WPR News
7:12 am
Fri December 26, 2008

Worland watches the river for ice jams

Worland, Wyo. – Authorities in Worland are monitoring the Big Horn River because of the possibility that recent cold conditions could create an ice jam.

Acting Worland Police Chief Greg Bankert says the ice doesn't appear to be an immediate threat. But he says the city needs to make plans and monitor the situation.

Kimball Croft is local homeland security director. He says the situation usually occurs in January or February, and says ice typically overflows on the west side of the riverbank.

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WPR News
7:45 am
Wed December 24, 2008

Wyo. media pick top Stories of 2008

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming media have spoken, naming Cynthia Lummis' victory over Gary Trauner to claim Wyoming's U.S. House seat the biggest Wyoming news story of 2008.

The delisting of wolves under the Endangered Species Act - followed by their relisting under the order of a Montana federal judge - came in second.

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WPR News
7:41 am
Wed December 24, 2008

Elk meat recall in Colorado

Longmont, Colo. – Consumers are being warned not to eat some elk meat sold at a recent farmers' market in Longmont, Colorado.

State and Boulder County health officers issued a recall Wednesday for elk meat sold Dec. 13 at a farmers' market at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.

The meat comes from elk found to have chronic wasting disease at High Wire Ranch in Hotchkiss. Though the disease is thought to be harmless to humans, health officials still warn against eating meat from infected animals.

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WPR News
7:38 am
Wed December 24, 2008

Avalanche danger grows in Western Wyoming

Jackson, Wyo. – Avalanche centers around the West are warning that backcountry conditions are already hazardous and likely to become even more dangerous with coming snows.

Centers in Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming have issued warnings.

Bob Comey is director of the Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center in Jackson. He says area mountains already have an unstable snowpack. He says the area is expecting to see perhaps as much as 2 feet of new snow in coming days.

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WPR News
7:33 am
Wed December 24, 2008

Group asks for tougher ozone regulations

Albuquerque, N.M. – An environmental group wants the Environmental Protection Agency to force 16 Western states to revise their air quality rules in an effort to trim ozone pollution.

WildEarth Guardians filed a petition with the EPA on Tuesday, saying large cities in the West have already violated clean air standards limiting ozone and the problem is spreading to rural areas.

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WPR News
8:52 am
Tue December 23, 2008

Wyoming ready for federal infrastructure bill

Washington D-C – As Congress prepares to take up an economic stimulus package, transportation officials across the country are drawing up wish lists for highway projects. Wyoming says it has dozens of road repairs ready for federal money.
Deirdre Shesgreen reports

President-elect Barack Obama wants a package that will create 3 million new jobs.

Wyoming officials have identified 105 projects costing more than $400 million dollars that they could begin right away.

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WPR News
8:47 am
Tue December 23, 2008

Retail sales good in Wyoming

WPR News
9:12 am
Mon December 22, 2008

Population grows and state getting younger

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