WPR News
10:08 am
Wed January 2, 2008

Senator Barrasso married yesterday

Thermopolis, WY – Sen. John Barrasso married Bobbi Brown on Tuesday in Thermopolis.

Barrasso, R-Wyo., announced his engagement to Brown, a Thermopolis native, this summer. Brown had served as state director for the late Sen. Craig Thomas for nearly 17 years.

Barrasso was selected to succeed Thomas in June by Gov. Dave Freudenthal. Before joining the Senate, Barrasso served as a senator in the Wyoming Legislature and worked as an orthopedic surgeon in Casper.

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WPR News
10:07 am
Wed January 2, 2008

Federal figures show 32 coal miners killed in 2007

Charleston, WV – Despite a decline in fatal accidents, federal statistics show 2007 was among the deadliest in recent years for U.S. coal miners.

According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration, 32 miners died on the job during the year.

However, last year's toll exceeded the number of fatalities recorded in six years dating back to 1994.

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WPR News
9:04 am
Wed January 2, 2008

Lummis Seeks U.S. House Seat

Laramie, WY – Former Wyoming State Treasurer Cynthia Lummis announced Wednesday that she will seek election to Wyoming's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The 53-year-old Lummis ended her second term as state treasurer early last year. She's also served seven terms in the Wyoming Legislature and served two years as chief counsel to former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer.

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WPR News
8:47 am
Wed January 2, 2008

Gov. Concerned About Infrastructure Costs for Counties

Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal says he's concerned that counties are paying too much of the infrastructure costs for new housing developments. He says this will be a topic for discussion at his public conference in Casper next week.

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WPR News
8:43 am
Wed January 2, 2008

WY Gets Little National Attention Despite Early Caucus

Laramie, WY – Wyoming Republicans will select the first national convention delegates on Saturday, but the state is still struggling to draw candidates' attention away from Iowa and New Hampshire.

So far, no candidate has announced plans to head west for the state GOP's county conventions sandwiched between Thursday's Iowa caucuses and Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.

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WPR News
8:40 am
Wed January 2, 2008

Jackson Man Builds Two-Person Snowboard

Laramie, WY – Everyone's heard of a bicycle built for two, but how about a two-person snowboard?

Butch Brady, of Jackson, built one. Recently he teamed up with another snowboarder, Eric Sweet, to make some two-man turns at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

They did it for a television crew and for the Guinness Book of World Records.
Sweet said riding the tandem board is a lot like marriage -- you split the work and give up half of the control.

The two-person snowboard measures 9 feet, 7 inches long. Guinness says it may be the world's longest snowboard.

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WPR News
8:39 am
Wed January 2, 2008

Eight Bighorn Sheep Die in Colorado

Laramie, WY – Eight bighorn sheep have died east of Gunnison, Colo., and wildlife officers say all showed signs of pneumonia.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife says seven were found dead and the eighth was so sick it had to be euthanized. All died in the last week of December.

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WPR News
4:28 am
Wed January 2, 2008

Trouble organizing enhanced oil recovery

Laramie, WY – The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute at the University of Wyoming is trying to get small natural gas operations to work together to sell their waste carbon dioxide.

CO2 is a byproduct of natural gas recovery in Wyoming, and each day, Wyoming gas producers vent hundreds of millions of cubic feet of the greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, as waste.

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WPR News
10:38 am
Tue January 1, 2008

DOH wants a healthy 2008

Laramie, WY – If you made a New Year's resolution last night, the Wyoming Department of Health wants to help you keep it.

The Department is providing free or low-cost counseling to help Wyomingites quit smoking. They also offer private screenings where people can assess whether their substance use poses a health threat, and their website has resources for improving mental health.

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WPR News
10:37 am
Mon December 31, 2007

BLM opens comment period on Pinedale anticline drilling

Jackson, WY – The Bureau of Land Management has opened a 45-day public comment period on a revised plan for drilling on the Pinedale Anticline.

In a federal notice published Friday, the BLM proposes allowing nearly 4400 natural gas wells on the anticline. There are already more than 600 wells on that uplift.

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