Wyoming digest

Sep 8, 2017 From wire reports

Judge asked to remove outfitter's animals

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- A Teton County prosecutor is asking a judge to take away all animals belonging to a Wyoming outfitter and hunting guide until an animal cruelty case against him is resolved.

Forest Stearns was cited for animal cruelty Aug. 25 by the Teton County Sheriff's Office after a person accused him of tying down a horse for at least three hours before the animal died. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Deputy Prosecutor Becket Hinckley filed a motion Thursday asking the judge to order that Forest Stearns does not have possession, custody or control of any animals while the case is pending. It is unclear how many animals Stearns owns.

A trial will likely be scheduled four months from now.

Wyoming man dies after kayaking accident

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) -- A 22-year-old Wyoming man has died after his kayak capsized in a lake in Gillette.

Police Sgt. Kelly Alger says Anthony Jackle capsized on Monday and swam to an island. However, when he tried to get back in the kayak he lost his balance and fell into deeper water.

Another man swam out to help. Alger says when the man reached Jackle he was panicking so the rescuer had to release Jackle until he stopped panicking.

The rescuer swam to shore with Jackle, who was not breathing. Emergency responders performed CPR and Jackle was taken to a hospital in Denver. Alger says Jackle was removed from life support on Tuesday.

Slight increase seen in ACT averages

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- Students who graduated from Wyoming high schools earlier this year scored an average of 20.2 on the ACT college entrance test.

That is a slight increase from the 20.0 average recorded by the 2016 graduating class.

State schools Superintendent Jillian Balow says the ACT is one of the measures that helps educators see how well they are preparing our students.

Balow notes that Wyoming is in the top half of states that give the ACT to all of students.

Wyoming law requires all students to take the ACT as high school juniors. The results released Thursday represent the most recent score for students that graduated in 2017.

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