS, WYO. (AP) - COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IN SOUTHWEST WYOMING HAVE GRANTED A CONDITIONAL-USE PERMIT TO BUILD THE FIRST MAJOR COMMERCIAL SOLAR ENERGY PROJECT IN THE STATE.

THE ROCK SPRINGS ROCKET-MINER REPORTS THE SWEETWATER COUNTY COMMISSION VOTED TUESDAY TO ALLOW SWEETWATER SOLAR LLC TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE 80-MEGAWATT SOLAR FARM, WHICH WILL GENERATE ENOUGH ELECTRICITY FOR 12,000 HOMES.

THE PROJECT AREA OF SOLAR PANELS, ROADS, POWER LINES AND OTHER FACILITIES WOULD ENCOMPASS ABOUT A SQUARE MILE (2.6 SQ. KILOMETERS) OF PUBLIC LAND. SWEETWATER SOLAR IS A SUBSIDIARY OF THE LARGE SOUTH KOREAN CONGLOMERATE HANWHA GROUP.

OTHER SOLAR INSTALLATIONS IN WYOMING FEED ELECTRICITY ONTO THE GRID, BUT NONE IS CLOSE TO THIS BIG.
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CHEYENNE POLICE ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP IN THEIR INVESTIGATION INTO A HIT-AND-RUN THAT OCCURRED AT CARL'S JR. ON MAY 8.

OFFICER KEVIN MALATESTA SAYS A HISPANIC MALE WITH A GOATEE DRIVING A PURPLE FORD RANGER STRUCK A VEHICLE IN THE PARKING LOT AND DROVE OFF.

"WE BELIEVE THAT THE FORD RANGER HAS SOME MINOR DAMAGE TO THE FRONT DRIVER'S SIDE OF THE VEHICLE," MALATESTA ADDED.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE HIT-AND-RUN IS ASKED TO TO CALL CRIME STOPPERS SILENT WITNESS AT (307) 638-TIPS. CALLERS WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CASH REWARD OF UP TO $1,000.