Keith McPheeters

Keith McPheeters attends a news conference in early December at Casper City Hall where he was named the city's new police chief. McPheeters said he is taking recent complaints about how the police department handles sexual assault complaints seriously.

Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune

Key changes

Police chief Keith McPheeters is aiming to improve how the department handles sexual assault cases. Assault survivors have been increasingly vocal over the past year about their criticisms of the process and the attitude of officers. McPheeters acknowledged that the department can do better for survivors of assault. Four officers attended a training in Phoenix last month aimed at improving how officers handle sexual assault cases. Those officers will then host workshops to train the rest of the department. It’s great to see the new chief is already listening to the needs of the community he serves.

Going for gold

Three women from Wyoming will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The three skiers are Jackson-area natives. Gold medals from any of the three would be a historic victory for Wyoming – no female skier from the state has ever won a gold medal.

Shoes to fill

The district had made its recommendation for Kelly Walsh principal Brad Diller’s replacement. Mike Britt, principal and Centennial Junior High outlined his plans for utilizing the new facility explain at Kelly Walsh and increasing awareness and attendance at Pathways Innovation Center. He also said that addressing bullying will be a priority. The board of trustees will vote on the recommendation on Monday night.

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