WPR News
9:33 am
Mon June 2, 2008

It Will Take Awhile For Crane Collapse Cause

Gillette, Wy – Federal investigators say it may be months
before they determine what caused the collapse of a massive crane
that injured three workers at a coal mine in northeastern Wyoming.
Two ironworkers remain hospitalized at the Wyoming Medical
Center in Casper. One man is listed in critical condition, and the
other in stable condition.
Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration spokesman Bill
Denning says investigators were on the scene Monday. He says it
will take months for the agency to reach conclusions about the

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WPR News
9:32 am
Mon June 2, 2008

Tornado Touches Down In Gillette

Gillette, Wy – A tornado touched down briefly in Gillette
on Monday afternoon but caused little damage.
Campbell County emergency management coordinator Dave King said
the twister came down in the Foothills Subdivision on the west side
of town after 3 p.m.
King said the twister blew down a fence and some siding but that
was about it.
He said several people reported funnel clouds east and west of

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WPR News
9:30 am
Mon June 2, 2008

Dining Out Helps The Poor

Casper, Wy – Tuesday dozens of restaurants across Wyoming will donate a portion of the day's profits to combat hunger in the state. Director of Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, Diane DeLozier, says Wyoming's strong economy can hide the fact that 53-thousand people here live in poverty and pressures on them are growing with rising food and gas prices. She says the proceeds from tomorrow's event will go to stocking about 2-hundred food banks and after-school programs across the state, so she urges people to dine out.

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WPR News
9:28 am
Mon June 2, 2008

Man Arrested For Hit And Run Fatality

Gillette, Wy – The Wyoming Highway Patrol says troopers
arrested a Montana man they suspect struck and killed a woman walking alongside a highway.
A passer-by found the body of 46-year-old Raylene Fischer, of
Wright, alongside Wyoming Highway 387 in Wright early Saturday
morning. Fischer had left a local bar earlier that night.
Patrol officials said Monday that 44-year-old Raymond Potts, of
Hardin, Mont., is suspected of striking Fischer and leaving the
scene without reporting what happened.

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WPR News
9:27 am
Mon June 2, 2008

Job Corps Closer To Reality

riverton, wy – A program designed to help young people graduate and get jobs will soon be in Wyoming. Officials say that the Wyoming Job Corps office is scheduled to open by 2011 in Riverton. Those involved with the effort have hired an expert in such facilities to put the final touches on Wyoming's operation. A job corps helps those ages 16 to 24 and Sandy Barton with the Fremont County Board of Education says that it will also help Wyoming's workforce.

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3:27 am
Mon June 2, 2008

Pinedale Residents are Worried About Their Water, Too

Wyoming – Much has been said about air pollution in Pinedale this year, but landowners in the Wild Horse Ranch Subdivision southwest of Boulder, are worried about their water, as well. They're protesting a proposal to dispose of wastewater from the drilling fields. Rebecca Huntington reports.

12:11 am
Mon June 2, 2008

Seniors with Disabilities Left Without Help during Tornado

Laramie, WY – Disabled seniors who live in public housing in Laramie had to get to safety during last week's tornado without any help. What happened to them during the tornado sheds light on what federal housing offers to these seniors, and what it does not. Addie Goss reports.

12:09 am
Mon June 2, 2008

Giant Bison and Elk Herds Decimate Plant Life near Jackson

Wyoming – Last summer, the bison herd that winters on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson grew to its biggest size since people started counting. Wildlife experts say there are so many bison and elk in one place, the landscape is suffering. Elsa Partan reports.

12:07 am
Mon June 2, 2008

Ski Resorts Go Smoke Free

Wyoming – This week the three resorts in Teton County went smoke-free. County Tobacco prevention coordinator Julia Heemstra calls it an amazing step. A Bob Beck interview.

12:05 am
Mon June 2, 2008

Independent Films Get a Boost in Jackson

Wyoming – In Jackson next week, it will be the 5th anniversary of an ambitious effort to recognize independent films. The Jackson Hole film festival and Global Insight summit kick off. Bob Beck interviews organizer Todd Rankin.