WPR News
10:52 am
Tue November 4, 2008

Declining Visitors Leads to Cuts at Buffalo Bill

Cody, WY – A decline in visitors has the Buffalo Bill Historical Center reviewing its budget for possible cuts in 2009.

The center at Cody saw a drop in visitation of more than 7 percent for the year.

Buffalo Bill Center executive director Bruce Eldredge says many other museums around the country have seen a 15 to 30 percent drop in visititors.

In fact, the Wyoming museum is trying to hire a chief development officer and a director of development and major gifts.

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WPR News
9:29 am
Mon November 3, 2008

Credit Crunch May Delay Building in Wamsutter

Wamsutter, WY – The national credit crisis could delay plans to build new houses in the booming south-central Wyoming town of Wamsutter.

Developer Larry Miller has asked the Wamsutter Town Council for a six-month extension on an agreement to start construction on eight homes by the end of the year.

Miller said sales of the first two homes built have been slowed by tougher lending guidelines.

The Wamsutter Town Council took no immediate action on the request.

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Election 2008
9:08 am
Mon November 3, 2008

Rothfuss, Enzi Disagree on Energy Plans

Laramie, WY – Democrat Chris Rothfuss is challenging Republican Senator Mike Enzi for a seat in the U-S Senate. Rothfuss has focused his campaign on the issue of energy independence.

Rothfuss is a chemical engineer who worked as a diplomat and now teaches at the University of Wyoming. As part of his campaign, he's put out a comprehensive plan for energy independence: "I bring a new direction, I bring a new set of skills, new ideas, a focus on engery, whereas Senator Enzi has not been focused on energy in the last decade plus."

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WPR News
9:06 am
Mon November 3, 2008

Cheney Reflects on Political Career in Laramie

WPR News
9:04 am
Mon November 3, 2008

Cowboys: First Mountain West Conference Win

Laramie, WY – Wyoming running back Devin Moore had a career day, scoring three touchdowns and running for 234 yards as the Cowboys defeated San Diego State 35-10. Moore says he hopes it is the start of something for the team.

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WPR News
9:02 am
Mon November 3, 2008

New snowmobile plan is released

Yellowstone National Park – A new snowmobile plan for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks would cut back by more than 40 percent the number of machines allowed into the park daily.
The proposal was released Monday in the wake of a federal
judge's recent rejection of plans for up to 540 snowmobiles in the
two parks daily.
U.S. District Judge Emmett Sullivan said the rejected plan
threatened to increase air pollution, disturb wildlife and cause
too much noise in the country's first national park.

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WPR News
8:58 am
Mon November 3, 2008

Earthquake hits Converse County

Douglas, Wy – A small earthquake rumbled in southeast Converse County but caused no damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a magnitude of 3.4
and was centered in a sparsely populated area about 10 miles
northeast of Douglas. It occurred shortly before 6:15 Monday
morning.
Nancy Meyer of the Converse County Sheriff's Office says she was
eating breakfast at her home on the east side of Douglas when she
heard a rumble and saw mirrors in home move slightly.
She called the sheriff's office where the dispatcher speculated

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WPR News
8:57 am
Mon November 3, 2008

Groups worried about drilling plan in Adobe Town

Rawlins, Wy – Plans to lease or drill wells in remote areas of southwest Wyoming are drawing protests from conservation groups, religious leaders, hunters, Native American groups and others.
An oil and gas company is seeking approval from the Bureau of
Land Management to drill four wells in the Adobe Town badlands area
of the southern Red Desert near the Colorado border.
On the northern end of the Red Desert, the BLM is proposing to
sell leases in an area known as the Jack Morrow Hills, about 35

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WY Elections
8:55 am
Mon November 3, 2008

Early voting occuring across the state

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WY Elections
8:53 am
Mon November 3, 2008

Wyoming's election is historic

Laramie, Wy – This is an election for the history books in Wyoming. University of Wyoming historian Phil Roberts says voters do not usually get to choose both U-S Senators at once.
"The last time that Wyoming chose two U.S. Senators at the same time was in 1894. It's an extraordinarily unusual opportunity for voters this time."
The death of Senator Craig Thomas in 2007 led to the unusual situation. One of the two senate races is to fill the remaining four years of Thomas' term.

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