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3:01 pm
Wed April 7, 2004

Former First Lady Roberta Hathaway Passes Away

Cheyenne, Wy – Friends and family are remembering the life of former Wyoming First Lady Roberta Hathaway, who died Monday in
Cheyenne.
The wife of former Governor Stan Hathaway died of natural causes. She was 79 years old.
Friends say Roberta Hathaway was more than just Stan Hathaway's
wife, describing her as a source of courage to her husband and a true leader with compassion for others.
Former Governor and U-S Senator Cliff Hansen says Roberta Hathaway's concerns were widespread and praised her interests in children and helping others.

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2:38 pm
Wed April 7, 2004

Democratic Presidential Candidate Visits Fort Collins

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming is not likely to be a battleground state in the 2004 presidential election. That's probably why it has been almost two years since a presidential candidate was in Wyoming. However, Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich will be nearby this week, speaking Thursday in Fort Collins, Colorado. Cheryl Beckett is the Fort Collins representative for the Kucinich campaign. She says he is still campaigning because he feels neither party is addressing issues important to his supporters.

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12:24 pm
Wed April 7, 2004

Wednesday, April 7, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: 50 years of history of the Casper/Natrona County Public Health Department; Guest: Bob Harrington, Director of the Department

Topic: Aaron Alpern reports on the update of the new business park in Cheyenne

Topic: New information regarding bears in Wyoming; Guest: Steve Cane, Grand Teton National Park Wildlife Expert

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WPR News
10:00 am
Wed April 7, 2004

Russell Henderson Appeals Life Sentence

Laramie, WY – One of the men convicted of killing Matthew
Shepard wants the right to appeal his life sentence. An attorney for Russell Henderson says the public defender's office didn't give Henderson the opportunity to appeal his sentencing. Henderson and Aaron McKinney are both serving life sentences for 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student.

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WPR News
9:58 am
Wed April 7, 2004

Illinois Apologizes to Church of Latter Day Saints

Laramie, Wy – L-D-S Church officials say they're
grateful to the state of Illinois for their expression of regrets for events that happened about 160 years ago.
The Illinois House approved a resolution last week expressing
official regrets for the 1844 murder of Mormon leader Joseph Smith Junior and the expulsion of about ten thousand church members from Nauvoo.
Today, Illinois Lieutenant Governor Patrick Quinn and Illinois State Representative Daniel Burke presented church officials with
that resolution.

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WPR News
9:50 am
Wed April 7, 2004

Business Park Project Moves Forward

Map of Cheyenne's Current Business Park. The new park would also be on I-80, but on the western part of town.

Cheyenne, WY – The stage is finally set for a second business park in Cheyenne. The Laramie County Commission Tuesday re-zoned 520 acres of land as light industrial, after amending a master plan for West Cheyenne development. Some saw changing the plan as an unnecessary delay and questioned why the commission saw the master plan as anything but a guide. County Commissioner Jeff Ketchum admits it added time to the process, but doesn't think there's a point to having a planning document if you aren't going to use it.

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WPR News
3:54 pm
Tue April 6, 2004

Governor Names New Commission

Laramie, Wy – The Governor has appointed a commission to oversee the Enhanced Oil Recovery effort. The technology is used to get more oil out of existing wells and studies show it could mean millions of dollars in extra revenue for the state.
Lynne Boomgaarden (boom garden) is a member of the new commission. She says they will try coordinate the work of policy makers, researchers, and members of industry.
The commission must establish a research institute at the University of Wyoming and help with the transfer of new technologies.

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WPR News
3:42 pm
Tue April 6, 2004

New Road System at Seedskadee NWR

Green River, WY – A new road system is in place this spring at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge near Green River. Refuge Manager Carol Damberg says the changes strike a good balance between their primary mission, protecting wildlife habitat, and providing access to the public. Damberg says there is an overall reduction in of 7.5 miles available for vehicle traffic under the plan. Damberg says there will be areas where people can't just drive to the edge of the Green River, which cuts through the refuge.

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WPR News
1:41 pm
Tue April 6, 2004

A Push to Sign Up Latino Voters

Laramie, WY – Several national Latino groups are trying to sign up an additional 500,000 Hispanic voters before the November elections. The Wyoming Latino/Latina Coalition has the goal of also registering new voters. The secretary of the coalition, Cynthia Chavez Kelly says despite voting history, this isn't a partisan effort by Democrats. She thinks the presidential election could be a big draw because President Bush has reached out to Latinos and the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee could be Bill Richardson; the governor of New Mexico and a Hispanic.

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1:16 pm
Tue April 6, 2004

Tuesday, April 6, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Penny Hunt, the Director of the Wyoming Health Network about the Annual Rural Health Conference

Topic: A new road system is in place this spring at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge near Green River; Guest: Refuge Manager Carol Damberg

Topic: Discussion of Business in Wyoming; Guest: Aliza Sherman, former marketing director of the Wyoming Business Counsel

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WPR News
12:51 pm
Tue April 6, 2004

Sen. Thomas Drafts Bill to Stop Venue Shopping

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas has drafted
legislation he hopes will stop the practice of "venue shopping." That's when lawsuits are filed in jurisdictions viewed to be more friendly to a group's interests.
Thomas says the practice is becoming a big problem for Wyoming. He says the state has been "steamrolled" by judges in Washington D-C ruling on cases like snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park.

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WPR News
12:18 pm
Tue April 6, 2004

Planners Sign Off on Bigger Cheyenne Wal-Mart

Cheyenne, WY – Controversial plans for a larger Cheyenne Wal-Mart are now in the hands of the City Council. The Laramie County Regional Planning Commission unanimously approved the project's final plat and zoning change at a meeting Monday night. A final vote by the City Council is scheduled June 28th. Several neighbors turned out in opposition of the proposal Monday, saying measures proposed by Wal-Mart to mitigate noise aren't enough. The nation's largest company wants to build a SuperCenter grocery and retail store behind its current location on Dell Range Boulevard.

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4:12 pm
Mon April 5, 2004

Monday, April 5, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Chad Pergram reports from Washington about the decision to slash oil production has members of congress worried that gas prices will continue to explode

Topic: Several Latino and Hispanic groups are pushing nationally to get more Latinos to vote; Guest: Cynthia Chavez Kelly, Secretary of the Wyoming Latino/Latina Coalition

Topic: Renny Mackay speaks with State West Nile Coordinator, Terry Creekmore about the up coming summer and the mosquito population

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WPR News
4:05 pm
Mon April 5, 2004

Work Will Happen Quickly on Air Service Grants

Cheyenne, WY – New guidelines are in place for the state's $3 Million air service enhancement program. After the Business Council decided in February not to spend any of the fund, the legislature changed the program to require a local match and involved the State Aeronautics Commission. That Commission will review any applications that come in and make recommendations to the Business Council. Three communities are hoping for help in getting new air service this summer, so the Business Council's Patrick Pitet says everyone involved will need to work quickly.

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WPR News
12:25 pm
Mon April 5, 2004

New West Entrance Coming to Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park, WY – The National Park Service has concluded a new entrance station at Yellowstone's west gate will not significantly affect the environment or cultural sites. The agency says the $2.4 Million structure will be more pleasant for employees and visitors, protect workers from vehicle exhaust, and provide wider lanes to enhance safety and traffic flow. 40% of Yellowstone's visitors enter the park through the west entrance, which was built around 1969. Construction could begin later this year.

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Wyoming Features
11:25 am
Mon April 5, 2004

Upper Green River Valley Energy Development

Green River – Energy companies predict the Upper Green River Valley in southwestern Wyoming will soon become the next major natural gas producing region in the country. The rapid pace of development has alarmed some locals. Wyoming Public Radio's Elizabeth Davis reports that pressure from the federal government is building in Sublette County.

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WPR News
10:32 am
Mon April 5, 2004

Preparing for Another West Nile Season

Laramie, WY – The state made an extra $1.7 Million available to fight West Nile Virus this year. Last year, Wyoming had one of the highest per capita rates of West Nile infection with 9 human deaths caused. For this season, local governments can apply for matching grants that can be used to control mosquito populations. State West Nile Coordinator Terry Creekmore says mosquitoes thrive in wet conditions, so it will help if the spring is cool and dry.

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WPR News
10:19 am
Mon April 5, 2004

One Vehicle Roll Overs Fatal

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Laramie, Wy – Drivers in Wyoming continue to die in one vehicle roll overs. Sergeant Troy Mclees says drivers that leave the roadway try to over correct and get back on the road when they don't need to. He says most highways are designed to allow someone to drive off the side. The good news is more Wyomingites are wearing their seatbelts. He credits people for recognizing that safety belts can save lives, but also says enhanced enforcement is helping too.

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WPR News
9:42 am
Mon April 5, 2004

Colorado Residents Can Return to Homes After Fire

Laramie, Wy – Residents of 23 homes west of Fort Collins have
been told they can return to their homes Monday night.
They'd been evacuated earlier by a wildfire that so far has
covered 91-hundred-and-55 acres.
Cooler, wetter weather over the weekend and on Monday allowed
firefighters to dig lines around 50 percent of the blaze -- and the
residents of the last of about 120 homes that were evacuated by the
blaze that began last week learned they could return at eight
tonight.

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Wyoming Features
4:30 pm
Fri April 2, 2004

E-Mails Over Wolf Management Cause a Stir

Wyoming – A conservation group has asked for an investigation into a series of intimidating e-mails a member of their group received. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports that the e-mails came after the member wrote to the legislature's Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife, and Cultural Resources Committee

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WPR News
12:22 pm
Fri April 2, 2004

Wolf E-Mails Cause Stir

Cheyenne, WY – A conservation group from Wyoming announced this week they want a formal investigation into why one of their member's e-mail address ended up in the hands of anti wolf activists. Earlier this month a member of the Predator Conservation Alliance wrote to the legislature's wildlife committee urging it to adopt a better wolf management plan. One member of the committee, Senator Bruce Burns passed the e-mail address on to an anti wolf activist named Robert Fanning. That man then wrote several intimidating e-mails to the member talking about rape and guns.

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10:13 am
Fri April 2, 2004

Friday, April 2, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: A conservation group has asked for an investigation into a series of intimidating e-mails

Topic: Wyoming Reporters Roundtable

Topic: Elizabeth Davis reports on the Upper Green River Valley situation of oil and gas drilling

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WPR News
9:12 am
Fri April 2, 2004

N. Colorado Fire Comes Early

Ft. Collins, CO – A wildfire in northern Colorado has destroyed a house and a garage, burning 5,600 acres. The fire threatens at least 23 other homes and has forced scores of families to flee. It defied expectations Thursday night by jumping from treetop to treetop. Officials say fires usually lay down at night as winds calm, but that hasn't happened with this fire in Poudre Canyon, northwest of Fort Collins. Gray smoke billowing thousands of feet into the sky grounded air tankers Thursday afternoon. The fire was 15 percent contained last night.

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1:14 pm
Thu April 1, 2004

Thursday, April 1, 2004 -

Wyoming –

Topic: Although the flu season is over, several county health departments are getting prepared for next year; Guest: Brent Sherard State Health Officer

Topic: The University of Wyoming and Community Colleges around the state are involved in a jump-start program for Juniors; Guest: Sarah Axelson and Dave Bruan

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WPR News
12:07 pm
Thu April 1, 2004

Dry Spring Could Make for Big Summer Fires

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming fire officials say this spring's warm, dry weather will likely mean a longer and more intense fire season. The potential for the season still hinges on rainfall amounts in April and May. But snowpacks are melting at a near-record pace and this March was one of the driest on record. State Forester Bill Crapser says the Black Hills and Medicine Bow National Forests have the greatest fire danger at this point.

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WPR News
1:25 pm
Wed March 31, 2004

Fire Blamed On Electrical Problem

Powell, Wy – A preliminary investigation blames a fire at a Northwest College dormitory in Powell on an electrical appliance.
Fire investigators sifted through the charred building today (Wednesday) and believe the fire was accidental.
The type of electrical appliance was not identified.
The fire began in a room on the second floor of the two-story dorm yesterday afternoon. Four students were treated for breathing problems but no one was seriously hurt.

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1:08 pm
Wed March 31, 2004

Wednesday, March 31, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Chad Pergram reports on the AML Hearing with Wyoming representative Barbara Cubin

Topic: Jim Morgan speaks with permanent UW College of Business Dean, Brent Hathaway about future plans and the directions of the College of Business

Topic: OASIS, a group of sociology students will be hosting a panel discussion on Wyoming's wage gap; Guest: Lisa Doaks, a sociology graduate student

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10:49 am
Wed March 31, 2004

County Health Departments Cautious About Flu Shots

Laramie, Wy – After enduring a shortage of flu vaccines this winter, some county health departments are already ordering extra vaccines for next year. But, in the past some departments have been left with excess shots. Doctor Brent Sherard, the State Health Officer, says this is why it is so hard to estimate how many vaccines are necessary. Basically, he says, it is just best guesstimate. The good news is that more people are interested in gettin flu shots and so Sherard says they will work to make sure everyone who needs a vaccine gets one.

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10:45 am
Wed March 31, 2004

Health Department To Set Up Investigation Team

Cheyenne, Wyoming – The state is requesting an outside review of the Wyoming State Hospital following the suicide of a female patient.
A team of experts from Wyoming and across the country will be compiled over the next few weeks to inspect the Evanston facility.
Health Department director Deb Fleming says such investigations aren't unusual and are used to determine if policies need updating.

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9:53 am
Wed March 31, 2004

Airline Expects to Lose Money on Cody-Denver Flights

Cody, WY – United Airlines and officials in Cody disagree over the potential success of Cody to Denver flights this summer. The deal for the service between United and the Cody Yellowstone Air Service Organization includes a revenue guarantee. Under it, the two sides set a revenue target and the community would need to pay United only if that target isn't met. Rick Wilder of the Cody Yellowstone Air Service Organization disagrees with United. He thinks the service will break even or make money. But regardless of success, Wilder says the service is better then what's there now.

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