WPR News
8:00 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

Sublette County to get $9.7M in wildlife crossings

Jackson, Wyo. – The state plans to spend $9.7 million to build a series of underpasses and overpasses for pronghorn antelope, deer and big game in Sublette County.

The work will be done along the "Path of the Pronghorn", the migration path the animals follow from the Gros Ventre mountains to Grand Teton National Park.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the overpasses are similar to ones being built in Banff National Park in Canada.

The project is expected to be finished in September 2012.

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WPR News
8:58 pm
Tue December 28, 2010

Audit finds shortcomings in unemployment insurance program

Laramie, Wyo. – The state's Employment Tax Division hasn't collected nearly $9.5 million in owed payments because the division doesn't actively manage delinquent accounts. That's one finding of a recent audit of the state's unemployment insurance program.

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WPR News
8:54 pm
Tue December 28, 2010

Legislator to require funding for elderly health program

Laramie, Wyo. – The Wyoming legislature will be asked to provide $500,000 to keep the state's Aging and Disability Resource Centers in place. Those are locations where people can get answers about services and care for the elderly.

State Senator Marty Martin of Rock Springs says the sites also have a website and a toll free line. "And it's important that we are able to provide those services, he says, "because it allows folks the ability to make decisions on their long-term care options."

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WPR News
8:50 pm
Tue December 28, 2010

Lawmaker proposes to seal some autopsy information

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A Jackson lawmaker wants to change state law to specify that toxicology reports and some other information from autopsies should remain confidential unless a judge orders it released.

Jackson Republican Rep. Keith Gingery is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He says some county coroners currently don't release any autopsy information while others release all of it.

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WPR News
8:18 pm
Tue December 28, 2010

Investigation continues into fatal Wyo. ski crash

Casper, Wyo. – The investigation into a collision that killed a snowboarder and a young skier on Casper Mountain continues.

Natrona County sheriff's Lt. Mark Sellers said Tuesday that investigators were still talking to people who saw the Christmas Eve collision at Hogadon Ski Area. So far, he said the crash which killed 23-year-old Craig Shirley and 5-year-old Elise Johnson appears to be an unfortunate accident.

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WPR News
8:46 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Auditor Meyer touts building projects

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Outgoing State Auditor Rita Meyer says she leaves office after being part of an effort to improve Wyoming in ways that will last well into the future. As a member of a number of state boards, Meyer was part of many economic development initiatives and building projects. "We made several good investments at the University of Wyoming," she said. "But particularly back in our communities and our community colleges. We will be able to live off of those investments for many years."

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WPR News
8:41 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Young Wyo. skier hit while getting skis on

Casper, Wyo. – Authorities say a 5-year-old skier who died in a collision with a snowboarder in Wyoming was struck while trying to get her skis back on.

Natrona County Coroner Connie Jacobsen said Monday that 5-year-old Elise Johnson and the snowboarder, 23-year-old Craig Shirley, both died of internal injuries in the Christmas Eve collision at Hogadon Ski Area.

The girl's mother, 31-year-old Kelli Johnson, was also injured. She remained hospitalized in stable condition.

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WPR News
8:39 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

3 from Texas killed in Wyoming plane crash

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A Texas radio station says the family killed in a plane crash in Wyoming's snowy Wind River Mountains planned to visit Yellowstone National park and then travel to Alaska.

Searchers reached the wreckage of the plane and removed the bodies on Saturday.

The victims are identified as 56-year-old Ralph Day, his 52-year-old wife Doris Day, and 12-year-old Connor Day, all of Jasper, Texas.

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8:34 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Near Casper, gold exploration shows promise

Laramie, Wyo. – A small exploration company called Evolving Gold says it should know relatively soon whether it would be profitable to mine gold in the Rattlesnake Hills of central Wyoming. Evolving Gold President and Chief Geologist Quinton Hennigh says the results from the most recent drilling season are promising. He says they've found several high-grade veins of gold at the site west of Casper.

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WPR News
8:57 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

PAWS audit: assessment test is expensive, not fully implemented

Laramie, Wyo. – An audit of Wyoming's statewide student assessment test, called PAWS, shows that the test hasn't been implemented fully and that it's costing the state a lot of money. Lawmakers chose to create a Wyoming specific test that goes above and beyond the requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

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