WPR News
8:57 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Dept. of Education Collects Overpaid Funds

Laramie, WY – The state Department of Education has collected over $2 dollars of the nearly $7 million it overpaid to local school districts around the state in recent years.

Of 48 school districts, 15 objected to the state audit that found the state overpaid districts because of an error in the teacher seniority calculation. Of the 15 objections, 14 were resolved through informal settlements.

The only school district in the state to seek an administrative hearing on the state's demand for refunds of overpayments is Uinta County School District 1 in Evanston.

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WPR News
8:43 am
Mon December 17, 2007

BBHC Has New Director

Laramie, WY – The Buffalo Bill Historical Center has a new director. Bruce Eldredge who is the current CEO of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, Washington will begin his work at the end of January.

He says Buffalo Bill is one of the top 50 museums in the country and taking over the museum is one of his dreams. Eldredge says one of his goals is to modernize the experience at the museum and make sure the museum continues to be relevant.

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WPR News
8:29 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Attorney General challenges Yellowstone decision in court

Laramie, WY – The debate over snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park rages on.

The Attorney General's Office filed a petition in federal court seeking a review of the National Park Service's latest Yellowstone winter-use plan.

Deputy Attorney General Jay Jerde says the office is contesting limits on snowmobiles in the park and the closure of Sylvan pass in the winter.

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WPR News
8:18 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Bald Eagle Poaching Case Revisited

Laramie, WY – The future of a Northern Arapaho man who shot a bald eagle for use in his tribe's Sun Dance two years ago now rides on the eventual decision of a federal appeals court.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard arguments today (Monday) over whether to reinstate a criminal charge against 23-year-old Winslow Friday, of Ethete, Wyoming.

Friday acknowledges that he killed an eagle with a rifle on the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming, home to both the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes.

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4:17 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Laramie Suffers From Lack Of Workforce, Too

Wyoming – Rock Springs and Gillette have had a worker shortage for several years because of the energy boom. It's not an energy boom town, but Laramie can't find enough workers, either.

WPR News
2:14 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Laramie Battles For Retailers

Laramie, Wy – Local economic development officials say business growth is starting to occur in Laramie, but lack of workers and pay has kept that from extending to retail. First National Bank President Dan Furphy is talking with a number of businesses, mostly in the high tech field that want to come to Laramie and he calls this an exciting time of growth. But Furphy says other businesses are reluctant to come. " When you talk to retailers, they say you don't have enough people in your community to justify us coming in here.

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WPR News
2:10 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Simpson Wants New Database

Cody, Wy – A state lawmaker says Wyoming ought to have a statewide database of residents' prescriptions.
The goal would be to prevent drug abusers from getting multiple
prescriptions.
Rep. Colin Simpson said he's not sure yet how a bill might be
written to set up such a system. But he said the idea is to prevent
people going to multiple doctors for multiple painkiller
prescriptions to be filled at multiple pharmacies.
The State Board of Pharmacy currently requires pharmacies to

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WPR News
2:09 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Cody Flight Numbers Down

Powell, Wy – The number of passenger boardings at
Yellowstone Regional Airport in November was down by about 3
percent compared to the same month in 2006.
United Airlines boardings at the Cody airport were down by about
18 percent. But Delta Airlines boardings helped offset that
decrease with an increase of 9 percent.
Hank Coe, a member of the Cody/Yellowstone Air Service
Organization, said he has compared flights out of Cody with flights
out of Billings, Mont. Coe said flights out of Cody are
significantly more expensive.

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12:08 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Power Companies Fret Over Future Energy Demand

Wyoming – It's getting harder for utilities in the United States to build coal-based power plants. Rocky Mountain Power has announced it can't go forward with plans to build one because of the uncertainty of future carbon regulations. Energy experts say something must be done soon. Peter O'Dowd reports.

12:06 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Petroleum Association Forms Group to Help Sage Grouse

Wyoming – Following an announcement that more studies are needed to determine whether the sage grouse is an endangered species, the Petroleum Association formed a group to help insure the bird stays off the list.

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