WPR News
7:37 am
Mon August 4, 2008

Bear roughs up Yellowstone firefighter

Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. – A grizzly bear fleeing a forest fire in Yellowstone has roughed up a firefighter, but the man wasn't seriously hurt.

Fire information officer Sandra Hare says firefighter Tony Allabastro was treated and released at a clinic on the park on Sunday.

Hare says Allabastro is a member of the Lewis and Clark Hotshots from Great Falls, Mont. The crew is among those battling the 4,700-acre LeHardy Fire burning near Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone.

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3:20 am
Mon August 4, 2008

Workers' Compensation: Too Much Money in the Pot, or Too Little Paid Out?

Wyoming – After years of financial crisis, the worker's comp fund has almost a billion dollars in it. Many employers think that's because they've paid too much. Many employees think they've received too little. The legislature is looking at the issue this session. Addie Goss reports.

3:18 am
Mon August 4, 2008

Workers' Compensation and Mental Injury on the Job

Wyoming – State Senator John Hastert is a Democrat from Green River. He's sponsoring a bill that would extend the money a person can get from workers' compensation for mental injuries. An Elsa Partan interview.

3:17 am
Mon August 4, 2008

Energy Bill Stalls

Wyoming – Federal tax credits for clean energy are about to expire by the end of this year. And a deadlocked Congress has failed yet again to pass an extension. Wyoming's growing wind power is at risk. Yanmei Xie reports.

3:15 am
Mon August 4, 2008

Sportsmen for Responsible Energy

Wyoming – A group called Sportsmen for Responsible Energy has put a plan for protecting wildlife in the midst of energy development in Wyoming and the west. Steve Belinda is a former Bureau of Land management employee who currently works as a wildlife specialist for a number of organizations. A Bob Beck interview.

3:13 am
Mon August 4, 2008

Non-Profits Boost Wyoming's Economy

Wyoming – Non profit organizations are formed to benefit the public rather than to provide a profit for owners. Most require both public and private support so they are not viewed as a player in a community's economy. But that perception is not correct. A report finds that non profits spend almost a billion dollars in the state. Bob Beck reports.

3:11 am
Mon August 4, 2008

Rockefeller's Ranch Becomes A Nature Preserve

Wyoming – Back in 1932, John D. Rockefeller Jr. purchased the JY Ranch. It was Jackson's Hole first dude ranch, a place where tourists paid to experience a working cattle ranch. Rockefeller bought the land and another 32,000 acres in order to set it aside for an expansion of Grand Teton National Park. While he donated most of the land to the park, he kept the JY as a family retreat. His son, Laurance, decided to turn it into a nature preserve and give the land to the park, which finally happened last year. Rebecca Huntington reports.

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3:09 am
Mon August 4, 2008

Saddles to Sushi

Wyoming – And now for a redneck perspective. That was the name of Mike Bressler's column in Planet Jackson Hole for five years. He wrote under the pen name of Clyde Thornhill. And he has just self-published his first book called Saddles to Sushi. An Elsa Partan interview.

3:08 am
Mon August 4, 2008

The Boom Has a Financial Dark Side

Wyoming – While the national economy is in a slowdown Wyoming's economy continues to steam along. But there's a financial dark side to all this prosperity. We went to southwest Wyoming to take a look. Elsa Partan reports.

1:45 am
Mon August 4, 2008

Two Ranchers Perspectives on Oil Drilling

Wyoming – Oil has reached record prices this year. Today it's at 124-dollars per barrel. And some believe drilling in Wyoming is poised to heat up again. We traveled through the oil fields in Northern Wyoming to talk with two ranchers who have very different views on the good, the bad, and the future of oil production in the United States. Peter O'Dowd reports.