WPR News
10:43 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Pronghorn Migration Delayed

Laramie, Wyo. – This past winter has been one of the harshest on record for the state in terms of snow fall and length of time snow has remained on the ground And biologists say that has delayed migration of pronghorn back to their summer range in Jackson Hole.
Jon Beckmann is a biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society. He says typically, pronghorn follow the receding snow line from their winter grounds back to the summer range.

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10:40 am
Tue June 28, 2011

State Makes Flood Calculations

Laramie, Wyo. – As counties do their best to tally up the costs of flooding this spring, state officials say they're still on guard against the possibility of further damage, given warm temperatures. Wyoming Office of Homeland Security Director Guy Cameron says the Big Horn Basin is the area of greatest concern right now, but his office is staying abreast of snowmelt and weather conditions statewide

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WPR News
10:38 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Historic relocation camp gets grant for work

POWELL, Wyo. – Federal funds will be used to help stabilize a prominent structure at the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp in northern Wyoming.

Money provided by the National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites grant program will be used for work on the chimney on the camp's boiler house.

The building was built in 1942. Architects and engineers have said the chimney is in danger of collapsing. The project will include testing the stability of the chimney and soils. Construction is planned next summer.

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WPR News
3:22 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Verizon mega data center a no-go

Laramie, Wyo. – A $4 billion Verizon data center that state and local officials hoped to lure to Laramie will not be built. That's according to a Verizon spokeswoman, who says the company has instead acquired a Florida-based data storage company.

Drawing mega data centers to the state has been a major emphasis of Governor Matt Mead. This year, the governor budgeted $14 million to assist data centers with infrastructure costs. The Wyoming Legislature passed a bill that established tax breaks for the centers.

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3:19 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Wyoming 70 over Battle Pass reopens

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Battle Pass in southern Wyoming has opened for the season but the road still can't be used for through traffic.

Wyoming 70 between Encampment and Baggs opened Friday. However, the highway is still impassable in both directions because of a landslide 31 miles east of Baggs.

The affected roadway is about 1,000 feet long. State geologists are studying ways to rebuild the highway. It's expected to take at least six weeks for the preliminary results of drilling in the area to be evaluated.

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8:48 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Census shows jump in reported Wyo. gay households

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – The latest census figures show that gay domestic partners are one of the fastest-growing demographic groups in Wyoming.

Of those couples, 28 percent are raising children, a high number compared to most states.

Gary Gates, a demographer with the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, says the high rate of gay households raising children is consistent with other conservative states where more people come out as gay in adulthood. By that point many of those gay people have had children.

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8:40 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Rocky Mountain Power rate increase approved

Laramie, Wyo. – A Rocky Mountain Power rate increase approved by the Wyoming Public Service Commission this week will generate an additional 44 million dollars for the company. That's less than half of the company's initial request of nearly 98 million dollars.

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8:32 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Wyo. delegation critical of tapping oil reserves

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming's Republican congressional delegation is critical of the Obama administration's decision to release 30 million barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Sen. John Barrasso says the administration should halt its efforts to hamper U.S. energy production.

He says the White House has blocked offshore oil and gas production and made it more difficult to produce energy onshore.

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8:15 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Google official says cloud computing will serve Wyoming well

Laramie, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead says that the decision to move to Google Apps for Government exemplifies his commitment to moving technology forward in the state.

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8:09 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

State personal income grows at strong pace

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Laramie, Wyo. – In recent months, Wyoming residents' personal income has grown at the second fastest rate in the nation. Personal income grew at a rate of 2.6 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to the state's Economic Analysis Division. That's compared to a point 7 percent growth rate in the final quarter of 2010.

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