12:32 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Airplane Slides Off a Runway in Jackson

Jackson, WY – Airports take steps to make sure their runways are safe after the control towers are closed. Peter O'Dowd reports.

12:30 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Should Loaded Firearms Be Allowed In National Parks?

Wyoming – The Department of the Interior is considering a policy change that would allow people to bring loaded firearms in national parks.

Elsa Partan talks to Scot McElveen of the Association of National Park Rangers and Rachel Parsons, of the National Rifle Association.

12:28 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Constituents Talk to Their Legislators

Wyoming – There is a feeling that politicians are separated from the people they represent, but in Wyoming that does not seem to be the case. This week we find out if citizens have had positive experiences talking to lawmakers and what those lawmakers think of getting those calls. Bob Beck reports.

12:27 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Senator Jayne Mockler of Cheyenne Gives the Long View on Women's Leadership

Wyoming – The bipartisan Wyoming Women's Legislative Caucus is hosting a leadership development event for women at the State Capitol. Elsa Partan talked to Senator Jayne Mockler of Cheyenne, who's been in the legislature for the last 16 years, to find out more about the state of women's leadership in government right now.

12:25 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Newsmen Sound Off On Budget Session

Wyoming – Wyoming Public Radio's Peter O'Dowd spoke with Steve Peck, publisher of the Riverton Ranger and Reed Eckhardt, the managing editor of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle about this week at the state legislature.

12:24 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Residents Protest Coal-Bed Methane Water

Wyoming – In Wyoming's Powder River Basin, coal-bed methane drilling produces a glut of salty water that few residents want. In a new report, the Wyoming State Geological Survey recommends cutting down on drilling that will produce excess water. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington reports.

12:22 am
Mon March 3, 2008

Massive Jackson Bison Herd Causes Landscape Damage

Wyoming – Last summer, the Jackson bison herd grew to its biggest size since people started counting. Wildlife experts say, there are so many bison and elk in one place, the landscape is suffering. Wyoming Public Radio's Elsa Partan reports.

WPR News
8:38 am
Fri February 29, 2008

Democrats scramble to find bigger caucus sites

Laramie, Wyo. – Democrats in at least seven Wyoming counties have scrambled to find larger venues for their presidential caucuses on March 8th.

The party's spokesman, Bill Luckett, says the state saw a surge of new voters before the registration deadline on February 22nd.

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WPR News
8:35 am
Fri February 29, 2008

House passes subdivision bill, regulations almost law

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The House passed a bill allowing counties to regulate the splitting of land parcels larger than 35 acres today.

The Senate must concur with House amendments before it goes to the governor's desk.

Governor Dave Freudenthal supported the bill in his state of the state address and is expected to sign off on it.

Wyoming law currently allows counties to regulate subdivisions smaller than 35 acres.

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WPR News
8:30 am
Fri February 29, 2008

State's budget passes with compromise

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The legislature has approved the state budget.

Lawmakers reached a budget compromise in which all state agencies will see a budget increase.

One point of contention was funding for local government. In the end, the deal reached by the house and senate will mean a lot more money for local governments than they currently get.

Appropriations committee co-chairman Frank Philp says it was a good compromise.

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