WPR News
10:49 am
Sat May 17, 2008

Wyoming Lacks Child Care

Laramie, WY – Less than half of all Wyoming children who could be in child care actually get it. That's according to a new study by Wyoming Kids Count.

It finds every Wyoming county short on child care, especially for children aged 2 and under. Coordinator Marc Homer says he was shocked when he compiled the numbers.

"So I decided to call Rock Springs, where there's an 82 percent shortfall, and I called down the list and found out there were no real options," he said.

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WPR News
10:31 am
Sat May 17, 2008

Shell Oil Contributes $500,000 to Conservation Effort

Laramie, WY – Shell Oil Co. is contributing $500,000
to the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust to help conserve
wildlife habitat in southwest Wyoming.

The money will support the multiple uses of natural resources across some 200,000 acres.

Russ Ford of Shell says the company is proud to help enhance the
state's wildlife and agricultural heritage as part of the federal Healthy Lands Initiative.

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WPR News
10:28 am
Sat May 17, 2008

State Legislative Races Become Competitive

Laramie, WY – Just a couple days into Wyoming's two-week period for filing for political office, several contested races are shaping up in the state Legislature.

In the Senate, Democrat Phyllis Sherard is taking on incumbent Republican Wayne Johnson in eastern Laramie County. Sherard is an administrator at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

In the House, Republican Representative Deborah Alden of Wheatland is retiring. Republican feedlot owner Randy Stevenson is running to replace her, and so too is Democratic train engineer Terry Jones.

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WPR News
8:38 am
Fri May 16, 2008

Students Investigate If Moorcroft Could Become A Ghost Town

Laramie, WY – Students at Moorcroft Elementary will be puzzling over a thorny problem next semester: could Moorcroft become a ghost town?

It's an after-school program funded by a ten-thousand dollar grant from the state. Moorcroft Elementary School Principal, Linda Wolfskill says students will start by investigating nearby ghost towns.

"They might see a building or two. They might note what was the industry, why did that town exist there? It might be, possibly, near a deserted mine, for example," she said.

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WPR News
10:43 am
Thu May 15, 2008

Screenwriter and Governors to Speak at WY Dem Convention

Cheyenne, WY – Wilson screenwriter Bill Broyles says he's mostly steered clear of personal involvement in politics.

But that's changing: Broyles took part in the Teton County Convention in March and is scheduled to speak at the upcoming Wyoming Democratic Convention in Jackson.

Gov. Dave Freudenthal and Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer also are slated to speak at the convention.

Broyles wrote the screenplay for the acclaimed 2000 film "Cast Away," which stars Tom Hanks as a FedEx employee who becomes stranded on a deserted island.

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WPR News
10:41 am
Thu May 15, 2008

Man Sentenced for Giving Marjuana to Teenagers at Boys School

Casper, WY – A judge has sentenced a former night manager at a Casper boys home to seven to 10 years in prison for providing marijuana to teenagers.

Roger Dean Peters had pleaded guilty in March to delivery and possession of marijuana.

He was sentenced Wednesday in district court.

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WPR News
8:44 am
Thu May 15, 2008

Wild Horse Adoption Starts Tomorrow

Laramie, WY – The 20th annual Wild Horse Roundup at the Wyoming honor farm gets underway tomorrow and Saturday.

Inmates at the Honor Farm train the horses and make them available for sale. They do this in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management who is trying to reduce the numbers of wild horses in Wyoming. Warden Ken Keller is a strong supporter of this program and others that give inmates a way to give back to society.

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WPR News
8:41 am
Thu May 15, 2008

Wolf Illegally Killed In Northwest Wyoming

Laramie, WY – A wolf has been shot illegally in northwest Wyoming. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says it's the first known illegal killing of a wolf in the state since the animal was de-listed in March.

The Department's Eric Keszler says there's a three thousand dollar reward for information that leads to a conviction.

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WPR News
8:02 am
Thu May 15, 2008

Bureau of Indian Affairs Head Opposes Loan to Crow Tribe

Billings, Mont. – The head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
says he opposes a Congressional measure that would loan Montana's Crow Tribe $380 million to consolidate land on the reservation.

The tribe owns less than a quarter of its 2.2 million acre reservation along the Montana-Wyoming border. The rest is owned by individuals, including 700,000 acres by non-Indians.

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WPR News
7:52 am
Thu May 15, 2008

Wyo. Army Guard Will Deploy in Oct.

Cheyenne, WY – Twenty-one soldiers and three UH-60
helicopters with the Wyoming Army National Guard have been ordered
deployed to Afghanistan in October.

The order for C Company, 5-159 General Support Aviation Battalion is for a 12-month deployment. That includes two months of training at Fort Sill, Okla., and 10 months in Afghanistan.

The unit consists of soldiers from southeast Wyoming and parts of Colorado, Nebraska and Missouri.

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