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Around Wyoming brings you news from around the state, keeping you informed with brief updates of stories you may have missed.

Thursday, March 17

The Sublette County Sheriff's Office announced K9 Wojtek retired last week following nine years of service between the sheriff's office and the State of Wyoming. The Sublette Examiner reports that Wojtek performed protective security sweeps for dignitaries, including the governor, members of Congress, U.S. Cabinet members, former U.S. presidents and other bureaucrats. He will now live out his retirement with Det. Travis Lanning.

The Gillette News Record writes a group of locals rescued 45 cats that were abandoned in a trailer by their owners in mid-January. The group found new homes for 30 of them and the local animal shelter took in the rest.

A University of Wyoming student earned a national title in Nordic skiing last week in Lake Placid, New York. According to a UW press release, John Henry Paluszek is the overall individual points leader in the Rocky Mountain Conference. This helped the Cowboys move into third place at the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association's Collegiate National Championships.

According to Oil City News, a new documentary tells the story of a Casper ultramarathoner as he competed in the "Grand Slam," a series of four of the oldest 100-mile foot races in the United States. "CHASING 400: The Grand Slam of Ultrarunning" contains footage from the races themselves as well as interviews from before and after each race and the experiences of the race support crews. It premieres March 19 in Casper and online.

Ivy started as a science news intern in the summer of 2019 and has been hooked on broadcast since. She was supported by the Wyoming EPSCoR Summer Science Journalism Internship program. In the spring of 2020, she virtually graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in biology with minors of journalism and business. She continues to spread her love of science, wildlife, and the outdoors with her stories. When she’s not writing for WPR, she enjoys baking, reading, playing with her dog, and caring for her many plants.