WPR News
9:05 am
Wed July 9, 2008

Bishop Riken To Leave Cheyenne

Cheyenne, Wy – Pope Benedict XVI has chosen the bishop of
Cheyenne to head the Green Bay diocese in the United States.
The Vatican said Wednesday that 55-year-old Monsignor David L.
Ricken has been appointed to the Wisconsin post.
Ricken is from Kansas and has studied Church law at Rome's
prestigious Pontifical Gregorian University.

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WPR News
9:02 am
Wed July 9, 2008

Wyoming Water Official Wants Funding

Washington D-C – Wyoming's chief water administrator says clean coal poses a risk to the nation's ground water supply.
Wyoming state government is spending millions of dollars on finding ways to capture and store carbon emissions from burning coal. The most talked about approach is to inject the emissions underground. On a Capitol Hill briefing, Kevin Frederick of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality says that would make ground water more vulnerable to contamination.

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WPR News
8:56 am
Wed July 9, 2008

Frontier Days Goes Green

Cheyenne, –
Cheyenne Frontier Days is going green. The Rodeo is teaming with Laramie's Trihydro Corporation to develop a major recycling program at Frontier Park during this year's rodeo. Concessions Chairman Darin Westby says that Frontier Days has been working on recycling for a number of years .including collecting and recycling cardboard to collecting manure and placing it in a local composting facility. Westby says this year their focus is recycling plastic.

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WPR News
8:54 am
Wed July 9, 2008

Governor Credits Research For Preble's Ruling

Laramie, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal says the investment the state has made in developing scientific data is the likely the reason the Prebles Meadow Jumping mouse is being de-listed in Wyoming. Freudenthal says he believes the research, which included D-N-A testing benefited Wyoming. He says they are using the same approach on Sage Grouse and other animals that might be listed as endangered. Freudenthal credits the legislature for their funding of the data collection program.

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WPR News
2:19 am
Wed July 9, 2008

Preble's mouse removed from list

Laramie, WY – Four conservation groups say they will sue to reinstate protections for the Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse in Wyoming.

The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service decided to remove it from the threatened species list after determining that the animal is doing well in Wyoming.

Some state business leaders and politicians had been pushing for the de-listing, saying that it was holding back development.

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WPR News
10:47 am
Tue July 8, 2008

Body Found near Big Sandy River was Garrett Bardin

Pinedale, WY – The Sublette County Sheriff's Department has confirmed that the body found last week near Big Sandy River was the son of Sheriff Wayne Bardin.

Investigators say 24-year-old Garrett Bardin of Pinedale apparently died of a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The department and volunteer searchers had been looking for Garrett Bardin for nearly two weeks. His body was found last Thursday, a little over a half mile from the Rainbow Family camp.

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10:41 am
Tue July 8, 2008

Pesticide Spraying in Rock Springs

Rock Springs, WY – The City of Rock Springs will begin spraying for mosquitoes at the city cemetery on Thursday. The spraying is part of the effort to prevent the spread of West Nile virus.

Wyoming saw 185 cases of West Nile virus last year and Sweetwater County had its first reported case.

Crews this week plan to spray a pesticide called "Biomist" that contains permethrin. Officials say the pesticide is based on compounds taken from plants and doesn't pose a significant risk to people or pets.

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9:05 am
Tue July 8, 2008

Rainbow Family Members Enter Pleas

Cheyenne, Wy – The U.S. Attorney's Office in Cheyenne
says four Rainbow Family members have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor
charges stemming from a confrontation with U.S. Forest Service officers.
The Forest Service has said that Rainbow Family participants
threw rocks and sticks at officers last Thursday when the officers
were taking a man into custody for an alleged drug offense.
Defendants from Texas, New Mexico, California and North Dakota
pleaded guilty Monday to interfering with a Forest Service officer.

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9:03 am
Tue July 8, 2008

News Coming On Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse

Denver, Co – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to announce Wednesday whether the Preble's meadow jumping mouse will
continue to be listed as an endangered species.
The announcement could affect tens of thousand acres in Colorado
and Wyoming designated as a critical habitat to allow the mouse to
recover. The mouse is named for its ability to leap twice its
length and pivot in the air.
Opponents of the endangered-species designation say the creature
is the same as more common species.

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8:55 am
Tue July 8, 2008

Food Costs Could Hurt Low Income Residents

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