10:31 am
Thu March 10, 2005

Thursday, March 10th, 2005

Wyoming –

Topic: Concern for sprinklers in public buildings; Guest: Jim Narve, State Fire Marshall.

Topic: A look at the upcoming Yellowstone fire season; Guest: Phil Perkins, Park's Fire Management Officer.

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Shane Smith from the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.

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WPR News
8:42 pm
Wed March 9, 2005

Rep. Cubin Defends Name of Devils Tower

Laramie, Wy – U-S Representative Barbara Cubin has introduced legislation to prevent any attempt to give Devils Tower in northeast Wyoming another name.
A spokesman for the Republican says the action is meant as a warning to Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton that a pending proposal by the National Park Service to designate the monolith as "Bear Lodge National Historic Landmark" will meet with opposition.

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WPR News
8:37 pm
Wed March 9, 2005

Recording Artist Chris LeDoux Dies at Age 56

Laramie, Wy – Country music artist and former world
champion bareback bronc rider Chris LeDoux has died. He was 56.
His recording company Capitol Records says LeDoux died this morning in a Casper, Wyoming, hospital following a lengthy liver-related illness.
Ledoux had checked into the hospital earlier this week following complications from ongoing treatment for cancer of the bile duct and was with family and friends at the time of his death.

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WPR News
8:32 pm
Wed March 9, 2005

Opal Rush in Fremont County

Laramie, Wy – Last week a report came out saying there is a deposit of opal in Fremont County. The Bureau of Land Management's Lander Field Manager says since then there has been an opal rush. Jack Kelly says he doesn't know exactly how many people are out looking for the gem, but it's quite a large number. He says some are casual rock hunters and others are professionals staking claims.
So, far no one has filed a claim at the state office of the B-L-M, but the rules say they have 90 to stake their claim.

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10:37 am
Wed March 9, 2005

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

Wyoming –

Topic: Opal deposit in Fremont County. Guest: Jack Kelly, Field Manager from the Office of the BLM.

Topic: A congressional hearing on slaughter of wild horses.

Topic: Business Owners on the Wind River Reservation; Guest: Leona Buckman, Member of the Expo Committee.

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WPR News
9:42 pm
Tue March 8, 2005

Only Limited East Gate Closures Now On Tap This Year

Cody, WY – Park County tourism officials are expressing relief now that they know Yellowstone National Park's east gate will not be closed for the month of October. Originally, the road over Sylvan Pass was to be closed for construction this May and October, but the Park Service has decided that neither month-long closure will happen. Gene Bryan is the Executive Director of the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce. He says after the closure of the East Gate in 2003 because of fire and 2004 because of mudslides, any major shut-down this year would have been too much.

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WPR News
8:47 pm
Tue March 8, 2005

Medical Society Quite Disappointed in Legislature

Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming medical community Tuesday launched a public-awareness campaign to keep the focus on adequate and timely access to health care.
Doctor and hospital representatives held a news conference in Cheyenne to kick off the campaign, which will include public forums, advertising and distribution of red wristbands bearing the phrase "Will Care Be There?"

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WPR News
8:43 pm
Tue March 8, 2005

ACLU Considering Lawsuit Over Martin's Cove

Laramie, Wy – The American Civil Liberties Union might soon mount a legal challenge to a Bureau of Land Management decision to lease Martin's Cove to the Mormon church.
Around 200 Mormon handcart pioneers perished in a blizzard at Martin's Cove in 1856. The site in southern Natrona County is considered sacred by many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Last year, the B-L-M signed a 25-year lease with church officials, giving the church management control of 933 acres in exchange for annual payments of 16-thousand dollars.

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WPR News
8:37 pm
Tue March 8, 2005

Conference Encourages Dialogue on Future of Greater Yellowstone

Laramie, Wy – This week in Jackson people from the entire Yellowstone area are gathering to talk about what parts of life in the region they want to preserve for future generations. It is part of the Greater Yellowstone Power of Place Conference. Organizer Jonathan Schechter says they want to establish shared values. The next step is to compile information about those values. Schechter says community leaders may eventually be able to use that research.
Schechter says there has never been a cross discipline discussion like this one in the Yellowstone region.

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Wyoming Features
12:25 pm
Tue March 8, 2005

Voting Experience

Wyoming – In the years since the 2000 presidential election and the problems in Florida the federal election law has changed quite a bit. Right now Wyoming is working hard to meet the requirements of that law.

One thing that is for sure is voting will be a different experience. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay gives us a glimpse of the not so distant future

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