WPR News
9:45 am
Mon December 24, 2007

UW announces plan for wind research

Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming announced plans for its Wind Energy Research Center, which will develop the technology needed to make wind-powered electricity more reliable.

UW College of Engineering Professor John Naughton will direct the project. He says that wind could ultimately provide the country with 20 percent of its electricity, but that technology will take a long time to develop.

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9:28 am
Mon December 24, 2007

Scientists collar Teton sheep

Laramie, WY – Scientists want to find out more about a herd of bighorn sheep that lives high in the Tetons.

A coalition of agencies in Western Wyoming is worried about the sheep because their numbers are so small. The herd of only 120 animals keeps moving to higher elevations.

Mark Gocke of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says scientists will use GPS collars to try to understand the effect of winter recreation on the sheep, as well.

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WPR News
7:48 am
Mon December 24, 2007

Three in Denver family killed in Wyoming crash

Denver, CO – A Denver couple and their 19-year-old daughter are dead after a crash on any icy stretch of Interstate 80 in Wyoming.

It happened yesterday after their car slid on the highway and was hit by a tractor-trailer six miles west of Rawlins.

Killed in the crash were 59-year-old John David Parr, his 53-year-old wife Sandra Widener, and their daughter Chase. The
couple's 17-year-old daughter Katie was taken to a Casper hospital in critical condition.

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WPR News
6:44 am
Mon December 24, 2007

Evanston looks to resurrect Strand Theater

Evanston, Wyo. – An urban renewal agency has offered to buy
Evanston's historic Strand Theater, which was destroyed by fire in May.

June Law is coordinator of the Evanston Urban Renewal Agency. She says the owners of the nearly 90-year-old theater have
conditionally accepted the offer to buy the building.

Plans are in the works to turn the theater into a performing arts center.
Cleanup and stabilization costs alone could reach $300,000. Converting the building into a performing arts center would cost around $2 million.

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6:42 am
Mon December 24, 2007

Yellowstone chapel ready for Christmas Eve services

Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. – The clergyman at the century-old Yellowstone National Park chapel expects about 600 people for the annual candlelight services, on Christmas Eve. The chapel is at Mammoth Hot Springs.

Many of the people who go there on Christmas Eve are among Mammoth's 300 or so year-round residents. Others come from the nearby town of Gardiner. Some others are tourists.

The chapel built in 1913 originally drew the U.S. military personnel that oversaw Yellowstone in its early years.

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12:07 am
Mon December 24, 2007

Barrasso: Washington should take a lesson from Wyoming

Laramie, WY – US Senator John Barrasso says that Washington should take a lesson from the way Wyoming does business. The former state senator says that in his first six months in office he has learned how complicated it can be getting work done in Washington.

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WPR News
11:05 am
Fri December 21, 2007

BLM Moves Forward With Oil Shale Plan

Laramie, Wy – Federal land managers have proposed allocating nearly 2 million acres of public land in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah
for potential commercial oil shale development.
The Bureau of Land Management released the proposal yesterday
(Thursday) and will take public comment for 90 days before issuing
a final plan.
Federal officials and industry experts estimate that up to 1.8
trillion barrels of oil is trapped in the region's oil shale, or
three times the proven reserves of Saudi Arabia. Of that, roughly

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11:04 am
Fri December 21, 2007

Two Elk Plant Challenged

Gillette, Wy – Two environmental groups have filed a court petition questioning a construction permit for a coal-fired power
plant outside Gillette.
The Powder River Basin Resource Council and the Sierra Club
filed the petition Thursday in Laramie County District Court.
The groups say that North American Power Group didn't do
sufficient work on the Two Elk plant south of Gillette over a
two-year period to justify continuing the permit. Specifically the
groups question a conclusion by the state Department of

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5:53 am
Fri December 21, 2007

WY delegation asks Interior to fight sage grouse ruling

Washington, DC – The Wyoming congressional delegation wants the Interior Department to appeal a federal court's ruling that could
lead to federal protection of the sage grouse.

Earlier this month a federal judge in Idaho said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ignored expert advice and failed to use the best science available when it denied protection to the sage grouse.

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5:46 am
Fri December 21, 2007

Professor sheds light on early whales

Laramie, WY – The early ancestors of whales may have first ventured into the water not to find food - but to escape predators.

That new theory is published in the journal Nature this week by a University of Wyoming geologist and other scientists.

UW's Mark Clementz and his team studied a now-extinct antelope-like creature that's related to ancient whales.

By looking at its bones, the team could tell that it spent a lot of time swimming.

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