Wyoming news briefs for December 15

Gordon signs letter about Guard vaccine mandate

CHEYENNE — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon and four other Republican governors signed a letter to the Secretary of Defense on Tuesday, asserting that disciplinary directives to National Guard members serving in a state capacity “are beyond (the Secretary’s) constitutional and statutory authority.” 

In the letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, the governors note that the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed “that the National Guard is under the command and control of the governor of each state, unless those members are called to active service under Title 10.” 

The letter asks the Secretary to reconsider directives that dictate whether training can occur, setting punishment requirements and requiring separation from a state’s National Guard for refusing to be COVID-19 vaccinated. 

“Under Title 32 duty status, the Wyoming National Guard is under my command and control,” Gordon said in a news release. “These directives are an overreach of the federal government’s authority.” 

Joining Gordon in signing the letter were Gov. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska, Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa, Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi, Gov. Mike Dunleavy of Alaska and Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma.


33rd Annual 2Shot Goose Hunt a success

TORRINGTON — The 33rd annual 2Shot Goose Hunt took place Dec. 10 and 11, where hunters Brady Koerwitz and Chad Craig won first place.

Nearly 400 people came to support the 2Shot Goose Hunt for the banquet and auction Saturday night, including Governor Mark Gordon and First Lady Jennie Gordon and other state officials. 

On the second Saturday of each December, approximately 40 teams of two hunters and one guide go out to hunt geese in the self-proclaimed “premier hunting event” of Goshen County. 

Local landowners volunteer their land for the hunt. Each hunter has two shots to bag the biggest geese they can in an allotted amount of time. The team with the most geese (or heaviest in the case of a tie) wins. 

As volunteers tallied the results of the hunt, Mike McNamee of McNamee Auctions led the live auction. Items donated for the auction ranged from art by local artist Kelsea Vaughan, a signed copy of Box’s new book, several fishing and hunting trips and a custom-made gun by We at herby and a tour of the Weatherby facility sold to Governor Gordon before he donated it back to be resold. 

Money raised from the live auction and silent auction go to education programs on hunting safety as well as conservation efforts in Goshen County. The 2Shot Goose Hunt also sponsors three scholarships for students at Eastern Wyoming College every year.

The 2Shot Goose Hunt began in 1987 as an initiative by Goshen Economic Development to bring hunters and other visitors to Goshen County.


Man sentenced for restraining woman with forceful hug, suggestive comments

JACKSON — A Teton County man was sentenced to unsupervised probation and a $970 fine Nov. 8 after holding a woman against her will while saying that he wanted to touch her.

The incident happened May 4 outside of the Stagecoach Bar when Jefferson L. Selleck approached a woman and opened his arms for a hug, police were told.

When the woman, who had worked with Selleck decades before, went in for the hug, Selleck grabbed her, pressed his body against hers, made suggestive comments and did not let her go when she asked for him to release her, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The woman then tried to break free from his grasp but could not, leading her to shout for her coworker, the affidavit states. When her coworker came, Selleck released her.

She later confronted Selleck and said he assaulted her, to which he said, “it wasn’t like that,” the affidavit states.

The following day she called the Teton County Sheriff’s Office and reported the incident, telling deputies that it caused her to feel hurt, sick, shaky and have a raised heart rate.

Selleck, who Sheriff’s Office deputies later contacted, said the hug was mutual, admitted he made suggestive comments and conceded that he delayed letting her out of his grasp because he didn’t realize what was going on, the affidavit states.

At his Teton County Circuit Court sentencing hearing Nov. 8, Selleck admitted that he pleaded guilty to breach of peace but added, “I wholly dispute what happened. Her account of it is fabricated.”

“Physically, I was sore the next day and the day after that,” the woman said at the sentencing.