WPR News
7:28 am
Fri January 2, 2009

More small quakes rattle central Yellowstone

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – More earthquakes are rattling Yellowstone National Park.

The small earthquakes that began in the park a week ago continue. They include three more earthquakes Friday that measured stronger than magnitude 3.0. A quake of magnitude 3.5 happened at 11:30 a.m., followed by quakes measuring 3.2 and 3.1 at 12:40 p.m. and 1:15 p.m., according to the University of Utah Seismic Stations.

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WPR News
3:58 am
Thu January 1, 2009

State hospital pushes mental health bills

Cheyenne, wyo – A draft bill would establish a procedure for judges to follow in ordering mentally ill people accused of serious crimes to take anti-psychotic drugs to make them competent to stand trial.

The Select Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is sponsoring a bill in the legislative session that starts Jan. 13. The State Hospital in Evanston requested the bill. Officials say the bill would make state law conform with the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

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WPR News
3:56 am
Thu January 1, 2009

Lummis ready for first day of work

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Cynthia Lummis is all set to be sworn in as Wyoming's only member of the U.S. House on Tuesday.

Since winning the seat in November, Lummis has been busy assembling a staff and attending orientations, issues conferences and receptions.

Lummis succeeds long-time Republican U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin, who did not seek re-election. Lummis says she's not intimidated by the job ahead because of
her experience in the Wyoming Legislature.

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WPR News
9:06 am
Wed December 31, 2008

Hybrid buyers could reap sales tax break

Laramie, Wyo. – A Jackson lawmaker has proposed a number tax breaks for people who support alternative energies.

Republican Representative Keith Gingery is sponsoring a bill in next month's Legislative session that would offer sales tax exemptions to anyone who buys a hybrid vehicle.

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WPR News
7:40 am
Wed December 31, 2008

BLM: Birth control effective for wild horses

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A Bureau of Land Management official says birth control is an effective way to control northern Wyoming's wild horse population but won't eliminate the need for periodic roundups.

In 2004, about 500 horses in the McCullough Peaks outside Powell were rounded up. About 100 horses were returned to their range, including 36 mares that were given a birth-control drug.

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WPR News
6:07 am
Wed December 31, 2008

Snowy weather improves Wyoming's water outlook

Lander, Wyo. – Two weeks of snowy weather has significantly improved Wyoming's winter water outlook.

Forecasters say weather patterns so far this winter are similar to the storms that hit Wyoming around this time last year, and last winter was a good one.

The forecasters say Wyoming needs more wet winters before it can recover from several years of drought.

Meteorologist Don Day in Cheyenne says there wasn't enough snow in Yellowstone for snowmobiling a couple weeks ago. Now there's plenty of snow.

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WPR News
5:58 am
Wed December 31, 2008

Businessman, attorney and policeman round out senate replacement picks

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Republicans in Laramie County have nominated three candidates to replace state Sen. Bob Fecht, who recently resigned.

Fecht is the police chief in Cheyenne and says serving in the Legislature took more time than he expected.

The three nominees are banker and businessman Rick Hunnicutt, attorney Bob Nicholas, and police Capt. Jeff Schulz. The Laramie County Commission will choose Fecht's replacement.

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WPR News
5:48 am
Wed December 31, 2008

Bird lovers get busy counting

Laramie, Wyo. – Each winter, bird lovers pick one day to count as many birds as possible. This year's Christmas Bird Count is happening in 19 communities around Wyoming.

Cheyenne's count is on January 3rd. The coordinator, Greg Johnson, says the count has changed wildlife policy in the past. "The Christmas Bird Count information was instrumental in documenting black duck population on the east coast try to increase the population of black ducks," he says.

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WPR News
8:31 am
Tue December 30, 2008

GOP committee picks 3 candidates to replace Sen. Fecht

Laramie, Wyo. – A committee of 21 Republicans from Laramie County will nominate three candidates tonight to replace state Senator Bob Fecht. Fecht resigned December 19, saying that he needed to focus on his job as Cheyenne's police chief.

Wyoming GOP spokesman Joe Milczewski says the committee will pick from a pool of 12 people who volunteered for the job.

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WPR News
8:25 am
Tue December 30, 2008

Deer use $4 million wildlife tunnels near Kemmerer

Laramie, Wyo. – Deer have started to use new tunnels to cross a highway near Kemmerer. The six underpasses in Nugget Canyon on highway 30 are meant to reduce the number of deer killed by cars.

The Wyoming Legislature funded the nearly four-million-dollar project in 2007 and it was finished in October. The Department of Transportation's Theresa Herbin says nearly 800 animals used the tunnels in a one-week period this month.

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