WPR News
8:11 am
Tue August 26, 2008

Park Service faces $2 billion restoration backlog

Laramie, Wyo. – A preservation group says historic buildings in America's national parks have been left to crumble, while administrators focused too long on other priorities.

Even the Park Service recognizes the problem.

An official in Washington says the situation is dire for historic buildings in Wyoming and across the country.

Randy Biallas says the Park Service has enough trouble raising renovation money for high-profile buildings like Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

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WY Elections
7:53 am
Tue August 26, 2008

Nader tries to get on Wyoming ballot

Cheyenne, Wy – The Ralph Nader campaign has turned in
about 8,200 signatures to get the consumer advocate's name placed on the presidential ballot in Wyoming in November.
Wyoming law requires the signatures of 3,868 registered voters
for a candidate to qualify for the ballot.
Nader turned in his signatures to the Wyoming Secretary of State
on Monday. The office is now checking those signatures to see
whether enough of them belong to registered voters.
Nader made the ballot in Wyoming in 2004. He's scheduled to make

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WPR News
7:51 am
Tue August 26, 2008

Governor wants to provide property tax relief

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Cheyenne, Wy – The Governor has not given up in his quest to get tax breaks for homeowners. In a letter to legislators he is asking that they consider what is called the Homestead Tax Exemption. It could provide a tax break for the average homeowner that averages 300 dollars a year. But Freudenthal knows he has some convincing to do.

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WPR News
7:31 am
Tue August 26, 2008

New director named for Ruckelshaus Institute

Laramie, Wyo. – An ecologist from Colorado State University has been named the director of the Haub School and Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.

Ingrid Burke says the Institute can help mediate environmental fights in the state.

"All the environmental issues that are compelling now have science that's engaged and very polar viewpoints associated. And solutions don't fall along the lines of either of the polar viewpoints," she said.

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WPR News
8:41 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Fire Threatens Homes

Cody, Wy – A fire burning 40 miles West of Cody has gotten so difficult to fight that a top-level national firefighting team has been called in to help. The gunbarrel fire made a run at nearly 600 houses and buildings late last week and officials have requested a national Type One fire team to come in. It could take over as early as Wednesday. Information officer Randy Moench (Munch) says crews had to do extensive work at The Star Hill Ranch in Park County.

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WPR News
8:37 am
Mon August 25, 2008

NCAR Still In The Plans

Cheyenne, Wy – Economic development officials say budget
problems at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., should not affect the center's plans to build a supercomputer in Cheyenne.
The supercomputer project would cost $60 million. About a third of that would come from the state and the other two-thirds from NCAR, where the budget has been strained lately. The NCAR staff is down by more than 100 since last year. That
includes some layoffs. Randy Bruns directs economic development group Cheyenne LEADS.

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WPR News
8:33 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Walleye Could Threaten Trout

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Cody, Wy –
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is worried that Walleye could threaten Trout in the Buffalo Bill Reservoir. Four fishermen recently reported catching walleye while trolling for trout in the reservoir just west of Cody. Walleye are good eating, but they're not supposed to be in Buffalo Bill.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department suspects that someone illegally introduced the walleye to the reservoir. Walleye are a
top predator species and Game and Fish is concerned that the walleye could harm trout populations - especially the native

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WPR News
8:28 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Online School Ready To Shut Down

Cheyenne, Wy – An online university based in Cheyenne
says it has suspended admissions of new students into its degree programs.
A statement on the Web site of Warren National University also
says the school is not reactivating former students. The statement
says this is a time of economic uncertainty, and so the university
is focusing its resources on meeting its "current commitments."
Warren National did not return phone messages seeking more
information Monday.
Warren National was known as Kennedy-Western University until it

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WPR News
8:27 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Boy Scout Gets Plague

Jackson, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Health is
investigating how a Boy Scout who visited northwest Wyoming became infected with bubonic plague.
The 18-year-old was hospitalized but is recovering.
Health officials haven't been able to confirm the young man
contracted bubonic plague in Wyoming. If he did, it would be the
first plague case in a human in Wyoming since 2004. Wyoming has had
only five confirmed plague cases since 1978.
The young man's identity and hometown haven't been released. He

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WPR News
2:47 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Riverton neighborhood didn't have working fire hydrants

Riverton, Wyo. – A Riverton mobile home park where a fire
killed three small children earlier this month didn't have water in its fire hydrants.

State law doesn't require subdivisions to have functioning fire hydrants.

Firefighters say the absence of water in the hydrants made no difference in their response to the fire. They say they arrived at the fire less than 8 minutes after getting the call and brought more than enough water in their trucks to put the flames out quickly.

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