WPR News
10:04 am
Tue August 26, 2008

Jackson teen revels in Democratic convention

Denver, Colo. – Denver is awash with free booze this week, with lobbyists throwing open parties in order to rub elbows with Democratic big shots.

A Wyoming delegate, however, won't be able to enjoy that perk. He just graduated from high school.

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WPR News
9:47 am
Tue August 26, 2008

Governor: state pipelines won't fix prices

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The governor says he continues to oppose the state acquisition of new pipelines to increase the price of natural gas exported from Wyoming.

Dave Freudenthal says he's skeptical that the constitution would allow such a deal. He says the government should not interfere with the private market.

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WPR News
9:44 am
Tue August 26, 2008

Tetons, Bridger National Forest see fire danger rise

Jackson, Wyo. – Fire managers in Grand Teton National Park and the adjacent Bridger-Teton National Forest have raised the fire danger rating to very high.

A combination of high temperatures, strong winds, low humidity and the potential for lightning prompted the managers to issue a so-called "red flag warning."

Ron Steffens, the fire use monitor for Grand Teton National Park near the Idaho border, says, "The very high fire danger rating reflects a seasonal drying of vegetation in the low- and mid-elevation areas.

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WY Elections
8:52 am
Tue August 26, 2008

Trauner unveils energy plan

WPR News
8:11 am
Tue August 26, 2008

Park Service faces $2 billion restoration backlog

Laramie, Wyo. – A preservation group says historic buildings in America's national parks have been left to crumble, while administrators focused too long on other priorities.

Even the Park Service recognizes the problem.

An official in Washington says the situation is dire for historic buildings in Wyoming and across the country.

Randy Biallas says the Park Service has enough trouble raising renovation money for high-profile buildings like Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

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WY Elections
7:53 am
Tue August 26, 2008

Nader tries to get on Wyoming ballot

Cheyenne, Wy – The Ralph Nader campaign has turned in
about 8,200 signatures to get the consumer advocate's name placed on the presidential ballot in Wyoming in November.
Wyoming law requires the signatures of 3,868 registered voters
for a candidate to qualify for the ballot.
Nader turned in his signatures to the Wyoming Secretary of State
on Monday. The office is now checking those signatures to see
whether enough of them belong to registered voters.
Nader made the ballot in Wyoming in 2004. He's scheduled to make

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WPR News
7:51 am
Tue August 26, 2008

Governor wants to provide property tax relief

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Cheyenne, Wy – The Governor has not given up in his quest to get tax breaks for homeowners. In a letter to legislators he is asking that they consider what is called the Homestead Tax Exemption. It could provide a tax break for the average homeowner that averages 300 dollars a year. But Freudenthal knows he has some convincing to do.

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WPR News
7:31 am
Tue August 26, 2008

New director named for Ruckelshaus Institute

Laramie, Wyo. – An ecologist from Colorado State University has been named the director of the Haub School and Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.

Ingrid Burke says the Institute can help mediate environmental fights in the state.

"All the environmental issues that are compelling now have science that's engaged and very polar viewpoints associated. And solutions don't fall along the lines of either of the polar viewpoints," she said.

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WPR News
8:41 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Fire Threatens Homes

Cody, Wy – A fire burning 40 miles West of Cody has gotten so difficult to fight that a top-level national firefighting team has been called in to help. The gunbarrel fire made a run at nearly 600 houses and buildings late last week and officials have requested a national Type One fire team to come in. It could take over as early as Wednesday. Information officer Randy Moench (Munch) says crews had to do extensive work at The Star Hill Ranch in Park County.

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WPR News
8:37 am
Mon August 25, 2008

NCAR Still In The Plans

Cheyenne, Wy – Economic development officials say budget
problems at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., should not affect the center's plans to build a supercomputer in Cheyenne.
The supercomputer project would cost $60 million. About a third of that would come from the state and the other two-thirds from NCAR, where the budget has been strained lately. The NCAR staff is down by more than 100 since last year. That
includes some layoffs. Randy Bruns directs economic development group Cheyenne LEADS.

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