WPR News
9:11 am
Fri February 22, 2008

Big Debate on City and County Funding

Cheyenne, WY – Look for city and county funding to be a big part of discussions when a compromise budget is discussed next week.

Senators and Representatives on the budget conference committee will pick up where they left off on debate this week.

Speaker of the House Roy Cohee says that he thinks that the state may have gone too far in trying to provide extra funding for local government. Cohee says this is especially true for areas that may not be benefiting from the energy boom.

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WPR News
9:07 am
Fri February 22, 2008

Committee Looks at Carbon Storage

Cheyenne, WY – The Senate Judiciary Committee today took up a bill that would give Wyoming landowners rights to space in the ground below their property.

The idea of the bill is to allow landowners to profit if a company wishes to lease the ground below their property to store carbon dioxide or water.

Lawmakers discussed changing the bill so that property owners couldn't separate out the subsurface rights from the surface rights and sell those rights individually.

The committee plans to continue discussing the bill on Monday.

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WPR News
8:25 am
Thu February 21, 2008

CBM Water Bill Would Give Landowners More Leverage

Cheyenne, WY – A bill attempting to manage the controversial issue of coal-bed methane water run-off survived its first hurdle in the state senate.

Some landowners complain that CBM water that gets pumped out when gas is recovered floods or contaminates their land.

The goal of the bill is to have the state engineer manage water overflow and provide more property rights. During debate, Senator Tony Ross asked why coal-bed methane developers don't either re-insert water into ground or put it into pipelines.

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WPR News
8:14 am
Thu February 21, 2008

Castle Doctrine Bill Revised

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming House members gave initial approval to a bill that would allow people to shoot to kill intruders to their home.

But lawmakers fought off attempts to restore a controversial part of the measure. During debate of the bill called the Castle Doctrine, sponsor Lorraine Quarberg urged lawmakers to allow people to choose not to retreat when confronted with crime.

Quarberg wants people to be allowed to take defensive action, outside of a home.

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WPR News
6:51 am
Thu February 21, 2008

Game Harrassed By People, Dogs

Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says people hunting for deer and elk antlers have been taking a toll on wildlife in western Wyoming this winter.

The agency's Stop Poaching Hotline was inundated last weekend with calls about people and their dogs chasing elk and deer. Many of the calls came from the Cokeville area.

Game and Fish regional spokeswoman Lucy Wold says some of the callers complained about people on snowshoes chasing off elk and deer so they could get to the antlers they had shed.

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WPR News
6:44 am
Thu February 21, 2008

More Bison Shipped to Slaughter

Laramie, WY – Sixty Yellowstone National Park bison were shipped to slaughter Thursday as part of a state and federal effort to keep brucellosis from being transmitted to cattle from bison that roam outside park boundaries.

The contagious disease can cause bison, cattle and elk to abort. In the past two weeks, 290 bison on Yellowstone's northern edge have been captured and sent to slaughter.

Another 49 bison were hazed Thursday from the Stephens Creek area south toward the Roosevelt Arch at Gardiner.

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WPR News
6:41 am
Thu February 21, 2008

Domestic Violence Bill Would Increase Fines

Cheyenne, WY – The house has approved a bill that's intended to strengthen domestic violence laws in the state.

The house removed increased sanctions from the bill, such as jail time on a second offense but it did approve increased fines.

Susan Pauling of the coalition against domestic violence and sexual assault says house watered down the bill but she thinks it does improve Wyoming's current law.

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WPR News
6:02 am
Thu February 21, 2008

The Gray Wolf Is Delisted

Laramie, WY – The gray wolf was taken off the endangered species list in the Rocky Mountain region today.

The Deputy Secretary of the Interior, Lynn Scarlett, says she's confident that the action will stand up to any legal challenge.

The recovery of the gray wolf is an extraordinary achievement but more important, it will ensure that our children and future generations will

In 30 days, the ruling will become official and Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho will take over management of wolves from the federal government.

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WPR News
10:16 am
Wed February 20, 2008

Self-defense bill stripped of amendments

Cheyenne, WY – Last night a legislative committee heavily amended a bill intended to offer homeowners immunity from lawsuits and criminal prosecution if they kill someone who enters their home.

The bill also would have allowed someone to confront an assailant in any circumstance. Bill Sponsor Lorraine Quarberg was trying to clarify someone's rights and to keep them having to retreat.

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WPR News
8:54 am
Wed February 20, 2008

Prescribed Burn Proposed for Sierra Madres

Laramie, WY – The Forest Service is proposing to conduct
prescribed burns on about 4,400 acres in the Sierra Madre Range in southern Wyoming.

The deadline for public comment on the plan is next Tuesday.

Under the proposed plan, the prescribed burn could take place this fall and in the spring of 2009 in the Big Sandstone and Little Sandstone Creek drainages in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

The purpose of the burn is to help regenerate aspen and create better forage for livestock and wildlife.

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