WPR News
10:13 am
Mon October 6, 2008

Small Gas Producers May Be Hit Hard

Cheyenne – State Oil and Gas Commission Supervisor Don Likwartz says small gas producers in Wyoming will be the most affected if the national credit crisis persists.

And he says those producers are already struggling with low prices for their product.

Likwartz says big operators like Encana and Shell should be able to survive the credit crunch because they should be able to get loans.

But most coal-bed operators in the state are small.

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WY Elections
10:08 am
Mon October 6, 2008

House Candidates Face Off in Casper

Casper, WY – The three candidates seeking Wyoming's lone seat in the U.S. House squared off in a debate in Casper.

Democrat Gary Trauner, Republican Cynthia Lummis and Libertarian W. David Herbert discussed issues including the economic crisis, energy, the Wyoming Range, offshore drilling, Yellowstone National Park and health care.

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WPR News
10:06 am
Mon October 6, 2008

Freudenthal: Hate Crimes Bill Still Unnecessary

Laramie, WY – As the tenth anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death approaches, Governor Dave Freudenthal says he still thinks passing a hate crimes bill is unnecessary. Some are raising the issue again as they remember the murder of the gay University of Wyoming student.

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WPR News
9:35 am
Mon October 6, 2008

Gunbarrel fire is the largest beneficial use fire in Rocky Mountains

Laramie, Wyo. – The Gunbarrel fire west of Cody was the largest "beneficial use" fire ever in the Rocky Mountain region. That's a fire that is allowed to burn as a natural means of clearing the forest of dead timber.

The fire, which started in July, is mostly out now, but officials say the eastern flank is still smoldering.

Russell Wenke of Park County Fire District Two says it was a good idea to let miles of the dead trees burn. But the sheer duration of the fire got on people's nerves.

"It was quite a trying thing, but we were very successful," Wenke said.

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WPR News
8:55 am
Mon October 6, 2008

Coroner says documents missing

Laramie, Wy – The Albany County coroner says an autopsy report for slain University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard is among numerous autopsy records missing from his office.
Coroner Tom Furgeson says he received only a small box of records covering the previous 16 year when he became county coroner in 2006.
Furgeson says he doesn't know exactly how many autopsy reports
are missing from the office.
Former Albany County coroner Julie Heggie, who held the position
from 1990 to 2006, says she gave the autopsy reports to the county

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WPR News
8:30 am
Mon October 6, 2008

Governor urges protection of rare elk herd

Laramie, Wyo. – Oil and gas companies have their eyes on the Fortification Creek area that includes more than 100-thousand acres in Johnson, Campbell and Sheridan counties.

But Freudenthal told the Bureau of Land Management he would not support development there unless the government paid close attention to the impacts drilling would have on water, soil and wildlife.

Specifically, the governor is worried about an isolated herd of elk that residents have grown fond of. Ryan Lance is the governor's deputy chief of staff.

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WPR News
7:41 am
Fri October 3, 2008

ACLU blasts Forest Service over Rainbow gathering

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A report by the Wyoming chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union contends that the U.S. Forest Service systematically harasses people who attend Rainbow Family gatherings on public lands.

The ACLU opened an investigation after a clash this summer between Rainbow Family members and Forest Service officers at the group's annual gathering held in western Wyoming.

John Twiss, national head of law enforcement for the Forest Service, says the agency hasn't harassed the group.

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WPR News
7:38 am
Fri October 3, 2008

Lummis questions Trauner's domestic oil proposal

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Republican U.S. House candidate Cynthia Lummis is criticizing her opponent's proposal to bring down fuel prices by suspending the export of domestically produced crude oil and finished petroleum products.

Lummis said in a news release Friday that Democrat Gary Trauner's plan would hurt American jobs and trade by not allowing petroleum jelly, plastic resin and other finished petroleum products to be exported.

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WPR News
7:25 am
Fri October 3, 2008

Expert on Russia visits UW

Laramie, Wyo. – A prominent reporter and expert in Russian-Georgian politics says the United States has failed in its foreign policy dealings with Russia.

Steve LeVine spoke at the University of Wyoming on Friday. He says Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the Bush administration have wrongly engaged in nanny-diplomacy and finger-wagging with the Russians.

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