WPR News
8:53 pm
Tue March 15, 2005

Drought Continues In Wyoming

Casper, Wy – Wyoming's water outlook is still bleak,
despite weekend snowstorms across much of the state.
Nearly every river basin is reported to have below-average
snowpack, thanks to a mild winter and an ongoing drought.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service says that only the
Upper Bear River Basin is at its historical average for this time
of year.
Snowpack in the Belle Fourche River Drainage is 50
percent below normal, while the Shoshone River Basin is 45 percent
under the average.

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8:51 pm
Tue March 15, 2005

Former Albany County Senator And Diplomat Dies

Laramie, Wy – Friends are remembering longtime Laramie resident Dave Nicholas as a great asset to the state and country. The 64 year old Nicholas was working as an ambassador in the Ukraine, when he died on Sunday. Officials in that country are expressing shock and sadness at his death. Nicholas first started working for NATO in the late 80's thanks to the help of longtime friend Dick Cheney, who was the Secretary of Defense. From that time he held a number of jobs as a diplomat.

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11:06 am
Tue March 15, 2005

State Still Struggling With Seat Belt Use

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming continues to see a good deal of highway fatalities where seat belts are not in use. During each of the last two weekends, there have been fatal car crashes on Wyoming roads where the victims were ejected from their vehicles. Two teenagers died on March 6th in a crash near Kaycee and an Idaho man died this past Sunday west Casper. None of the three was wearing a seat belt. Sergeant Steven Townsend says the number of fatalities where seat belts aren't in use is a source of frustration for the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

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11:04 am
Tue March 15, 2005

Former State Lawmaker Dies Overseas

Kiev, Ukraine – A Former state Senator from Laramie has died of an apparent heart attack. Family members say David Nicholas was found dead in his office in Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday. Nicholas was an employee of the US Defense Department assigned to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. While in the Ukraine, Nicholas helped monitor recent elections. In Wyoming, Nicholas served in the state Senate from 1979 to 1986 and also at the University of Wyoming. David Nicholas was 64 years old.

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9:13 pm
Mon March 14, 2005

Wyoming's Sunshine Laws Reviewed

Laramie, Wy – Most ratings put Wyoming's open records and meetings laws among the worst in the country. But the Director of the Wyoming Press Association believes that will change thanks to legislative action. Jim Angel says Wyoming legislators significantly improved Wyoming's open meetings law by putting in place penalties for violating the act.
Angel thinks that is the kind of deterrent that will keep meetings open. He says this law, coupled with the passage of a recent open records law, is making government in the state much more open.

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9:09 pm
Mon March 14, 2005

Council Wants To Outlaw Facial Jewelry

Cheyenne, Wy – The Governors Food Safety council is recommending a ban on facial jewelry for restaurant workers who prepare food. But some restaurant owners say it is a solution without a problem. The council voted 5-3 earlier this year to recommend the ban after hearing testimony that people were finding "tongue rings in their food". But Greg Smith of Altitude Chophouse and Brewery in Laramie finds that baffling, saying that he doubts anything like that would cause a health hazard. He also does not know how such things would get into food.

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11:55 am
Mon March 14, 2005

Monday, March 14th, 2005

Wyoming –

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Jim Angel from the Wyoming Press Association about the impacts the "Sunshine Week" may have on Wyoming.

Topic: Renny Mackay speaks with the Outreach Coordinator of Healthy Additions about pregnant women on Medicaid.

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Julie Edwards from the Project "One County, One Book" about reading books and group discussions.

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10:47 am
Mon March 14, 2005

BLM Director Says Permitting Has Improved

Washington, DC – The Director of the Bureau of Land Management says they are making positive strides in processing oil and gas drilling permits. Energy producers have been unhappy with the pace of BLM permitting. But BLM Director Kathleen Clarke told a congressional committee last week that they've improved their output by about 67% over the last several years. Clarke says it's a challenge because of the sheer volume of applications they are seeing. She thinks delays in drilling are also the result of the number of leases that are protested.

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10:44 am
Mon March 14, 2005

Wyoming Population Growing

Cheyenne, WY – According to new census estimates, Wyoming's population has grown by more than 12,000 people since 2000. The Census Bureau says the state's population in 2004 was 506,529. However, the number of children from 5-17 year-old fell by more than 10,000 over the same period. As of the last official Census in 2000, the 5-17 age group made up nearly 26% of Wyoming's population. It now accounts for about 17%.

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10:43 am
Mon March 14, 2005

Game and Fish Property Renamed

Casper, WY – A state wildlife unit has been renamed asA state wildlife unit has been renamed as a memorial for two renowned researchers who died in a car-crash late last year. Tom Thorne and Beth Williams spent many years researching wildlife diseases at the Game and Fish Department's Sybille Wildlife Research and Conservation Unit near Wheatland. Game and Fish personnel decided the best way to honor them was to rename the facility the Tom Thorne-Beth Williams Wildlife Research Center.

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