WPR News
8:56 am
Wed June 4, 2008

Reservation Deaths Investigated

Riverton, Wy – The FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs
police are investigating the deaths of three people whose bodies were found at a housing complex on the Wind River Indian
The Northern Arapaho Tribe public relations department says the
people died Wednesday morning in a residence at the Beaver Creek
Housing Development, a few miles south of the central Wyoming town
of Riverton.
Jonathan Barela, assistant director of public relations for the
tribe, says no information has been released on the cause of death,

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WPR News
8:55 am
Wed June 4, 2008

Investigation Notes Problems

Cheyenne, Wy – An investigation by the Wyoming Department
of Family Services has concluded that juveniles weren't adequately
supervised when a boy allegedly was sexually assaulted at a Casper
juvenile jail a few months ago.
The department also found that staff and administrators at the
Regional Juvenile Detention Center didn't report the alleged
assault to the state as required.
The Associated Press obtained the report outlining the
department's conclusions after filing an open records request with
the department.

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WPR News
8:54 am
Wed June 4, 2008

Mule Deer Deaths Have Wildlife Officials Worried

Cokeville, Wy – A Game and Fish Department Wildlife Biologist says he is alarmed by the large number of Mule Deer deaths in the Wyoming range this winter and the early spring. Gary Fralick says most occurred in Central Uinta County and near Cokeville. Fralick says the die off was enough that it will be difficult for the population to bounce back quickly. He adds that forage losses will not help the animals rebound.

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WPR News
8:52 am
Wed June 4, 2008

Southwest Housing Plan Worked

Rock Springs, Wy – After struggling to find housing for new employees several housing developments have been built throughout Southwest, Wyoming. The area received a state grant and they found a developer who conceived clustering houses together. They are a mix of homes both for-sale and for-rent. At first the challenge was to get local residents agree to the developments and that was done with an ad campaign. Sweetwater Economic Development Association Director Pat Robbins says that finding builders was a tougher challenge.

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WPR News
9:40 am
Tue June 3, 2008

Tourist Industry Struggles

Cheyenne, Wy – Tourist numbers are expected to be high this summer, but restaurants and hotels across Wyoming may still struggle to make a profit. The Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association's Lynn Birleffi says the state's worker shortage makes it particularly hard to hire seasonal workers. Add to that higher utility costs for hotels and higher food costs and Birleffi says the hospitality industry is struggling.
Birleffi says tourists probably won't see much change. But she says some businesses may be in the red by the end of the summer.

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9:33 am
Tue June 3, 2008

Wyoming Senators Oppose Climate Change Bill

Washington D-C – In separate speeches on the Senate floor, Wyoming Senators John Barrasso and Mike Enzi spoke out against Lieberman-Warner global climate change bill. Enzi says the bill would require too many costs of companies that would in turn drive up consumer costs.
Senator John Barrasso says it would hurt Wyoming families and likely cost the state several energy jobs. Enzi says the solution to using global warming needs to involve innovation and technology.

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WPR News
9:31 am
Tue June 3, 2008

Conservation Groups Sue Over Refuge

Jackson, Wy – Five conservation groups say they have
filed a lawsuit to stop the federal government from feeding elk on
Wyoming's National Elk Refuge.
The groups say that by feeding an estimated 7,500 elk every
winter, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has turned the refuge
into a breeding ground for diseases that can harm both wildlife and
Jeff Welsch with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition said a
lawsuit demanding a stop to the feeding was filed Tuesday in U.S.
District Court in Washington D.C.

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9:28 am
Tue June 3, 2008

Sylvan Pass Deal Reached

Cody, Wy – A group of state and federal officials has
agreed to recommend that the National Park Service keep Sylvan Pass
open during the winter to provide an entry into Yellowstone National Park.
The regional director of the National Park Service issued a
decision late last year that the federal agency would stop winter
maintenance of the pass. The pass leads to the east entrance of
Yellowstone National Park and rises to an elevation of 8,530 feet.
The Park Service had proposed closing the pass in the winter to

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11:58 am
Mon June 2, 2008

UW Swimmers Strive For Olympic Trials

Wyoming – In just a few months, the world's best athletes will descend on Beijing for the 2008 summer Olympics. Some of those athletes are still pushing the limits of their physical endurance to qualify for the U-S team. That includes a few young swimmers from the University of Wyoming. Peter O'Dowd has the story.

11:57 am
Mon June 2, 2008

UW Professor Helped Double-Amputee Sprinter's Case

Wyoming – South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius won a significant victory in court this month, and a University of Wyoming professor helped. UW assistant professor of biomechanics Matt Bundle was on the team of scientists that made the case that his prosthetic legs do not give him an unfair advantage. An Elsa Partan interview.