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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WPR News
8:08 pm
Thu March 10, 2005

Wyoming Gas Prices Could Hit $2.40

Laramie, Wy – The general consensus is that gas prices are going up across the country. A University of Wyoming professor of economics and finance says the Cowboy State could see prices around two dollars and forty cents a gallon this summer. Walt Werner predicts that the cost of gas won't go under $1.50 for ten to 12 years and then only if there is a significant development of alternative energy sources.
Werner says a national energy policy could help to show where the oil reserves are and set up plans for them, but the policy won't have a long term effect on gas prices.

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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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