WPR News
8:52 am
Mon December 22, 2008

Bail set for man accused of killing his son

Lander, Wy – A magistrate has set bail at $50,000 for a Lander man charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his infant son.
Police say six-month-old Tyler Crazythunder died of burns he
suffered Nov. 1 when he apparently rolled off a bed and became
stuck over an electric baseboard heater. The baby was pronounced
dead at Lander hospital.
Police say 24-year-old William Patrick Crazythunder, the boy's
father, tested positive for alcohol hours after the boy died. Court
documents say Crazythunder was watching the infant and another

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8:50 am
Mon December 22, 2008

Jackson Hole Airport sets up safety audit

Jackson, Wy – The Jackson Hole Airport is moving forward
with a safety audit in response to 10 incidents of airplanes
running or sliding off the runway in the past year.
Members of the airport board recently decided to go forward with
the safety audit despite concerns about its preliminary price tag
of more than $700,000.
Ray Bishop is airport director. He says that the first quoted
price for the safety audit was $1.2 million. He says the airport
has worked with a contractor to eliminate some portions of the

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WPR News
8:53 am
Fri December 19, 2008

Crash kills two UW professors

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8:47 am
Fri December 19, 2008

New Tram Unveiled

WPR News
8:43 am
Fri December 19, 2008

School districts win lawsuit

Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Supreme Court has sided with five wealthy school districts in a ruling that will allow them to keep close to $100 million.
At issue in Friday's ruling was a state law requiring school
districts to send local property tax revenues to the state for
redistribution to all Wyoming districts.
A 2006 state constitutional amendment sought to close a loophole
in the law. The loophole enabled the state's wealthiest school
districts to keep a portion of their local revenue.

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WPR News
8:42 am
Fri December 19, 2008

Senator Bob Fecht Resigns

Cheyenne, Wy – Cheyenne Police Chief Bob Fecht is resigning from the Wyoming State Senate, effective Dec. 19. Fecht, a Republican who took office early last year, says
serving in the Legislature took more time than he had imagined.
He says his work on interim committees has cut into his work as
police chief, while his police work has forced him to miss
committee meetings.
The Laramie County Republican Party will forward three
replacement candidates to the Laramie County Commission, which will
then pick one of them to fill the seat.

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WPR News
11:31 am
Thu December 18, 2008

Park County drilling plans prompt meeting

Cody, WY – Oil and gas companies are moving to develop leases they hold in Park County, and a group in Cody says they want it done right. The Greater Yellowstone Coalition is holding a panel discussion Thursday to talk about getting companies to do pollution control and directional drilling to minimize the environmental impact in the McCullough Peak area in Park County.

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8:57 am
Thu December 18, 2008

Pinedale releases final management plan

Pinedale, WY – The Bureau of Land Management has issued its final decision on how to handle the conflicting mineral and wildlife concerns in the Pinedale area of southwest Wyoming.

The new management plan, which was publicly released Wednesday, covers 1,875 square miles of mineral estate the agency owns in the Pinedale area.

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8:46 am
Thu December 18, 2008

Sage grouse study begins next year

Laramie, WY – Researchers are learning more about sage grouse habitat to help protect the bird from energy development. Wyoming Audubon's Brian Rutledge says scientists already understand the birds' behavior near their spring breeding grounds, or leks, "but after that, the data becomes less complete on where they spend their summers, where they spend their winters, before they return to the lek again the next spring."

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