WPR News
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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WPR News
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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WPR News
8:10 am
Mon December 31, 2007

Motorist accused of dragging pedestrian

Casper, WY – Police say that a Casper man struck a pedestrian with a sport-utility vehicle while leaving a bar parking lot early Sunday morning and dragged the man for more than a mile, causing critical injuries.

Court records say the driver had gone to the bar after he posted bail and was released from jail following his arrest Saturday evening by the Wyoming Highway Patrol on allegations of drunken driving.

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WPR News
10:50 am
Sat December 29, 2007

Yellowstone officials say the park is facing old problems

Billings, MT – It's been more than four years since Yellowstone National Park was removed from an international list of threatened places. But park officials say they are continuing to address issues that first put the park on the list.

The World Heritage Committee in 1995 placed Yellowstone on an international "in danger" list. The committee noted several threats to the park's natural and cultural resources.

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WPR News
11:48 am
Fri December 28, 2007

Senators Say They'll Fight Mineral Royalties Change

Laramie, WY – Wyoming's U.S. senators say they will fight a change in the distribution of federal mineral royalties.

President Bush enacted the change with the signing of a spending bill Wednesday. The change increases the federal share of mineral royalties from 50 to 52 percent and decreases the states' share from 50 to 48 percent.

Last fiscal year, federal royalties on coal, oil and natural gas provided more than $927 million for Wyoming. That was far more than any other state, meaning that the change will cost Wyoming more than any other state.

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WPR News
11:45 am
Fri December 28, 2007

Economic Development Director Wants Projects Revived

Laramie, WY – The new director of the Northeast Wyoming Economic Development Coalition says she wants to pursue projects that have been gathering cobwebs in the last few months.

Linda Harris's organization represents towns like Newcastle and Sundance in their efforts to develop economically. Harris says she's excited about an idea that would put a shooting range in Hulett, Wyoming in Crook County.

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WPR News
6:53 am
Fri December 28, 2007

Casper man pleads guilty to shooting at wife

Casper, WY – A Casper man has pleaded guilty to shooting at a car carrying his estranged wife and her two children in July.

Twenty-six-year-old Eric Funk pleaded guilty yesterday (Thursday) to attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault. He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment.

Casper District Attorney Mike Blonigen said Funk faces a sentence of up to 46 years in prison.

Judge Thomas Sullins ordered a presentence report to be prepared on Funk. Sentencing will occur in about two months.

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6:52 am
Fri December 28, 2007

Cheyenne hospital sees many ice accidents

Cheyenne, WY – More people are checking into the emergency room at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for treatment of sprains and broken bones caused by slipping on icy streets and sidewalks.

Tracy Garcia is clinical nurse manager at the hospital's emergency room. She says the most common injuries are sprains and strains, but says a few patients also come in with bone fractures.

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6:51 am
Fri December 28, 2007

Man identified in remote control stabbing

Gillette, WY – Police in Gillette have identified a man they say was stabbed on Christmas during an argument with another man over a television remote control.

Authorities said 49-year-old Gary Coca was treated at Campbell County Memorial Hospital for wounds to his chest, neck, back and side.

Police arrested 43-year-old Leo Gene Bloomfield in connection with the attack.

Police said the two men were roommates and had been arguing over a TV remote.

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7:55 am
Thu December 27, 2007

State seeks more cloud seeding oversight

Jackson, WY – Draft legislation would give the state more oversight of efforts to modify the weather to produce more rain and snowfall.

Such efforts include cloud seeding, which involves pumping silver nitrate into clouds to get them to produce precipitation.

Currently the State Engineer's Office reviews applications and grants permits for weather modification programs. The bill would formalize the agency's review of such programs.

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