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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WPR News
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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WPR News
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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WPR News
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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WPR News
7:53 am
Thu December 27, 2007

Victim of bulldozer accident remains hospitalized

Gillette, WY – A coal mine worker who was seriously injured when a bulldozer rolled over remains hospitalized with head injuries.

Forty-four-year-old Clair ``Brian'' Christy was injured in the Christmas Eve accident at the Black Thunder Coal Mine near Wright.

The aboveground surface mine was temporarily shut down after the accident but reopened on Christmas Day.

Arch Coal spokesman Greg Schaefer says the bulldozer rolled over on a steep embankment.

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WPR News
7:52 am
Thu December 27, 2007

Barrasso to be married January 1

Cheyenne, WY – Sen. John Barrasso has announced that he intends to marry his fiancee Bobbi Brown on New Year's Day 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
7:18 am
Thu December 27, 2007

Cell phone to blame for Powell power outage

Powell, WY – A dropped cell phone is being blamed for a power outage in Powell.

About 1,200 people lost power Wednesday after a man who was driving dropped his cell phone, tried to find it, and then drove into one of the town's main electrical feeder lines.

The crash snapped off an electric pole and broke power lines.

Crews were able to restore electricity after about an hour.

The man wasn't seriously hurt in the crash.

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WPR News
7:17 am
Thu December 27, 2007

Coal-bed methane negotiations revived between MT, WY

Billings, MT – Officials from Montana and Wyoming are revisiting the terms of a proposed agreement between the two states, in a lawsuit over water discharged by the coal-bed methane industry.

One Montana official says the sides are trying to resolve what restrictions on coal-bed methane water should apply, to a pair of tributaries along the Tongue River.

Those tributaries and the Tongue and Powder rivers flow into Montana from Wyoming, which has seen extensive coal-bed methane development in recent years.

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WPR News
6:43 am
Thu December 27, 2007

Snowplow collision triggered I-80 crash

Laramie, WY – The crash on I-80 that killed three members of a prominent Denver family Saturday began when their car rear-ended a snowplow.

At first, investigators did not know what made the Parr family vehicle to go out of control, but now they say it's clear that the station wagon first slammed into the snowplow, triggering the five-vehicle collision.

Only one member of the Parr family survived the crash.

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WPR News
3:14 am
Thu December 27, 2007

Denturist Will Fight To Reopen His Business

Laramie, WY – A Basin denturist who closed his business
after a judge ruled that he was practicing dentistry without a license says he won't give up his fight to resume making dentures in Wyoming.

The Wyoming Board of Dental Examiners claimed that Gary Vollan was practicing dentistry without a license. A judge agreed, and last year signed an injunction preventing Vollan from making
dentures.

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