6:45 am
Fri September 5, 2008

As landfills fill up, recycling looks good

Wyoming – Wyoming recycles less trash than almost any other state. But there's a growing movement across Wyoming to recycle more... and it's not just environmentalists making the push. Addie Goss reports.

WPR News
8:46 am
Thu September 4, 2008

Social Security debit cards available

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming is one of a dozen Western states where the Treasury Department is introducing a Social Security debit
card.

It can be used to pay bills or draw cash. There is no sign-up fee and no bank account is required.

About two million Social Security recipients are getting sign-up
information with their September checks. The other states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Recipients can sign up by phone, 1-877-212-9991, or online.

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WPR News
8:44 am
Thu September 4, 2008

Panel: economics left out of energy debate

Laramie, Wyo. – The economics of America's energy debate are often left out of the discussion.

That's according to panelists at a University of Wyoming energy economics summit Thursday.

Carbon capture, clean coal, and oil extraction are topics of the day. But the governor's energy advisor Rob Hurless says politicians, environmentalists, and sometimes even industry ignore underlying business principles.

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WPR News
8:43 am
Thu September 4, 2008

Barrasso Praises Palin

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso is praising
John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for a running mate.

Barrasso is at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. He says Palin is strong on Second Amendment rights, knows
energy issues and knows public lands issues.

Barrasso says Palin's speech Wednesday night "electrified" the convention audience, and that included the delegates from Wyoming.

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WPR News
8:25 am
Thu September 4, 2008

Head of Wyoming Infrastructure Authority Will Step Down

Laramie, Wyo. – The head of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority will step down at the end of next month.

Steve Waddington says he was proud to get three major power line projects going during his time as director. He says the legislature set up the authority in 2004 with the idea that Wyoming should export electricity from coal. But the possibility of federal carbon taxes derailed those plans.

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WPR News
8:14 am
Thu September 4, 2008

Smoking Ban Report Points to Successes

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A new study for the Wyoming Department of
Health says more people quit smoking in communities that have enacted strong laws against smoking in public places.

The study by the Survey and Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming comes as Wyoming lawmakers prepare to revisit a possible statewide smoking ban.

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WPR News
10:44 am
Wed September 3, 2008

Climate Change May Shape Big Game Migration

Laramie, WY – Climate change might be affecting the behavior of big game animals in the Rocky Mountain West. The US Geological Survey is looking for connections between changing snow pack and animal behaviors like feeding and migration.

USGS disease ecologist Paul Cross says climate change is already shaping Wyoming's landscape: "What we've seen in the Jackson Pinedale region is snowpack's almost 50 percent down in January from what it was in 1950."

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WPR News
10:39 am
Wed September 3, 2008

Wet Weather Dampens Fires

Lander, WY – Snow and rain have doused two major wild fires burning in Wyoming.

Both the Gunbarrel Fire west of Cody and the New Fork Fire north of Pinedale were beaten down yesterday. Officials say both fires are now smoldering.

Forest Service officials say both fires should stay calm for at least the next few days.

The Gunbarrel Fire has burned more than 67,000 acres of forest. Forest Service officials say the fire has done a good job of clearing out and rejuvenating the forest.

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WPR News
7:26 am
Wed September 3, 2008

Supreme Court upholds Proffit conviction

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld a Gillette man's convictions for murder and conspiracy in the death of a teenager who was strangled and dumped by the side of an interstate highway in 2005.

The court on Wednesday rejected an appeal from Kent Alan Proffit, Sr. He's serving life in prison without parole in the death of Jeremy Forquer, 19.

The Wyoming Supreme Court last week also upheld Proffit's separate conviction of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the death of another teenager.

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WPR News
6:47 am
Wed September 3, 2008

Industry to protest Pinedale plan

Laramie, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management recently published its long-range plan for Pinedale.

It increases the amount of land that cannot be drilled by 150 percent, to nearly 440-thousand acres.

Kathleen Sgamma with the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States says that was a bad idea.

"When you take something off the table, you don't necessarily know how much you're taking off," Sgamma says. "You can't really prove up a resource until you start to drill some wells and do some exploration."

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