12:11 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Wyoming tribes struggle with dropouts

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12:08 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Colorado solar plant meets opposition

Colorado – This summer, we'll be airing a series of stories about renewable energy development in the west, and what stands in the way. Our first piece comes from Colorado station K-U-N-C. In southern Colorado, a battle over a proposed high voltage transmission line is dividing environmentalists and putting the future of large-scale solar power development in limbo. Kirk Siegler reports.

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12:07 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Housing bust hits rural communities

Wyoming – The collapse of the housing market is not just a suburban phenomenon. It is even having impacts on rural communities. In Teton County, Idaho, just over the mountains from Jackson Hole, many subdivisions were created during the boom. So many that some say it could take close to 300 years before there's enough demand to build on all of them. As Rebecca Huntington reports, now the county isn't thinking build, build, build. It's starting to think about sustainable growth.

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12:05 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

"Unbroken" Author discusses her debut work

Wyoming – Jamie Lisa Forbes grew up on a ranch in southeastern Wyoming, and her first novel draws from that experience. It's called "Unbroken," and it focuses on the relationship that grows between a multigenerational ranching family and a woman who comes to work as the hired hand on a ranch nearby. She tells Molly Messick about the sense of isolation that hangs over her story.

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WPR News
10:57 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Gillette district crunched for kindergarten space

Gillette, Wyo. – The Campbell County School District expects an incoming kindergarten class of about 835 students this fall, stretching its ability to accommodate the expanding student body.

The number of kindergartners pre-registered for the fall outnumbers this spring's graduating class by more than 300. The incoming class marks the fifth consecutive year of growth in new students.

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WPR News
10:53 am
Mon June 28, 2010

System cuts distraction from turbine warning light

Rock Springs, Wyo. – The Sweetwater County commissioners will hear a proposal to make the warning lights atop wind turbines less distracting to nearby residents.

The lights, which flash white in daylight and red at night, are required on tall structures that could pose a danger to aircraft.

Obstacle Collision Avoidance Systems Inc. has a system that uses radar to detect aircraft heading toward the obstacles. The company says the warning lights on the obstacles turn on only if an aircraft is approaching.

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WPR News
10:48 am
Mon June 28, 2010

paper estimates Gillette hail damage at $46M

Gillette, Wyo. – The Gillette News-Record estimates damage from a spring hail storm in Gillette could top $46 million.

The newspaper published the estimate in Sunday's editions after consulting with contractors, repair shops and suppliers. The estimate includes $28 million in roof and gutter replacements and $18 million in vehicle repairs.

The storm hit May 26, moving south to north. The worst damage appeared to be over two subdivisions and at two car dealerships along Westover Road.

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WPR News
10:43 am
Sat June 26, 2010

Former VP Cheney hospitalized

Washington, DC – Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been admitted to a Washington, D.C. hospital after experiencing discomfort, in the latest health scare for the 69-year-old Republican leader who has a long history of heart disease.

Spokesman Peter Long says Cheney, who got his political start in Wyoming, is expected to remain at George Washington University Hospital over the weekend.

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WPR News
8:25 pm
Fri June 25, 2010

Charges filed against Utah man in I-80 rampage

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Prosecutors have filed three felony charges against a Utah man accused of ramming another vehicle on Interstate 80, firing shots from a stolen handgun and running naked in traffic.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 26-year-old Armando Juan Cano of Moroni, Utah, went on the bizarre rampage Wednesday night about 33 miles west of Rawlins, in south-central Wyoming.

There were no serious injuries.

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WPR News
8:22 pm
Fri June 25, 2010

Freudenthal likely to seek federal funds for flood

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Preliminary figures from the Federal Emergency Management Agency say this month's flooding in Fremont County caused more than $7 million in damages to public infrastructure. The cost of flood damage to private homes and other property hasn't been calculated yet.

Leigh Anne Manlove, spokeswoman for Gov. Dave Freudenthal, says the governor is likely to ask the federal government to declare flooded parts of Fremont County and the Wind River Indian Reservation as a disaster area.

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