WPR News
8:40 am
Wed May 21, 2008

Wyoming's Natural Gas Fetching a Pretty Price at Market

Laramie, WY – Wyoming's natural gas is fetching twice the money at market than it did at the same time last year.

Jim Robinson, the senior economist at the state's Economic Analysis Division says usually when spring weather kicks in, natural gas prices fall quickly. But not this year.

"What we're seeing is that the prices are still in that eight to nine dollar range and here we are in the third week in May," Robinson said.

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WPR News
8:32 am
Wed May 21, 2008

Sandbagging Continues in Baggs

Baggs, WY – Members of the Wyoming Army National Guard
and local volunteers are working to shore up the banks of the Little Snake River near Baggs as high waters continue to threaten
the southern Wyoming town.

Mayor Linda Corners says water had not breached any of the diversion dikes and there is no water in the town.

Today's peak river level never exceeded yesterday's peak.

Abundant snowpack in the Sierra Madre mountain range and warm temperatures have made for high levels of runoff in the river
basin.

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WPR News
8:25 am
Wed May 21, 2008

Echo Springs Gas Plant Plans Expansion

Cheyenne, WY – Williams natural gas company said today that it plans to double the processing capacity and production of natural gas liquid at its Echo Springs plant in southern Wyoming.

The Tulsa, Okla.-based company says it will spend up to 233 million dollars to expand the plant, which processes gas from the Washakie Basin. Williams plans to start construction next year and finish in late 2010, pending necessary permits.

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WPR News
10:58 am
Tue May 20, 2008

Wyoming's Unemployment Rate At Record Low

Laramie, WY – Wyoming's unemployment rate has fallen to 2.6 percent, the lowest it's been since the year 1979.

Senior economist with the state Department of Employment, David Bullard, says Wyoming now has the lowest unemployment in the nation, tied with South Dakota. Bullard says that's a good sign.

"There's no question Wyoming's economy is doing well," Bullard said.

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WPR News
9:33 am
Tue May 20, 2008

No New Clues in 1980 Case

Pavillion, WY – Law enforcement officials say that
excavations near a Fremont County home haven't turned up any clues to the 1980 disappearance of a mother and her two sons.

Virginia Uden and her sons Reagan and Richard have been missing since 1980. Their car was found nearly a month later in a remote canyon with the interior stained with blood.

Authorities say investigators have been digging Monday and Tuesday near a residence about 15 miles north of Riverton. Police
say the residence had been owned by the woman's ex-husband.

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WPR News
9:29 am
Tue May 20, 2008

Yellowstone Expects Strong Tourism Season

Cody, WY – The superintendent of Yellowstone National
Park says early signs point to a strong tourist season this summer.

Superintendent Suzanne Lewis says she's optimistic, despite the high gas prices, because reservations are at the same level or
ahead of last year. She noted that 2007 was a record year for Yellowstone, with visitation up 10 percent.

Lewis spoke Monday during National Parks Day, a traditional summer tourism kickoff event in Cody.

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WPR News
9:26 am
Tue May 20, 2008

Emission Control Sought on Behalf of the Polar Bear

Laramie, WY – The conservation groups that successfully got polar bears listed as threatened last week were back in court today to try to get the government to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Scientists say those gases have led to rapid melting of sea ice, which is where polar bears live.

But the government says it will not use the polar bear listing to regulate greenhouse gases. The groups, which include Greenpeace, are suing to force regulation.

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WPR News
9:13 am
Tue May 20, 2008

Potential Flood Threatens Baggs

Laramie, WY – Warm temperatures are melting snow into the Little Snake River, which is threatening to flood the riverbanks near the town of Baggs.

Mayor Linda Corners says the National Guard is helping fill sandbags. She says state Homeland Security and the Army Corps of Engineers are also helping out.

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WPR News
11:46 am
Mon May 19, 2008

WY Community College Enrollment Among Highest in Nation

Laramie, WY – A study released by the Rockefeller Institute of Government in New York finds that Wyoming's community colleges have one of the highest enrollments in the nation.

Executive Director of the Wyoming Community College Commission, Jim Rose, says that's partly because there are only two four-year colleges in Wyoming, and not all students can attend it. But he says community colleges are also well-funded by the state, so they attract many students who can afford only a modest tuition.

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WPR News
8:32 am
Mon May 19, 2008

Bison Walk Back Into Yellowstone National Park

Gardiner, MT – Warm temperatures and abundant sunshine
are prompting Yellowstone National Park bison to return to their summer ranges inside the park.

Park managers on Monday opened the corrals at the Stephens Creek bison capture pens northwest of Gardiner. Park officials said about 300 bison headed south toward Mammoth, and then east into the Lamar
Valley; or south toward Fountain Flats, the Central Plateau and Hayden Valley.

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