WPR News
12:11 am
Wed August 15, 2007

Climber Killed By Thrown Rock

Lander, Wy – A rock that killed the Rocky Mountain
regional director of the National Outdoor Leadership School as he
was climbing near Lander, Wyoming, last weekend had been thrown
deliberately over the cliff.
That's according to Ed Newell, the chief prosecutor in Fremont
County, Wyoming.
Newell says he is going to speak with relatives and friends of
the victim, 47-year-old Pete Absolon, before deciding whether to
file charges.
Newell declined to identify the rock thrower. But he says that

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WPR News
12:09 am
Wed August 15, 2007

Fires Continue In Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park – The east entrance to
Yellowstone National Park has been temporarily closed again,
because of the Columbine Fire.
The fire advanced toward a section of the East Entrance Road,
prompting the closure at 7 last night (Tuesday).
Park officials will re-evaluate the closure this morning. They
say they intend to reopen the road to traffic as soon as access can
be safely resumed.
The Columbine Fire was started by lightening and was estimated
yesterday (Tuesday) at 10,000 acres or about 16 square miles.

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WPR News
10:14 am
Tue August 14, 2007

Healthcare Commission Wants To Ban Smoking

Casper, Wy – The Wyoming Healthcare Commission wants
state lawmakers to ban smoking in all public places in the state.
The commission met yesterday (Monday) in Casper and approved
recommendations for next year's legislative session. The commission
will forward its recommendations to the Joint Labor, Health and
Social Services Committee later this month.
The healthcare commission voted to ask the joint interim
committee to sponsor a bill to ban smoking in all of Wyoming's
public places. A similar smoking ban bill failed in this year's

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WPR News
10:13 am
Tue August 14, 2007

East Entrance Reopens

Yellowstone National Park – The East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is set to re-open to traffic at 8 o'clock this morning.
The park's east entrance has been closed since Sunday, because
of the threat posed by the Columbine Fire.
The lightning-caused fire started just before dark Thursday
evening, southwest of Sylvan Pass and the park's East Entrance
road. Park rangers temporarily closed the road between the East
Entrance station and Fishing Bridge, about 4:15 Sunday afternoon.

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10:11 am
Tue August 14, 2007

Fire Threatens Homes Near Sheridan

Sheridan, Wy – A wildfire southwest of Sheridan has burned three cabins and a shed and is threatening about 100 homes. State forester Bill Crapser says the fire has burned about 42-hundred acres and they had to evacuate about 100 homes.
"I think the evacuations have gone very smoothly. A lot of the structures in the area are seasonal cabins, so I think a lot of the folks weren't there. There are some full-time residents in the area, but from all the reports I've heard, all the evacuations went very smoothly."

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WPR News
8:14 am
Tue August 14, 2007

Infrastructure Woes: WY Engineer Says Dams Are Safe

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8:11 am
Tue August 14, 2007

Governor: No Bison Hunt without Justice's Consent

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8:08 am
Tue August 14, 2007

Yellowstone Fire Still Zero Percent Contained

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3:56 am
Tue August 14, 2007

Health Director Says Be Careful Of Smoke

Laramie, Wy – Officials say the rise in forest fires in the state and region causing another problem air filled with smoke. Smoke filled air is being reported in many areas of the state and health and weather forecasters are urging people to pay attention. Department of Health Director Brent Sherrard says those who work outside or who exercise should be especially cautious. Sherrard says it is more dangerous the closer you are to a fire. He says those with asthma and other ailments should try and stay inside with windows closed.

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9:55 am
Mon August 13, 2007

Fire Closes East Entrance

Cody, Wy – The East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park remains closed this morning. A
wind-driven wildfire forced officials to close it Sunday.
Linda Miller is park spokeswoman. She says this morning (Monday)
that the Columbine Fire is still burning close to the East Entrance
Park Spokesman Al Nash said yesterday (Sunday) that about 25
miles of the road between the East Entrance and near Fishing Bridge
inside the park on the north side of Yellowstone Lake were closed
to traffic.

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