WPR News
10:30 am
Tue April 22, 2008

Wyoming National Guardsmen Return Home

Cheyenne, WY – Fourteen Wyoming Army National Guard soldiers are back home after a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan.

The unit includes soldiers from Cheyenne, Laramie, Torrington, Guernsey, Hartville, Brush, Colo., and Texas.

Sixteen had left Wyoming to train and advise Afghan police, but two decided to extended their deployment and stayed behind.

Those that returned Monday were greeted by family, friends, Gov. Freudenthal and members of the Wyoming National Guard's command staff in Cheyenne.

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WPR News
9:40 am
Tue April 22, 2008

Baker Disagrees With Carter

Laramie, Wy – During a visit to the University of Wyoming, former secretary of state James Baker says he disagreed with former President Jimmy Carter's decision to negotiate with Hammas this week.

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WPR News
9:38 am
Tue April 22, 2008

Trauner Says Everything Is On The Table

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming U-S House Candidate Gary Trauner says he will do what it takes to balance the budget. Trauner says many give lip service to being fiscally responsible but he plans on taking action. Some Republican organizations have charged that Trauner will not admit to whether he would raise taxes. During an interview with Wyoming Public Radio Trauner admitted that everything is on the table

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WPR News
9:27 am
Tue April 22, 2008

Forest Service Denies Governor

Cheyenne, Wy – The U.S. Forest Service is going ahead
with an environmental study into proposed oil and gas leasing in a
scenic mountain range in western Wyoming.
Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal had protested that the agency allowed an energy company too much influence in the
study.
The Forest Service is conducting an environmental study on
whether to allow oil and gas leasing on nearly 45,000 acres in and
around the Wyoming Range.
Freudenthal says the Forest Service has allowed Stanley Energy

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WPR News
10:48 am
Mon April 21, 2008

Montana Wants Wyoming's Prairie Dogs

Helena, Montana – A Montana request for up to 100 white-tailed prairie dogs from Wyoming goes before that state's wildlife commissioners this week.

Montana wants the animals to bolster the state's population of white-tailed prairie dogs. They exist in the western two-thirds of Wyoming, but Montana has just 10 colonies, all in Carbon County
south of Billings.

The prairie dogs serve as prey for some other animals, including the endangered black-footed ferret.

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WPR News
10:46 am
Mon April 21, 2008

Good Crop Prices Mean More Pesticide Use

Fargo, ND – Record-high prices for crops are giving farmers more economic incentive this spring to use chemicals that fight weeds, insects and crop disease.

In the past, the value of the crops saved by pesticides often did not justify the cost of buying and applying them. For many crops, especially wheat, that no longer is the case.

Andrew Thostenson is a pesticide program specialist with the North Dakota State University Extension Service.

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WPR News
10:44 am
Mon April 21, 2008

Cheyenne residents review zoning changes

Cheyenne, WY – The city of Cheyenne is updating zoning codes and subdivision regulations, and this week, residents will have a chance to learn how rezoning will shape new development.

It's part of Plan Cheyenne, a multi-year project that uses input from residents to direct the city's growth.

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WPR News
10:41 am
Mon April 21, 2008

Sportsmen circulate "Bill of Rights"

Laramie, WY – Those who use the outdoors to hunt and fish are developing a bill of rights. The document is being circulated around the state and says sportsmen and women have the right to use public lands and have the right to react to how energy development is conducted on those lands.

Outfitter Gary Amerine of Daniel says they want to see public lands managed with a long term view. He says that too often, the goal is too focused on developing energy with little thought given to the land.

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9:28 am
Mon April 21, 2008

Cloud Seeding Not Causing SE Wyoming Snow

Rawlins, Wy – Blame Mother Nature and not an experimental cloud-seeding effort for the heavy snow that fell on the Snowy
Range and Sierra Madre Mountains this winter.
Bruce Boe of Weather Modification Incorporated thinks the
experimental cloud-seeding effort that got into full swing this
past winter may have added a small amount of snow to the
above-average snowpack in the mountains.
Weather Modification of North Dakota is carrying out a carefully
controlled five-year study of cloud seeding using the Snowies,

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WPR News
9:26 am
Mon April 21, 2008

Wyoming Farmers Worried About Farm Bill

Cody, Wy –
Congress continues to try and reach an agreement on the farm bill. At stake are a number of programs to help farmers, as well as a variety of food subsidy programs. The Bush administration has targeted the program for cuts. In Wyoming, farmers say they are watching negotiations closely. One such observer is Cody Sugar Beet Farmer Glen Reed, who says early versions of the Farm Bill contained three critical elements for the sugar industry.

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