WPR News
8:11 am
Fri July 4, 2008

Canadian Wildfires Blow Smoke at NE Wyoming

Gillette, WY – The National Weather Service says smoke
from large wildfires in Saskatchewan, Canada, is making skies hazy in northeastern Wyoming and the Black Hills.

The Weather Service in Rapid City, S.D., says the smoke is entering the jet stream and winds are carrying it to the Black
Hills. Saskatchewan is more than 600 miles northwest of South Dakota.

The haze is reminiscent of that caused by Yellowstone, Big Horn Mountain and Black Hills forest fires in past year. But no major fires are reported burning in any of the Wyoming mountain ranges.

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WPR News
8:09 am
Fri July 4, 2008

Newspaper Adds Expensive New Printing Press

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Tribune Eagle is making a
major investment in a new printing press even while other newspapers around the country are suffering from declining
circulation and advertising revenue.

Executives at the daily Wyoming Tribune Eagle in Cheyenne say they're investing in the $15.5 million printing press both to
upgrade the daily newspaper and also to expand the company's commercial printing business.

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WPR News
7:45 am
Fri July 4, 2008

Forest Service Says Rainbow Family Members Threw Rocks and Sticks

Cheyenne, WY – The U.S. Forest Service says that about
400 members of the Rainbow Family threw rocks and sticks at ten federal officers on Thursday night as they tried to arrest one
member of the group.

The agency says five members of the group were arrested and one officer was injured slightly.

Rita Vollmer is spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service. The agency is monitoring this year's gathering of about 7,000 members of the Rainbow Family on federal land near Big Sandy, in Sublette County.

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WPR News
10:48 am
Thu July 3, 2008

Casper To Get Direct Service To Las Vegas

Casper, Wy – Casper is getting direct jet service to Las Vegas. Allegiant Air will fly from Casper to Las Vegas twice a week on a 150 seat jet. The company is a low cost carrier that currently serves Billings and Fort Collins. Casper officials see the Natrona County Airport as a catchall for central Wyoming people who want to visit Las Vegas. The service begins in September.

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WPR News
10:44 am
Thu July 3, 2008

Usher One Step Away

Omaha, Neb – A former University of Wyoming swimmer needs a good swim today in order to make the U-S Olympic team. Scott Usher has qualified for the 200 meter breast stroke finals at the U-S Olympic trials. Usher needs to finish in the top two in order to return to the Olympics. He placed seventh in the 2004 Olympic games after becoming the first U-W swimmer to qualify.

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WPR News
10:43 am
Thu July 3, 2008

Former Adminstrator Sues School District

Douglas, Wy – A former Converse County school administrator is suing the school district for gender and age discrimination among other concerns. Jenni Twiford was a special education administrator and says she faced harassment in order to get her to retire. She is 65. Twiford alleges that her husband Jim was also encouraged to retire because of his age. He is a former state senate president. School officials say they cannot comment.

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WPR News
9:12 am
Thu July 3, 2008

Unidentified Body Found in Wind River Range

Pinedale, WY – The Sublette County Sheriff's Department
says searchers found the body of an unidentified man on Thursday.

Volunteers with Tip Top Search and Rescue found the man's body at about 10 a.m. Thursday in the Wind River Mountains, near the Big Sandy River.

The department has been searching 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.

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WPR News
9:09 am
Thu July 3, 2008

Yellowstone Visitor Numbers High Despite High Gas Prices

Laramie, WY – In the same year that many around the country are wringing their hands over gas prices, Yellowstone National Park is seeing record numbers of tourists.

Yellowstone Spokesman Al Nash says a record 612,000 tourists visited the park in June. It's only the second time that the park has seen as many as 600,000 visitors in June.

Nash says Yellowstone's visitation for the first six months of the year, is only slightly behind last year's record pace.

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WPR News
9:07 am
Thu July 3, 2008

Grand Teton Music Festival Begins

Laramie, WY – The Grand Teton Music festival is underway.
It starts with a weekend celebration of Leonard Bernstein.

Music Director Donald Runnicles says they year's lineup tries to celebrate a number of things, including great music and great musicians.

The festival kicks off tonight (Thursday night). Friday features the annual Music in the Hole 4th of July event. The rest of the performances will be at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village. The last concert of the summer is August 16th.

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WPR News
9:04 am
Thu July 3, 2008

Beef Recalled and Replaced by Kroger Co.

Cheyenne, WY – The Kroger Co. has restocked certain
ground beef products at King Soopers and City Market after recalling others as a precaution.

The company voluntarily recalled the ground beef because of cases of E. coli illness in Michigan and Ohio.

A company spokesman says all questionable products were pulled from the shelves Tuesday night, the equipment was cleaned and sanitized, and then fresh cases were placed in the markets on Wednesday.

The company says customers can return questionable meat to any King Soopers store for a refund or replacement.

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