WPR News
8:30 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Casper's Rev. Smylie elected state Episcopalian bishop

Laramie, WY – Wyoming Episcopalians have elected the rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Casper as the church's new Wyoming bishop.

Interim diocesan administrator John Peacock says about 170 lay people and clergy from across Wyoming participated in electing the Rev. John Sheridan Smylie.

The vote took place at a convention at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Laramie.

The convention held rounds of balloting until a candidate received a majority vote among two orders, both lay people and clergy.

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WPR News
8:16 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Snowpack at 70 percent of average

Cheyenne, WY – Snowpack across Wyoming stands at 70 percent of average and water managers are predicting low spring runoff.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Casper released its weekly snowpack measurements on Monday. It's the first assessment of the water in Wyoming snowpack this spring season.

The drainage area with the lowest snowpack in the state is the Upper Green River, with just 50 percent of average. The Upper North Platte is highest, with 88 percent of average.

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WPR News
8:13 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Flights between Cheyenne and Dallas start in July

Cheyenne, WY – American Eagle Airlines will offer nonstop flights between Cheyenne and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport starting July 15.

The regional affiliate of American Airlines said Monday that the service will include two round-trip flights per day on 44-seat Embraer jets. Base rate for a one-way ticket is $135.

The Dallas-based airline expects the flights to attract business and leisure travelers. The airline also points out the flights will begin in time for Cheyenne Frontier Days, the city's big annual rodeo.

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WPR News
8:10 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Prescription drug charges in Park County signal growing problem

Park County, WY – A Park County grand jury recently indicted 18 people on drug charges. Many of those arrested are in their late teens and 20s, and many are charged with delivering prescription drugs.

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WPR News
8:07 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Republican gubernatorial candidates oppose health bill

Laramie, WY – The Republican candidates for Governor all say they are strongly opposed to the federal health care bill. The four agree that if elected, they will ask the attorney general to look into ways of keeping Wyoming from being negatively impacted by mandates in the bill. That might include joining other states in a lawsuit. Colin Simpson says mandates in the measure could be devastating: "There's some drastic impacts to small businesses and employers of all sizes. And I don't see how that is going to do any good for Wyoming."

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12:14 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Health Care Lobbyists on Capitol Hill Outnumber Lawmakers

Wyoming – Lobbyists are working overtime in Washington as health care reform weaves its way through Congress. But Wyoming's congressional delegation says that they are not in contact with them. Matt Laslo reports from Capitol Hill.

12:10 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Reaction to Sage Grouse Decision

Wyoming – Wyoming government is not resting easy after the sage grouse listing decision earlier this month. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service ruled that the bird warranted protection under the endangered species act... but that the agency had to devote its resources to species in greater danger. Audubon Wyoming's Brian Rutledge is on Governor Freudenthal's Sage Grouse Implementation Team, which is working to protect the bird. He told Addie Goss that the team is trying to figure out where to go from here

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