WPR News
8:54 pm
Tue December 20, 2005

Two Teens Accused Of Gillette Murder

Gillette, Wy – Two 19-year-old men have been arrested in
the death of a 16-year-old boy found shot to death in his Gillette
house last month.
Police identified the two as Christopher Robert Hicks and Jacob
Paul Martinez, both of Gillette.
The Campbell County Sheriff's Office says the two were arrested
last night (Monday) without incident.
Charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit
first-degree murder were being sought by police. They are scheduled

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WPR News
8:52 pm
Tue December 20, 2005

Thomas Not Overly Concerned With Secret Taping

Laramie, Wy – Senator Craig Thomas admits he is becoming less concerned that the Bush administration has been monitoring overseas phone calls and e-mails of U-S citizens. Thomas says he was first troubled when he first heard about it, but he thinks it is becoming less of a concern. I'm anxious to get all the facts. Because what we have heard up till now are people who just wanted to attack the President.

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WPR News
7:58 pm
Tue December 20, 2005

More Work on Transmission Constraints

Laramie, Wy – The state of Wyoming is continuing to study its electricity transmission gridlock problem. Basically there is a constraint on the amount of electricity Wyoming can export because of the gridlock. After doing a report with public and private entities, Wyoming will now start work with the company National Grid U-S-A.

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Wyoming Features
11:11 am
Tue December 20, 2005

Olympic Improbable Comeback

Wyoming – Over the years a handful of Wyoming athletes have competed in the Olympics. Right now there are several rigorously training with the hopes of qualifying for future games. One is bobsledder Joe Sisson. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports he's making an improbable comeback

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WPR News
8:32 pm
Mon December 19, 2005

Milward Simpson Excited By New Post

Cheyenne, Wy –
In his new position as head of the state's division of cultural resources . Milward Simpson says he plans to raise the profile of the state's arts culture and historical resources. Simpson was recently named to the post after heading up the Wyoming Arts Council.
Among Simpson's plans are to develop new cultural programming with the state's new 5-million dollar cultural trust fund. And he says his agency has recently hired a new director of folk art.

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WPR News
8:26 pm
Mon December 19, 2005

State Gets Employment Grant

Laramie, Wy – A two-point-four (M) million dollar
federal grant will establish a program in Casper to train workers
for the booming oil and gas industry.
Senator Mike Enzi says Wyoming needs skilled workers in place as
fast as possible to take advantage of the oil and gas boom.
U-S Labor Secretary Elaine Chao says increasing demand for
energy is creating new jobs in the oil and gas industry.
Senator Craig Thomas says it's important to have workers trained
to use the advanced technology in the oil and gas fields.

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WPR News
8:24 pm
Mon December 19, 2005

Mail Deadline Is Near

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming Post offices are dealing with nearly 300 thousand pieces of mail a day and officials urge you to mail your packages now. Postal Service Spokesman Jim Desarro says in Wyoming, residents need to have something in the mail by Wednesday. To make the process go smoothly, he says get a new box and pack it properly. Desarro says don't use string or wrapping paper and make sure the address can be seen easily.

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WPR News
7:54 pm
Fri December 16, 2005

Legislature Will Be Asked To Fund Tram

Cheyenne, Wy – Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will likely
seek state funding for a new tram that would be owned by a public
entity and leased to the resort.
That's according to Larry Wolfe, a Cheyenne attorney and
lobbyist who represents the resort.
Resort officials announced this year that they plan to shut down
the famous tram at the end of next summer. They cited maintenance
costs and safety concerns.
Wolfe says the resort will probably ask the Legislature for
funding during this winter's session.

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WPR News
7:47 pm
Fri December 16, 2005

Transit Plan Gets Plenty Of Reaction

Jackson, Wy – Public comments on a draft transit plan for
Grand Teton National Park generally supported trying out shuttle
buses.
Several of the nearly 27-hundred people who commented on the
plan said that mass transit could cut down on congestion, air
pollution, noise and collisions with wildlife.
Others said the same thing about plans to build new pathways.
But pathways were a more contentious issue.
While Grand Teton has proposed building 23 miles of new paths,

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WPR News
7:44 pm
Fri December 16, 2005

Few Wyoming Drivers Buckle Up

Laramie, Wy – A new report says more Americans are wearing seatbelts. Federal officials say that nationally 82 percent of the public is buckling up. While federal officials say they don't have reliable statistics about Wyoming Sergeant Steve Townsend of the Wyoming Highway Patrol says their most recent numbers show that 70 percent of people driving in Wyoming are wearing restraints, while just 56 percent of Wyoming residents are buckling up. That is a low number admits Townsend.

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