WPR News
8:12 pm
Tue September 21, 2010

Unemployment inched upward in August

Laramie, Wyo. – The state's unemployment rate ticked up slightly from July to August, to 6.8 percent. It's the first increase in unemployment that the state has seen since early this year, but Wyoming Department of Employment Economist David Bullard says the increase is not statistically significant.

"Our unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in January. And then it decreased every month through July, down to 6.7 percent in July. And now we've gone up just one tenth."

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WPR News
8:12 pm
Tue September 21, 2010

Barrasso seeks Senate GOP position

CHEYENNE, wyo. – U.S. Senator John Barrasso says he will run for vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.
The Wyoming Republican says if he's chosen, he will use the position to stand up for Wyoming and western issues.
The position is the fifth-ranking leadership position in the Republican Party conference in the U.S. Senate.

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WPR News
8:11 pm
Tue September 21, 2010

State to pay SkyWest for Gillette air service

WPR News
7:16 pm
Tue September 21, 2010

Three large wildfires mostly under control

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WPR News
9:43 am
Tue September 21, 2010

Fires continue

Evanston, Wyo – Three significant wildfires are burning in Wyoming, including a lightning-caused
wildfire in Yellowstone National Park. The second fire is outside Laramie and a third is east of Evanston.The Yellowstone fire, which was reported Sept. 14, was 5 percent contained Monday, growing to 1,600 acres, or nearly 2 1/2 square
miles. The Laramie-area fire covered about 1,200 acres, or about 2
square mile and the Evanston fire burned about 6,000 acres, or

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WPR News
9:28 am
Tue September 21, 2010

UW raises over 100 million dollars

WPR News
8:15 pm
Mon September 20, 2010

Rogers Canyon Fire Still Burns

LARAMIE, wy – Rogers Canyon Road is closed until further notice due to safety concerns caused by the nearby Dry Gulch Fire outside Laramie.

The 1,200 acre blaze started in the early morning hours on Sunday, and is burning mainly grass, sage, and pine trees 7 miles northeast of Laramie.

The start of the blaze is under investigation. No structures have been destroyed, but one home and an outbuilding are threatened.

More than 100 firefighters and air crews have been battling the blaze which is now 25% contained. Full containment of the fire is estimated by Wednesday.

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WPR News
8:14 pm
Mon September 20, 2010

Tests under way on 1989 chemical spill in Cheyenne

CHEYENNE, wy – Tests are under way in Cheyenne for lingering effects of a 1989 spill at the Union Pacific railroad yards.

The state Department of Environmental Quality says about 8,000 gallons of a dry-cleaning chemical leaked from a tanker car in 1989.

The railroad says state officials approved its plan for a cleanup after the spill. The company says it later learned that underground contamination moved off of its property.

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WPR News
8:12 pm
Mon September 20, 2010

Assisted living centers will add memory care

CASPER, wy – An assisted living center management company plans to add "memory care" options at its centers in Casper, Cheyenne and Laramie.

Memory care is designed to serve people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

Edgewood Management Group said assisted living, licensed memory care facilities will be coming to Meadow Wind Assisted Living in Casper, Aspen Wind Assisted Living in Cheyenne and Spring Wind Assisted Living in Laramie.

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WPR News
6:16 pm
Mon September 20, 2010

Hitching Post fire is a case of arson

Laramie, WY – The fire that caused over two million dollars of damage to Cheyenne's Hitching Post Inn was intentionally set. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports on the findings of investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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