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

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WPR News
9:54 am
Mon June 9, 2008

Costs Slow Road Growth

Laramie, Wy – Rising costs for asphalt and other materials means there will be fewer road repairs this summer. Wyoming department of transportation director John Cox says it is becoming a trend and that it means that they cannot rebuild some roads that desperately need it. The legislature put more money into road construction this past session, but Cox says rising costs offset the increased funding. A national asphalt publication says the cost for construction materials is up 26 percent from last year.

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WPR News
9:52 am
Mon June 9, 2008

Farm Bill Provides Incentives For Easements

Pinedale, Wy – The farm bill re-approved by congress provides some increased tax incentives for those who want to provide a conservation easement. Such easements protect and preserve agricultural land and open spaces across the state. Congress will provide the renewed incentives until 2009 and could give those donating their land huge income tax breaks. Jordon Vanna of the Green River Valley Land Trust thinks the incentives will encourage more people to set up such easements.

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WPR News
9:51 am
Mon June 9, 2008

Doctor Suspended

Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Board of Medicine has
suspended the license of a Lovell doctor facing federal charges of
unlawfully distributing painkillers.
The board filed an order Monday suspending the license of Dr.
Joseph Baumstarck Jr.
The U.S. Attorney's Office announced last month that Baumstarck
had been arrested during a search of his clinic. He's accused of
unlawfully prescribing the drugs oxycodone and hydrocodone outside
the scope of his medical practice.
Kim Baumstarck is the doctor's wife. She says that the couple

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WPR News
8:46 am
Fri June 6, 2008

Former Fire Chief Gets Extra Time

Cheyenne, Wy – A federal judge has sentenced former
Campbell County Fire Chief Gary Scott to serve 24 years, five months in prison on 10 felony convictions of taking children under the age of 18 across state lines to sexually molest them.
Some of the victims were molested while they were members of a
fire cadet program for children that Scott created. Scott served as
Campbell County fire chief from 1991 until his arrest last August.
U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer on Friday ruled that the

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