WPR News
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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WPR News
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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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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