WPR News
4:49 pm
Wed January 4, 2006

Feds Change Formula for Homeland Security Funding

Laramie, Wy – Some Wyoming officials are wondering if the state will continue to get the same amount of Homeland Security money.
The federal Homeland Security Department has announced they will single out 35 metropolitan areas for funds in a new formula, with the remainder of the money available for other areas.
It's not yet clear what that will mean for Wyoming and other regions not among those 35 metropolitan areas. But Natrona County Sheriff Mark Benton is one of many in Wyoming law enforcement who expect to see their homeland security funding cut.

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WPR News
8:55 pm
Tue January 3, 2006

WyDOT Causes Avalanches

Laramie, Wy – The huge winter storm that hit western Wyoming this week, left up to two feet of snow in the mountains. This meant the Wyoming Department of Transportation had to artificially cause avalanches and close roads. Spokesperson Laura Grossnickle says the Teton Pass and the highway between Pinedale and Jackson shut down Tuesday morning while workers triggered avalanches. They do this to prevent a slide from coming down on its own when the roads are open. Grossnickle says actively managing avalanches works and haven't damaged roads.

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8:50 pm
Tue January 3, 2006

Jackson Spelling Bee Boosts Public Schools

Laramie, Wy – Public schools in Teton County don't just get money from the state; a non profit group there also contributes thousands of dollars a year to enhance the school system. It's called the Public Education Coalition of Teton County. Carol Peck says it uses private donations and holds a fund raiser once a year. That event, an adult spelling bee, takes place January 13th. Peck says it easily pays for itself and makes money for their effort. She says any community in the state could do something similar to benefit public schools.

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WPR News
6:27 pm
Tue January 3, 2006

No Run for Governor for Speaker Luthi

Laramie, Wy – House Speaker Randall Luthi on Tuesday
ended speculation that he might run for governor this year: He won't.
Luthi said he wouldn't be an effective speaker during this winter's legislative session if every move he made were judged against a campaign to become governor.
"My priority must be my responsibilities as speaker. I owe that
to the people of Wyoming and my fellow representatives," Luthi said in a release issued by the state Republican Party.

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WPR News
3:07 pm
Tue January 3, 2006

Laramie Loses Former Mayor

Laramie, Wy – Former Laramie mayor Fred Homer died Sunday at age 66.
Homer, who taught courses in political philosophy at the University of Wyoming, served as mayor of Laramie from 2002 to 2004. He served on the Laramie City Council from 2000 to 2004.
Homer died at a Minnesota hospital where he was being treated for a heart problem.

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WPR News
3:03 pm
Tue January 3, 2006

Wyoming Coal Miner Dies After Fall

Laramie, Wy – Only one coal miner died in Wyoming in 2005. That's according to the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.
The man died on December 26th after a fall at the Bridger Coal Company's underground mine in Sweetwater County. That mine has seen three fatal accidents since 1999.
The death was the second mine-related death in Sweetwater County. Back in April, a man was crushed by a piece of equipment while working at a trona and soda ash mine.

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WPR News
5:57 pm
Mon January 2, 2006

Sheriff's Department Tired from Three Days of Searches

Laramie, Wy – This weekend the Albany County Sheriff's Department and others had to do three searches for lost snowmobilers. A total of eight people got lost or stuck in the Snowy Range. All spent nights in the wilderness, and they all did survive.
Lieutenant Michael Garcia from the Sheriff's Department says people can do a lot to increase the chances of getting found alive. Building a shelter before nightfall is primary because he says that gets them out of the elements.
Garcia says leaving details about where you are planning to sled also can cut down search time.

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5:54 pm
Mon January 2, 2006

Hunting Bill Ruffles Feathers

Laramie, Wy – Some outfitters aren't pleased about a
proposal to change the way that landowners are compensated for property damage caused by wildlife.
The state Game and Fish Department pays landowners for a variety of damage caused by wildlife, including elk that eat haystacks and bears that get into beehives.
In exchange for being compensated, landowners are required to allow hunting on their property.

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5:39 pm
Mon January 2, 2006

Hearing Dates Set for Murder Suspects in Gillette

Laramie, Wy – The three men and teenager charged with killing a witness in a sexual assault trial in Gillette have new dates for their preliminary hearings.
The defendants are charged in connection with the shooting of 16-year-old Bryce Chavers. Three of them are also are charged with a second murder.
The first hearing is set for February sixth.

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2:34 pm
Mon January 2, 2006

Winter Storm Warning for Western WY Until Tuesday

Laramie, Wy – A major winter storm is moving into
western Wyoming.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning
for Jackson, Star Valley and the upper Green River Valley.
Six to 12 inches of snow is forecast for the area around Jackson,
and Pinedale.
Four to nine inches of snow is forecast for southwestern Wyoming.
Heavy snow is also likely in Yellowstone and especially for western Wyoming's mountain ranges.
There may also be high winds with the south pass seeing near white out conditions tonight.

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