WPR News
5:38 am
Fri August 22, 2008

Bernanke: financial crisis taking toll on economy

Jackson, Wyo. – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the financial crisis that has pounded the country - coupled with higher inflation - is taking a toll on the economy.

He says the crisis poses a major challenge to Fed policymakers as they try to restore stability.

Bernanke told a conference in Jackson Hole that the financial storm has not yet subsided, and its effects on the broader economy are becoming apparent in the form of softening economic activity and rising unemployment.

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WPR News
2:24 am
Fri August 22, 2008

Another Try at a Smoking Ban

Gillette, Wyo. – A coalition of health care workers and others will make another attempt at persuading the state Legislature to institute some type of statewide smoking ban.

Smokefree Wyoming has twice presented a bill to ban smoking in public venues such as bars, restaurants and sporting arenas across the state.

Both times, the initiative hasn't gotten far in the Legislature.

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WPR News
9:13 am
Thu August 21, 2008

Dick Jones Dies

Powell, Wy – Former Wyoming Senate President Dick
Jones, founder of a long-haul trucking company, died Wednesday. He
was 97.
Jones represented the Powell area in the state Senate from 1955
to 1974, when he stepped down to run for governor. He won the
Republican nomination but lost to Democrat Ed Herschler in the
general election.
Jones was born and grew up in Huntley, Mont., where his Swedish
immigrant parents homesteaded.
He founded Dick Jones Trucking in Powell in 1935. Jones was

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WPR News
9:12 am
Thu August 21, 2008

Sleeping Giant To Reopen

Powell, Wy – A downhill ski area in northern Wyoming that has been closed the past four winters could reopen by this Thanksgiving.
The Sleeping Giant ski area is located in the Shoshone National
Forest about five miles east of Yellowstone National Park.
It has been closed since U.S. Forest Service managers determined
that it required extensive repairs.
But investors and others are undertaking some $3 million in
repairs and improvements, including snowmaking machines, a new ski
lift and expanded runs.

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WPR News
9:09 am
Thu August 21, 2008

Scientists Look At Wyoming Uranium During Tour

Riverton, Wy – Scientists from the French Embassy are touring energy sites in Wyoming this week. Today (Thursday) they stopped at reclaimed uranium mines in the Gas Hills east of Riverton. Philippe Jamet says France is trying to reclaim their old uranium mines. He says it's no longer profitable in France to mine uranium.
"France is a quite densely populated country, so when it comes to getting permitted for mining, especially uranium mining, it's very difficult to obtain such permits. "
Some of the uranium currently mined in Wyoming is shipped to France for nuclear power.

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WPR News
9:07 am
Thu August 21, 2008

EQC Opposes What They Term Tax Breaks For Coal

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming coal producers say they have seen some unfair tax increases and are working with legislators to change the formula that is used to tax them. The goal is to establish more of a fixed rate method of taxation and not charge companies for infrastructure improvements that have little to do with developing coal. But the Equality State Policy Center is concerned about such a change. Sarah Gorin says industry should be treated like everyone else that makes property enhancements, who also have to pay more in Wyoming Taxes.

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WPR News
2:25 am
Thu August 21, 2008

BLM Will Release Its Pinedale Plan Friday

Pinedale, Wy – The Bureau of Land Management will release its Pinedale Resource Management Plan tomorrow (Friday). The plan says how a million acres of federal land will be used over the next 15 to 20 years.

The latest draft of the plan allowed up to 44-hundred new natural gas wells to be drilled in the area. Conservation groups protested that number, saying it would cause too much environmental damage. They say they'll be watching carefully to see how many wells the final plan allows.

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WY Elections
10:00 am
Wed August 20, 2008

Cynthia Lummis Wins Republican U.S. House Primary And Faces Democrat Gary Trauner

Laramie, Wy – Last night, Wyoming voters narrowed their field of candidates in local and national races. The state's next member of the U.S. House of Representatives will either be Republican Cynthia Lummis or Democrat Gary Trauner, following a convincing Lummis victory in the Republican Primary. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports.

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WPR News
9:22 am
Wed August 20, 2008

Laramie To Get More Buses

Laramie, Wy – People living in Laramie have several new transit options. Gregory Jordan with the University of Wyoming Transit and Parking Service says they launched three new bus routes. Jordan says this will help people get to campus as parking gets more limited. But it also will help residents without cars get groceries, access medical services and other needs. He expects the service to increase in the near future and next year their are plans to add a route that runs into West Laramie.

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WPR News
9:13 am
Wed August 20, 2008

Concern About Wild Horses

Powell, Wy – Some people are opposing a proposed wild
horse roundup in the Pryor Mountains of northern Wyoming because they fear the animals will end up being euthanized.
But a federal official said killing the horses is not part of the plan.
The Billings, Mont., Bureau of Land Management field office has
proposed gathering 38 wild horses from the Pryor Mountain herd.
The proposal came at a time when a bureau advisory board in
Nevada proposed euthanizing wild horses as a strategy to cope with

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