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3:01 pm
Thu July 29, 2004

Consumer Advocate Opposed Chugwater Phone Request

Cheyenne, WY – A phone company in Chugwater is trying to get a ruling that its' service is competitive. The company reasons that cellular telephone and other services has made it competitive. But Wyoming Consumer Advocate Bryce Freeman opposes the attempt because it would allow the phone provider to be unregulated. Freeman says the available services are nowhere near the point they need to be. He says the Wyoming Public Service Commission still has to rule on the issue, but he fears a positive ruling would lead to other companies doing the same thing.

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WPR News
2:45 pm
Thu July 29, 2004

Supreme Court Rejects Henderson Appeal

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court has rejected Russell Henderson's attempt to argue for reduction of his two consecutive life prison sentences. Henderson is one of two men serving time for the murder of Matthew Shepard. The court refused to review a decision by a lower court judge rejecting Henderson's claim that his state-appointed lawyers failed to discuss potential appeals with him. Henderson pleaded guilty to felony murder and kidnapping in the October 1998 murder of Shepard.

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1:40 pm
Thu July 29, 2004

Thursday, July 29, 2004 --

Wyoming – Democratic Convention Coverage

WPR News
1:28 pm
Thu July 29, 2004

US House Debate Tuesday

Riverton, WY – A debate with the eight major party candidates for Wyoming's seat in the US House will be held on next Tuesday night in Riverton. Separate debates will be held for the five Republican candidates and three Democratic candidates. The debates will air on Wyoming Public Television and will be simulcast on Wyoming Public Radio, starting at 7 pm.

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Wyoming Features
11:55 am
Thu July 29, 2004

Drilling Year Round in Crucial Winter Habitat

Wyoming – An energy company is seeking to do more drilling year round in an area that is crucial winter habitat for wildlife. Questar Corporation already has permission to operate one drill rig all year, but Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports that this time the company is offering to spend a lot of money to try and reduce impacts

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WPR News
4:47 pm
Wed July 28, 2004

Drilling Proposal Gets Public Scrutiny

Laramie, Wy – The public will have a chance to ask questions about a proposal by Questar to do more all year drilling in crucial winter habitat for big game Thursday. The proposal involves land south of Pinedale. The company wants to use several techniques to reduce the impact on the habitat and on wildlife. Questar's Pinedale General Manager, Ron Hogan says this includes decreasing the ecological footprint by a third and cutting down on the number of vehicle trips into the habitat by up to 25 thousand every year.

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WPR News
4:23 pm
Wed July 28, 2004

Entrepreneurs Gather in Laramie Thursday

Laramie, WY – Entrepreneurs from around Wyoming are gathering in Laramie Thursday to learn how to bring in capital. Well Dog President John Pope says the one day event will be a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs. Pope says several out-of-state investors that have demonstrated a willingness to invest in Wyoming companies will be in attendance. He says those investors will tell participants how to attract their money and what kinds of companies they seek.

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3:01 pm
Wed July 28, 2004

Wednesday, July 28, 2004 --

Wyoming – Democratic Convention Coverage

WPR News
1:11 pm
Wed July 28, 2004

Governor Skips Democratic National Convention

Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Freudenthal has an invitation to
this week's Democratic National Convention in Boston, but he's not
attending because he says the timing of it is horrible.
Freudenthal says he and his wife, Nancy, have long been committed to support Cheyenne Frontier Days this week. Then on Saturday, they plan to be in Rock Springs for several events including the Red Desert Roundup parade and a cattle drive.

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WPR News
12:01 pm
Wed July 28, 2004

Rains Quell Possibility of Wildlifes

Laramie, Wy – Bureau of Land Management Director Kathleen Clarke says recent rains have eased this year's wildfire outlook
for the West.
After a briefing at the National Interagency Fire Center today, Clarke says there's still potential for serious fires in California, Washington and in the Sierra range. But she says that
overall the season shouldn't be as bad as last year.

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WPR News
11:58 am
Wed July 28, 2004

Asay, Altebaumer Agree with Marriage Protection Act

Laramie, WY – The Republican candidates for Wyoming's lone seat in Congress almost all agree on the Marriage Protection Act. The U-S House approved the legislature that would keep federal courts from reviewing parts of a law that says states do not have to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. Incumbent Representative Barbara Cutin voted in favor of the act and opponents Bruce Asay and Jim Altebaumer say they would have too. Altebaumer says marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

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2:43 pm
Tue July 27, 2004

Tuesday, July 27, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Democratic Convention Coverage

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WPR News
2:19 pm
Tue July 27, 2004

Wyoming House Race Attracts National Attention

Laramie, Wy – The Democratic National Committee is
taking a closer look at Wyoming's U-S House race.
Wyoming state House Minority Leader Wayne Reese of Cheyenne spoke with the national committee members in Boston at the national convention.
Reese says the committee members see this year's race as winnable at least against Republican incumbent Barbara Cubin.
Reese says the Democrats believe Cubin has overstayed her welcome.

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Wyoming Features
2:09 pm
Tue July 27, 2004

Northwest Airlines Officials Enters Casper Market

Casper – Starting October 4th, Northwest Airlines will fly two planes a day from Casper to Minneapolis-St.Paul. The new service was announced Tuesday morning at the Natrona County International Airport. And while excitement over jet service to the Twin Cities is high, the pressure is on make the service viable. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports from Casper.

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WPR News
11:38 am
Tue July 27, 2004

Split Estate Initiative Petition Drive Underway

Laramie, WY – A group of Wyoming landowners are trying to get enough signatures to put a split estate initiative on the ballot. Landowners Association of Wyoming spokeswoman Laurie Goodman says they're hoping to get enough signatures to put the issue on the 2006 Wyoming ballot. Lawmakers have failed to pass similar legislation and Goodman says they're trying to get something passed to even the playing field with oil and gas developers. She says there is no law in Wyoming requiring compensation for property damage done by oil and gas drilling.

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WPR News
11:14 am
Tue July 27, 2004

Parents Can Solve Childhood Obesity

Laramie, WY – A dietician and author says each community can do something to reduce childhood obesity. Dayle Hayes says it doesn't take laws or regulations, just an effort to help kids be more active. Hayes says you can't walk to school if there are no sidewalks in your subdivision. She says that means kids have to be driven to school. Hayes says Wyoming communities don't need to ban vending machines, but rather work to put healthier products in those machines.

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WPR News
10:38 am
Tue July 27, 2004

Same-sex Marriage A Wyoming Congressional Issue

Laramie, WY – The same-sex marriage issue has found its way into the race for Wyoming's seat in the U-S House of Representatives. A vote last week by Representative Barbara Cubin on the Marriage Protection Act is drawing criticism from one of Cubin's Republican opponents. The act would prohibit federal courts from reviewing portions of another law that says states cannot be forced to accept same-sex marriages from other states. State Senator Cale Case of Lander says the bill's passage trampled the constitution by undermining the country's system of checks and balances.

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WPR News
9:22 am
Tue July 27, 2004

Northwest Will Fly to Casper

Casper, Wy – Northwest Airlines announced Tuesday that it will begin flying a Casper to Minneapolis-Saint Paul route in October. And the new flights will likely receive a lot of attention because this effort is one of three the Wyoming Business Council has invested state money into. The Business Council's Patrick Pitet believes legislators will focus on these flights to determine if they want the air service enhancement program to continue.

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2:04 pm
Mon July 26, 2004

Monday, July 26, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: A group of Wyoming landowners are trying to get enough signatures to put a split estate initiative on the ballot. Guest: Laurie Goodman, Landowners Association of Wyoming spokeswoman and landowner, Eric Barlow

Topic: Consumer Issues with Consumer Advocate, Bryce Freeman

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WPR News
1:39 pm
Mon July 26, 2004

Doctor Recruitment Hard In Wyoming

Cheyenne, WY – One reason hospital administrators are hopeful the state is moving toward a resolution on the medical malpractice front is due to doctor recruitment. Since the American Medical Association named Wyoming a crisis state due to a lack of caps on non-economic damages, it's been difficult to get specific doctors to come to the state. Wyoming Hospital Association Director Robert Kidd says finding specialists has been nearly impossible. Kidd says there's a national shortage of medical professionals which compounds the problem in Wyoming.

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WPR News
12:37 pm
Mon July 26, 2004

Wyoming G-O-P Gearing Up For Election

Laramie, WY – Wyoming's Republican Party has both local and national plans underway to support the upcoming elections. Party Chair Jim Willox says grassroots level organizing in counties throughout Wyoming will be a key park in this year's election cycle. Willox says party members discussed the need for such grassroots organization at the state convention and a number of plans are operating in counties around the state.

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WPR News
11:57 am
Mon July 26, 2004

Website Shows Casper-Minneapolis Flights Available

Minneapolis, MN – A deal to start flights from Casper to Minneapolis on Northwest Airlines appears to be complete. Negotiations between Northwest and the Casper Area Economic Development Alliance started in June and if the airline's website is any indication, an agreement has been reached. Reservations for the Casper to Minneapolis route can now be made on the Northwest website for flights after October 4th, which has been the expected start date for the service.

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WPR News
11:40 am
Mon July 26, 2004

Grand Teton Black Bear Euthanized

Moose, WY – Grand Teton National Park biologists euthanized a male black bear Friday that had become habituated to people and human food. Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott says the 229 pound bear was about eight years old and was put down out of concern for public safety. The bear had obtained at least a half dozen food rewards from unattended coolers and backpacks over the past few weeks from popular visitor areas. The bear showed no fear of people, approaching hikers and picnickers repeatedly.

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4:50 pm
Fri July 23, 2004

Friday, July 23, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Senator Craig Thomas speaks out in support of the Bush administration's proposed plan

Topic: Weekly Wyoming Reporters Roundtable

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WPR News
2:32 pm
Fri July 23, 2004

Woman Faces Embezzlement Charges

Laramie, Wyoming – A Laramie woman has been bound over to district court on 14 counts of failure or refusal to account for, deliver or pay over property. 27 year old Alexis Ann Everett is a former of employee of the Albany County treasurers office. Authorities say in April of 2003, when Albany County residents paid their vehicle registrations, Everett changed the depreciation value of the vehicles, which altered to amount owed. She would then keep the difference which ranged from around 25-dollars to 168-dollars. In all, authorities say she took around 17-hundred dollars.

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WPR News
11:57 am
Fri July 23, 2004

Wyoming Democrats Look For A Boost

Jackson, Wy – Wyoming democrats are off to Boston to take part in the National Democratic Party Convention. State Party Chairman Mike Gireau says it gives his delegates a chance to meet people they normally only see on television. Since democrats can be lacking in the Cowboy state, he says it also helps rev up party members. Gireau says this is especially important since so many are running for office in Wyoming. He is hoping they will return to the state with new vigor to get more democrats elected.

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WPR News
9:16 am
Fri July 23, 2004

Drought Will Stick Around

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Cheyenne, Wy – Recent rain may have improved rangeland
and reduced the possibility of wildfires in much of Wyoming, but
State Climatologist Jan Curtis says it is premature to presume that
Wyoming is on its way out of drought.
Curtis told the Governor's Drought Management Task Force that vigilance is still needed.
The drought caused a 565-(M)-million-dollar decrease in
Wyoming's crop and cattle production between 1999 and 2003.
That figure that appears unlikely to improve given how 58

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WPR News
4:15 pm
Thu July 22, 2004

Casper Company Enjoys Cleaning

Laramie, Wy – A Casper company is finishing up a huge deal with the state of Oregon. Aqua Technologies of Wyoming produces a type of clay that can be used to clean up oil contamination. President, Tony Brown says it is going to an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site polluted with creosote. He says the deal is for over a million dollars and is significant for his 30 person company.
Brown says if the clay works as planned in Oregon it will be used again. He says he plans to expand his plant and hire up to 70 more people in Wyoming.

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WPR News
2:00 pm
Thu July 22, 2004

Oil and Gas Development Strain Civil Services

Laramie, Wy – Conservationists and residents from Sublette County are working hard to make sure the Bureau of Land Management hears their voices. The B-L-M is working on a draft plan to manage over a million acres in the Upper Green River Valley. The coalition wants the agency to allow development of oil and gas, but want it done slowly and responsibly. Linda Baker says part of that is because the boom is having an effect on civil services in Sublette County.

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Wyoming Features
12:56 pm
Thu July 22, 2004

Senator Craig Thomas speaks out in support of the Bush administration's proposed plan

Wyoming – Wyoming Republican Senator Craig Thomas today (Thursday) spoke out in support of the Bush administration's proposed plan to change national forest service land preservation policy. Wyoming's five national forests and grasslands include more than 8 million acres of designated wilderness making up one of the largest blocks of public land in the United States. From our Capitol Hill Bureau, Elana [ee-LAH-nuh] Hadler Perl reports.

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