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8:44 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Interior Secretary says wolves are recovered and is working to find a Wyoming solution

Cheyenne, WY – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he's optimistic the federal government can come to agreement with the state of Wyoming on how to lift federal protections for wolves in the state. The Obama administration last week announced a settlement with
environmental groups that could lift federal wolf protections for wolves in Idaho and Montana. Speaking Tuesday in Cheyenne, Salazar said wolves are now fully
recovered in the Northern Rockies. He says he plans to continue talks with Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead over transferring wolf management responsibility to the state.

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9:54 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Yellowstone National Park offers firewood permits

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – Yellowstone National Park plans of offer permits to people interested in collecting firewood.

The park will offer permits from March 25-27. The park has available firewood from fuel mitigation efforts, construction projects and removal of hazardous trees.

The $25 permits will allow people to take up to three cords of wood, if that much is available. People interested in applying for permits should contact the park's Visitor Services Office.

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9:53 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Jackson Elk Herd numbers more than 11,000

JACKSON, Wyo. – The number of elk in the Jackson area remains above the objective, but declining calf ratios in some areas have wildlife managers worried.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says surveys count an estimated 11,500 elk in the Jackson Elk Herd.

However, calf to cow ratios for the herd this year are 20.7 per 100 cows. Biologists say 25 calves per 100 are needed to sustain a population.

Some outfitters blame wolves for the declining calf ratios. But conservationists say worries about the calf ratios are overblown.

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WPR News
9:13 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

A Pinedale doctor is seeing health effects from ozone

WPR News
8:43 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

Interior Secretary to make major announcement in Cheyenne

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Cheyenne, WY – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is headed to Cheyenne to make what's being billed as a "major energy announcement." Gov. Matt Mead plans to join Salazar for Tuesday's announcement. Some environmental groups predict that the announcement could involve coal leases. Interior Department spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff declined to say
Monday what the announcement will be about. Mead spokesman Renny MacKay also declined to comment. Wyoming is a major source of the nation's coal, oil, natural
gas, uranium and wind power. The Interior Department regulates all

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8:41 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

Company will log Bark Beetle killed trees

Encampment, WY – A Utah company plans to operate a sawmill in Encampment to process beetle-killed trees from the Medicine Bow National Forest. Thompson Logging expects to
employ 15 to 18 people by mid-April at the sawmill.
Company president Terry Thompson says the company expects to be
able to operate for years in the area because of the massive amount
of beetle-killed timber.
Thompson Logging is leasing the sawmill from the town of
Encampment. Mahon Timber previously leased the mill.
Thompson is based out of Kamas, Utah. It makes graded

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8:39 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

No word on Laramie Data Center

Laramie, WY – A spokeswoman for Verizon says the company has not made a decision on where to locate a proposed $4 billion data center.
The company has acquired a two-year option on 160 acres near
Laramie for locating a data center.
And Verizon recently dropped western New York from consideration
for the center. However, company spokeswoman Lynn Staggs says no decision has
been made about a Wyoming location and there is no time frame for a

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9:04 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

Firm offers to buy Cheyenne hospital

CHEYENNE, wyo – A national company has made an unsolicited offer to buy Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

RegionalCare Hospital Partners is based in Brentwood, Tenn., and operates four hospitals around the nation.

Paul Howard of the Cheyenne hospital's board of trustees says the offer from RegionalCare was unexpected.

Howard says the hospital is not for sale but trustees have an obligation to consider it next week.

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9:02 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

Barrasso fights EPA mandate controls

CHEYENNE, wyo – Sen. John Barrasso is co-sponsoring legislation that would prohibit the EPA from fining small communities that are unable to comply with new water quality standards.

The Wyoming Republican says the Environmental Protection Agency is crushing jobs and overwhelming small and rural communities with unfunded mandates.

Barrasso says if the EPA doesn't provide help in paying for the mandates, then struggling small rural water systems shouldn't have to be bound by regulations coming out of Washington.

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