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UW STRATEGIC PLAN

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A University of Wyoming official says the school's new strategic plan could be in place by July 1.

The Laramie Boomerang reported Sunday Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Kate Miller set the time estimate Thursday after the first town hall meeting on a draft of the plan.

The draft sets goals that include increasing student recruitment, improving collaboration with community colleges and K-12 schools and boosting research funding and private contributions.

The draft was written by a Strategic Planning Leadership Council after public meetings around Wyoming and on campus.

After public comment, the draft might be revised before it's presented for consideration by UW's Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and the Associated Students of UW.

It then will go to the UW Board of Trustees for final approval.

RIVERTON SCHOOL CUTS

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — The Riverton school district has identified teaching and coaching positions it will cut because of reductions in state funding.

The Riverton Ranger reported Friday that Superintendent Terry Snyder expects a total reduction of 20 jobs, but unexpectedly high numbers of resignations and retirements in recent weeks could mean only about four or five employees will be laid off.

The district will see a 3 percent budget reduction because of funding cuts by the state Legislature and an additional 0.5 percent reduction because of declining enrollment.

Cuts include assistant coaches in football, boys' basketball, golf, wrestling and girls' swimming.

CHEYENNE SHOOTING-SENTENCING

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A man charged with killing his former girlfriend and shooting her boyfriend in Cheyenne two years ago has been sentenced to at least 90 years in prison.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Daniel Guajardo was sentenced Friday after he pleaded guilty to reduced charges of second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder before he was set to go to trial in December.

Guajardo shot and killed Janessa Spencer and wounded her boyfriend after breaking into the woman's Cheyenne home in 2015.

Guajardo's attorney had argued for a shorter sentence, saying his client suffers from mental illness.

But prosecutors pointed to the severity of the crime and said Guajardo killed Spencer because she ended their relationship.

The judge gave Guajardo 45 years to life for Spencer's killing, followed by another 45 years to life for trying to kill her boyfriend.

BAR BURNING DEATH-INVESTIGATION

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming authorities are turning to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations for help answering questions about the mysterious case of a woman who burned to death in 2015 at the bar she owned.

The Rawlins Times reports that the 2015 death of 47-year-old Denise King Martinez remains a mystery. Martinez caught fire at the County 6 Bar and Grill and died from her injuries two days later.

The exact cause of death, or what caused the fire in the first place, haven't been announced.

Rawlins Police Chief Troy Palmer says the Wyoming Crime Lab has turned over some evidence dispatched to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations for review. Palmer had no guess how long the Colorado review might take.

Rawlins Police have treated the case as a homicide.

JACKSON-MORE SNOW

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's season is ending this weekend. But the resort has already turned its attention to the next season of fluffy stuff.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the resort has asked Teton County for permission to install an 18-inch water line to pump up the snowmaking for next season.

The resort says the addition would take its snowmaking system from 4,000 gallons of water per minute to 6,500 gallons of water per minute.

The pipeline would be connected to the resort's primary pump house, on the lower part of the mountain.

The utility permit goes before the Teton County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. If approved, work is scheduled to start this spring and the new system will be ready to roll by November.

GRIZZLY BEARS-DELISTING

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The timeline on the proposed delisting of the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem remains unclear for now.

Jodi Bush is the supervisor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Montana Ecological Field Office.

Bush tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that the timeline for publishing the final rule for delisting the grizzly is unclear in part because of the transition of presidential administrations and reviews at the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Fish and Wildlife first issued a proposal to delist Yellowstone-area grizzlies in spring 2016.

Grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem have been managed under the protective rules of the Endangered Species Act since 1975, with the exception of a two-year hiatus in the late 2000s.