WPR News
10:33 am
Mon November 8, 2010

Teton suspends drug training after meth loss

Jackson, Wyo. – Teton County's sheriff's department has suspended dog drug training while authorities continue looking for 28 grams of lost meth.

Sheriff Jim Whalen tells The Jackson Hole News and Guide that he's still considering how to punish the unnamed deputy who drove off with a box labeled "METH" on top of his bumper Oct. 28.

The box contained 28 grams of methamphetamine used for training police dogs. It hasn't been recovered.

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WPR News
10:19 am
Mon November 8, 2010

Dozens of Wyo. Christmas trees headed to DC

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Dozens of Christmas trees from Wyoming are headed to Washington, D.C., this holiday season.

Last week the Wyoming State Forestry Division cut down 80 pine trees on state land near Elk Mountain in southern Wyoming. The trees range from 8 feet to 20 feet tall. On Nov. 17, the Christmas trees will be taken by truck to the nation's capital, where they will be displayed in dozens of offices.

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WPR News
6:44 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Groundwater Contamination May Not Be Human Caused

LARAMIE, wyo – A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey says low levels of dissolved-oxygen in the groundwater under the Jackson Hole airport may not be human caused.

The lack of oxygen in water can cause the chemical composition of water to change. In the case of water under the Jackson Hole airport, the lack of oxygen has caused an increase in iron and manganese in the groundwater.

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WPR News
6:42 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Progress in talks to keep Grand Teton land public

CHEYENNE, wyo – A deal may be imminent to ensure that more than two square miles of land inside Grand Teton National Park doesn't become privately owned.

Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal responded favorably Friday to an Interior Department proposal to buy the land from Wyoming in increments over no more than 10 years.

The pristine land in Jackson Hole has been appraised at 107-million-dollars.

Wyoming has owned the land since it became a state and Grand Teton was established without the land ever becoming part of the park.

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WPR News
6:40 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Low numbers recorded for West Nile Virus in 2010

CHEYENNE, wyo. – Wyoming recorded six confirmed West Nile virus infections and no deaths this year.

That's fewer cases than in any other year since West Nile virus first appeared in the state.

The Wyoming Department of Health says three of the cases were from Goshen County, and one each from Albany, Natrona and Platte counties.

Two cases involved the more serious meningitis or encephalitis conditions.

In 2009, there were 12 cases with one death reported in Wyoming.

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WPR News
1:43 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Students' scores improve on state test

WPR News
8:46 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Health care repeal effort likely

Washington, DC – Wyoming's congressional Republicans want to repeal the health care law that ensures coverage for eighty-six thousand Wyomingites.
But is a repeal possible for the GOP while the Democrats hold the White House? Or is this the beginning of a larger GOP strategy for the 2012 election?
Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington.

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WPR News
8:25 am
Fri November 5, 2010

State auction of oil leases sets new record

WPR News
8:56 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

USDA To Pay Native American Farmers For Discrimination

LARAMIE, wyo – A district court judge has approved a payment of $760-million-dollars by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Native American farmers and ranchers for discrimination. And Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone says Native farmers may be eligible for repayment and debt forgiveness.

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WPR News
8:53 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

Elk Mountain Mayoral Race To Be Declared Null And Void

LARAMIE, wyo – The elections are not quite over in the town of Elk Mountain. The small community in Carbon County will vote again to decide on who will be the next mayor. This is after the election came out in a draw 51 votes for both candidates, even after a recount. Normally the election would be decided by drawing lots, but County Clerk, Gwynn Bartlett says there was an error this year.

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