Wyoming News Briefs
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Concerns raised by the American Civil Liberties Union aren’t budging Jackson officials to do away with a public prayer said over a loudspeaker before the town’s summertime rodeo. Mayor Mark Barron says the council doesn’t plan further changes to the prayer. The Town Council didn’t take up the prayer at its meeting Monday. The ACLU wrote town officials last month, saying some rodeo attendees felt pressured to participate in the prayer. The prayer had mentioned the Bible and Jesus Christ. The ACLU claimed violation of separation of church and state.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Police in Cheyenne say a driver ran into a woman and her 7-month-old baby at an intersection before leaving the scene. Police spokesman Dan Long says the 26-year-old woman and the infant were taken to a nearby hospital. Their condition and identities weren’t released. The woman was hit while crossing the street around 2 p.m. Tuesday in downtown Cheyenne. Police say they’re looking for a white male who was driving a dark-colored, four-door, mid-sized car.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal land managers have identified the wide range of issues that must be addressed to move forward with a proposal to establish a wild horse ecosanctuary over 820 square miles of northeast Nevada. The Bureau of Land Management issued a 228-page public scoping document on Tuesday that will be used to develop a range of alternatives for the plans by Madeline Pickens and Saving America’s Mustangs to develop the ecosanctuary about 25 miles southeast of Wells. The idea is to give visitors an up close look at free-roaming mustangs while at the same time ease the need for BLM to remove horses from the range and ship them to costly holding facilities, mostly in the Midwest.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Laramie police say a bar fight led to the injury that has kept Wyoming senior guard Luke Martinez from playing. Cmdr. Mitchell Cushman tells the Casper Star-Tribune that the 22-year-old Martinez was among several people involved in a fight at the Buckhorn Bar around 2:30 a.m. Dec. 30. He says no criminal charges are expected. He didn’t have details on how the fight started. Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt had said Martinez would be out indefinitely after breaking his right ring finger in an off-campus incident, but details weren’t disclosed. Martinez was the Cowboys’ starting shooting guard.