WPR News
8:24 am
Thu January 3, 2008

Bureau halts proposed rule change

Casper, WY – The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has halted a proposal to end private uses of public land at Alcova Reservoir and other reservoirs.

The proposed rule change would have prohibited private uses like the leasing of trailer spaces at Alcova. The change also would have affected private property on bureau land at Pathfinder, Grey Reef, Boysen and Keyhole reservoirs.

The change drew protests from people who vacation at Alcova, including the owners of about 80 year-round homes west of the reservoir.

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WPR News
8:23 am
Thu January 3, 2008

Yellowstone breaks visitor record in 2007

Yellowstone National Park, WY – Yellowstone National Park set a record in 2007 for the number of visitors in a calendar year as 3.15 million people visited the park last year.

Park officials said Thursday the figure represents an increase of 9.8 percent over the 2006 total.

The previous record was set in 1992 at 3.14 million visitors.

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WPR News
8:22 am
Thu January 3, 2008

Inmate escapes from Wyoming Honor Farm

Riverton, WY – A Wyoming Honor Farm inmate has escaped.

Elburn Cordel Bailey, 27, wasn't present at a 7 p.m. inmate count Wednesday, according to Department of Corrections spokeswoman Melinda Brazzale.

The minimum-security facility was locked down. Local law enforcement and people living in the area were notified while the prison was searched.

Riverton Police Chief John Snell said police found tracks leading off the Honor Farm and learned that Bailey talked with someone on the phone soon before escaping.

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WPR News
2:31 am
Thu January 3, 2008

Lummis Discusses Run For House

Laramie, Wy –
Former Wyoming Treasurer and Legislator Cynthia Lummis says some recent national and global work convinced her to run for the U-S House of Representatives. The Republican is seeking the seat of outgoing congresswoman Barbara Cubin. Lummis recently served on some committees dealing with taxes and private land issues. She says the experience convinced her to give congress a shot. Lummis adds that she has done speaking and writing on international wealth and believes Wyoming could use someone with that background in congress.

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WPR News
2:30 am
Thu January 3, 2008

Manhunt Underway

Riverton, Wy –
An inmate has escaped from the Wyoming honor farm. The department of corrections says 27 year old Elburn Cordel Bailey has been missing since seven last night. He is 5-11 and weighs about 175 pounds. He was serving up to seven years for unlawful use of a credit card. If he is seen, people are urged to contact law enforcement.

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WPR News
2:28 am
Thu January 3, 2008

Man Dies In Snowy Range Mountains

Laramie, Wy –
A South Dakota man has died in an avalanche in the Snowy Range Mountains. The Albany County Sheriffs office says Dale Wagner died when the he was buried by the avalanche while snowmobiling in the French Creek Drainage. The Sheriffs office says three others were rescued. They add that the avalanche may have been triggered by the snowmobiles. The Sheriffs office says recent snow and weather conditions have increased the probability of avalanches in the area and they urge people to be cautious.

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WPR News
10:24 am
Wed January 2, 2008

Maternal smoking raising rate of underweight births in Wyoming

Laramie, WY – Wyoming's high rate of maternal smoking is affecting the number of Wyoming babies born premature or underweight.

In 2003, 9% of babies born in Wyoming were born underweight - under 5 pounds 8 ounces. That's 1% higher than the US rate. Meanwhile, the maternal smoking rate in Wyoming is nearly twice the national average, and studies consistently link maternal smoking to preterm and underweight births.

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WPR News
10:16 am
Wed January 2, 2008

GOP caucus explained

Laramie, WY – Republican presidential candidates will have to wait until May 31 before knowing if they were victorious in Wyoming's caucus process.

On January 5th, Republicans in the state's 23 counties will select 12 delegates and 12 alternates to the National Convention in Minnesota next September. Those delegates will be committed to a candidate for president.

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WPR News
10:13 am
Wed January 2, 2008

Burglars targetting Cheyenne neighborhood

Cheyenne, WY – Cheyenne police say burglars staking out a city neighborhood have hit at least 10 homes since late October.

Police say the burglaries have occurred in late afternoons in the Buffalo Ridge area in northeastern Cheyenne.

Lt. Mark Munari of the Cheyenne Police Department says investigators believe the burglars have been sitting in a vehicle and watching for people leaving their homes. Once homeowners leave, the burglars force their way into the homes and take a variety of items including electronics.

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WPR News
10:13 am
Wed January 2, 2008

Officials advise stranded motorists to stay with their vehicles

Cheyenne, WY – Officials say that motorists stranded by Wyoming's winter weather should stay with their vehicles and not try to walk for help.

Tim Woodard is a veteran teacher at Cheyenne's East High. He has the same message for students in his driver's education classes every year: if you ever get stranded in a snowstorm, do not leave your car.

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