WPR News
9:46 am
Wed March 16, 2011

Barrasso wants investigation on fed stream rules

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Sen. John Barrasso and others have asked a Senate committee to investigate the federal Office of Surface Mining's proposed stream protection regulations for coal operations.

The Wyoming Republican and fellow Sens. Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, and Rand Paul, of Kentucky, made the request to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

The three senators point to a draft economic analysis that estimates the proposed stream rule would cost thousands of coal mining jobs.

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WPR News
9:38 am
Wed March 16, 2011

EPA: Groundwater concerns about Hoback gas wells

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has concerns about whether a draft plan to allow gas drilling in the Bondurant area offers enough protection for groundwater.

The EPA says in a letter to the Bridger-Teton National Forest supervisor that the final version of the plan should include more requirements to protect groundwater.

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WPR News
8:44 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Buffalo Bill Historical Center should operate as one.

Cody, WY – A report recommends that the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody promote itself as one museum. The center consists of five museums now.
The report by University of Wyoming professor Pete Simpson found
that there are conflicts in how the five museums operate now.
For example, the individual museums at times failed to cooperate
in fundraising and when and how exhibits, classes and education
events are conducted.In addition, the report found no institution-wide education

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WPR News
8:41 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Native American businesses drop in Wyoming

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WPR News
8:44 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Gov. urges tightened requirements around Wyo Range drilling plan

Laramie, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead is asking the U.S. Forest Service to involve state agencies as it considers what to do about a proposal to drill for natural gas in an area of the Wyoming Range known for its pristine wildlife habitat.

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WPR News
8:33 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Gillette Mayor weighs in at national conference

Laramie, WY – The Gillette Mayor is joining city officials from across the country in expressing concern about proposed federal budget cuts that could harm local governments.

Tom Murphy is at the National League of Cities meeting. He says the biggest concern surrounds the elimination of funding for the federal Community Development Block Grant program. "Gillette is a community that depends on those as well for things such as youth emergency services and funding for several non-profit services in our community," he said.

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