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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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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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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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WPR News
12:01 pm
Thu July 22, 2004

Work on Wyoming Casino Underway

Laramie, Wy – Northern Arapaho officials have broken ground on a new casino, one that they hope will someday offer Las Vegas-style
gaming.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held last Friday at the site of
the complex two miles south of Riverton.
Burton Hutchinson is chairman of the Northern Arapaho Business
Council.
He told a crowd of about 70 people that the casino will help the
Arapaho people through economic development, and he says he's
grateful the operation is about to become reality.

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WPR News
11:05 am
Thu July 22, 2004

Hiking Society Seeks Adventurous Volunteers

Laramie, Wy – There is a unique vacation opportunity coming up in August. The American Hiking Society has helped to organize three trail repair trips in Wyoming next month. Volunteer Program Manager, Shirley Hearn, says for the price of registration people will get training, food and a place to camp.
Hearn says only people in good physical condition should volunteer. The trips in Wyoming are a little harder than average because most require backpacking in several miles to a base camp but the American Hiking Society is organizing trips all over the country.

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9:51 am
Thu July 22, 2004

Thursday, July 22, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Wyoming democrats are off to Boston to take part in the National Democratic Party Convention; Guest: Mike Gireau, State Party Chairman

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Aliza Sherman about using technology in your business

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Mike Clark, the chairman of the Oyster Ridge Music Festival about the Festival

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2:00 pm
Wed July 21, 2004

Wednesday, July 21, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Wyoming Attorney General Pat Crank about the wolf management proposal

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Meizhu Lui, the Director of United for a Fair Economy about health care

Topic: Renny Mackay speaks with Keith Saunders, a ballet masters of the Dance Theater of Harlem about the Snowy Range Dance Festival

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WPR News
1:34 pm
Wed July 21, 2004

Pinedale Recommendations Draw Fire

Laramie, Wy – The state Game and Fish Department is making recommendations to the Bureau of Land Management about how to minimize impacts to wildlife around Pinedale. The proposal is drawing criticism from the oil and gas as well as the agriculture industries. Some have said the Game and Fish is overstepping its boundaries. But, the director of the agency, Terry Cleveland, says in his mind things are getting blown out of proportion because these are just recommendations that the B.L.M. does not have to implement.

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WPR News
12:19 pm
Wed July 21, 2004

Fall Kills Climber in Grand Teton

Laramie, Wy – A Butte, Montana, man apparently died from a fall in Grand Teton National Park while attempting to climb eleven
of the major peaks in the Teton Range.
His body was found Tuesday evening after a two-day search.
Forty-nine-year-old Dwight Bishop had planned to scale all the peaks on the Grand Traverse route on Friday.
His body was found about 6:20 Tuesday evening on the west side of a steep slope known as the Grandstand near the Grand Teton.

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WPR News
11:52 am
Wed July 21, 2004

Mississippi Educator has Advice for Wyoming

Laramie, Wy – An educator from Mississippi who has helped transform his school district and community is in Wyoming this week. Doctor Pat Cooper is a superintendent of schools in Mississippi. He has increased test scores while bringing down juvenile crime, drop outs and expulsions in his district. He says they buy less stuff and hire more people, like nurses, social workers and police officers. Cooper says his system could work in rural areas too, if the community figures out other ways to get people into the school. He recommends working with the community to get support.

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WPR News
11:42 am
Wed July 21, 2004

A-G Reacts To Lawsuit Answer

Laramie, Wy – The federal Government contends that Wyoming has no legal standing in the dispute over the Department of Interiors rejection of Wyoming's wolf management plan. Attorney General Pat Crank says the jumped out at him as he read the answer to Wyoming's lawsuit in the case. Crank strongly disagrees with that view. He thinks the federal government should focus on whether the rejection of the wolf plan is justified under the merits of the Endangered Species act.

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WPR News
9:27 am
Wed July 21, 2004

East Entrance May Open This Weekend

Yellowstone National Park – Work crews opened an emergency
lane today (Wednesday) on Yellowstone's East Entrance Road, which
remains closed to regular traffic since several mudslides Sunday
night.
Park officials are optimistic that the road could be reopened to
normal traffic by Friday.
Following heavy rain Sunday, the slides trapped 16 people in
four vehicles. All were rescued safely, though some had to crawl
out their car windows because of mud that was up to four feet deep.

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WPR News
4:24 pm
Tue July 20, 2004

Ladd Releases Promises

Casper, Wy – A Democratic Congressional candidate is making a contract with Wyoming. Ted Ladd announced at a news conference that he does not support increasing the deficit without corresponding cuts. He will be present and voting on 90 percent of the votes cast on the floor of the house. Ladd also pledges to visit every Wyoming County each year. If not, Ladd says he will be willing to pay the price. He says he will donate five percent of his salary to a Wyoming charity if he does not live up to his promises.

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WPR News
4:18 pm
Tue July 20, 2004

Gillette Woman Uses Bravery to Try and Make a Change

Laramie, Wy – Debbie McLeland says it won't be easy to appear on stage with the man who was responsible for her son's death -- and seven others in a drunken driving crash three years ago.
The Gillette woman will share a stage with Clint Haskins, who is serving 14 to 20 years in prison for the crash September 16th, 2001, that killed Morgan McLeland and seven other members of the
University of Wyoming men's cross-country team.
Haskins will be allowed to leave prison so he and Debbie McLeland can separately present their stories Tuesday at Gillette's Cam-plex.

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WPR News
3:50 pm
Tue July 20, 2004

Enzi Pushes Reform Measure

Washington D-C –
Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi introduced legislation that is similar to a bill passed in the state legislature. Called the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement act it is intended to get better information on health care errors. Senator Enzi says without it, Doctors will be afraid to talk about near misses and other problems.
Enzi says this is one more reason why there needs to be an overhaul of the country's medical litigation system.

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10:17 am
Tue July 20, 2004

Tuesday, July 20, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: The state Game and Fish Department is making recommendations to minimize impacts to wildlife around Pinedale; Guest; Terry Cleveland, Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish

Topic: An educator from Mississippi who has helped transform his school district and community is in Wyoming this week; Guest: Doctor Pat Cooper, superintendent of schools in Mississippi.

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WPR News
4:24 pm
Mon July 19, 2004

B.L.M. Seeks Input Into Drilling Proposal

Laramie, Wy – The U-S Bureau of Land Management is asking the public to review a proposal from Questar. The company is asking to conduct limited year-round drilling, and build a 110-mile pipeline in western Wyoming.
The proposal applies to a portion of Questar's leases which lie within big-game winter range near Pinedale.
A public open house and meeting will be held July 29th at the Pinedale Volunteer Fire Department from 3 until 8 o'clock.

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WPR News
2:39 pm
Mon July 19, 2004

Mudslide Closes Yellowstone's East Entrance

Yellowstone National Park – Sixteen people had to be
rescued last night (Sunday) after mudslides bogged down three
vehicles and stranded a fourth near the east entrance of
Yellowstone National Park.
The east entrance is closed and it doesn't look like it will be
reopened any time soon. The two largest slides were ten feet deep
and 90 yards long.
Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash says thousands of cubic feet of
debris will have to be removed. Besides that, the slides undercut
part of the roadway and washed away guardrails.

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WPR News
1:37 pm
Mon July 19, 2004

Legislature Touts Education Support

Cheyenne, Wyoming – Wyoming legislators are pointing at a report to prove that lawmakers have taken the issues of school funding seriously. The Nelson A. Rockefeller institute of Government released a report saying that Wyoming had the second highest growth in per-pupil spending between 1997 and 2002. Senate President Hank Coe says the legislature has worked incredibly hard to fund schools.
House Education Chairman Jeff Wasserburger adds that rising test scores validate the investment in students.

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WPR News
12:43 pm
Mon July 19, 2004

Mudslide Closes East Entrance to Yellowstone

Laramie, Wy – A mudslide caused by torrential rain trapped 16 people in their vehicles in Yellowstone National Park Sunday.
Spokesman Al Nash says no one's been injured.
Workers were trying to free three vehicles from the mess, which has temporarily closed the park's east entrance.
Nash says the slide occurred around eight p-m Sunday.
As much as four feet of mud covers the east entrance road from Cub Creek to an area about seven miles from the park's eastern boundary.

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WPR News
12:42 pm
Mon July 19, 2004

Problem Wolf Killed

Laramie, Wy – A male wolf that killed four cows southwest of Cody has been removed from its pack and destroyed.
A female with pups was left behind.
Federal wildlife officials are hoping the attacks on cattle in
the area -- near Carter Mountain -- will stop.
Five other wolves in the region have been removed this year.
They included a male wolf in the Owl Creek range near Meeteetse, three wolves from the Washakie Pack near Dubois and
another near Green River Lakes, all for cattle depredation.

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WPR News
11:43 am
Mon July 19, 2004

Education Coalition Wants Court Action On Lawsuit

Laramie, Wy – Now it is education officials who want to know the status of the school finance litigation case. A Coalition of Education groups have asked a District court to require the state to demonstrate its compliance with the mandate of the Supreme
The legislature has had to provide each student with a quality education reguardless of where they live. The legislature was supposed to cost base its funding model. But Campbell County Superintendent Richard Strahorn doubts the cost based aspect has been resolved. He says that is what will keep the case in litigation.

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WPR News
11:37 am
Mon July 19, 2004

U.W. Swimmer Heading to Athens

Laramie, Wy – For the first time ever a swimmer from the University of Wyoming qualified for the Olympics. Scott Usher finished second at the trials in California and is ranked fourth in the world now.
Usher says the trials were a thrill because 10 thousand people packed the stands.
The senior-to-be is now training at Stanford University he leaves for Europe August first. He will compete in the 200 meter breaststroke and he says it is possible he could be asked to swim in the relay event as well.

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