WPR News
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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WPR News
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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WPR News
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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WPR News
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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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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