WPR News
10:47 am
Tue August 21, 2007

Idaho Gov. Declares Wildfire Emergency

Laramie, WY – Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter declared a statewide wildfire emergency today.

Otter made the declaration at the request of the state Bureau of Homeland Security because of the growing risk to life and property from uncontrolled wildfires in parts of Idaho.

Otter spokesman Jon Hanian says the declaration will reduce bureaucratic red tape for counties seeking help responding to wildfire threats.

The declaration authorizes the use of state government resources to assist in efforts to respond to wildfire threats anywhere in the state.

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WPR News
10:45 am
Tue August 21, 2007

Man Charged in Strangulation Death

Laramie, WY – Police in the Texas Panhandle have
arrested a man wanted in the strangulation death of a woman who worked at a motel in Rock Springs.

The body of 25-year-old Carrie Sullivan was found Wednesday in a room at the Economy Guest Village. Police say that she'd been raped and strangled.

Monday police in Pampa, Texas, arrested 23-year-old Dawayne Myers.

Rock Springs Police Sergeant Clark Robinson says investigators had been working with Myers' relatives, and that police found Myers by tracing his e-mail.

Myers is charged with first-degree murder.

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WPR News
10:28 am
Tue August 21, 2007

Hybrid Elms Planted Around Wyoming

Laramie, WY – Hybrid elms resistant to Dutch elm disease are being planted around Wyoming, the start of a potential comeback for the devastated species in the state.

Dutch elm disease began wiping out large elms in the United States more than 70 years ago.

Recently, hybrid elms resistant to Dutch elm disease have been developed. Those trees now are being planted in towns like Cheyenne, Powell, Gillette, Douglas and Medicine Bow.

For two years now, the Wyoming State Forestry Division has been distributing hybrid elm saplings on Arbor Day.

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WPR News
7:17 am
Tue August 21, 2007

New Council to Tackle School Graduation Rates

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WPR News
7:15 am
Tue August 21, 2007

WY Civil Air Patrol Plane Crashes in Bighorns

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WPR News
1:58 am
Tue August 21, 2007

Education Money Suit Heads To WY Supreme Court

Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Department of Education has put on hold its lawsuit against five school districts that have refused to turn over to the state $44 million in local tax revenue.

Instead, the matter is being combined with a lawsuit filed by the five districts - in Pinedale, Big Piney, Gillette, Shoshoni and Kemmerer - and the dispute is headed to the Wyoming Supreme Court.

At issue is a state constitutional amendment approved by voters last fall.

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WPR News
11:44 am
Mon August 20, 2007

Parasite Sickens 18 People in Gillette

WPR News
11:42 am
Mon August 20, 2007

Bison Suit Fails

Laramie, WY – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has denied a private citizen's petition to list the Yellowstone bison as an endangered species.

A Minnesota resident had filed the petition in 1999, concerned that there were no limitations on killing bison that left the park.

The petition came after the winter of 1996-97 when severe weather led to the deaths of over 1,000 bison as they tried to move into winter range outside the park.

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WPR News
11:40 am
Mon August 20, 2007

East Gate Reopens After Mud Slide Cleaned Up

Laramie, WY – Cars, campers and RVs are moving in and out of Yellowstone National Park through the park's east gate again.

State road crews worked over the weekend to clear a mud slide outside the park that shut down traffic along highway 14-16-20.

Meantime, firefighters who had been battling a wildfire that closed the park's east gate last week and threatened various resorts near the park were being reassigned to other fires in the West.

More than an inch of rain all but doused the Columbine fire over the weekend.

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WPR News
11:33 am
Mon August 20, 2007

Casper's Baby Boomer Study Helps City Officials

Laramie, WY – The first phase of Casper's baby boomer study is done, and city officials say they've already learned a lot from it.

The study looked at which public and private services boomers will need as they move into retirement. To prepare for a larger population of elderly people, city officials are looking at increasing the size of street name signs and putting in more sidewalks, among other things.

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