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science competition

Cimarron, Coronado rank in robotics meet

A robotics competition at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, concluded Saturday with local teams Cimarron-Memorial High School making it to the final round and Coronado High School competing in the semifinals.

The three team-alliance of Bellarmine College Prep from San Jose, Calif., North Brunswick Township High School from New Jersey, and Salt Lake County 4H from Utah won the championship.

Tehachapi High School from Tehachapi, Calif., took home the Regional Chairman’s Award for best overall performance.

Tehachapi and the winners from the three-team alliance are eligible to advance to the FIRST Robotics world championship in Atlanta on April 15-17. FIRST is an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

Boulder City High School’s High Scalers were given the Kleiner Perkins Caulfield award for entrepreneurship.


Re-enactors mark Pony Express origins

Nevada history buffs held events Saturday to mark the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express.

A festival featuring gunfighters and Pony Express and Civil War re-enactors was held at Fort Churchill near Silver Springs.

A U.S. Postal Service representative also provided a special commemorative stamp for letters that will be carried by horseback along the old Pony Express Trail.

In Ely, buffs ran a Pony Express Special using original Nevada Northern Railway passenger equipment, including the railway post office rail car.

12-year-old disappears

Police searching for missing Colorado girl

Police on foot and on horseback were searching open areas near the home of a 12-year-old girl for any sign of the missing sixth-grader. Kayleah Wilson weighs 145 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen March 28 at 3:40 p.m. when she left her home to walk to a friend’s birthday party.

Greeley, Colo., Police Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said authorities have gone to Kayleah’s favorite hangouts, interviewed friends and family, and contacted registered sexual offenders who live nearby.

gay rights

Salt Lake City bans housing, job bias

Ordinances to protect gays from discrimination in housing and employment have taken effect in Salt Lake City.

Mayor Ralph Becker was joined by gay-rights advocates at a ceremony Friday marking implementation of the landmark ordinances.

The Mormon church endorsed the ordinances, which exempt religious organizations and businesses with 15 or fewer employees. The ordinances create a complaint and investigation process.

Equality Utah has launched a campaign to get 10 more Utah cities or counties to pass similar anti-discrimination laws this year.

Salt Lake City is the first to enact such laws in Utah.

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