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Wyoming delegates unsurprised Cruz didn't endorse Trump

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming delegates to the Republican National Convention say they're not surprised Ted Cruz didn't endorse Donald Trump but disagree whether he should have.

Twenty-three of Wyoming's 29 national GOP delegates are Cruz supporters. Only one pledged to vote for Trump.

Cruz delegate Jeff Hymas of Star Valley says not endorsing Trump was completely in character for Cruz. He says he's glad Cruz stuck to his principles.

Delegate Tammy Hooper of Laramie says she's not surprised Cruz didn't endorse Trump but thinks Cruz on some level should have urged support for the GOP nominee.

Instead, Cruz urged the convention-goers to "vote your conscience" this fall.

Wyoming Republican Party Chairman Matt Micheli (MY'-kel-eye) declined to weigh in on Cruz but said opposition to Hillary Clinton will unify the GOP.

Bondurant evacuation lifted in western Wyoming wildfire

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A wildfire burning about 20 miles west of Dubois has doubled in size, forcing evacuation of sparsely populated areas.

The fire in the Shoshone National Forest has charred nearly 2 square miles after making a big run on Wednesday.

Officials say they don't have a number on the residences evacuated Thursday. The area has mostly small rural subdivisions and ranches.

A fire burning in the neighboring Bridger-Teton National Forest north of the Sublette County community of Bondurant has grown to nearly 16 square miles.

People evacuated earlier this week from rural areas near Bondurant are allowed to return to their homes Thursday morning, but evacuation orders remain in effect in Teton County and a 40-mile stretch of U.S. 191/189 remains closed because of the fire.

Ex-Rawlins teacher found guilty of sex abuse charges

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — A former Rawlins Middle School teacher has been convicted of sexually assaulting two girls.

The Daily Times reports that 34-year-old Jonathon Moser was found guilty Thursday of sexual abuse of a minor in Carbon County. He faces additional sex abuse charges in Converse County related to alleged incidents that occurred while he taught at Glenrock High School.

Moser had been a special education teacher and girls volleyball coach at the Rawlins school from 2014 to 2015. He's accused of sexually assaulting two former students of the middle school.

Moser's attorney had questioned the victims' credibility during the trial, which began Tuesday. He said the two girls had several opportunities to report Moser to school officials and authorities over the course of a year but didn't.

Grizzly cub killed by car on highway in northwest Wyoming

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A grizzly bear cub has died after being struck by vehicle on a northwest Wyoming highway, marking the third grizzly in the ecosystem to be killed by a vehicle this year.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports that the female cub was killed Wednesday just west of Togwotee Pass on Highway 26/287.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department large carnivore conflict coordinator Brian DeBolt says Togwotee Pass averages about one grizzly killed a year by vehicles.

UW athletics gets record amount of donations

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Donors contributed a record $204 million to University of Wyoming athletics in the 2015-16 fiscal year that concluded on June 30.

Over 4,500 donors contributed to the UW athletics annual fund, as well as to capital projects. Over 500 additional individuals contributed through special fundraising events held this past year.

The previous fundraising record for Wyoming Athletics was $12.8 million set in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

The $44 million Mick and Susie McMurry High Altitude Performance Center has attracted eight donations of $1 million or more.

Construction is scheduled to begin on the center later this year.