WPR News
7:43 am
Fri March 14, 2008

Diesel prices pinch truckers

Laramie, Wyo – Record prices for diesel fuel may cause smaller trucking companies to file for bankruptcy.

According to the Energy Information Administration, a gallon of diesel in the Rocky Mountain Region now averages 3 dollars and 70 cents. Nationwide, the price per gallon has hit records nearly every day in recent weeks.

Shelia Foertsch of the Wyoming Trucking Association says that's bad news for the industry.

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WPR News
7:40 am
Fri March 14, 2008

Camp Guernsey gets a promotion

Cheyenne, Wyo – The U.S. Air Force is making more use of the Camp Guernsey military training site in southeast Wyoming.

The F.E. Warren Air Force Base's 90th Ground Combat Training Squadron's Camp Guernsey training site has been designated a regional training center for airmen worldwide.

The designation is part of an effort to better prepare deploying airmen for combat.

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WPR News
9:27 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Meth funding on the decline

Casper, WY – A number of law enforcement agencies will be losing federal money used to combat the use of methamphetamine.

Casper is losing almost 43 thousand dollars and Police Chief Tom Pagel says it will have an impact on their efforts. Pagel is concerned that federal officials think the money is not needed.

Pagel says that it likely have a major impact on the state's smaller police departments.

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WPR News
8:58 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Students Locked Down In Wheatland

Wheatland, Wy – Several threatening text messages sent to
a student prompted police to lock down Wheatland High School and keep students after the end of the school day Thursday.
Police lifted the lockdown at 5:05 p.m., nearly two hours after
school ended, after determining that the young adult male they
believe sent the text messages wasn't in Platte County.
The lockdown began around 12:30 p.m.
Wheatland Police Chief Randy Chesser says both the high school
and Libbey Elementary School in Wheatland were locked down after

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WPR News
8:56 am
Thu March 13, 2008

New Trial For Man Accused Of Killing Guard

Rawlins, Wy – A prosecutor says that a Wyoming prison
inmate whose death sentence on a conviction of killing a prison
guard was overturned last month will stand trial again in state
court.
Carbon County Attorney Cindy Lynn DeLancey said today
(Wednesday) that she plans to try inmate James Harlow again in
connection with the 1997 stabbing death of Cpl. Wayne Martinez at
the state penitentiary in Rawlins.
U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer of Cheyenne last month
ordered a new trial for Harlow and set aside his death sentence.

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WPR News
8:54 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Soldier From Evanston Dies

Baghdad, Iraq – A 31-year-old soldier from Evanston has
died in Iraq.
David Julian and four other soldier were killed Monday in
Baghdad by a suicide bomber. He is the first Evanston resident to
be killed in action since the beginning of the Iraq war.
Julian joined the Army after graduating from Evanston High
School in 1994.
He was a member of the 222nd Armored Division, Third Infantry,
based in Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Marion McLean of the Committee to Support Uinta County

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WPR News
8:47 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Governor Signs Castle Doctrine

Cheyenne, Wy – One of the most talked about bills of the past legislative session has been signed into law. Governor Dave Freudenthal signed the so called Castle Doctrine bill,which provides immunity to homeowners if someone breaks into their home and they kill the intruder. Freudenthal thought a version of the bill approved in the house of representatives went a little too far. That allowed people to ability to hold their ground and use deadly force outside their home. The Governor says he supports the more traditional ability of homeowners to protect their home and family.

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WPR News
8:44 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Wyoming Testing Compares With Federal Tests

Cheyenne, Wy – A new report shows that Wyoming eighth grade students do better on state assessment tests for math and reading then they do on the main national assessment test. But the gap is much less then the national average. On the state assessment test 62 percent of students were scored as proficient in reading and 55 percent are proficient in Math. But on the main federal test, 36 percent are rated as proficient in reading and 29 percent are proficient in Math. Despite the numbers, State Superintendent Jim McBride says he is satisfied with the rigor on Wyoming's main test.

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WPR News
8:42 am
Thu March 13, 2008

EPA Pollution Standards Applauded

Pinedale, Wy – The new Environmental Protection Agency's tougher air pollution standards are being welcomed in Pinedale.
Three times this winter, the state Department of Environmental Quality put out an advisory warning about high levels of the pollutant ozone.
Terry Svalberg of the Forest Service in Pinedale says those days have been hard on some people.
"Over the last several events with the high ozone I've heard numerous complaints about having difficulty breathing as well as burning eyes."

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WPR News
9:08 am
Wed March 12, 2008

Elk Deaths Double to 16, Poison Lichen Suspected

Laramie, WY – The number of elk dead or paralyzed in the
Red Rim area near Rawlins has doubled to 16 animals.

Erin Smith of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department said eight more down or dead elk were found Tuesday in the wildlife habitat area south of Interstate 80 and about 15 miles west of Rawlins.

The deaths that began last week echo a 2004 occurrence of lichen poisoning that killed hundreds of elk in the Red Rim area.

Wildlife scientists believe the current deaths are caused by elk eating a common lichen that contains an as-yet-unknown toxic substance.

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