12:33 am
Mon April 14, 2008

Rapid HIV Testing Gets People In the Door

Wyoming – It's been one year since rapid testing began in Wyoming and health officials say it has allowed them to reach people who otherwise might not be tested. Elsa Partan reports.

WPR News
7:22 am
Fri April 11, 2008

Lawsuit says national forest rule ignores environmental impacts

San Francisco, CA – A new U.S. Forest Service rule governing the way it develops long-range plans for 192 million acres of national forests is being challenged in court.

Conservation groups don't like the way the new rule scraps the old system, which required that logging not threaten any viable populations of fish and wildlife, such as the northern spotted owl and salmon.

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WPR News
7:15 am
Fri April 11, 2008

Wyoming and the West getting hotter

Laramie, Wyo – A report shows that temperatures in Wyoming and the west are rising twice as fast as in the rest of the world.

Theo Spencer of the Natural Resources Defense Fund says growth and enhanced energy development is likely behind the increase. Spencer says it has led to increased forest fires to a number of water issues.

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Cheyenne, WY – Pop rockers Matchbox Twenty have withdrawn from this summer's Cheyenne Frontier Days, and an animal rights group opposed to rodeo says it played a role in that decision.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