WPR News
8:14 am
Mon July 7, 2008

Insurance Program Tries To Help

Laramie, Wy – A foundation has moved to Wyoming with the
aim of helping some of the 80,000 uninsured people in the state to get health insurance.
The CoverMe Foundation was founded in Kentucky. Founder Alec
Shea and his wife moved to Laramie last fall. The organization
links people with government-funded programs, community social
services and private insurance.
Shea says the program tries to find uninsured people before they
incur medical costs. He says the program screens people for

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WPR News
8:11 am
Mon July 7, 2008

Brucellosis Focus Is Now On Elk

Jackson, Wy – Over the past two decades, government
agencies killed more than 6,000 wild bison leaving Yellowstone National Park. The goal is to contain a serious livestock disease
the bison carry.
But the crosshairs are shifting to a new target -- elk -- as the
disease infects cattle in parts of Wyoming and Montana where bison haven't roamed for decades.
The disease brucellosis causes pregnant cattle to abort their young. State officials say elk from infected
herds around Yellowstone must be culled.

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WPR News
8:01 am
Mon July 7, 2008

Elk Should Be Fenced Out

Dubois, Wy – A longtime critic of the state brucellosis management plan continues to blame ranchers. Robert Hoskins says ranchers should take more responsibility to reduce the disease. He wants feed grounds eliminated, so that elk would give birth in solitude and not spread the disease. Hoskins says that can be achieved if ranchers fence their cattle in for part of the year.
"During the window of time when brucellosis can be transmitted between elk and cattle, late winter early spring, we need to have absolute physical separation between elk and cattle."

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7:53 am
Mon July 7, 2008

The Governor says people need to plan for high heating costs.

Cheyenne, Wy – The Governor says people need to plan for high heating costs. Natural gas companies say they plan on hiking heating costs substantially this year, possibly as high as 70 percent. For that reason, Governor Dave Freudenthal wants people to use the summer months to make their homes and businesses energy efficient.
Freudenthal says the cost of natural gas at the Hub is double of what it was last year. He says the Wyoming Public Service Commission does not have the ability to regulate such increases.

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7:47 am
Mon July 7, 2008

Governor Interested In How Clean Energy Will Develop

Jackson, Wy – Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal says he will be interested to see how private industry will move forward with the technology for clean energy. During discussion at the Western Governor's association meeting in Jackson, Freudenthal wondered what will push the private sector to use creativity to find solutions.
Freudenthal was told that coming to grips with a federal energy policy that includes rules will be helpful. But many at the meeting think it will probably have to wait until a new President is elected who they hope will establish an energy vision.

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7:12 am
Mon July 7, 2008

Mosquito Season Means West Nile Virus Can't Be Far Behind

Laramie, WY – Wyoming has not had any cases of West Nile virus yet this year, but the Department of Health says this is the time that the disease may start showing up.

Spokeswoman Kim Deti says it's hard to say if this year's wet spring will lead to more West Nile infections, because the disease is still so new.

"We do know that weather and the presence of water can be factors," she said.

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WPR News
11:15 am
Fri July 4, 2008

Former UW Swimmer Didn't Make the Olympic Team

Laramie, WY – A former University of Wyoming swimmer will not return to the Olympics this year.

Scott Usher came in third in the finals of the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials yesterday.

He needed a second place to go to Beijing.

Usher went to the Olympics in 2004 and placed seventh in the same event.

U.W. swim coach Tom Johnson was there to watch Usher. He says the race was disappointing.

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11:09 am
Fri July 4, 2008

Grills Can Start Fires

Laramie, WY – Fire officials are cautioning people to make sure their grills don't start a fire this Fourth of July.

Charcoal and gas grills caused more than eight thousand fires nationwide in 2005, the latest year that statistics are available. Rick Jansen is the fire marshal for the City of Laramie. He says one temptation to avoid is spraying lighter fluid on already-lit coals.

"We all know that we probably shouldn't be adding flammable liquid to an already burning fire," he said.

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8:23 am
Fri July 4, 2008

Game & Fish Will Enforce Laws Against Drunk Boating

Laramie, WY – This holiday weekend, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says it will be strictly enforcing the law against operating a motor boat under the influence.

Robin Kepple is a spokeswoman for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. She says it's important to appoint a designated driver when boating.

"Because a license is not required to operate a boat, people tend to think of it as a party pad," Kepple said.

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8:14 am
Fri July 4, 2008

Man Died of Self-inflicted Gunshot Wound in Sublette County

Pinedale, WY – The Sublette County Sheriff's Department
says a man whose body was found Thursday near the Big Sandy River apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The department and volunteer searchers have been looking for nearly two weeks for 24-year-old Garrett Bardin, the son of
Sublette County Sheriff Wayne Bardin. Garrett Bardin's truck was found in the area last week.

Dick Blust Jr. is spokesman for the department. He says no positive identification of the body has been made yet.

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