WPR News
9:09 am
Tue February 7, 2006

Rawlins May Get Wal Mart

Laramie, Wy – Wal Mart is moving forward with opening a Supercenter in Rawlins. The senior manager for Wal Mart public affairs in Wyoming, Grey McGinnis, says they choose sites mostly based on consumer feedback.
McGinnis says he's not sure when construction might begin as they are still in the approval process with the city of Rawlins. But, he says things are going forward.

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WPR News
9:05 am
Tue February 7, 2006

New Ranking System for Winter Storms

Laramie, Wy – The federal government is trying out a new rating system for winter storms. In the Northeast part of the country they are ranking storms from one to five after they hit. The scoring involves the amount of snowfall, area affected and number of people impacted.
Cheyenne National Weather Service meteorologist, John Griffith, says this does not aid people preparing for a storm because it is only used after the fact, so people would still have to rely on advisories from the National Weather Service to judge the potential impact of a storm.

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WPR News
8:40 am
Tue February 7, 2006

Albany County Highway Most Dangerous In The State

Laramie, Wy –

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WPR News
6:52 am
Tue February 7, 2006

Groups Ask For Review Of Bighorn Forest Plan

Sheridan, Wy –
Seven Wyoming conservation organizations are asking the U-S forest chief for help. They want a review of the Bighorn forest plan because they fear the plan opens up too many roadless areas and promotes unnecessary timber cutting. Liz Howell of the Wyoming Wilderness Association says they are trying to protect wilderness, and want the forest chief to take another look at the plan. The Bighorn forest management plan will guide the forest over the next 15 to 20 years.

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WPR News
2:58 am
Tue February 7, 2006

Teton County Republic to Challenge Larson

WPR News
2:53 am
Tue February 7, 2006

Strong 6-month Outlook for State Economy

WPR News
11:47 am
Mon February 6, 2006

State Budget Showdown Set for Feb. 13

WPR News
8:52 am
Mon February 6, 2006

Md. Teen Charged in Snowboarding Accident

Teton Village, WY – A teenager faces a charge of negligent homicide for colliding with a skier while snowboarding at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort a year ago. Prosecutors say Greg Doda, of Crownsville, Maryland, ran into Heather Donahue in the Laramie Bowl last February. Doda was 16 at the time. He allegedly was going more than 35 miles an hour when he ran into Donahue, a 29-year-old from Massachusetts. A Sheriff's investigator says the impact knocked Donahue 25 feet down the hill. She died of a head injury.

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WPR News
8:51 am
Mon February 6, 2006

US Soda Ash Prices Up 10% in 2005

Green River, WY – Despite stiff competition from China, the Wyoming soda ash industry is posting solid numbers. More than 95 percent of the soda ash produced in the United
States comes from Wyoming. Last year, the value of U-S soda ash increased more than ten percent. Production numbers are also on the rise. Meanwhile, demand for soda ash is expected to continue growing slightly over the next few years. Much of that demand is now being met by China, the world's soda ash leader since 2003.

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WPR News
9:44 am
Sat February 4, 2006

State Stays with Cost of Living Index to Guide Teacher Pay

Laramie, Wy – The state will not use a new economic tool
with a funny-sounding name to calculate teacher salaries.
Members of the Joint Education Committee worried that the hedonic index would stir up more school-finance litigation, or that it would provide less funding for their school districts.
The hedonic index sought to quantify the things that make certain communities nice places to live, such as scenery and recreation opportunities. Salaries would be higher in desirable communities, and lower in communities that scored lower on the index.

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