South Cheyenne schools locked down due to weapon report

At 5 p.m. Thursday, Johnson Junior High, South High and Rossman Elementary schools went into lockdown due to a report that a person was in the vicinity with a weapon.

The Cheyenne Police Department apprehended the individual, and the lockdown was lifted at 5:22 p.m.

Students, staff and fans who were at South and Johnson to attend activities remained safe, according to a news release from Laramie County School District 1.

Remember, if you see something, say something and report it to a school official or law enforcement. The Safe2Tell Wyoming hotline, 844-WYO-SAFE, is also available to report incidents that do not involve imminent danger.

Injured Marine heads home to Wisconsin after local crash

A U.S. Marine veteran who was injured here last month in a motorcycle crash is going back to Wisconsin.

Tim Schlesner will head back to get treatment at the VA in Madison, Wisconsin, after spending several weeks in Cheyenne and being transferred to the local VA hospital, according to Rick Sherard, the local Marine Corps League’s commandant.

The Schlesners had to stop in Cheyenne after a semi-truck cut them off on Interstate 80 near mile marker 367 in Laramie County.

Tim Schlesner, a retired Marine and Desert Storm veteran, was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, cracked vertebra in his neck and spine, a punctured lung and road rash. His wife also was injured.

Local veterans groups and community members rushed to their aid, donating money, food, rental cars, cooking supplies and more.

Sherard said the group was able to raise $3,824 for the family and kicked in $500 from their group to help them as they headed home this week.

“They could not express their gratitude,” Sherard said Thursday at a meeting of the Marine Corps League’s Ed Herschler detachment. “We had a great outpouring of support.”

Sherard said as of Thursday, Tim Schlesner still had a trachea tube that is capped. He is now able to eat pureed food.

He said that while the Schlesners are happy to be headed back to their home state, they hoped to visit Cheyenne again in the future, possibly during Cheyenne Frontier Days.

City to hold town hall meeting covering 2018 code adoption

The City of Cheyenne Building Safety Department, in conjunction with Cheyenne Fire and Rescue, will host a town hall meeting to kick off the 2018 code adoptions proceedings.

The town hall meeting will start at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the Community Room at the Cheyenne Public Safety Center, 415 W. 18th St.

Builders, designers and anyone interested in learning about changes in the building codes are encouraged to attend. There will be a presentation and question/answer session to discuss any changes. This is an opportunity to voice any comments or concerns regarding any new changes in the building and fire codes, as well as proposed changes to current code amendments adopted by the city for the 2015 codes.

This information will also be available on the city’s website,, on the main page by clicking on “2018 Code Adoptions.” This link will have all the new 2018 codes for viewing and the updates for significant changes prepared by the International Code Council.

Call the building department at 307-637-6265 if you plan to attend and let staff know how many people will attend.

Habitat ReStore to host paint roundup and recycling event

Cheyenne’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore has teamed up with GreenSheen Paint for a one-day latex paint roundup 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 1721 Ames Ave.

There is a recycling fee of $3 per gallon. GreenSheen also recycles paint containers. For every gallon of paint recycled, approximately 0.9 pounds of steel is recycled.

For more information about the roundup, call 307-637-8067 or visit

Group to host Ladies Night offering free mammograms

The Cheyenne Radiology Group is hosting a Ladies Night, offering manicures, massages and free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women.

Food and drinks will also be made available. The event is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at 2003 Bluegrass Circle.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Barb Lawyer at 307-633-6863.

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Senators work to reauthorize Congressional Awards

U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., introduced legislation Wednesday to reauthorize the Congressional Awards program, the United States Congress’ award for young Americans.  

“The Congressional Award is a wonderful program that rewards students across the country for volunteerism and personal development,” Enzi said in a news release. “Every year, I am amazed by the kids from Wyoming that work so hard to earn these prestigious awards. Last year, Wyoming students accounted for nearly 10 percent of all those Congressional Gold Medalists. I am proud to introduce the reauthorization of this program.”

Barrasso added: “This award isn’t something anyone selects you for – it is something you earn through your own perseverance and sacrifice. It’s been my privilege to witness the success of this program, both in Wyoming and around the country. Senator Enzi and I will work to make sure this incredible program continues to be around for a long time.”   

First introduced by Wyoming Senator Malcolm Wallop in 1979, the nonpartisan and voluntary program is open to everyone ages 13½ to 23. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration.

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