WPR News
6:57 am
Wed June 11, 2008

Off-Road Vehicles Damaging Forests

Laramie, WY – Off-road vehicle users are causing serious damage to the Thunder Basin National Grassland near Gillette as well as the Big Horn and Black Hills National Forests. So Forest Service officials are going public in an effort to reduce the damage.

Douglas Ranger District Recreation Manager Marcia Rose-Ritchie says the all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles are damaging grazing land and causing erosion throughout the area.

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WY Elections
3:07 am
Wed June 11, 2008

Candidate Opposes Universal Health Care

Laramie, Wy – A democrat hoping to get elected to the U-S Senate says finding ways to reform the health care system should not include universal coverage. Gillette Attorney Nick Carter favors a non partisan study in order to find ways to provide health insurance and to lower health care costs. But Carter says it must be done in conjunction with our current system.
But Carter says a solution is necessary. He says health care costs are especially tough in Wyoming where small business people cannot afford to get coverage.

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WY Elections
9:45 am
Tue June 10, 2008

Lummis Is Cautious About Health Care Changes

Laramie, Wy – A candidate for Congress says, No to Universal health care yes to developing groups of people who can form group health insurance programs. That's part of the plan Republican Congressional candidate Cynthia Lummis has for reforming health care. Lummis says that group health insurance programs should bring costs down. Lummis also favors a variety of data sharing programs among doctors.

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WPR News
8:12 am
Tue June 10, 2008

Game department to track migrating elk

Laramie, Wyo – Biologists will begin a project this summer to investigate elk migration from Yellowstone National Park to the National Elk refuge.

Wyoming Game and Fish Biologist Doug Brimeyer says the department will use G-P-S collars to track elk movements from the southern end of the park to their winter feeding grounds near Jackson.

He says the number of animals migrating along that path has been greatly reduced over the years because of heavy hunting seasons in the late 1990s.

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WPR News
8:01 am
Tue June 10, 2008

Democratic Senate hopeful calls for less spending

Laramie, Wyo – U-S Senate candidate Nick Carter calls the country's fiscal policy a disaster, and he says it's no surprise that the economy is in dire straights.

Carter, a Gillette Democrat, says if congress wants to improve the economy, they need to spend less.

Carter says the U-S tax breaks have mostly benefited the wall street crowd and has done little to help average Americans.

Carter is facing fellow Democrat Keith Goodenough in the Democratic primary. The winner faces Senator John Barrasso in November.

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WPR News
7:51 am
Tue June 10, 2008

Barrasso sounds off on energy bill

Washington, DC – The centerpiece of the Democrats' plan is to increase taxes on oil companies and fund renewable energy research.

Democrats blame big oil for soaring gas prices, and want to portray Republicans as being in its pocket.

Republican Senator Barrasso says the Democrats' proposals will reduce the oil supply and push up gas prices even further.

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WPR News
6:58 am
Tue June 10, 2008

Searchers find remains near Lander

Lander, Wyo. – Searchers believe they have found the remains of a 46-year-old Lander man missing in the Wind River Range since last November.

Searchers on Sunday found a backpack, wallet, clothing and bone fragments in a remote area about 50 yards off a trail.

Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan says DNA testing will be needed to determine whether the remains are Clay Rubano who disappeared while hiking.

Rubano worked for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander.

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WPR News
9:56 am
Mon June 9, 2008

Teen Camp At Risk

Cheyenne, Wy – A three-year-old state program that uses
military regimen to help troubled teens is struggling to survive.
Officials say the Wyoming National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program
at Camp Guernsey is in danger of losing federal funding and
possibly even closing because of a lack of enrollment.
The program can accommodate up to 120 teens every 22 weeks. But
just 19 cadets will graduate from the program's fifth class later
this month.
Program director Joe Michaels says there's various reasons for

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WPR News
9:55 am
Mon June 9, 2008

Still No Word On Reservation Deaths

Riverton, Wy – The Fremont County Coroner says it could
take weeks to determine what killed three teenage girls found dead on the Wind River Reservation.
Coroner Ed McAuslan said Monday that preliminary autopsy
investigations on the girls didn't determine their cause of death.
He says more detailed toxicology reports could take from four to
six weeks.
Special Agent Kathleen Wright, a spokeswoman for the FBI in
Denver, said Monday that the agency can't comment on the
investigation.

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