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2:28 pm
Thu September 16, 2004

Douglas Surgeon Leaves

Douglas, Wy – The only general surgeon in the town of
Douglas, Dr. Robert Ratcliff, plans to move his practice to Casper
this fall.
Too much time on call and the types of surgeries Ratcliff has
been doing are the main reasons for his departure. That's according
to Tom Nordwick, administrator of Memorial Hospital of Converse
County.
Ratcliff is a colon-rectal surgery specialist but has been doing
many basic procedures in Douglas. He hopes to shift his attention
to more complicated cases after moving his practice to Wyoming

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WPR News
2:21 pm
Thu September 16, 2004

A.G. Protests Proposal to Abandon Rail Line

Laramie, Wy – The state's Attorney General is trying to help reopen a sawmill in Saratoga.

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2:00 pm
Thu September 16, 2004

Thursday, September 16, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: A Big Horn man was attacked by a mountain lion; Guest: Game and Fish Spokesman Warren Mischke.

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Clint Haskins about the incident with the accident with the track team several years ago.

Topic: Renny Mackay speaks with Aaron Alpern about the Brucellosis Task Force.

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WPR News
1:49 pm
Thu September 16, 2004

Lion Attacks Big Horn Man

Big Horn, Wy – A Big Horn man needed a little help to fight off a mountain lion this week. The unnamed man was attacked on his property near Little Goose Creek around four in the afternoon. When he spotted the lion, it was ten feet away and eventually charged him. He hit it with a shovel, and shouted for help. A neighbor helped him, and later authorities killed the lion. Game and Fish Spokesman Warren Mischke says people always need to fight back against a Lion.

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WPR News
12:23 pm
Thu September 16, 2004

U-W's Bramlet To Remain Starting Q-B

Laramie, WY – University of Wyoming Head Coach Joe Glenn says Corey Bramlet is his starter. After last Saturday's 31-to-nothing loss to Texas A-and-M, Glenn hinted the quarterback job was open to competition. But now Glenn says Bramlet will start when U-W returns to action September 25th to play Ole Miss at War Memorial Stadium. The coach says he has confidence Bramlet can run the Cowboy offense.

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WPR News
12:00 pm
Thu September 16, 2004

DCI Official Pleased With Amber Alert

Laramie, Wyoming – Wyoming law enforcement officials are pleased with the results of the states Amber Alert system. It was activated again Wednesday and a motorist did find the car authorities were looking for and a young girl was retrieved. Amber co-ordinator Tim Olsen says it's the second time their has been a statewide alert in the state, and both have led to resolutions.
From what he can tell, the media and law enforcement worked well together on this. Olsen is not aware of fine-tuning that needs to be done.

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WPR News
10:45 am
Thu September 16, 2004

Kidnapped Kansas Girl Found Safe In Laramie

Laramie, WY – Police say a man suspected of killing his ex-wife and abducting their five year old daughter shot himself to death near Laramie Wednesday night. Authorities say the girl is safe. The search for Stormy Shirk began Wednesday morning after her mother was found slain in her Topeka, Kansas home. Police believed her father, 29 year old Justin Shirk, took the girl and they issued an Amber Alert. Investigators believe Shirk was taking the girl to Oregon.

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4:06 pm
Wed September 15, 2004

Wednesday, September 15, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: The U-S Senate has agreed to renew a government program to clean up abandoned mines for nine months.

Topic: Renny Mackay speaks with UW President Phillip Dubois about the findings of a report of higher education.

Topic: Bob Beck with Professor Andrew Hoffman about the Green Dollar Speaker Series.

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WPR News
3:00 pm
Wed September 15, 2004

Wyoming Lacks Highway Maintenance Money

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming's highway maintenance is about 20 million dollars short of what the state needs. Officials say the dropoff has occurred since 2001. That's according to Wyoming Department of Transportation budget officer Kevin Hibbard. Wyoming legislators capped the amount of mineral taxes provided to state agencies in 2001, costing the Wyoming Transportation Department about 40 million dollars a year. Hibbard says that shortfall, coupled with how Congress has not passed a six-year national highway funding bill, are the two biggest funding issues facing his department.

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WPR News
2:07 pm
Wed September 15, 2004

Power Rates Headed Up

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming customers of Pacific Power also known as Pacific Power and Light should see an average increase in their bills of one dollar and 30 cents. The state's Public Service Commission approved the rate increase Tuesday. It came after the company and several groups worked on a compromise. Wyoming Consumer Advocate, Bryce Freeman, says they always look for ways to benefit consumers.
Freeman says as part of this deal Pacific Power agreed to freeze rates for 12 to 18 months. The electricity company serves 15 Wyoming counties including the city of Casper.

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WPR News
1:35 pm
Wed September 15, 2004

AML Compromise Reached

Washington D-C – It is not what Wyoming's delegation wanted, but the U-S Senate has agreed to renew a government program to clean up abandoned mines for nine months. The deal disappoints Senator Craig Thomas since the state is owed nearly 400 million dollars in backpayments for cleaning up sites. But Thomas says they had no other choice but to accept this offer. Thomas thinks the issue will remain on the front burner when it gets revisited next year.

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WPR News
11:11 am
Wed September 15, 2004

Brucellosis Task Force Progress Is Slow

Jackson, Wy – To protect Wyoming cattle from brucellosis the state needs to first address the disease in elk and bison. But a state task force charged with addressing brucellosis is proceeding cautiously with recommendations to reduce or eliminate the disease in wildlife. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports

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WPR News
10:58 am
Wed September 15, 2004

Rawlins Elk Deaths Still A Mystery

Casper, WY – Wildlife biologists continue to study last winter's elk die-off south of Rawlins. Officials know a commong lichen the elk ate is what caused the illness. What they don't know is exactly what the toxic compound in the lichen was, whether that compound is present in lichen elsewhere in Wyoming and if other animals are at risk. Hunting this fall has been impacted with fewer licenses offered in the affected area near Rawlins. Walt Cook of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says as far as they know, those elk are safe to eat because no other animals were affected.

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WPR News
10:34 am
Wed September 15, 2004

U.W. Graduation Rate Improves

Laramie, Wy – A higher percentage of University of Wyoming students are graduating within six years compared to a decade ago. That's the findings of a report on higher education. But, U-W President Phil Dubois says the school still needs to do better at retaining students. He says it is their goal to have a graduation rate between 60 and 65% and right now it is around 52%.

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WPR News
3:34 pm
Tue September 14, 2004

Supreme Court Allows Drug Plea Withdrawal

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court says it's illegal for a police officer to ask questions of a driver that are unrelated to a traffic stop after issuing a ticket or returning the driver's paperwork. The Justices handed down that ruling Monday in a case involving the detention of an Illinois man and the search of his car in 2002. As a result, Alan Campbell will be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea to marijuana possession with intent to deliver the drug. Also, more than eight pounds of pot allegedly seized from Campbell's car cannot be used as evidence against him.

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WPR News
3:15 pm
Tue September 14, 2004

New Group Forms In Jackson

Jackson, Wy – A group in Jackson will be hosting a forum on hate and acceptance this week. Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays is trying to raise awareness of such issues and promote tolerance. Organizer Mark Houser says the Jackson school system has been very open to the message.
This week the Jackson schools will be host to a reading of the play The Laramie Project and Judy Shepard will present a forum and a number of talks on hate and acceptance.

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WPR News
12:31 pm
Tue September 14, 2004

Absentee Voting Can Lead to Fraud

Laramie, Wy – A nationwide investigation shows that absentee voting has led to fraud in at least 15 states. The New York Times did the investigation but did not find wrongdoing in Wyoming. The Equality State Policy Center's Sarah Gorin, says there are safeguards in this state that don't exist elsewhere but she says there is a possibility of voter fraud here. And she says that could affect local and even federal elections.
Gorin says Wyoming could shore up its system by spending more money on voter technologies and by removing deceased people from voting lists.

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WPR News
12:13 pm
Tue September 14, 2004

Education Report Gives Wyoming Mixed Grades

Cheyenne, Wy – A new report says Wyoming's recent high
school graduates are more prepared for college than their
counterparts ten years ago. But a smaller percentage of them are
enrolling.
The report was released today (Tuesday) by the National Center
for Public Policy and Higher Education.
The center gave Wyoming a C-plus for its percentage of
K-through-12 students taking upper-level math and science courses
and those scoring at or above proficient in math, science, reading
and writing.

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11:43 am
Tue September 14, 2004

Tuesday, September 14, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Chad Pergram reports that a Senate panel begins work on a bill that renews funding to clean up abandoned mines.

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Phillip Clapp, the President of the National Environmental Trust, about his take on the road less areas.

Topic: A group in Jackson will be hosting a forum on hate and acceptance this week; Guest: Mark Houser, Organizer.

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Wyoming Features
11:33 am
Tue September 14, 2004

Moose Declines Not Due to Wolves

Casper – The moose population in northwestern Wyoming has declined significantly in recent years. A decade ago, there were more then 500 moose hunting permits offered every fall around Jackson Hole. That number is about 150 now. One culprit often named is the re-introduction of wolves and grizzly bears. But a study presented Thursday to the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission suggests the predators only play a minor role. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern has more from Casper

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WPR News
11:31 am
Tue September 14, 2004

Sheep Reintroduction Planned Near Lovell This Winter

Casper, WY – A Bighorn sheep reintroduction project near Lovell is tentatively set for this November or December. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is transplanting 40 Bighorn sheep from Oregon to the Devil's Canyon area on the western edge of the Bighorn Mountains. For years, Game and Fish Director Terry Cleveland says they've tried relocating sheep around the state from the Dubois herd. He says that hasn't been too successful because the Dubois sheep are migratory animals. Cleveland says the Oregon sheep are not migratory so biologists believe they will adapt better.

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WPR News
10:55 am
Tue September 14, 2004

AML Fight Continues

Washington, D-C –
A Senate panel begins work on a bill that renews funding to clean up abandoned mines. Wyoming stands to gain 400 million in backpayments if the bill passes. The support for the legislation ran into problems earlier in the year and Wyoming Congresswoman Barbara Cubin fears that there are some groups who might want the bill to fail, because it could hurt President Bush.

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4:57 pm
Mon September 13, 2004

Monday, September 13, 2004

Wyoming –

Topic: 5th Annual Wyoming Women's Conference "Ignite your Creative Fire" in Douglas; Guest: Rosemary Bratton, Executive Director of the Wyoming Women's Business Center.
Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Scott Boberg, Education Curator for the UW Art Museum about the upcoming events and exhibits at the UW Art Museum.

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WPR News
3:11 pm
Mon September 13, 2004

Yellowstone Accused of Pocketing Cell Tower Lease Money

Washington, DC – Yellowstone National Park has been accused of illegally pocketing money from cell phone tower leases. The Washington, DC group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, is making that claim. According to PEER, the law requires most of the money from a lease of park land to go the US Treasury.

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WPR News
1:59 pm
Mon September 13, 2004

Three Towns in Running for New Catholic College

Lander, WY – Lander, Cody and Wheatland are the three finalists for a proposed four-year Catholic College in Wyoming. The three towns were chosen from more than 30 communities that submitted site proposals around the state. Some communities offered more than one possible site. Members of the college founder's committee hope to make a final site selection by the end of the year.

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WPR News
1:23 pm
Mon September 13, 2004

Grizzly De-listing Moving Forward

Casper, WY – It appears the federal government will be ready to formal remove the grizzly bear from the Endangered Species list in the second half of 2005. Only about five steps in the lengthy process remain. Larry Kruckenberg has been deeply involved in the grizzly bear issue as Assistant to the Wyoming Game and Fish Director. Kruckenberg says it's smooth sailing from here, until the end when everyone involved expects a lawsuit. He says state and federal agencies have worked hard to make sure they do their work by the book.

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WPR News
11:12 am
Mon September 13, 2004

Wyoming Substance Abuse Effort Gets A Federal Nod

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Laramie, Wy –
Wyoming's plans to focus on substance abuse problems with youth are getting solid reviews from a key federal government official. U-S Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administrator Charles Curie says the state recently received almost three million dollars to develop a three year treatment plan for children involved in the Criminal Justice System. Curie says Wyoming's focus is a good one.

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WPR News
10:14 am
Mon September 13, 2004

Renewable Energy Conference in Cody

Cody, WY – The second Wyoming Renewable Energy Conference is taking place in Cody Monday. Conference organizer Ed Werner from the Converse Area New Development Organization says particpants will discuss geothermal, biomass, wind and solar energy. Werner says some good news for the state is there is interest in building more wind farms in southeastern Wyoming. He says growing enery demands in Colorado are prompting that interest. Werner says there is also demand coming from Utah and the Salt Lake City area which could mean more wind farms will be built in southwestern Wyoming.

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WPR News
9:59 am
Mon September 13, 2004

Sheridan County Commissioners Cleared

Sheridan, Wy – State Attorney General Pat Crank won't
pursue criminal charges against two former Sheridan County commissioners and one current commissioner.
Crank's office investigated their handling of a county road and
bridge building contract.
Crank says his office found no intentional misuse of public
funds by former commissioners Steve Cox and Brad Waters and current
commissioner Charley Whiton.
He says when potential conflicts arose, a commissioner would
declare the conflict and not vote.

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WPR News
3:40 pm
Fri September 10, 2004

Cowboys Ready For A & M

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming will get a good measuring stick of where it stands as a football team Saturday. The Pokes travel to face Texas A and M, and while the Aggies are not the same team that they have been in past years, Head Coach Joe Glenn says they are solid. Glenn says the thing that worries him is A and M's athleticism.
But Glenn also thinks if he's team can stay in the game early, they have a chance to win. Kickoff is at 1:30.

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