7:34 am
Fri January 20, 2006

History of the Boom

Wyoming – Bob Beck asks historian Phil Roberts to put the current energy boom in perspective.

WPR News
7:12 am
Fri January 20, 2006

Top Five Officials Push Child Care Spending

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Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's top five elected officials showed they believe there is a need for more child care in the state. This week all of them voted to spend one-point-five million dollars on a child care center in Riverton. The five officials make up the State Loan and Investment Board and they were looking at projects meant to stir economic development. Auditor Max Maxfield says child care is a part of this.

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WPR News
9:33 am
Thu January 19, 2006

Study Encourages Sage Grouse Protection

Laramie, Wy – Conservationists say the federal
government needs to impose new restrictions on oil and gas
development in the West because current policies are failing to
protect sage grouse.
They cited a new study of the birds in western Wyoming that
showed development negatively affecting sage grouse populations.
Sage grouse inhabit large areas of the western United States,
including Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Montana where energy
development is booming.
The health of sage grouse has been a concern of conservationists

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WPR News
9:30 am
Thu January 19, 2006

Study Encourages Sage Grouse Protection

Laramie, Wy – Conservationists say the federal
government needs to impose new restrictions on oil and gas
development in the West because current policies are failing to
protect sage grouse.
They cited a new study of the birds in western Wyoming that
showed development negatively affecting sage grouse populations.
Sage grouse inhabit large areas of the western United States,
including Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Montana where energy
development is booming.
The health of sage grouse has been a concern of conservationists

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WPR News
9:27 am
Thu January 19, 2006

Utah After Wyoming Students

Salt Lake City, Utah – A legislative committee in Utah is backing
a bill that would allow more out-of-state students to pay in-state
tuition at Utah's universities and colleges.
The idea is to attract more students from Wyoming, Idaho and
other surrounding states.
The bill would allow 675 students from outside Utah to pay
in-state tuition and 225 students from outside Utah to pay half of
the out-of-state-rate.
The scholarships would be divided up among Utah's schools.

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WPR News
9:25 am
Thu January 19, 2006

Groutage Touts Energy Development

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Laramie, Wy – A U-S Senate candidate agrees that the country needs to do something to stop being so dependent on foreign oil. Democrat Dale Groutage says while that might include more oil development in the near term it most certainly will include alternative fuel in the future...such as hydrogen. He thinks Wyoming could be a major player in such a development. In fact, Groutage thinks its important that Wyoming play a large role in all areas of energy development. Groutage is the only announced opponent of incumbent Senator Craig Thomas.

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WPR News
8:41 am
Thu January 19, 2006

Supporters Rally to Rescue Cowboy State Games

Casper, WY – An impromptu, grass-roots campaign has saved the 2006 Cowboy State Games. Earlier in the week, it appeared certain that organizers would cancel the 20th anniversary of the Games. Fundraising was behind and the Natrona County Travel and Tourism Council rescinded its contribution. But Executive Director Eileen Ford says they received tons of phone calls and an outpouring of financial support. She says everyone from sponsors and t-shirt vendors to athletes and concerned individuals called to offer donations.

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WPR News
9:02 am
Wed January 18, 2006

Community College Funding Reviewed

Laramie, Wy – The Governor wants the state to take a comprehensive look at the way it funds the seven community colleges. In his proposed budget Dave Freudenthal put in 200 thousand dollars to do the study. The state legislature's appropriations committee met today (Wednesday) and heard from the community colleges and several lawmakers expressed concern about the funding system too.

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WPR News
6:11 am
Wed January 18, 2006

Democrat Announces For U-S Senate

Casper, Wy – Democrat Dale Groutage formally
announced his bid for the U-S Senate today (Wednesday) in Casper.
It is the first run at public office for the 61-year-old retired
military weapons engineer from Lander.
Groutage touts his scientific background, saying the state needs
a senator who understands how research and technology can benefit
the state's natural resources.
He also vows to fight for affordable health care, social
security, high paying jobs and growth and development on Wyoming's
terms.

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WPR News
5:09 am
Wed January 18, 2006

Wyoming Looks for Workforce Help in Michigan

Rock Springs, WY – Three Wyoming communities are looking to Michigan as they try to address major workforce shortages. Economic development agencies from Rock Springs, Casper, and Gillette will hold job fairs in Michigan at the end of the month. Pat Robbins is the Director of the Sweetwater Economic Development Association. She says the Detroit area is experiencing widespread layoffs in the automotive industry. General Motors recently announced it will lay off about six-thousand employees. Robbins says the plan is to visit Flint, Jackson, and Lansing.

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