WPR News
8:47 am
Wed March 12, 2008

Thermopolis Woman Hosts Colonoscopy Party

Laramie, WY – A Thermopolis woman is so afraid of her colonoscopy that she's having a party for moral support.

Candy Whitt is urging others across the state to do whatever it takes to get a colorectal screening. A good friend of hers was recently diagnosed with cancer.
At 55, Whitt realized she also needed a screening. So she decided to have a party before her appointment on Thursday.

State health officials say early detection is important.

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WPR News
8:39 am
Wed March 12, 2008

Gov. Signs Property Tax Refund Bill

Laramie, WY – Gov. Dave Freudenthal has signed into law a bill that extends a property tax refund program for needy residents.

Freudenthal signed the bill into law today but also criticized the Legislature for not doing more to give citizens property tax relief.

The bill Freudenthal signed extends an unpopular property tax refund program that had expired at the first of the year. The program requires citizens to show proof of their income and establish that they're needy to qualify for refunds.

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WPR News
8:17 am
Wed March 12, 2008

Law Sets Important Date for School Districts

Laramie, WY – Gov. Dave Freudenthal has signed a bill telling Wyoming's wealthiest school districts the date when they needed to stop reaping windfalls from local property tax revenue.

That date was Nov. 15, 2006, just over a week after voters approved a constitutional amendment that sought to put an end to the windfalls.

The amendment sought to close a loophole in state law allowing the state's wealthiest school districts to keep tens of millions of dollars in local revenue.

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WPR News
9:42 am
Tue March 11, 2008

Brush clearing good for forests, bad for bunnies

Bridger Teton National Forest, WY – Fire risk managers often want to clear out dead trees and brush to reduce the chance of a wildfire. But one wildlife expert says that dense under-story is just the kind of habitat needed by one important animal: the snowshoe hare.

Among small mammals, the snowshoe hare is especially important because it's the main food source for the Canada Lynx, a threatened species. More snowshoe hares could mean better survival for the lynx.

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WPR News
9:05 am
Tue March 11, 2008

Water Concerns Worry Saratoga Irrigators

Saratoga, Wy – Upper Platte Valley irrigators are nervous about a plan by the state of Wyoming to take some water from Pathfinder Reservoir to help preserve some endangered species in Nebraska. The move would be part of an agreement between the two states. But despite verbal assurances by Wyoming officials that irrigators would not be harme. Platte Valley Water Users Association President Joe Glode wants it in writing. Since the state has been unwilling to provide that, Glode says they are very concerned.

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WPR News
9:02 am
Tue March 11, 2008

Game Officials Try To Move Elk

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Rawlins, Wy – State game officials are planning to use
hay to bait elk away from poisonous lichen in the Red Rim area near
Rawlins.
The effort is being undertaken after five more elk were found
paralyzed and had to be euthanized.
Officials say 10,000 pounds of hay has been brought into the
area to help convince the small heard of elk to move farther south
on the Red Rim to places where there's either less lichen or the
plant is still covered with snow.
They say the hay baiting is experimental and is not a new feed

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WPR News
8:58 am
Tue March 11, 2008

More Bison Near Yellowstone Killed

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Yellowstone National Park – More Yellowstone bison have been captured or killed in this winter than in any previous year. Under a multi-agency program to keep bison from leaving the park and entering Montana, more than 11-hundred bison have been killed or are heading to slaughter, breaking a record set in 1997. This is angering bison advocates like West Yellowstone landowner Ann Stovall who is upset with Montana's Department of Livestock.

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WPR News
8:56 am
Tue March 11, 2008

Laramie Mayor Looks For Money

Laramie, Wy – A government trust fund used to build and repair highways is running low on cash - and states and local governments are looking for other ways to fund those projects. That's one issue being discussed this week at a conference of the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C. One of 23 Wyoming representatives at the conference is Laramie Mayor Klaus Hansen. He says because Wyoming's cities are few and far between, state and local governments have a tough decision to make.

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11:55 am
Mon March 10, 2008

All eyes on the Democrats

Wyoming – For the first time in recent memory, Wyoming Democrats are basking the attention of presidential candidates, as their caucus nears. Peter O'Dowd reports.

11:52 am
Mon March 10, 2008

State Democrats React to National Attention

Wyoming – It can be a little lonely for the state's Democrats. With their party in the spotlight this week, two veteran Democrats, State Senators Jayne Mockler and Mike Massie, talked with Bob Beck about what high-profile visits from national Democrats mean to them.

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