WPR News
6:40 am
Fri August 24, 2007

AG: Papers Filed, Bison Hunt Will Go On

Laramie, WY – Attorney General Pat Crank says papers have been filed in a federal district court this week that would allow hunting bison on the National Elk Refuge near Jackson. Meanwhile, a hunt scheduled for Saturday was delayed because a nine-year federal ban wasn't lifted in time. Refuge Manager Steve Kallin says the 12-hundred bison that come to the refuge to graze on alfalfa pellets must be contained.

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WPR News
6:39 am
Fri August 24, 2007

Grand Teton and Yellowstone Parks Get Project Money

Laramie, WY – The Interior Department has granted more than half a million dollars for projects at Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

The money hasn't been handed over yet, but Congress is expected to approve the department's Centennial Initiative, which would grant about 1 billion dollars for national parks over the next several years.

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WPR News
9:07 am
Thu August 23, 2007

Sen. Barrasso Plans To Take Up Rural Health Care Bill

Laramie, WY – Senator John Barrasso is wrapping up a series of town hall meetings throughout Wyoming. Then it's back to the Senate for the start of the fall legislative session.

Barrasso says he plans to take up a rural health care bill the late Senator Craig Thomas supported.

Barrasso says the bill, now called the Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act, would in part ensure that medicare reimburses rural hospitals on par with urban hospitals.

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WPR News
8:44 am
Thu August 23, 2007

Wyoming's 2nd Four-Year College Becomes a Reality

Laramie, WY – Some 35 students from across the country will be taking classes at Wyoming's new four year college. After three years, Wyoming Catholic College becomes a reality September 3rd when it opens its doors in Lander. The college offers a traditional liberal arts curriculum.

Father Bob Cook is the College President and he says everyone affiliated with the school is excited to get the doors open.

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WPR News
7:52 am
Thu August 23, 2007

Candidates Visit Wyoming

Jackson, Wy – Two presidential hopefuls swung through the state this week. Democrat Bill Richardson and Republican Mitt Romney were in Jackson shaking hands with locals and filling the war chest for the battle ahead.

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WPR News
6:42 am
Thu August 23, 2007

No Charges Filed in Death of Pete Absolon

Laramie, WY – The Fremont County attorney will not press criminal charges against the man who accidentally killed climber Pete Absolon nearly two weeks ago.

Attorney Ed Newell says that the young man who threw the rock saw it hit Absolon and immediately called for help. He also filed a report with police. Newell says he was very remorseful.

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WPR News
6:40 am
Thu August 23, 2007

Yellowstone Fire Restricts Lift Thursday Night

Laramie, WY – A week ago, firefighters were spread thin trying to keep up with wildfires burning in Yellowstone National Park.

Now, rainfall and cooler temperatures are allowing the park to lift all fire restrictions, starting Thursday evening.

The restrictions were put into place last month.

The National Park Service cautioned that restrictions could come back if dry weather conditions resume and increase fire danger again.

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WPR News
1:52 am
Thu August 23, 2007

UW Ranked in the Middle by US News & World Report

Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming falls somewhere between the best and worst ranked colleges in the nation.

That's according to national rankings from U.S. News and World Report.

The magazine recently published its list of best colleges for 2008. The issue is on newsstands now.

It ranks Princeton University as the best in the country in the category of national universities.

The University of Colorado and Colorado State University were among four Colorado universities in the top tier, or the top 50 percent on the magazine's scale.

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WPR News
10:57 am
Wed August 22, 2007

South Dakota Rules Could Affect DM&E Project

Laramie, WY – A South Dakota legislative panel has given
its approval to new rules that likely will be used to determine whether the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad can use eminent domain to acquire land for its expansion project.

The South Dakota Legislature's Rules Review Committee approved rules passed last week by the state Transportation Commission.

The commission has been asked to grant the DM&E the right of eminent domain to acquire land in western South Dakota so it can extend its east-west line into Wyoming's coal fields.

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WPR News
10:54 am
Wed August 22, 2007

Fishing Restrictions Lifted

Laramie, WY – Cooler temperatures are allowing Yellowstone National Park to lift fishing restrictions on many of the park's rivers and creeks.

The restrictions were imposed July 21st because of high water temperatures that can be stressful or fatal to trout.

Under the restrictions, anglers couldn't fish during the afternoon hours when water temperatures were at their highest.
But recent cooler temperatures during the day have resulted in lower water temperatures.

The fishing restrictions will no longer be in effect as of 2 p.m. Wednesday.

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