WPR News
8:32 am
Wed February 27, 2008

Ozone levels worry Sublette County

Laramie, WY – The state Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air pollution advisory for the Upper Green River Basin.

The department says elevated levels of ozone could cause breathing problems for children, the elderly, and people with existing respiratory conditions.

The mayor of Pinedale, Steve Smith, says that this is the first time his area has gotten this kind of warning. He says people in Pinedale will likely react.

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WPR News
8:01 am
Wed February 27, 2008

Senate Works on Campaign Finance Bill

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming senate has reduced the proposed fines for violating the state's campaign finance law.

A bill had recommended increasing fines of up to $25,000, but Senators returned it to the current $10,000.

Senator Cale Case of Lander suggested that they should have kept the higher fine so that the law is respected.

Ten thousand dollars isn't as much use to be, he said.

With another day of discussion to come, one watchdog group is unhappy with the overall legislation.

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WPR News
7:45 am
Wed February 27, 2008

United flight had good landing condtions

Laramie, Wyo. – Conditions at the Jackson Hole Airport were favorable Monday when a United Airlines flight with 121 people on board slid off the runway.

The airport's director of operations Craig Logan says parts of the runway were covered in a thin layer of snow and ice, but he says tests showed that stopping the aircraft shouldn't have been a problem.

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WPR News
7:41 am
Wed February 27, 2008

Carbon storage bill stays afloat

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Senate continues working on legislation that will allow producers and the state to capture and store carbon dioxide.

During debate on the law that addresses so-called pore spaces underneath property, Senator Kit Jennings suggested a delay until more facts could be gathered. But as he has in the past, Senator John Schiffer urged the senate to move forward.

Supporters want the bills to pass so that Wyoming can begin storing CO-2 and find markets that favor environmentally friendly energy development.

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WPR News
9:53 am
Tue February 26, 2008

House committee amends subdivision bill

WPR News
6:53 am
Tue February 26, 2008

NRA Argues For Allowing Firearms in National Parks

Laramie, WY – The National Rifle Association is supporting a policy change that would allow people to bring loaded firearms into national parks.

The Bush Administration requested the change as did fifty U.S. senators, including Wyoming Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso.

The Interior Department is considering the change now.

Rachel Parsons is a spokeswoman for the NRA.

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11:09 am
Mon February 25, 2008

Wolves Delisted, Opinions on Their Future Abound

Wyoming – Now that wolves have been taken off the endangered species list, we hear a range of ideas for how Wyoming should deal with them in the future. Elsa Partan reports.

11:07 am
Mon February 25, 2008

Walt Gasson, Executive Director of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation

Wyoming – The 2006 survey of Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife Associated Recreation says hunters and anglers spend over $500 million in Wyoming each year. This keeps the Executive Director of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, Walt Gasson, very busy. Bob Beck interviews Mr. Gasson.

11:05 am
Mon February 25, 2008

EPA's Larry Svoboda on the Pinedale Anticline

Wyoming – This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency criticized the Bureau of Land Management's plan for drilling on the Pinedale Anticline. The EPA gave the plan its worst possible rating, which is rare. Elsa Partan interviews Larry Svoboda of the EPA.

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