WPR News
5:42 am
Fri December 21, 2007

Oil Shale proposal moves forward

Laramie, WY – After discussing it for several years, the Bureau of Land management is taking public comment on whether to develop commercial oil shale.

Oil is trapped beneath the shale and experts say it could unleash nearly two trillion barrels of oil.

The B-L-M is taking comment on an area in southwest Wyoming, as well as Colorado and Utah that would encompass two million acres.

B-L-M Spokeswoman Heather Feeney says this will be the first of many comment periods.

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WPR News
8:09 am
Thu December 20, 2007

Sylvan Pass reopens after heavy snowfall

Laramie, WY – Sylvan Pass was temporarily closed because of avalanche danger.

The National Park Service says the East Entrance to Yellowstone is now open to snowmobiles, snowcoaches, skiers and snowshoers after crews worked to reduce the risk of avalanche.

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WPR News
6:56 am
Thu December 20, 2007

Casper DUI arrests surging

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming law enforcement agencies are strengthening efforts to find drunken drivers this holiday season.

Casper police will be involved in the seasonal crackdown. But officers there have been particularly busy all year.

Officer Pete Abrams says the department is on pace to break a record number of D-U-I arrests.

"We should approach nearly 600 DUI arrests for the year," Abrams says. "The projected total is 578, which far exceeds totals from years past."

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WPR News
6:44 am
Thu December 20, 2007

Study: Wyoming can meet pension bill

Laramie, WY – A study from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows Wyoming is a top performer in the country when it comes to pension liability.

The study shows Wyoming has a total pension bill of about 6-billion dollars coming due, and it has just under that amount set aside to pay the bill.

Wyoming Retirement System Board Director Tom Mann says the gap is manageable and that's because the state has made good financial decisions.

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WPR News
8:46 am
Wed December 19, 2007

Economic Growth Plateaus

Laramie, WY – The state's economic forecasters say growth in 2007 isn't quite living up to the standard set in 2006.

Senior economist Jim Robinson says the state's economic growth continues to plateau after the blazing pace of growth of last year.

"We're starting to see an unwinding of this activity, where we had reached really high levels of activity in terms of energy drilling for natural gas and oil, Robinson said.

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WPR News
8:39 am
Wed December 19, 2007

Intra-State Air Service Idea a Work In Progress

Laramie, WY – State Senator Grant Larson says an effort to provide air service between communities in Wyoming will take time.

A report on the proposal concluded that it would take public money to make such a venture possible. Larson says it would be money well spent because it make travel more efficient for state employees, as well as bring more business to Wyoming's communities.

Larson admits this will be a work in progress and there is little chance that the legislature will fund any such proposal this year.

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WPR News
8:39 am
Wed December 19, 2007

Intra-State Air Service Idea a Work In Progress

Laramie, WY – State Senator Grant Larson says an effort to provide air service between communities in Wyoming will take time.

A report on the proposal concluded that it would take public money to make such a venture possible. Larson says it would be money well spent because it make travel more efficient for state employees, as well as bring more business to Wyoming's communities.

Larson admits this will be a work in progress and there is little chance that the legislature will fund any such proposal this year.

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WPR News
8:32 am
Wed December 19, 2007

Casper's Running Out of Christmas Trees

Casper, WY – Christmas tree dealers in Casper are having a hard time keeping trees in stock.

Many Casper tree dealers say they've sold out of trees, or expect to sell out soon.

Pete Wildman is Christmas tree chairman of Boy Scout Troop 60. He says he's noticed that there are fewer lots selling trees this year.

The Boy Scouts sold 325 trees this year, the same number as last year.

Wildman says the Boy Scouts were sold out of trees by last Sunday. That's earlier than last year, when the scouts were still
selling trees up until a week before Christmas.

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WPR News
8:08 am
Wed December 19, 2007

Counterfeit $50 Bills Found In Rawlins

Laramie, WY – Police in Rawlins are urging people to be
on the lookout for counterfeit $50 bills.

Rawlins Police Chief Mike Reed says four counterfeit bills have turned up recently at two separate locations in the city. He says he suspects there are more of the bogus bills in circulation.

Reed says that counterfeit $20 bills sometimes show up, but says it's unusual for several bills to show up at the same time.

Three of the four counterfeit $50 bills had the following serial number: AL13653363C.

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WPR News
8:03 am
Wed December 19, 2007

No New Bucellosis Cases In Montana

Laramie, WY – Tests on about 3,000 Montana cattle have
turned up no additional cases of the livestock disease brucellosis, that showed up last May in a herd near Bridger.

Montana livestock officials say some testing will continue; but they say the results announced today offer strong evidence that the brucellosis was limited to a single herd.

Montana cannot have any additional cases of brucellosis for at least two years after the initial infection, or it could lose its federal disease-free status.

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