WPR News
8:25 am
Fri June 15, 2007

Cattle Tests Show No Further Brucellosis Cases

Helena, MT – More tests for brucellosis in Montana have turned up negative, and livestock officials say they're nearly done testing cattle that could have had contact with the disease.
Test results on 490 head of cattle show no further cases in Montana. The state will lose its coveted brucellosis-free status if another case of the disease is found. The first was detected in a Bridger, Montana, cattle herd last month.
A herd in Wyoming was also being tested because it shared a fence line with the Montana herd.

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WPR News
11:45 am
Thu June 14, 2007

List of Potential Senators Reaches 31

Laramie, WY – It appears that just about everyone who has ever held a political office in Wyoming wants to be the state's next U.S. senator.

Among the 31 names submitted to the Wyoming Republican Party to replace the late Senator Craig Thomas are 9 former state legislators, a U.S. wildlife official and one former county commissioner.

Also in the running is former US Attorney Matt Meade, who's the grandson of former US Senator Cliff Hanson; and Colin Simpson, the son of former Senator Alan Simpson.

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WPR News
8:44 am
Thu June 14, 2007

Yellowstone Could Face Tough Fire Season

Laramie, WY – Yellowstone National Park has already seen a few small wild fires this year - and it's not even fire season yet. Park spokesman Al Nash says Yellowstone is drier than last year, and that might mean a bad fire season ahead.

"We've already had two lightning starts, the earliest was in mid-April, which is the earliest fire start we have on record," Nash said.

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WPR News
8:40 am
Thu June 14, 2007

Farm Bureau Says Ethanol Rush Could Hurt Ranchers

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8:27 am
Thu June 14, 2007

DM&E Railroad Reportedly Courts Investors

Laramie, WY – The Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad's parent company is listening to offers for all or part of the company in an effort to finance a six billion-dollar expansion project derailed by a denied federal loan. That's according to a report by Trains Magazine. The magazine says investment bankers representing Cedar American Rail Holdings approached potential suitors and invited ten to hear presentations by CEO Kevin Schieffer during the past two weeks. The article sways Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway are among the finalists.

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WPR News
8:53 am
Wed June 13, 2007

Grizzly Bear Attacks Man In Teton Nat. Park

Laramie, WY – A man was attacked by a grizzly bear early this morning in the woods near Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National park. Fifty-four year old Dennis VanDenbos of Lander received non-life threatening puncture wounds and lacerations from a female bear. She had three cubs and a freshly killed elk carcass nearby. Grand Teton National Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says Van Denbos watching carefully for bears but found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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WPR News
8:47 am
Wed June 13, 2007

Enzi Criticizes Energy Bill

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8:42 am
Wed June 13, 2007

A Centennial Hotel Honored

Laramie, WY – Just shy of its hundredth birthday, the Mountain View Hotel in Centennial has just been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Just after its birthday on July 4, hotel owner Ev Elmendorf is serving the original menu of trout, eggs, biscuits and potatoes for the original price of 50 cents. She recently learned a trout story from the hotel's early days.

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8:26 am
Wed June 13, 2007

Small Airports are Worn Out

Laramie, WY – Increasing commercial air service in Wyoming is wearing out the state's smaller airports. Shelly Reams of the state Transportation Department's aeronautics division told lawmakers meeting in Casper that smaller airports are seeing more traffic from business jets. Reams says that's caused a critical need for runway and approach improvements at smaller airports. Between 2002 and 2006, commercial air service grew by more than 37 percent in the state.
Meanwhile, construction costs have increased 100 percent since 1988 -- further exacerbating the problem.

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