2:09 am
Tue July 15, 2008

In the Headlines: The Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse and the Wolverine

Wyoming – Conservation groups are threatening to sue over the federal government's decision not to protect these animals in Wyoming under the Endangered Species Act. Peter O'Dowd talks to Rebecca Huntington, a freelance reporter in Jackson, and Brodie Farquhar, the managing editor of the Wyoming Business Report in Casper.

2:07 am
Tue July 15, 2008

An Artist Works with Saplings to Create Sculptures

Wyoming – Sculptures have been popping up around Laramie this summer. One of them is the work of Patrick Dougherty. For the last 25 years, he's been weaving together tree saplings to create sculptures. They bring to mind all kinds of things that are made out of sticks: from nests to haystacks. This week he collected saplings and willows from a willing ranch near Centennial, Wyoming.

2:06 am
Tue July 15, 2008

A longtime Laramie Resident with Aspirations to be a Queen

Wyoming – Carol Loyer and her daughter Anne Brande are fourth-generation western photographers involved in Ludwig Photo in Laramie. They recently stepped into the Storycorps booth to talk about Carol's childhood in Laramie. From age 5, she wanted to be the Jubilee queen at the Jubilee Days Parade.

WPR News
12:09 am
Tue July 15, 2008

Wyo. Audubon Opposes Grouse Farm Idea

Laramie, Wyo. – The Director of Wyoming Audubon is coming out strongly against a proposal to create private bird farms in the state to raise Sage Grouse for release.

Brian Rutledge says there is a good chance that such a plan could actually do more harm then good, since those involved in the effort could disturb current mating grounds.

As a veteran wildlife biologist, Rutledge worries that the proposal could set the birds up for disease and other problems.

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WPR News
11:18 am
Mon July 14, 2008

Volunteer Ranks Shrinking in Energy Boom Areas

Laramie, Wyo – Economic conditions in Wyoming may be limiting the state's pool of volunteer workers.

Serve Wyoming's Executive Director Rachel Chadderdon says there is evidence that volunteer workers are hard to come by in energy-impacted areas where anyone who wants a high-paying job can find one.

"We are working in Pinedale right now on a pilot project there to increase volunteerism there because we have heard that a lot of the people who were volunteering have gone to work," she said.

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WPR News
11:13 am
Mon July 14, 2008

Expect Delays at Night on Togwotee Pass

Jackson, Wyo – Plan on delays if you'll be driving over
Togwotee Pass at night in the upcoming week.

Crews have been rebuilding the highway over the pass. This Monday through Friday, the highway will be closed from 11 p.m. to 2
a.m. and from 2:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Also, blasting is scheduled for 7 p.m. each day during the week. The blasting could cause delays of up to an hour.

This latest phase of the project involves stabilizing three landslide zones and adding a box culvert and a bridge to help
wildlife cross the highway.

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WPR News
11:10 am
Mon July 14, 2008

Famous Motorcycle Builder Will Come to Gillette

Gillette, Wyo – Custom bike and car builder Jesse James
will be among those with a booth at the Campbell County Fair next month.

Fair Manager Betty Gough says James will be in Gillette on Aug. 2 to display a vintage truck and items from his clothing line.

James owns the world famous West Coast Choppers custom bike shop in South Beach, Calif.

He's married to actress Sandra Bullock and hosted the Discovery Channel show "Monster Garage."

James produces around a dozen hand-built bikes each year. Each bike sells for between $60,000 and $150,000.

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WPR News
11:08 am
Mon July 14, 2008

Small Park Dedicated to Police Officer

Cheyenne, Wyo – The city of Cheyenne has named a small park for a police officer who was killed in a car crash.

Dennis Shuck died two days after he crashed while pursuing a speeder last August. He was 54 and a 12-year veteran of the Police
Department.

On Friday, the city and its police officers dedicated Dennis Shuck Memorial Park in a triangle-shaped traffic island.

Shuck's son, Travis, said his father would have appreciated the memorial but wouldn't have asked for it.

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WPR News
11:05 am
Mon July 14, 2008

Sportsmen Will Try To Guide Wildlife Management Policy

Cheyenne, Wyo – An advisory group appointed by the Bush
administration says hunters and fishermen - touted as the nation's first conservationists - ought to continue to play an important role as advocates for conserving wildlife and habitat.

But the Sporting Conservation Council says conflicting government policies, dwindling interest in hunting, and growing threats to big game, fish and fowl populations, have made that role a more challenging one.

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WPR News
9:06 am
Mon July 14, 2008

Retirees May Run Out Of Money

Laramie, Wy – A new study shows that Wyoming residents nearing retirement face a high risk of outliving their financial assets. Ernst and Young reports that new retirees need to reduce their standard of living by an average of 35 percent in order to not outlive their assets. Americans for secure retirement spokesman David Mack says that is because most workers in the state don't have a guaranteed revenue stream upon retirement.

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