WPR News
10:35 am
Mon September 8, 2008

Visitation up at Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park, WY – More people visited Yellowstone National Park in June, July and August than during those months last year.

Park spokesman Al Nash says park visitation set a record in June and was strong in July and August. Visitation topped 612,000 in June, 826,000 in July and 735,000 in August.

Overall, visitation for those months was up 1.4 percent compared to last year.

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WPR News
9:03 am
Mon September 8, 2008

Rancher near Daniel decides to slaughter infected herd

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Laramie, Wyo. – The western Wyoming rancher whose herd tested positive for brucellosis has decided to slaughter the entire herd.

Wyoming state veterinarian Walter Cook says the rancher's only other option was to test the herd three more times in the next year and keep the cattle quarantined.

"And I think remaining under quarantine was pretty untenable for his operation," Cook said.

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WPR News
9:01 am
Mon September 8, 2008

Business Council seeks to double business loan limit

Laramie, Wyo. – The Wyoming Business Council wants to double the amount it can provide through Challenge Loans.

The Council's Bob Jensen says right now, the program loans Wyoming businesses up to 250-thousand dollars.

Jensen wants the cap to be 500-thousand. He says they'll make a strong case for the increased funding before a legislative committee tomorrow.

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WPR News
8:54 am
Mon September 8, 2008

American Indian plaintiffs to appeal

Washington – A half-million American Indian plaintiffs are appealing a federal judge's recent decision to award them much less
than they wanted in a long-running trust case.

Last month, U.S. District Judge James Robertson said the plaintiffs are entitled to 455 million dollars, a fraction of the
47 billion dollars that they had sought.

The lawsuit, filed a dozen years ago, claims Indians were swindled out of billions of dollars in oil, gas, grazing, timber and other royalties overseen by the Interior Department since 1887.

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WPR News
8:45 am
Mon September 8, 2008

Mixed bag for Wyoming home values

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A recent survey found that median home
values dropped in 11 Wyoming counties while increasing in 12 counties during fiscal year 2008.

The survey by California-based ESRI found that Teton County saw the largest decline in median home values, where the drop was 9.1 percent. The median home value for fiscal 2008 in Teton County is $623,512.

Natrona County experienced the biggest increase at 30.8 percent, according to the study. That pushed the median home value there to $168,262.

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WPR News
12:39 am
Mon September 8, 2008

Cheyenne Supercomputer Would Model Climate

Cheyenne, WY – The National Science Foundation has given
the go-ahead for the initial design phase of a climate-modeling supercomputer in Cheyenne.

That's according Eric Barron, director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. Barron announced the development in an e-mail to staff on Friday.

The 100,000-square-foot facility would be built just east of Cheyenne. When complete, it would be one of the world's fastest computers.

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WPR News
12:35 am
Mon September 8, 2008

New Veterans Advocate Appointed for Northern Wyoming

Laramie, WY – The new veterans advocate for northern Wyoming says the service men and women coming back from war have less time to readjust to life at home.

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WPR News
9:11 am
Sat September 6, 2008

House candidates speak in Cheyenne

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The candidates for Wyoming's seat in the U.S. House spoke at a forum in Cheyenne yesterday.

It was held during a barbecued rib festival.

All three candidates agreed on one thing: The federal government, and especially Congress, hasn't gotten its act together on big problems facing the nation right now.

Republican Cynthia Lummis says Wyoming could teach Washington a thing or two about balanced budgets and good governance.

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WPR News
10:32 am
Fri September 5, 2008

WY Republicans Liked McCain's Speech

St. Paul, MN – On Wednesday McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin came out swinging against Barack Obama. But McCain portrayed himself as a statesman and a reformer. He told party members he would stand up to Democrats and Republicans if elected president, but gave few policy details.

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WPR News
8:14 am
Fri September 5, 2008

Carbon County agrees to new wind farms

Rawlins, Wyo. – The Carbon County Planning Commission has
approved the construction of two new wind farms on land zoned for ranching, agriculture and mining in the eastern part of the county.

The planning commission on Wednesday issued a conditional use permit for PacifiCorp's High Plains and McFadden Ridge wind
projects.

The project is now subject to approval by the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council, which will consider the issue next week.

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