WPR News
6:41 am
Fri April 11, 2008

Frontier Bankruptcy Filing Should Not Affect Wyoming Travelers

Laramie, WY – The bankruptcy filing of Denver-based Frontier Airlines should not affect Wyoming travelers, but it depends on whether the air carrier makes changes in service.

Amber Schlabs with the state Aeronautics Division says that's because there's a close connection between Wyoming's main airline and Frontier.

"Great Lakes airlines is a co-chair partner with Frontier and being that Great Lakes serves seven of the ten communities in Wyoming, it could potentially affect things in terms of service in the state," she said.

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WPR News
9:57 am
Wed April 9, 2008

Matchbox 20 Withdraws from Frontier Days

Cheyenne, WY – Pop rockers Matchbox Twenty have withdrawn from this summer's Cheyenne Frontier Days, and an animal rights group opposed to rodeo says it played a role in that decision.

Frontier Days bills itself as the world's largest outdoor rodeo, held over 10 days each July.

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WPR News
9:55 am
Wed April 9, 2008

Ten Wolves Killed So Far

Lander, WY – Wyoming Game and Fish officials say that at least 10 wolves have been killed in the state since the federal government ended its protection of the animals last month.

All 10 of the wolves have been killed in Sublette County. They've been killed in the area of the state where regulations
classify wolves as predators that can be killed on sight.

Wolves in the northwestern corner of Wyoming are classified as trophy game animals that generally can only be killed by licensed hunters.

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WPR News
9:52 am
Wed April 9, 2008

Hide the Bird Feeder: Bears are Here

Laramie, WY – Bears are emerging from their dens now and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says it's time for people living in bear country to make some changes. The Department's Dennie Hammer says, take down the bird feeder. He says bears are very attracted to birdseed.

Also, people who live near bears and feed their pets outside should make sure that no extra pet food is left on the ground. Last year, there were more than 450 conflicts between bears and people, many of them because bears had found food or garbage near houses.

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WPR News
9:47 am
Wed April 9, 2008

Zwonitzer running for Cubin's seat

Laramie, WY – Cheyenne legislator Dan Zwonitzer says if he were elected to the U.S. Congress, he would work to restore the fiscal conservatism once associated with the Republican Party.

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WPR News
9:32 am
Wed April 9, 2008

Fremont County discusses substance abuse

Riverton, WY – Those in the social services say that alcohol abuse remains the top substance abuse problem in Fremont County. That was the testimony during a public meeting held by a Governors Council hoping to find ways to reduce the numbers of substance abuse cases in the state.

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WPR News
8:53 am
Wed April 9, 2008

Elk Death Mystery Continues

Laramie, WY – Hundreds of tests have failed so far to
show exactly why scores of elk that ate lichen died in the Red Rim area last month.

Becky Dailey is a doctoral student who works at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory in Laramie. She is investigating why elk died in the area south of Rawlins both this year and in 2004.

Dailey says tests show lichen was present in all the animals' stomachs. But she says the tests otherwise haven't turned up any valuable new information that would let her solve the mystery of
why the lichen killed the elk.

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WPR News
10:55 am
Tue April 8, 2008

Jury Rejects Lawsuit Against UW

Laramie, WY – A federal jury has rejected a lawsuit that a former professor filed against the University of Wyoming.

Dr. Frederick Scherr had claimed in his lawsuit that he was retaliated against after reporting that Dr. James Broomfield, the director UW's Family Practice Residency Program, was sexually harassing employees.

Scherr had claimed he was pressured by the university to stop bringing up the issue and that Broomfield threatened him. Scherr said he was eventually demoted and his salary cut, prompting him to resign in 2004.

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WPR News
10:32 am
Tue April 8, 2008

National Experts Review CBM Water Issue

Laramie, WY – National experts are reviewing what's known about the effects of coal-bed methane gas production on this region's water.

A committee meeting of the National Academy of Sciences in Denver Tuesday comes amid a natural gas boom in the Rockies that includes coal-bed methane drilling. The process taps natural gas by pumping groundwater and releasing methane in coal seams.

The 2005 federal energy bill mandated a study of coal-bed methane production on surface and groundwater in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah and North Dakota.

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WPR News
10:42 am
Mon April 7, 2008

Wyoming companies to report pollution levels

Laramie, WY – Several Wyoming companies have volunteered to report their greenhouse gas emissions.

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality director John Corra says the DEQ invited 30 companies to join the Climate Registry, an international organization whose members report their levels of pollution. He says the companies that joined knew that at some point, they're going to have to report emissions. In the meantime, Corra says, reporting will be good PR.

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