WPR News
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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WPR News
10:41 am
Mon March 14, 2005

Thomas Hopes to Limit Federal Land Acquisitions

Washington, DC – Legislation proposed by Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas would restrict the amount of private land the federal government can acquire in states where it already owns large chunks of acreage. Thomas says his "No-Net-Loss of Private Lands" proposal would protect the rights of private property owners and instill some common sense into federal land acquisitions. Under his proposal, limits would be in effect in states where 25 percent or more of the land is federally owned.

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WPR News
9:26 pm
Fri March 11, 2005

Online School Operating in Wyoming Offered Illegal Degrees

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming licensed a Laramie-based online
school last year even as its owner helped direct a Hawaii online school that was offering illegal medical degrees.
State education officials concede they overlooked the fact that the owner of American Central University was the Malaysian regional director for American University of Hawaii.
The state of Hawaii succeeded in getting a court order to shut down the Hawaii operation after a judge determined it had offered illegal medical degrees.

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WPR News
9:23 pm
Fri March 11, 2005

Flights From Casper to Minnesota Tail-off

Laramie, Wy – Northwest Airlines flights between Casper
and Minneapolis-St. Paul have not met the company's expectations in recent months.
Northwest spokesman Thomas Becher said the Casper business performed up to expectations for the first three months but has since slipped. With the coming of the summer travel season, he said the company hopes for improvement.
Natrona County International Airport Manager Dan Mann says Northwest officials were told to expect a winter slowdown.

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WPR News
7:19 pm
Fri March 11, 2005

State Looks To Clean Coal Industry

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Cheyenne, Wy – One coal to liquids facility says it is coming to the state, while another is considering such a move. This has the Governor and other state officials taking a serious look at expanding the possibility of more coal gasification and liquid coal facilities in Wyoming. On Tuesday, Wyoming officials will discuss further opportunities during a meeting in Cheyenne. The Governors Energy Advisor Steve Ellenbecker says they have been discussing options for the last six months.

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WPR News
7:19 pm
Fri March 11, 2005

State Looks To Clean Coal Industry

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Cheyenne, Wy – One coal to liquids facility says it is coming to the state, while another is considering such a move. This has the Governor and other state officials taking a serious look at expanding the possibility of more coal gasification and liquid coal facilities in Wyoming. On Tuesday, Wyoming officials will discuss further opportunities during a meeting in Cheyenne. The Governors Energy Advisor Steve Ellenbecker says they have been discussing options for the last six months.

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11:39 am
Fri March 11, 2005

Friday, March 11th, 2005

Wyoming –

Topic: The general consensus is that gas prices are going up across the country; Guest: Walt Werner, UW professor of economics and finance.

Topic: Weekly Wyoming Reporter's Roundtable.

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WPR News
9:24 pm
Thu March 10, 2005

Yellowstone Worried About Fire Season

Mammoth, WY – The mild winter has officials in Yellowstone National Park concerned about the summer fire season. The Park's Fire Management Officer, Phil Perkins, says moisture levels are strikingly similar to what was seen before the devastating 1988 fire season. He says February precipitation was exactly the same this year as it was in 1988. But Perkins notes they were in the same boat at this time a year ago. He says spring and summer rains helped them dodge a bullet. Still, the long-term forecasting doesn't look too promising.

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WPR News
9:04 pm
Thu March 10, 2005

Wyoming Will Gain With Highway Bill

Laramie, Wy – The U-S house has passed its version of the highway funding bill and Wyoming stands to gain over one-point-three billion dollars. Representative Barbara Cubin says it both provides overall funding for the states highways, but also provides over seven million for a pair of Casper Road projects and funding for some other site specific projects throughout the state. Wyoming Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Lisa Murphy says the key component of the bill is that is provides six straight years of funding.

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WPR News
8:13 pm
Thu March 10, 2005

Sansonetti to Return to Wyoming

Laramie, Wy – Wyomingite Tom Sansonetti is leaving his job as Assistant U-S Attorney General. He worked at the Department of Justice for three and a half years. Sansonetti headed up the Environment and Natural Resource Division. His work included the Platte River settlement between Wyoming and Nebraska, the decision to allow snowmobilers to continue using Yellowstone, and coal bed methane development in the Powder River Basin.

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