11:13 am
Fri December 10, 2004

Friday, December 10, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Renny Mackay speaks with Dr. Miriam Smith about the numbers of asthma and conditions that affect breathing.

Topic: Weekly Wyoming Reporter's Roundtable.

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11:05 am
Fri December 10, 2004

Wyo Tech Student Indicted for Aiding Terrorist Grouo

El Paso, TX – A federal grand jury in El Paso, Texas indicted a Wyoming Technical Institute student this week on terrorism charges. 19-year-old Mark Robert Walker of Rochester, New York, is accused of attempting to aid a terrorist organization in Somalia. Investigators say Walker was in communication with people involved with a group supporting an Islamic government in Somalia, and had plans to travel there to fight. Walker's roommate at Wyo Tech in Laramie told law enforcement that his computer had been used by Walker to communicate with terrorist groups on the Internet.

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11:03 am
Fri December 10, 2004

Low Elk Harvest in Grand Teton

Moose, WY – It was a slow season for elk hunters in Grand Teton National Park this fall. Preliminary figures show that hunters killed 287 elk this year. That's down from 484 in 2003, 500 in 2002 and 375 in 2001. Grand Teton spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says the lack of snow this fall is likely the cause. Without snow on the ground, herds probably stayed in their summer ranges. Skaggs says this year's figure could still increase as late reports from hunters come in. But even so, numbers are likely to be down.

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8:11 pm
Thu December 9, 2004

Rock Springs Benefits from Growth but Feels Pains

Laramie, Wy – There are over six hundred jobs available in Rock Springs right now. The C-E-O of the city's chamber of commerce, Dave Hanks, says most of the jobs are in the service sector, but there's also demand for professionals and people with technical expertise. Hanks says employers are having trouble filling the positions because the unemployment rate is less than two percent and because it's hard to find a place to live in Rock Springs, where even the motel/hotel occupancy rates are the highest in the state.

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7:47 pm
Thu December 9, 2004

Wolf Killings Unsolved

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Laramie, Wy – Federal wildlife authorities are offering
rewards of up to five thousand dollars for information about four separate wolf killings in southern Idaho.
Scott Kabasa is a special agent with the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service.
He says the wolves appear to have been shot sometime between the months of October and November. That's also when there were more hunters in the field.
Six wolves have been poached in southern Idaho this year. Statewide totals aren't available yet.

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7:46 pm
Thu December 9, 2004

Landowners, Industry, Lawmakers Find Common Ground

Cheyenne, Wy – A compromise has finally been reached on a bill that would set up agreements between surface landowners and mineral developers in oil and gas development. The key provisions of the measure require 30 day notification of intent to drill bonding to make sure possible damage is paid for and a dispute resolution process. After changes to the bill last month led to some opposition the new fine tuning has all sides saying that it is a decent compromise.

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7:41 pm
Thu December 9, 2004

Riverton Courts Caught Up in Holiday Spirit

Laramie, Wy – Several people are taking the city of
Riverton up on its offer to excuse fines at half-price during the
holidays.
Municipal Judge Wes Roberts says one single mother of four who
had an outstanding fine of 200-dollars told the city court clerk
that she would be left with enough money to celebrate Christmas
with her children. Another man paid off a friend's bond that had
been outstanding since 1997.
Still another man came into pay a fine for a stoplight violation

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10:14 am
Thu December 9, 2004

Thursday, December 9, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Renny Mackay speaks with CEO of the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce about the growing pains of the community along with the positives.

Topic: Renny Mackay speaks with Dr. Ellen Hayes with the Conceptions Women Health and Fertility Specialists in Colorado about myths associated with infertility.

Topic: Aaron Alpern speaks with Cindy Garretson-Weibel, Agricultural Business Director for the Wyoming Business Council about the 2nd Annual Agricultural Based Innovative Marketing Expo.

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8:16 pm
Wed December 8, 2004

U.W. Medical Centers Losing Money for the School

Cheyenne, Wy – The family practice medical centers in Casper and Cheyenne are struggling and University of Wyoming officials want lawmakers to think about what to do next. While he says the centers serve a purpose and are a much cheaper alternative then a medical school, U-W President Phil Dubois says they are losing a half million dollars a year in the two family practice centers and they need a solution to that.

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7:57 pm
Wed December 8, 2004

Prison Decision Coming Next Week?

Cheyenne, Wy – The three finalists for the new medium security prison will be reviewed Thursday and Friday and a recommended site could be announced next week. Corrections Director Bob Lampert says they will review Riverton, Rawlins and Torrington, give them scores and should be able to make a clear cut recommendation. Supporters of having the prison placed in their community believe it will have a major economic impact. Lampert says small communities with prisons do well if they go after other types of economic development and some businesses are attracted by the prison.

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