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12:38 pm
Tue June 22, 2004

Insurance Companies Sought

Sheridan, Wy –

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11:40 am
Tue June 22, 2004

Tuesday, June 22, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with University of Wyoming President, Dr. Phil Dubois about the University including the academic plan

Topic: The Interior Department is trying to push the "Best Management Practices" used in oil and gas drilling; Guest: Rebecca Watson from the Interior Department in Cheyenne

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10:48 am
Tue June 22, 2004

BLM To Use Best Management Practices

Cheyenne, Wy – Look for the Bureau of Land management to start using Best Management Practices in Wyoming oil and gas drilling operations. Interior Department Assistant Secretary Rebecca Watson told a minerals audience in Cheyenne that the new policy initiative is to ask B-L-M offices to consider best management practices in all Applications for Permits to Drill.

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10:13 am
Tue June 22, 2004

Governor Advises Legislative Committees On Medical Malpractice

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Sheridan, Wyoming –

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11:14 am
Mon June 21, 2004

Monday, June 21, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with John Marvel, the Executive director of the Western Watersheds Project about the impact of live stock grazing on public lands.

Topic: Medical Malpractice issues; Guest: Dr. John Barrasco

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WPR News
3:11 pm
Fri June 18, 2004

Colorado Lynx Found In Wyoming

Laramie, WY – The latest batch of kittens born to a reintroduced Colorado lynx have been found in Wyoming. The kittens were found in the Snowy Range mountains west of Laramie. The discovery is the latest sign the Colorado lynx recovery program is taking hold after a shaky start in 1999. 20 kittens have been discovered this year, up from the 16 found last year. Biologists aren't surprised that a lynx made a den in Wyoming. They've tracked radio-collared lynx roaming more than 200 miles from southwestern Colorado into southern Wyoming.

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2:07 pm
Fri June 18, 2004

Laramie Hospital CEO Resigns

Laramie, Wyoming –

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2:03 pm
Fri June 18, 2004

Thomas Wants Smaller Government

Washington, D.C. – Holding a 1,700 page notebook listing government programs, Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas told his colleagues this week to reduce the size of the federal government. He says each of the programs needs to be evaluated to see if they are current and still doing the job they were intended to do. Thomas says the recent death of President Reagan makes now a good time to remember how he believed in smaller, rather than bigger government.

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12:55 pm
Fri June 18, 2004

Team Drafts Around A Dozen Recommendations

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Lander, Wy –

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12:33 pm
Fri June 18, 2004

Colorado Lynx Found In Wyoming

Laramie, WY – The latest batch of kittens born to a reintroduced Colorado lynx have been found in the Snowy Range mountains west of Laramie. The discovery is the latest sign the Colorado lynx recovery program is taking hold after a shaky start in 1999. 20 kittens have been found so far this year, up from the 16 discovered last year. Biologists aren't surprised that a lynx made a den in Wyoming. They've tracked radio-collared lynx roaming more than 200 miles from southwestern Colorado into southern Wyoming.

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11:53 am
Fri June 18, 2004

Friday, June 18, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Aaron Alpern reports on the Wyoming Brucellosis Nation Team to prevent the spread of the disease from wildlife to cattle and improving surveillance

Topic: Weekly Wyoming Reporter's Roundtable

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9:40 am
Fri June 18, 2004

Laramie Woman Appointed Judge

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Laramie, Wy – A Laramie attorney has been named a circuit
judge in the Second Judicial District overseeing Albany and Carbon counties. Governor Dave Freudenthal has appointed 53-year-old Jane Eakin to replace Judge Wade Waldrip, whom he has named to the district court. Eakin joins Judge Robert Castor on the circuit bench. Eakin has lived in Laramie for 16 years. She holds a law degree
from the University of Wyoming. She has been a senior assistant public defender.

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4:50 pm
Thu June 17, 2004

Feedground Study Underway

Lander, Wy – A Cheyenne consulting firm has launched a study on the 22 western Wyoming elk feedgrounds. The feedgrounds are run by the state to prevent winter starvation, but are areas where diseases like brucellosis are heavily concentrated. The Wyoming Brucellosis Coordination Team heard a presentation of the Western EcoSystems Technology study today (Thursday). Project Manager Dale Strickland says the purpose is to identify opportunities to close feedgrounds and move elk onto native winter ranges.

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4:41 pm
Thu June 17, 2004

South Dakota Company Interested In Wyoming Plane

Gillette, WY – A South Dakota company has offered to buy a 19 seat passenger plane co-owned by Campbell and Natrona counties. The two counties bought the plane for one million dollars in 2002 in order to provide flights between Casper, Gillette and Billings, Montana. However, the plane lost money on that route while Big Sky Airlines operated it for nine months. Sioux Falls-based Business Aviation Services has offered to purchase the plane for 450 thousand dollars. The Natrona County International Airport board and Natrona County Commission have given initial approval to the sale.

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2:31 pm
Thu June 17, 2004

No Surprise, Cubin Has The Advantage.

Laramie, Wy – A political scientist believes it will be very difficult for anyone to unseat incumbent Congresswoman Barbara Cubin. Cubin is facing her toughest challenge to date, especially because she has to battle candidates from her own party. But U-W Political Scientist Jim King says Cubin has a tremendous advantage. Mostly because of the fact that she has both money and name recognition. He adds that although Cubin is facing a Republican challenge, the fact that there are multiple challegers actually helps her.

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2:09 pm
Thu June 17, 2004

Hamburg: Leave Endangered Species Act Alone

Torrington, WY – A Democratic Congressional candidate from Torrington believes there's no need to repeal of overhaul the Endangered Species Act. 72 year old Al Hamburg says animals have just as much right to live on Earth as humans. He also disputes the notion that wolves are killing everything in sight. Hamburg says Congress could exercise better fiscal responsibility by eliminating tax cuts for the wealthy and reigning in wasteful defense spending, such as the missile defense program.

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1:06 pm
Thu June 17, 2004

Attempt To Ban Snowmobiles Fails

Washington, D-C – The House voted today to let snowmobiles
continue using Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
By a 224-198 vote, the chamber defeated an effort to ban the
vehicles. Some lawmakers argued the machines cause pollution and
noise, and pose a danger to the parks' wildlife.
Democratic Representative Rush Holt of New Jersey argued that
Yellowstone is a unique environment, that deserves an extra level
of protection.
But snowmobile manufacturers and tourism interests argue that a

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10:32 am
Thu June 17, 2004

Thursday, June 17, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Aaron Alpern reports on the Wyoming Brucellosis Coordination Team and their meeting in Lander on drafting recommendations for preventing brucellosis transmission to cattle and improving surveillance for the disease.

Topic: Wyoming Congresswomen, Barbara Cubin is facing the first serious challenge since she was first elected to office: Guest: Jim King, UW Political Scientist

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4:51 pm
Wed June 16, 2004

Territorial Park To Focus On History

Laramie, WY – The new Superintendent of Laramie's Wyoming Territorial Park says visitors can expect some changes at the historic site in coming years. Tom Lindemeier was chosen to head up the Territorial Prison when the state took over management of the site this spring. Lindemeier says some deferred maintenance needs to be performed to prevent further deterioriation of some of the buildings. He says electronic equipment used to provide interpretive displays also isn't working anymore. Lindemeier says his focus will be to spotlight the historic nature of the Territorial Prison.

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4:26 pm
Wed June 16, 2004

Al Hamburg, Democratic Congressional candidate

Torrington – Democratic Congressional candidate from Torrington, Al Hamburg. For more information visit http://www.vote-smart.org/bio.php?can_id=MWY30731

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3:30 pm
Wed June 16, 2004

Montana Considers Bison Vaccination Program

Helena, MT – Montana livestock officials say they'll look into the possibility of vaccinating bison for brucellosis when the animals wander out of Yellowstone National Park. Karen Cooper of the Montana Department of Livestock says the agency hopes to have an assessment by late November and a decision by January. But a Buffalo Field Campaign official doesn't believe vaccinating bison will eradicate brucellosis. Public comments are being taken on the Montana plan through July 23rd.

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3:30 pm
Wed June 16, 2004

Task Force Will Make Recommendations

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Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Brucellosis team will make its first set of draft recommendations to prevent Brucellosis transmission. They will also suggest ways to enhance surveillance for the disease. Team Chair Frank Galey, who is also U-W's Ag Dean will send the recommendations to the legislature and Governor. The two day meeting will be held in Lander.

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2:06 pm
Wed June 16, 2004

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 --

Democratic Congressional candidate Al Hamburg

Wyoming –

Topic: Jim Morgan speaks with Democratic Congressional candidate from Torrington, Al Hamburg about his campaign.

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1:01 pm
Wed June 16, 2004

Cubin Plan Fizzles

Washington, D-C – A plan that would allow Wyoming to be paid 420-(M)-million dollars for cleanup of abandoned mines fell apart(Wednesday) in the U-S House. Revisions to the abandoned mines reclamation program were tied to legislation that would permit oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The plan included provisions of a bill sponsored by Wyoming's Barbara Cubin requiring the reimbursement to Wyoming and reduction of the amount coal companies pay into the abandoned mines fund. The proposal also would have shored up miners' pension plans.

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11:22 am
Wed June 16, 2004

Laramie Business Gets Major Investment

Laramie, Wy – Laramie's Welldog Inc. will be looking to expand, thanks to a million and a half dollar Venture Capital Investment. Prospector Equity Capital of Park City, Utah, says Welldog is a company that can revolutionize the natural gas industry. Welldog President John Pope says they will be able to hire over 25 new employees and dramatically enhance their business.
Pope says they will be based in Laramie, but be able to expand their business beyond Wyoming's borders.

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4:47 pm
Tue June 15, 2004

Public Comment Opens On Yellowstone Snowmobiles

Yellowstone National Park, WY – Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park officials have opened a 30-day comment period on temporary rules for snowmobiling this coming winter in both parks. Park service officials say the comments will be used to come up with several management options. Those alternatives will then be opened for a 30-day public review that will begin by August 20th. A final management plan for the winter is expected before the winter season begins around December 15th.

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3:44 pm
Tue June 15, 2004

Enzi Pushes For More Fire Planes

Washington D-C – More forest fire airplanes could be added to the country's arsenal. The U-S Senate approved an amendment by Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi to speed up efforts to develop new planes to fight fires. Enzi is concerned that the government currently plans to use military planes to fight this summers blazes. He says increased efforts are needed to have planes designed for fires. Enzi's amendment requires the Secretary of Agriculture to purchase ten planes to just fight forest fires.

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3:40 pm
Tue June 15, 2004

More Troopers Needed In Wyoming

Cheyenne, Wy – An updated study by Northwestern University says the Wyoming Highway Patrol needs 122 additional troopers. Colonel John Cox, the Highway Patrol Administrator, says that is more then half of the number currently patrolling the state. And Cox believes the shortage is hurting morale. The Highway Patrol asked the legislature for authority to hire ten new troopers last year. Only one was added.

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11:32 am
Tue June 15, 2004

Famed Wyoming Lawman Dies

Rock Springs, WY – Famed Wyoming lawman Ed Cantrell passed away Friday in a Salt Lake City hospital following a brief illness. The 76 year old Cantrell gained fame when he was charged, and later acquitted, of murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a Rock Springs undercover drug enforcement agent. Cantrell was serving as the city's Public Safety Director at the time. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at ten at the Vase Funeral Chapel in Rock Springs.

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10:57 am
Tue June 15, 2004

Tuesday, June 15, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Visitors can expect some changes at the Wyoming Territorial historic site in coming years; Guest: Tom Lindemeier, the new Superintendent of Laramie's Wyoming Territorial Park

Topic: Gardening with Shane Smith with the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens

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