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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WPR News
9:45 am
Wed May 14, 2008

Lawyer Criticizes Bald Eagle Ruling

Cheyenne, WY – A specialist in American Indian law has criticized a federal court's ruling in the case of a Wyoming man who shot a bald eagle for use in his tribe's Sun Dance. Sarah Krakoff at the University of Colorado in Boulder says the ruling follows a pattern of decisions that profess respect for American Indian religion while punishing individual tribal members.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week reinstated a misdemeanor criminal charge against Winslow Friday, a Northern Arapaho.

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WPR News
9:43 am
Wed May 14, 2008

Bison Hazed Back into Yellowstone

Billings, MT – Several hundred bison will be hazed back into Yellowstone National Park beginning Wednesday and lasting for several weeks, under a program to prevent the spread of a livestock disease.

Park spokesman Al Nash said the hazing will be done differently than last year, when hazed animals kept pushing back out of the park and into areas where cattle range. That stoked fears among the livestock industry that the bison could transmit brucellosis, a disease that causes cows to abort their young.

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9:28 am
Wed May 14, 2008

Film Crew Comes to Powell Area

Laramie, WY – A crew has been taping footage in the Powell area for a historical series to be broadcast by the BBC.

The documentary is tentatively scheduled for airing on the Public Broadcast System in October.

The crew from Oxford Films in London says the movie will chronicle America's western expansion and the role that irrigation played.

Crew members say they were impressed with the vastness and friendliness of Wyoming.

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9:26 am
Wed May 14, 2008

Sen. John Barrasso Reacts to Polar Bear Listing

Laramie, WY – U.S. Senator John Barrasso reacted to the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species by saying that it could be economically devastating to Wyoming and the nation.

But Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne said that the decision should not be used to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles, power plants, and other sources. Polar bears are the first species affected by global warming to be protected by the Endangered Species Act.


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9:23 am
Wed May 14, 2008

State Rep. Lockhart Runs For Reelection

Laramie, WY – State representative Tom Lockhart has announced that he will run for reelection.

The Republican from Casper has served in the legislature since 2000 and is currently the chair of the Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee.

Lockhart said in a statement that he will continue working to build an exceptional school system and find common sense solutions to development problems.

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