WPR News
8:15 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

Feds: fine company for worker radiation exposure

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says six workers at a power plant near Wheatland were exposed to improperly high levels of radiation last year.

The federal agency proposes to fine Basin Electric Power Cooperative nearly $25,000 for the incident at its coal-fired Laramie River Station plant.

The NRC says none of the workers is expected to suffer any long-term adverse health effects.

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WPR News
8:12 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

New Wyoming oil and gas rules take effect Sept. 15

Casper, Wyo. – Starting Sept. 15, Wyoming will force the oil and gas industry to reveal details about chemicals used in drilling, hydraulic fracturing and other drilling operations.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process used to stimulate the flow of hydrocarbons.

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WPR News
8:09 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

Plaintiffs in Fremont County voting rights case express concern

Laramie, Wyo. – Plaintiffs in Fremont County's ongoing voting rights case are expressing dismay and disappointment. That's after the Fremont County Commission decided to appeal a federal judge's order that the county should elect commissioners from five single-member districts. Earlier this year, Judge Alan Johnson ruled that the county's longtime system of electing county commissioners from one county-wide district violated the Voting Rights Act. He said that system diluted the Native American vote.

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WPR News
8:04 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

Trauner joins St. John's Med Center in Jackson

Jackson, Wyo. – Former congressional candidate Gary Trauner has been hired as chief operating officer of St. John's Medical Center in Jackson.

The hospital's board of trustees made the decision last week. Trauner is slated to start work Sept. 7 and will make an annual salary of $210,000. He will answer to the hospital's CEO.

In announcing their decision, hospital trustees stressed the decision was not political and was based on Trauner's experience in Jackson Hole.

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WPR News
10:24 am
Mon August 30, 2010

Sheridan murder trial to begin

Sheridan, Wyo – The first of three teenagers accused in the home invasion killing of an elderly businessman is going on trial in Sheridan. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for 19-year-old
Dennis Poitra Jr. Poitra and two 16-year-olds are accused of breaking into the
home of 79-year-old Robert Ernst for a burglary just over a year
ago. One of the other teens is accused of shooting Ernst with a
pistol. All three are charged with first-degree murder, aggravated
burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

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WPR News
10:18 am
Mon August 30, 2010

Gov won't back down on Wolf management plan

Cheyenne, Wy – Gov. Dave Freudenthal says Wyoming remains committed to classifying wolves as predators that could be shot on sight in most of the state.
A federal judge in Montana early this month rejected the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service's move to turn over wolf management to
Idaho and Montana while leaving them listed as an endangered
species in Wyoming.
That decision blocked wolf hunts this fall in Idaho and Montana.
It also means those states won't regain management of their wolves

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WPR News
10:16 am
Mon August 30, 2010

Wolf compensation program is ending.

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WPR News
8:06 am
Mon August 30, 2010

Senate committee continues wind tax discussion

WPR News
8:44 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

EnCana pleads guilty to birds' deaths in Colo, Wyo

Denver, CO – EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) has pleaded guilty to the deaths of about 55 protected birds at its operations in Colorado and Wyoming.

The energy company entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Denver to two misdemeanor counts of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The court fined Encana a total of $30,000 for the two counts and $170,000 in community service payments, which will go to the federally administered North American Wetlands Conservation Fund.

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