WPR News
10:57 am
Mon December 7, 2009

Wyo. officials concerned about Sinclair mishaps

Sinclair, Wyo, – Officials with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality have asked managers of a Sinclair Oil refinery in the tiny town of Sinclair in south-central Wyoming for
assurances that a series of mishaps this year involving spills and a fire will not continue.

DEQ Administrator John Corra says refinery personnel are scheduled to meet with regulators soon, but he didn't name a date.

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WPR News
10:53 am
Mon December 7, 2009

NRDC: Heavy beetle kill among whitebark pines

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Environmentalists who participated in an aerial survey of the Yellowstone ecosystem say beetles have killed vast numbers of whitebark pine trees in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

Louisa Willcox with the Natural Resources Defense Council says mortality in some whitebark pine forests is as high as 70 percent. Worst-hit areas include the eastern edge of Yellowstone National Park.

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WPR News
10:47 am
Mon December 7, 2009

Reported rapes rising in Cheyenne

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Statistics from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation show reported rapes in Cheyenne and Laramie County more than doubled in the third quarter this year, compared
to the same period in 2008.

According to the report, there were 10 rapes reported in city limits and five more in the county during the months of July, August and September. That was about a third of the state's total.

Cheyenne Police Lt. Mark Munari says it's just a normal fluctuation, and that not all reported rapes turn out to be actual crimes.

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WPR News
6:53 pm
Fri December 4, 2009

Nancy Freudenthal nominated for federal judge

Cheyenne, WY – President Barack Obama has nominated Wyoming first lady Nancy Freudenthal to fill an open federal judgeship in the state.

The White House announced the president's nomination of Nancy Freudenthal on Friday. She's a partner with the Davis and Cannon law firm in Cheyenne.

Gov. Dave Freudenthal drew fire from the state Republican Party this summer when he announced he had submitted his wife's name along with those of two other Wyoming lawyers for consideration for the judgeship.

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WPR News
6:52 pm
Fri December 4, 2009

Poor sugar beet crop a challenge for farmers

Powell, WY – This October severely low temperatures froze sugar beet crops in the northern Big Horn Basin. This damaged the beets and estimates are that eight or nine million dollars worth of the beets will be left in the ground.

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WPR News
6:50 pm
Fri December 4, 2009

UW Senior wins competitive Marshall Scholarship

Laramie, WY – A senior in political science at the University of Wyoming is one of 35 students across the country to win a Marshall Scholarship. The award funds study in the United Kingdom, and U-W's Rey Fuentes plans to study comparative politics at the London School of Economics next fall.

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WPR News
10:27 pm
Thu December 3, 2009

EQC says more money needed

WPR News
6:39 pm
Thu December 3, 2009

FDIC: A fifth of Wyoming households are "underbanked"

Laramie, WY – One in five Wyoming households does not have a bank account or uses other entities for financial transactions. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports.

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WPR News
10:51 am
Thu December 3, 2009

More uninsured patients tax Wyo. health clinics

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Health care workers and government officials say a growing population of uninsured patients is altering the health care industry.

Representatives from Cheyenne medical clinics and government health providers discussed the challenges at the Laramie County Library on Wednesday.

Cheyenne Health and Wellness Center Executive Director Lynne Weidel says the center will expand next year to offer evening hours. She says uninsured patients made up 64 percent of the center's caseload in 2007. That has grown to 72 percent this year.

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WPR News
10:45 am
Thu December 3, 2009

Wyo. anglers get rewards, restrictions for walleye

Casper, Wyo. – Three years ago Wyoming Game and Fish Department workers tagged 1,000 walleye at Glendo Reservoir.

Anglers could bring the tags in to department offices for cash rewards ranging from $5 to $100. It was all part of a study to determine how much impact anglers are having on the walleye population.

Fisheries manager Al Conder says anglers are still finding tags, and the data so far has prompted the department to set a limit on the size of walleye that may be kept.

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