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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WPR News
10:29 am
Mon December 31, 2007

State settles former inmate's sex abuse lawsuit

Cheyenne, WY – The state of Wyoming has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a former prison inmate who claims he was beaten and sexually assaulted by another inmate at the state penitentiary in Rawlins.

Both sides have agreed to keep the terms of the settlement confidential. A federal judge has yet to sign off on the settlement agreement.

The Associated Press is not identifying the plaintiff in the case because it has a policy of not naming victims of sexual assault.

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WPR News
10:27 am
Mon December 31, 2007

Evanston adjusting to smoking ban

Evanston, WY – People in Evanston are learning to live with an ordinance that went into effect this fall banning smoking in all buildings used by the public.

Since the ban went into effect in September, smokers have been braving subzero cold to smoke on the sidewalks outside bars and restaurants. Pedestrians, meanwhile, are learning to step around the shivering smokers.

John Porter is president of the Chamber of Commerce in Evanston and owner of Porter's Fireworks and Liquor store.

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WPR News
10:26 am
Mon December 31, 2007

Police urge motorists to avoid DUI arrests

Riverton, WY – Police departments around Wyoming plan to be out in force on New Year's Eve looking to bust impaired drivers.

Capt. Mark Stone of the Riverton Police Department says people are welcome to ring in the new year. But he says that if alcohol is involved, they must not drive afterward.

Stone says officers with his department will be out looking for impaired drivers on New Year's Eve. He says anyone planning on celebrating with alcohol must line up a taxi or a designated driver.

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WPR News
8:15 am
Mon December 31, 2007

Holiday sales seem to be as usual in Jackson Hole

Jackson, WY – Shopping right around Christmas generates some of the biggest sales of the year for some Teton County merchants. This year, holiday snowstorms helped boost sales at local outdoor gear shops.

Steve Romeo, a sales manager at Skinny Skis in Jackson, says sales of winter equipment often spike when it snows. "When the snow starts to fly," he says, "people get excited and dust of the skis in their garage and realize that their stuff might be outdated and need an upgrade."

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8:13 am
Mon December 31, 2007

3.6 quake in Yellowstone

Salt Lake City, UT – A magnitude 3.6 earthquake struck Yellowstone National Park late Sunday, causing no injuries or damage, authorities said.

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations says the earthquake was followed by 13 aftershocks ranging up to 2.4 in magnitude.

The epicenter of the shock was a dozen miles northeast of West Yellowstone, Mont., and 4.2 miles deep. It was recorded at 8:29 p.m. Sunday.

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8:12 am
Mon December 31, 2007

Walt Gasson appointed new director of Wyoming Wildlife Federation

Green River, WY – The Wyoming Wildlife Federation has named a new executive director.

Walt Gasson, a native of Green River and longtime employee of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, is the new executive director of the federation.

The 53-year-old Gasson retired in early December from the game department and was named federation director the next day. The federation has a membership of about 5,500 hunters, anglers and outdoors enthusiasts.

Gasson says he wants to concentrate on building the foundation's membership.

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8:11 am
Mon December 31, 2007

State official sees continued interest in Wyoming uranium

Casper, WY – A state official says interest in uranium mining in Wyoming remains strong.

Robert Gregory is uranium specialist for the Wyoming State Geological Survey. He says uranium operators have reported a shortage of drilling rigs.

Gregory says the Powder River Basin as well as the Gas Hills and Great Divide Basin are expected to remain hot spots for uranium production in 2008.

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