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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WPR News
8:33 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

BLM begins taking bids for Wyo. coal

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it will now take sealed bids for the second of four coal lease sales planned over the next several months.

The BLM opened bidding Friday for the estimated 56 million tons of coal underlying three square miles of the Powder River Basin.

The BLM plans to hold the coal auction June 15. Bids will be accepted until 4 p.m. on June 14.

The coal is located next to Cloud Peak Energy's Antelope Mine in northern Converse County.

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WPR News
8:07 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

BLM taking comments on Wyo.-to-Utah power lines

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it's now accepting public comments on plans for a 400-mile-long power line project between Wyoming and Utah.

The power lines proposed by Rocky Mountain Power might also cross northwestern Colorado. They would begin near Medicine Bow in south-central Wyoming and end near Mona in central Utah.

The BLM says it will use comments submitted over the 90-day public comment period to help write an environmental impact statement for the project.

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WPR News
8:55 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Shyatt returns to coach the Cowboys

WPR News
8:42 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

BLM starts to resolve backlog

Casper, WY – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it has nearly cleared a backlog of more than 1,500 unissued oil and gas leases in Wyoming dating back more than two years.
Since last summer, the BLM has issued 1,109 leases and decided to hold off on 222 others. It plans to decide on the final 170 within a couple weeks.
The BLM sold the leases to oil and gas companies as long ago as
June, 2008, but didn't issue them while it sought to address
environmentalist concerns. Waiting for important decisions

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WPR News
8:24 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Wolf legislation continues

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Cheyenne, WY – Key lawmakers in the political skirmish over gray wolves in the West say they will continue their efforts to lift federal protections for the predators, despite a proposed settlement between environmentalists and the government.
The settlement is pending approval in federal court. It would
wolf lift protections in Idaho and Montana, but keep them at least
temporarily in Wyoming Utah, Washington and Oregon.
The deal also includes safeguards sought by environmentalists -
features absent from pending legislation in Congress. Yet whether

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WPR News
8:21 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Police will not charge shooter

Lander, WY – A Lander man who shot another man while trying to intervene in an alleged domestic violence attack in Riverton won't be charged with a crime. Fremont County Attorney Brian Varn and police chief Mike Broadhead announced the decision Wednesday. They say the wounded man had attacked his girlfriend and that the Lander man was coming
to her aid. KOVE-AM in Lander reported that the boyfriend is expected to

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