WPR News
8:58 am
Thu April 1, 2010

State Petroleum Association objects to settlement

Salt Lake City, UT – The Petroleum Association of Wyoming complains a Department of Interior move will restrict the state's oil and gas industry.

The Interior is halting fast-track approvals for drilling across the Rocky Mountains in a legal settlement reached in Salt Lake City.

Conservationist groups challenged the Bush administration's interpretation of a law that allows federal land managers in some cases to issue fast-track drilling permits without a full environmental review.

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WPR News
8:57 am
Thu April 1, 2010

Taylor named state Republican Party Exec. Director

Casper, WY – The Wyoming Republican Party has named the press secretary for U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis as the state party's new executive director.

Wyoming GOP Chairman Diana Vaughan says Ryan Taylor will start his new position in Casper on Monday.

Taylor, who grew up in Rawlins, has worked for Lummis since she took office in January 2009 and previously served as communications director for U.S. Sen. John Barrasso's election campaign in 2008.

He has also worked in the offices of U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and Craig Thomas.

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WPR News
8:55 am
Thu April 1, 2010

New coal-fired power plant goes online

Billings, MT. – A new coal-fired power station goes online in northeastern Wyoming on Thursday, marking the state's first coal plant completion since early 2008.

WyGen III will deliver electricity to about 70,000 residents in western South Dakota and parts of Wyoming and Montana. It was built by Black Hills Power Corp. for $247 million.

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WPR News
7:58 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Campus reacts to canceled Ayers talk

Laramie, WY – The day after a scheduled lecture by radical activist turned education theorist Bill Ayers was cancelled, discussion continues on the University of Wyoming campus.

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WPR News
7:53 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Cheyenne lays off 20 workers

Cheyenne, WY – The city of Cheyenne has laid off 20 employees in a move that will save an estimated $1.1 million in salaries and benefits this fiscal year and next.

Mayor Rick Kaysen says the affected workers in public works, parks and recreation, the clerk's office, police administration and engineering learned Wednesday of the cuts, effective immediately. They will receive benefits through April.

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WPR News
7:52 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Idaho's first public wolf hunt draws to close

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Boise, ID – Idaho wildlife officials are crediting sportsmen and the state's first public wolf hunting season for stabilizing the predator's rapid population growth and proving hunts can be a successful management tool.

Idaho's wolf season ends at dusk Wednesday.

Since September, Idaho hunters have bagged 185 wolves, short of the 220-wolf quota. Last year, another 138 wolves were killed in livestock protection actions or other causes.

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WPR News
7:50 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Community comes together to honor fallen Marine

Gillette, WY – Thousands of Campbell County residents lined Gillette-area roads to honor a Marine who was killed in Afghanistan.

The body of 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Ross arrived Wednesday at Gillette-Campbell County Airport. A procession escorted his casket to Family Life Church on Highway 50.

The Defense Department says Ross died March 24 in combat operations in Helmand Province.

A funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, followed by burial at Mount Pisgah Cemetery.

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WPR News
7:47 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Bridger-Teton works on river management plan

Laramie, WY – The Bridger-Teton National Forest is working on developing a comprehensive management plan for the Snake River Headwaters Wild and Scenic River system. It's part of the Craig Thomas Snake Headwaters Legacy Act, which is intended to keep federal agencies from approving anything detrimental to the river system.

David Cernicek is overseeing the effort and his main message is that most river users and property owners will see no change: "It doesn't change property rights, recreation use, grazing, things like that."

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WPR News
7:31 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Interior Dept stops fast-track approval for drilling

Salt Lake City, UT – Conservationists are praising the Interior Department's move to stop fast-track approvals for drilling across the Rocky Mountains.

The settlement came in response to a 2008 lawsuit filed in Salt Lake City that challenged the Bush administration's interpretation of a law allowing federal land managers to issue drilling permits without a full environmental review. Most of the fast-tracked projects were approved in Wyoming, New Mexico and Utah from 2006 to 2008.

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WPR News
10:42 am
Wed March 31, 2010

Laramie County weighs new juvenile detention center

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Laramie County officials are considering building a new juvenile detention center.

The county's Juvenile Services Joint Powers Board voted this week to recommend building the new center and Laramie County commissioners are expected to vote on the plan April 6.

Officials say the 24-bed facility could be built for $7.5 million at the Archer Complex. Commissioners have approval from the governor's office to use $4.5 million in federal stimulus funds for the project and the rest of the cost could be covered with county bonds.

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