WPR News
10:45 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Schweitzer, Yellowstone chief to meet, talk bison

Helena, Mont. – The new chief of Yellowstone National Park is scheduled to meet with Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer today as officials struggle over what to do with more than 500 bison captured during their winter migration out of the park.

The bison face possible slaughter under a federal-state program meant to protect surrounding cattle ranches from the animal disease brucellosis.

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WPR News
8:32 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

DEQ meets with industry on Sublette County ozone levels

Laramie, Wyo. – State environmental regulators met with energy company representatives Monday to discuss recent elevated ozone levels in western Wyoming's Upper Green River Basin. That's after local ozone levels exceeded federal limits at several monitoring locations last week and this weekend.

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WPR News
8:27 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Grizzly's threatened status appealed in Ore. court

Portland, Ore. – A conservation group and lawyers for the U.S. government have made oral arguments to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland concerning the protected status of the
grizzly bear in and around Yellowstone National Park.

The conservation group, Montana-based Greater Yellowstone Coalition, says on Monday that the bears need to stay on the list of threatened species because their habitat is shrinking and a tree on which they rely for food is dying off.

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WPR News
8:24 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

UW basketball teams at Mountain West tounament this week

Laramie, Wyo. – Both the Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls are in Las Vegas this week for the Mountain West Conference basketball tournament. The Cowgirls enter the women's tournament as the third seed and don't have to play in the tournament's first round on Tuesday. They play the winner of the New Mexico-San Diego State game on Wednesday night.

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WPR News
12:46 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Lummis Scores Zero With Conservation Voters

LARAMIE, wyo – Wyoming Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis has received a score of zero from the National League of Conservation voters for her anti-environment votes on the congressional spending bill.

The organization's Alex Taurel says one amendment prevents the E-P-A from regulating mercury pollution from cement plants. Laurel says decisions to allow more pollution are short sited for states like Wyoming that are tied to traditional energy production...

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WPR News
9:29 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Gov. Mead signs bill to end "very rare or uncommon"

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – A bill that strips Wyoming's Environmental Quality Council of its ability to declare areas of the state off-limits to non-coal surface mining has been signed into law by the governor.

The bill also allows the designation to be taken away from areas that have already been declared "very rare or uncommon." That includes a number of Wyoming landmarks and historic sites. The Wyoming Outdoor Council is among the groups that are very concerned about the possible long-range impacts of the bill.

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9:24 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Mead says he wants progress on wolf issue

Laramie, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead says he has been working behind the scenes to try to resolve in-state disputes over the management of wolves.

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WPR News
9:22 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Legislative watchers criticize House unemployment insurance vote

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – While lawmakers say they did a lot to create jobs this session, some state policy watchers remain critical of how lawmakers handled benefits for unemployed workers.

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8:33 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Another ozone advisory in Wyo.'s Green River Basin

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Another ozone advisory has been issued for Wyoming's Upper Green River Basin.

The advisory goes into effect Saturday and is expected to last several days due to weather conditions.

State regulators this week issued the first ozone advisories for the basin in more than two years. Ozone coincides with smog and can cause respiratory problems, especially for children, the elderly and people who already have respiratory problems.

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