WPR News
9:35 am
Fri August 6, 2004

Natrona County Voters to Decide Sales Tax

Casper, WY – Natrona county voters will decide the fate of a sales tax increase November 2nd to raise 11 million dollars to turn a vacant hotel into a new court building. The question on whether the quarter-cent tax would come before voters in November was decided Wednesday night when the Mills Town Council approved putting the issue to voters. The councils in Bar Nunn, Casper and Edgerton earlier backed putting the tax issue on the ballot. If approved by voters, the tax will be in effect about four years.

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9:12 am
Fri August 6, 2004

Friday, August 6, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Study on gas development in Sublette county; Guest: Dr. Marc Epstein, professor from Rice University in Texas

Topic: Weekly Wyoming Reporter's Roundtable

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WPR News
2:04 pm
Thu August 5, 2004

Vore Jump Opens to Public

Beulah, WY – The Vore Buffalo Jump site west of Beulah has been opened to the public for the first time in nearly a decade. The site's foundation has hired employees to explain the archeology and help interpret the site and intepretive signs have been added. The buffalo jump was discovered in the 1970's. Centuries ago, American Indians used the natural sinkhole as a way to trap bison. More than 20 thousand bison were killed over the years. Foundation officials eventually hope to build a visitor's center and make the Vore Buffalo Jump a state historic site.

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1:26 pm
Thu August 5, 2004

Thursday, August 5, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Several conservation groups want to take part in the lawsuit Wyoming filed against the federal government; Guest: Franz Camenzind, Director of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance

Topic: Jim Morgan reports on the nearly free tuition at the University

Topic: Attendance requirements from the NCAA; Guest: Gary Barta, UW Athletic Director

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WPR News
1:17 pm
Thu August 5, 2004

Campbell County Mines Sold

Gillette, WY – The nation's fourth largest coal producer has sold its American mining operations and formed a new corporation. R-A-G International owns two mines in Campbell county, Eagle Butte and Bell Ayr. Both operations employ 480 people. The three American buyers have formed Foundation Coal. The sale price has not been disclosed, but previous announcements put the figure at close to one billion dollars. No changes are expected in the operation's management.

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9:52 am
Thu August 5, 2004

U-W Under Gun To Improve Football Attendance

Laramie, WY – N-C-A-A rules will require that the University of Wyoming football team average 15-thousand fans per home game starting this season. If not, U-W could lose its Division One football status, which in turn could mean the University would have to leave the Mountain West Conference. Athletic Director Gary Barta admits it's a concern, but he has started a campaign to try to average 20 thousand fans per game. Barta says the first objective is obvious: a winning team. But he's working to make sure War Memorial Stadium is the place to be on Saturdays.

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9:09 am
Thu August 5, 2004

Case Criticizes Cubin's Vote on Patriot Act Provision

Laramie, Wy – On the Republican side of the race for Wyoming's seat in Congress, State Senator Cale Case says he is the candidate who will best protect the constitution. At a press conference Thursday he said incumbent Barbara Cubin has not done a good job upholding citizens' rights.

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4:33 pm
Wed August 4, 2004

United to Continue Cody Service through Winter

Cody, WY – The success of summer flights between Cody and Denver apparently has United Airlines ready to sign on for winter service. The consultant for the Cody Yellowstone Air Service Organization says his group and the airline have agreed to a contract and United should sign it by the end of the week. Rick Wilder says both sides saw summer traffic was better than expected and want to use that momentum to re-establish 12 month service to Denver.

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4:32 pm
Wed August 4, 2004

Federal Money Helps State Prepare for Wolf Management

Laramie, Wy – The state Game and Fish Department will be able to do more monitoring of elk and other ungulates thanks to federal money. Wyoming just received 200 thousand dollars to prepare for wolf management and the Game and Fish's John Emmerich says they will put a lot of the funds towards surveillance. He says right now they monitor every three years, but now they'll fly over elk herds every year to see what impact wolves are having on birth rates and survival.

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2:28 pm
Wed August 4, 2004

Wednesday, August 4, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Chad Pergram reports that some mining advocates worry that the industry suffers from an image problem.

Topic: Federal Money Helps State Prepare for Wolf Management; Guest: John Emmerich, Assistant Chief of the Wildlife Division for the Game and Fish Department

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Dr. John Barrassco about medical issues

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