WPR News
8:47 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Lummis supports House GOP budget proposal

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Rep. Cynthia Lummis is supporting the House Republican budget proposal that would cut federal spending by about $5 trillion over 10 years.

The Wyoming Republican says the proposal by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin offers bold solutions to the country's debt crisis.

Lummis says the country can either continue runaway spending that will lead to huge interest payments on debt or it can balance the budget and work to reduce the debt.

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WPR News
8:43 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Equality State Policy Center advocates on budget proposals

Laramie, WY – As federal budget discussions continue and a possible government shutdown looms, the Equality State Policy Center joined advocates from dozens of other states in the nation's capitol. Executive Director Dan Neal says his purpose was to urge Wyoming's delegation to think carefully about cuts currently on the table.

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WPR News
8:39 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Western coal leasing by feds challenged in court

Billings, Mont. – Environmental groups are challenging the Obama administration's plan to lease vast coal reserves in the nation's largest coal producing region.

The lawsuit announced Tuesday challenges coal leasing in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana.

The region produces almost half the nation's coal. It has seen a sharp increase in mining in recent decades as production in Eastern states tapers.

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WPR News
7:27 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Wyoming rancher a spokesman for wind

WPR News
10:46 am
Mon April 4, 2011

Jackson Lake Dam to increase flow

JACKSON, Wyo. – Mangers of the Jackson Lake Dam are increasing flows early this spring. The move is prompted by the wear Snake River dikes took last year and by the considerable snowpack in the mountains around Jackson Hole.
Bureau of Reclamation managers are increasing releases from the dam now to draw down the Jackson Lake reservoir.
The drawdown is supposed to create room for better flood control during the snowmelt.

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WPR News
10:44 am
Mon April 4, 2011

Wyo. Health Dept. appoints acting health officer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming Department of Health has appointed an acting state health officer.

Health Department Director Tom Forslund has appointed Dr. Tracy Murphy to serve as the state's acting health officer. Murphy has been working as state epidemiologist and deputy state health officer.

The state health officer's responsibilities include investigating disease outbreaks and overseeing immunization policies. The position also oversees the Office of Emergency Services and the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program.

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WPR News
10:43 am
Mon April 4, 2011

Residents' group hopes to negotiate surface rights

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A residents' group says more than 50 people in the last week have joined together in hopes of negotiating surface rights of mineral leases in their neighborhoods.

Residents of two subdivisions north of Cheyenne formed the Laramie County Surface Owners Association in November. During an informational meeting last week, association president Jim Ruby says 52 people paid their dues.

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