5:17 pm
Fri December 17, 2004

Friday, December 17, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Aaron Alpern speaks with Green River Acting Parks and Recreation Director, Kevin Saddler about splash parks.

Topic: Wyoming Reporters Roundtable

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2:11 pm
Fri December 17, 2004

BLM Looks at CBM Development Again

Laramie, Wy – Prompted by court and administrative
rulings, federal land managers will review more than 400 coal-bed
methane leases in the Powder River Basin.
The leases were issued before management plans in northeast
Wyoming were updated to reflect the drilling industry's impact on air and water.
Some say the decision could halt some existing development. But B-L-M officials doubt anything that drastic will occur.
A 30-day public comment period ends January 15th.

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2:08 pm
Fri December 17, 2004

Wyoming Guard Members Back Home

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Laramie, Wy – Fifty-seven members of the Wyoming Army
National Guard returned home last night after an eleven-month
mission to the Middle East.
It was a cold evening in Cheyenne, but Kristin Sierocki didn't
seem to notice.
She was waiting for her father to return from Kuwait, where he
was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
She said the waiting was the hardest part.
But Staff Sergeant John Sierocki and the other 56 soldiers with
the 115th Field Artillery Brigade eventually stepped off a plane at

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9:25 pm
Thu December 16, 2004

Gillette Judge Asks For Help

Gillette, Wy – A major increase in caseload has a pair of Gillette area District Court Judges asking for a little help. Judge John Perry is one of two judges that have seen their caseload increase from 11 thousand cases in 2000 to 42,000 by the end of last year. Pery says the booming energy industry has played a major role in the increase. The sixth Judicial District includes Campbell, Crook and Weston Counties.

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9:21 pm
Thu December 16, 2004

Bison Hunt Ok'd

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Yellowstone National Park – Montana wildlife officials today (Thursday)
approved a limited hunting season for bison that wander from
Yellowstone National Park this winter.
It's the first time in more than a decade that Montana has had
such a hunt.
The state wildlife commission voted four-to-one today to award
ten licenses to hunt the animals between mid-January and the middle
of February.
The action came after critics told commissioners it's the wrong
time to resume hunting of bison. Such hunts were canceled in the

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9:18 pm
Thu December 16, 2004

State Gets Coal Lease Money

Laramie, Wy – The state of Wyoming will be getting even more money thanks to the latest Coal Lease Sale. The Bureau of Land Management says the sole bid from Antelope Coal for the Land in southern Campbell County was for 146 point three million dollars or better then 75 cents per ton of coal. The state gets half of the revenue, and Legislative Service Office Budget Director Steve Sommers says it's more then they hoped for and will help the school construction account. A billion dollars was earned in four sales this year.

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5:09 pm
Thu December 16, 2004

Thursday, December 16, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Increase caseloads in coalbed methane areas; Guest: Judge John Perry.

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Milward Simpson, Wyoming Arts Council member about the Culutral Trust Fund.

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11:14 am
Thu December 16, 2004

City Seeks Dismissal of Smoking Ban Lawsuit

Laramie, WY – The city of Laramie has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn a citywide smoking ban. Six Laramie residents filed the lawsuit claiming the city failed to comply with laws governing special elections and referendums. The City argues that Albany County District Court doesn't jurisdiction in the matter and that any questions should have been raised before the election. The ordinance to ban smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars, passed by 366 votes in November.

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9:25 pm
Wed December 15, 2004

Graduation Standards Could Be Dumped

Casper, Wy – The legislature's Education Committee supported the State Superintendent's proposal to change existing law. The change would mean school districts again would be completely in charge of determining graduation requirements, with no oversight. Former Wyoming teacher and current school consultant, Kim Ferguson, says the law is used to get real information about whether a student is proficient in a certain subject.
The State Superintendent says gathering all of that information is too much work for schools. He also says it is not a good way to help students.

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9:22 pm
Wed December 15, 2004

Education Committee Opposes Salary Raises

Casper, Wy – The idea of giving all teachers a five thousand dollar raise did not get support from the legislature's education committee. Most lawmakers on the committee say they are in favor of getting more money to teachers, but say it should not be done across the board. Senate Chair of the Committee, Hank Coe, says better planning is needed. The State Superintendent of Education says he understands the committee's decision but he thinks the raise is critical. He says it is needed to attract new people to the state's schools.

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