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A recent study found abuse in one in three foster homes, a rate consistent with other independent studies, and a much higher rate than reflected in official statistics.
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Cheyenne Man Gets 18-20 Years for Sexual Abuse of Teen
A 60-year-old Cheyenne man is headed to prison after admitting to bribing, manipulating and grooming his teenage foster daughter to have sex with him.
Laramie County District Court Judge Catherine R. Rogers on Thursday sentenced Mervin Scofield, Jr. to 18 to 20 years in prison, rejecting a plea agreement which called for a four to seven year sentence.
September 16, 2017
Wyoming makes it legal to buy food directly from your neighbors and local farm Read more at http://rare.us/story/wyoming-makes-it-legal-to-buy-food-directly-from-your-neighbors-and-local-farm/#K8WGoTg1Q0rRdcr7.99
Wyoming's governor signed a bill this week which will "stop overregulation of locally produced foods" by making it illegal for the state government to require "licensure, permitting, certification, inspection, packaging, or labeling".
In practice, this means that farmers markets and small food stands will be able to proceed without the interference of government busybodies. As the bill explains, its purpose "is to allow for the sale and consumption of homemade foods, and to encourage the expansion of agricultural sales by farmers markets, ranches, farms and home based producers."
April 17, 2015
RFID Mascot Begins Nationwide Tour To Help Alleviate Children's Fears Of Implantation
In an effort to separate myth from truth regarding the federally mandated Obamacare RFID chip implantation program, a public awareness campaign has been launched to tour in a number of public schools across our nation.
After a whimsical 30 minute cartoon following Chippie during one of his many adventures, there is a puppet show where children are encouraged to ask Chippie any questions they may have relating to the RFID chip or the implantation process. Each child leaves the exhibition with a "Chippie" stuffed doll, coloring book and several informative pamphlets for their parents to read that may assuage any lingering fears to their children receiving the device. Many of them were eager to get implanted with the chip on the spot. "It felt like a pinch", explained Doug Walker who attended a recent Chippie seminar a Carbon County, Wyoming school.
October 28, 2013
Whole Foods Finally Has a Real Competitor
Frankly, I seldom shop WFM. The main reason is because there's a locally owned and operated business in my community that sells only natural and organic food and other supplies.
NGVC was built on the premise that consumers should have access to affordable, high-quality foods and dietary supplements, with nutritional guidance to help them support their own health. The family-run store has grown into a successful national chain with locations across Colorado, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico, Montana, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska, Arizona and Oregon. Altogether, the company has 1,800 employees.
April 8, 2013
Voters in Six States Approve Measures Nullifying Federal Acts
Of those 72 hours of election coverage not one minute was devoted to reporting the results of several ballot initiatives nullifying unconstitutional acts of Congress.
Massachusetts: A substantial majority of voters (64 percent) in the Bay State voted in favor of a law "eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana, allowing patients meeting certain conditions to obtain marijuana produced and distributed by new state-regulated centers or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their own use."
November 8, 2012
VA plans medical foster homes for Wyoming veterans
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The Veterans Administration is establishing a foster care-style program in Wyoming for veterans who are unable to live at on their own but don't require nursing care.
"Unfortunately we see a lot of people going into nursing homes when, if they had a family member or caretaker, they could be able to be at home," said Irene Johnson, coordinator of the Medical Foster Home program at the Cheyenne VA.
July 16, 2012
Hikers clash with mountain lion
Ron Vining didn't think he would use the walking sticks he got for Father's Day to protect his children and himself, but that's what he did when he faced a mountin lion later that day.
Vining, of Powell, was hiking up Dead Indian Creek in Sunlight Basin Sunday with his wife, Leann, daughter and son-in-law, Alisa and Ryan Dempsey, and grandchildren Payton, Kensi, and Kanin, when a mountain lion crashed the party.
June 21, 2012
Mr. D's introduces 50 new organic products
Lander grocery shoppers now have a more affordable, certified organic line of grocery products to choose from. Mr. D's Food Center is now offering 50 new products from Natural Directions Organic.
Natural Directions Organic was started as a grassroots movement by farmers in the West interested in marketing their products to independent grocers, such as ourselves, Michelle Motherway said. "When we joined Affiliated Foods Midwest, we were able to obtain this product line, in addition to the ShurFine brand. We have 10s of 1,000s of new products now available to us."
April 24, 2012
Bills require Wyoming college vaccinations, civic duty
Most Wyoming college students would be required to get vaccinated against meningitis and those in a state scholarship program would be required to perform volunteer civic service each semester in order to remain eligible for the money.
The Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee voted 3-2 to advance Senate File 54, which would require the meningitis vaccinations for students within 30 days of enrolling at the University of Wyoming and the state's community colleges. Separately, the Senate Education Committee voted 5-0 to advance Senate File 98, which would require students receiving Hathaway scholarships perform some kind of community service.
February 21, 2012
Six Make Case to be GI's Next Judge
Six lawyers who are used to arguing cases before a judge today made the case that they should be the area's next judge. Judge David Bush retired this spring in Grand Island.
Former Hall County Attorney Jerry Janulewicz was chosen by random order to speak first. He outlined his career, which started as a foster care case worker. He didn't plan on being a lawyer, but went to law school and has worked as a prosecutor and private practice defense lawyer. He has worked with the drug court, and has civil law experience.
October 12, 2011
23-year-old Timothy Kaminski, who pleaded guilty to child rape, has an IQ of 74
GRAND RAPIDS - The attorney for 23-year-old Timothy Kaminski said his client operates with the mental capacity of a young child and did not understand the consequences of telling a cop that he violated a 3-year-old relative.
The Wyoming man pleaded guilty to raping a child, avoiding a trial that could have resulted in the child and her mother taking the stand in Kent County Circuit Court. Kaminski agreed to plead guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and faces a maximum of between 10 and 15 years in prison.
June 21, 2011
State plan fines feds $2,000 over gun rules
Wyoming has joined a growing wave of states with self-declared exemptions from federal gun regulations over weapons that are made, bought and used inside state borders only the representatives have taken the issue one step further.
According a law signed into effect yesterday by Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal, any agent of the U.S. who "enforces or attempts to enforce" federal gun rules on a "personal firearm" in Wyoming faces a felony conviction and a penalty of up to two years in prison and up to $2,000 in fines.
World Net Daily
March 13, 2010
State alleges educational neglect against mom
A Wyoming mother found guilty of educational neglect because her daughter wasn't registered in school and there were no records the family was homeschooling has been cleared after state officials discovered the daughter wasn't old enough for school.
The woman first learned of her troubles with the state when she received a letter from the Wyoming Department of Family Services stating it already had investigated her and found her guilty. "It is troubling that a social worker would place a parent on the central registry as a child abuser without ever talking to the parent, seeing the child, or even verifying what the proper compulsory attendance age is."
World Net Daily
July 15, 2009
Goshen students sue schools over drug testing
CHEYENNE -- Dozens of Goshen County families are suing their local school district over a new drug and alcohol testing policy that will require students who are in grades 7-12 and involved in extracurricular activities to agree to random drug and alcohol
Board members in Goshen County School District 1 voted 8-1 in favor of the new policy in April. Fifty-eight students plus their parents or grandparents filed suit Thursday in Goshen County District Court in Torrington. Students who don't sign a form agreeing to the testing by a company contracted by the district won't be allowed to participate in activities including sports, cheerleading, marching band and drama.
July 8, 2009
Consistency key for improving child welfare services in state
CHEYENNE -- A recently released federal review of 65 Wyoming child welfare cases shows a lack of consistent treatment.
But the analysis of child safety, permanency and well-being also shows improvement from a 2002 study. Released in the first week of June, the study also reflects efforts within the state to create more consistent services for, and treatment of, children.
Wyoming Tribune Eagle
June 27, 2009
Report lists eight ways DFS needs to improve
Cheyenne -- The Wyoming Legislature's Management Audit Committee met on Friday to consider the program evaluation draft report "Wyoming Child Protective Services."
The Management Audit Committee directed staff from the Wyoming Legislative Service Office to review how the Department of Family Services handles the nearly 8,000 reports of child abuse or neglect it receives each year.
Little Chicago Review
September 17, 2008
Mexican Nationals Face Life in Prison for Sex Trafficking Minor
Three Mexican men -- two of them illegal aliens -- face the possibility of life in prison after pleading guilty to sex trafficking a 13-year-old girl in Jackson, Wyoming.
The FBI investigation revealed that the girl was smuggled into the United States from Mexico specifically for prostitution. She was transported to Jackson through Phoenix in March 2004.
The Conservative Voice
May 14, 2007
Anti-meth effort targets tribes
Several government agencies will pay for a public awareness campaign aimed at curbing methamphetamine use on Indian reservations, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced this week.
Methamphetamine use has dramatically increased in Indian Country. Carole Lankford, vice chairwoman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana, said that more than 35 meth-affected children have been placed in her tribes' foster care system in the past four years.
Casper Star Tribune
December 3, 2006
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Jacked Up: No Where To Turn
Most states have safe haven laws on the books, permitting a new parent to drop off an infant at a local fire department or hospital without repercussions. This is a laudable service that I am certain has had a positive impact on more than one infants life over the years.
May 15, 2010