1:04 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

Wyoming hosts shoot out

Wyoming – Fast draw, a shooting sport, doesn't just have competitors. It has devotees, people who will book flights and drive hundreds of miles for a chance at maybe a thousand dollars in winnings, and a world champion title. Part of fast draw's pull is the camaraderie that comes from sharing specialized knowledge with other specialists. It's also a quintessentially western sport. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick has this story.

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8:10 am
Mon July 20, 2009

UW re-opens Geological Musuem

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8:05 am
Mon July 20, 2009

Wyoming pushes for more stimulus money

Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming is seeking $82 million in federal economic stimulus funding to cover expected shortfalls in education funding next year and also to help build juvenile detention centers around the state.
Chris Boswell is chief of staff to Gov. Dave Freudenthal.
Boswell says $67 million of the total would be earmarked for
educational funding next year. He says the state wants to spend 90
percent of that to support K-12 education with the rest going to
the University of Wyoming and the state's community college system.

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8:40 pm
Fri July 17, 2009

Concerns about Black Hills "rare and uncommon" request

Cheyenne, WY – A request that a Wyoming panel designate a piece of the Black Hills National Forest as "very rare and uncommon" has raised some legal questions.

The Sand Creek area in Crook County is located on U.S. Forest Service land along the border with South Dakota.

The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council earlier this week rejected a petition by a conservation group to designate the area as "very rare and uncommon" because the council wanted more information.

The designation could be used to stop some mining activities.

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8:35 pm
Fri July 17, 2009

Grass growth poses fire risk

Cheyenne, WY – Abundant grass growth resulting from a wet spring and early summer could pose a serious fire risk in Wyoming's grasslands as the state enters the dry season.

Fire and natural resource officials say grass has grown taller than it has in years, particularly in southeast Wyoming.

State climatologist Steve Gray says many parts of the southeast have received more than 150 percent of their historical averages for moisture in the past three months.

July and August are typically the driest months in southeast Wyoming.

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8:32 pm
Fri July 17, 2009

New Director o fNational Park Service gets approval

Laramie, WY – The director of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance is delighted with the selection of Jon Jarvis to be the new Director of the National Park Service.

Franz Camenzind is looking forward to a change in philosophy in the management of parks: "I'm hopeful that we will come back into resource protection as opposed to visitor commercial experience. The two are not mutually exclusive. We can have a thriving visitor economy, but it does not need to accommodate all of their wishes."

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7:05 pm
Fri July 17, 2009

Matthew Shepard Act moving through Congress

Laramie, Wy – It appears the Matthew Shepard Act may pass Congress next week. As Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports, the act would include gay and lesbians in the federal hate crimes law.

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9:43 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

BLM delays transmission line study

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9:41 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Wyoming files lawsuits over investments

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Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming has filed two federal lawsuits over state investment losses in securities it says were backed by sour mortgage loans.
The Wyoming Treasurer's Office sued financial services giant
Merrill Lynch & Co. in March in federal court in New York charging
that the company misrepresented the quality of residential
mortgages that backed its securities.
The state treasurer's office and the Wyoming Retirement System
last month filed a similar suit against IndyMac, a failed
California-based savings and loan company.

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9:39 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Trustees move forward with Fine Arts Center

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