WPR News
8:53 am
Mon May 5, 2008

Snowpack Keeps Improving

Cheyenne, Wy – Federal officials say the amount of snow
accumulated in Wyoming's high country is above average for all but
one of the state's river basins.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that
snowstorms last week in northeast Wyoming helped push the amount of
water stored in Wyoming snowpack to 117 percent of the 30-year
average statewide.
Officials say the relative abundance of water in the mountains
in early May bodes well for spring runoff in the state's river
basins.

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WPR News
8:52 am
Mon May 5, 2008

Exxon To Build Carbon Capture Facility

LaBarge, Wy – Exxon Mobil plans to spend more than 100 million dollars to build a plant in Wyoming that would test carbon-capture
technology.
The Irving-based company says it will begin construction on the
plant in La Barge this summer, with start-up scheduled for late
next year.
The plant will employ Exxon Mobil's Controlled Freeze Zone
technology, which uses cryogenics to remove carbon dioxide.
The company has been working on the technology for about 30 years.

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WPR News
6:34 am
Mon May 5, 2008

Juvenile justice issues has new advisor

Wyoming – Governor Dave Freudenthal has appointed a new advisor on juvenile justice issues. Retiring District Judge Gary P. Hartman of Worland says there are a number of juvenile issues in Wyoming that need to be addressed.

4:59 am
Mon May 5, 2008

Gun-Rights Advocates on Newest Firearms Legislation

Wyoming – A lot of gun issues have come up so far this year, including the Castle Doctrine bill in the state legislature and U.S. Supreme Court taking on a Washington D.C. handgun ban. Bob Beck reports.

WPR News
10:29 am
Sat May 3, 2008

Freudenthal Blasts BLM's Pinedale Plan

Cheyenne – Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal says the
U.S. Bureau of Land Management's latest draft of a plan for managing oil and gas drilling in the Pinedale area is unacceptable.

Freudenthal's letter to officials in the BLM Pinedale office says cooperating agencies -- such as the Wyoming state government -- have been largely excluded from the plan's development.

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WPR News
11:32 am
Fri May 2, 2008

Drilling Resumes in Rock Springs

Rock Springs, WY – State officials say drilling resumed
this week in a Rock Springs neighborhood where homes were damaged last summer by efforts to collapse old, abandoned coal mines.

The goal of the drilling is to find out what is happening in the old mines. The drilling first started last November.

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WPR News
11:26 am
Fri May 2, 2008

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WPR News
10:57 am
Fri May 2, 2008

Freudenthal Appoints Juvenile Justice Advisor

Cheyenne, WY – Retiring District Judge Gary P. Hartman of Worland will join Gov. Dave Freudenthal's staff as an adviser on juvenile justice issues this summer.

Hartman plans to retire from the bench in August. Freudenthal's office says Hartman is a nationally recognized leader in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Freudenthal says Wyoming has much work to do on juvenile issues. He says Hartman is the best person to focus on the issue.

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WPR News
10:56 am
Fri May 2, 2008

CO Company to Take Over Casper, Cheyenne Juvenile Facilities

Cheyenne, WY – A Colorado company has received two provisional state licenses to operate juvenile detention centers in Casper and Cheyenne.

Cornerstone Programs is taking over operations at the Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Casper and at the Jeffrey C. Wardle Academy in Cheyenne. Both facilities had been run by a Cheyenne
company, Frontier Correctional Systems.

The Wyoming Department of Family Services has scrutinized both facilities over the past year.

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WPR News
10:55 am
Fri May 2, 2008

Fremont County Commissioner Says New Casino a Mixed Blessing

Wind River Reservation, WY – A Fremont County Commissioner says the new 45-hundred square-foot casino on the Wind River Reservation is a mixed blessing. Dennis Heckart says the Wind River Casino will bring good jobs to the reservation, but he worries about the effect it will have on nearby residents who aren't prepared for their new neighbor.

Heckart says the casino's economic impact will ripple through the community, but he says the county would not be crippled without the extra revenue.

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