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Wyoming requiring citizenship proof from naturalized voters

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Secretary of State's Office has alerted county clerks to require an undetermined number of people to provide proof of citizenship before allowing them to vote.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the state alerted the Teton County Clerk's Office to 59 people early this year. The clerk's office has notified them to provide citizenship confirmation before voting.

Isabel Zumel, an advocate for Teton County's Latino community, has informed Secretary of State Ed Murray the move deterred some voting in the August primary election.

State Election Director Kai Schon says the state identified people whose driver's license data showed they were originally classified as non-residents, temporary aliens or resident aliens. He says he doesn't know the total number, but says some subsequently may have become naturalized citizens.

UW grants record number of degrees in 2015-16

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming granted a record 2,860 degrees in the past academic year.

The number is 60 more than the previous record set in the 2011-12 academic year and includes an all-time high of 2,159 bachelor's degrees.

University officials say the increases reflect the college's efforts to improve student retention and completion.

UW President Laurie Nichols says as the university increases its efforts to enroll more students and help them succeed, the number of graduates is expected to continue rising.

UW's fall enrollment record was set in fall semester 2012, when nearly 14,000 students were enrolled. Since then, UW's freshman retention rate has increased from 73.9 percent to 76.4 percent, and its five-year graduation rate has gone from 60.6 percent to 62.2 percent.

Wyoming's Mystery Lake to remain free of fish

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials have abandoned plans to restock a small, naturally fishless lake in hopes of protecting amphibians.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that Mystery Lake was dosed with the fish poison rotenone this summer. Wyoming officials initially proposed restocking the lake with native Snake River cutthroat trout but decided against that plan.

Game and Fish Regional Fisheries Supervisor Rob Gipson says the department accomplished its main goal of removing the exotic rainbow trout.

Comments from wilderness advocates appear to have played a role in changing the department's plan. Wilderness Watch, the Wyoming Wilderness Association and conservation biologist Debra Patla told officials that keeping the lake fishless could help populations of Columbia spotted and boreal chorus frogs.