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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WPR News
8:23 am
Tue December 30, 2008

Group sues to stop new gun regs in national parks

Washington – The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is suing to stop a last-second Bush administration change that would allow people to carry concealed, loaded guns in most national parks and wildlife refuges.

The group sued the Interior Department in federal court on Tuesday.

They want a federal judge to stop the elimination of a 25-year-old federal rule severely restricting loaded guns in national parks.

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WPR News
8:15 am
Tue December 30, 2008

Bill would require archaeologist to help with old human remains

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Draft legislation spells out the circumstances in which an archaeologist would need to get involved with the discovery of human remains in Wyoming.

State Rep. Pete Illoway, of Cheyenne, says coroners asked the Legislature's Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee to sponsor the bill.

The bill proposes that the state archaeologist get involved with any remains that are more than 100 years old. Also, coroners and the state archaeologist would consult with Indian tribes if necessary.

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WPR News
7:44 am
Tue December 30, 2008

50-foot wall of snow closes Teton Pass

Jackson, Wyo. – The highway over Teton Pass is closed after efforts to reduce the risk of avalanches brought a vast amount of snow down over the roadway.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation says the highway is covered by a 50-foot-deep wall of snow.

Traffic was stopped before the snow was brought down artificially at 10 a.m. Tuesday. WyDOT spokeswoman Theresa Herbin says the avalanche was set off by a howitzer shell that was fired at the mountainside.

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WPR News
11:02 am
Mon December 29, 2008

Wildlife group disappointed with BLM's Pinedale plan

Laramie, Wyo. – A final management plan for oil and gas development in the Pinedale anticline is getting lukewarm support from a wildlife group.

Walt Gasson of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation is disappointed that not enough safeguards were put into the plan that took seven years to develop.

BLM officials say the plan provides more protections for mule deer and other wildlife that follow a migration corridor. But Gasson says it would have been better to fully protect the wildlife.

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WPR News
10:44 am
Mon December 29, 2008

Amendment would let cities and counties combine governments

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Lawmakers are considering a state constitutional amendment that would permit the unification of city and county governments in Wyoming.

Voters would get a chance to decide on the amendment if two-thirds of the Legislature votes this winter to put the measure on the next general election ballot.

Republican Rep. Pete Illoway, of Cheyenne, says unified governments could help some Wyoming communities. He points out that Jackson and Teton County have discussed unifying their governments for years.

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WPR News
10:42 am
Mon December 29, 2008

Cheney to live in Jackson and Virginia

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Vice President Dick Cheney says he and his wife, Lynne, plan to equally divide their time between their homes in Jackson and northern Virginia after Cheney leaves office next month.

Cheney told the Casper Star-Tribune in an interview that they've always considered Wyoming home.

Cheney also says he has no desire whatsoever to return to elected office. He says he's loved his career in politics and government, but there comes a time to step aside and he's reached that point in his career.

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