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Judge: Claims against principal, school can move forward

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled a lawsuit filed after a Cheyenne teacher was sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting a young student can go to trial.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (bit.ly/2i8Hbt5) U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl did grant a motion late last month to dismiss some parts of the claim brought by the boy's guardian, but allowed claims that Freedom Elementary Principal Chad Delbridge and Laramie County School District officials failed to protect the boy.

The lawsuit argues other teachers complained to Delbridge about Anna Andersen's inappropriate relationship with the 12-year-old boy beginning in the fall of 2012. Delbridge reportedly spoke with Andersen several times, but did not contact the boy's guardian.

Andersen pleaded no contest to two counts of sexual abuse of a minor and was sentenced in August 2015 to eight to 12 years in prison.

Skiers rescued from Grand Teton after night in snow cave

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Rangers rescued three backcountry skiers in Grand Teton National Park after the skiers got lost and spent the night in a snow cave.

Park officials said Monday that the three men became disoriented after leaving Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on Christmas Eve intending to ski in Bridger-Teton National Forest.

They ended up in an area of the park known as Granite Valley. One of the men texted his girlfriend after nightfall and said they needed help.

Park officials decided to wait until morning to rescue the men after determining they could dig a snow cave and build a fire.

On Christmas morning, a pair of rangers joined by two members of Jackson Hole's ski patrol followed the skiers' tracks to find them and escort them out.

No one was injured.

Government appeals ruling against Bureau of Indian Affairs

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Government attorneys have appealed a federal judge's ruling that blocked the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs from giving funds intended to benefit the Northern Arapaho Tribe to the Shoshone Business Council.

The Northern Arapaho Tribe and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe share the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming.

The tribes had managed their affairs under a joint business council for decades before the Northern Arapaho pulled out two years ago.

The Northern Arapaho later sued, saying the BIA gave money intended to benefit both tribes to the Shoshone Business Council.

In October, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Billings required contracts for the reservation to have approval from both tribes. Justice Department attorneys representing the BIA last week appealed the ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Alpenhof in Jackson listed on historic register

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Alpenhof Lodge in Jackson Hole is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The lodge is one of the few original properties in Teton Village that have endured as other resorts, private homes and condos have exploded over the years.

Katherine Wonson, of the Teton County Historic Preservation Board, tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that the lodge exemplifies the early years of Teton Village and the history of Jackson Hole skiing.

The Alpenhof Lodge is architecturally similar to alpine-style lodges in Europe.

Wyoming's homeless population has grown

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's homeless population has grown during the slowdown in energy development.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the number of homeless families in Wyoming increased by 14.1 percent from January 2015 to January 2016.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (bit.ly/2iaMQRZ) local agencies participate in a homeless census on a single night in January. The agencies found 857 people were homeless in January 2016, a 48 percent increase from 2010. Most — 491 — were living in transitional or emergency housing programs. The remaining 366 were considered unsheltered because they were living in inadequate conditions such as cars or parks.

HUD recently awarded a $291,000 grant that will be split among five homeless support programs in Wyoming. HUD Wyoming field office director Lyle Konkol says the money will be used for housing and other services.