WY Elections
8:48 am
Wed August 13, 2008

BLM Will Protect Sage Grouse

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Buffalo, Wy – The Bureau of Land Management has set aside about one-million acres in the Powder River Basin as sage grouse focus areas. It's part of a four-year effort to revise the Buffalo Field Office management plan and balance wildlife protections with energy development. The B-L-M's Chris Hanson says oil and gas companies cannot drill more than one well per 640 acres unless they can prove the development will not harm sage grouse populations. "We believe the majority of coal-bed methane development will happen outside of these areas.

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WY Elections
8:46 am
Wed August 13, 2008

Lummis Mailings Investigated

Laramie, Wy – The Secretary of State's office looked into campaign literature today (Wednesday) that was sent to Wyoming residents by U-S House Candidate Cynthia Lummis. Secretary Max Maxfield says the state Republican Party approached his office after the Lummis campaign sent correspondence to voters stamped with the return address of G-O-P headquarters. Maxfield says it is illegal for a state party to participate in the primary election. Meanwhile, Lummis Spokeswoman Annaliese Wiederspahn says the mistaken labels were nothing more than a typo.

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WPR News
8:43 am
Wed August 13, 2008

More Students Taking ACT

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming high school graduates who completed a core curriculum of classes did far better on the A-C-T than those who didn't. Students who did the core curriculum scored a 22-point-three on average. Those who didn't got an average of 19-point-seven.
The University of Wyoming's Rollin Abernethy says more students took the test this year than last year, but many of those people were not prepared.
More students that haven't really taken the courses, their performance is not at the same level as those that took the courses.

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WPR News
8:40 am
Wed August 13, 2008

Official Says He Is Still Sorting Out Roadless Ruling

Washington, D-C – The U.S. Forest Service says it's
reviewing a federal judge's ruling to overturn a 7-year-old ban on road building and logging in nearly a third of national forest land.
Spokesman Joe Walsh said Wednesday that Forest Service lawyers
are considering the implications and the agency's response to the
ruling issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer of
Wyoming.
Brimmer overturned the federal government's "roadless rule,"
saying it was enacted in violation of the National Environmental

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WPR News
8:33 am
Wed August 13, 2008

Heating Bills Will Be Higher

Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming residents who heat their homes
with natural gas are in for some big bills this winter.
Figures released by the state Public Service Commission show
natural gas rates will increase an average of 32 percent statewide
this winter.
Most people in Wyoming heat their residential homes with natural
gas.
PSC secretary and chief counsel Chris Petrie says rates change
every day but it's likely people will be paying more this winter
than last winter mainly because of the higher price for natural gas

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WPR News
9:50 am
Tue August 12, 2008

Conservation Groups Trade Carbon to Help Ducks

Laramie, Wyo. – Some conservation groups hope capturing carbon dioxide in grasslands will be the answer to duck conservation.

Jim Ringelman of Ducks Unlimited says his group paired with the Plains C-O-2 Reduction Partnership to create a carbon offset program in North Dakota.

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WPR News
9:49 am
Tue August 12, 2008

High-Speed Rail Study Will Show Feasibility

Denver, Colorado – Cities and counties across Colorado are teaming up with state transportation officials on a study to determine whether
a high-speed commuter railway is feasible in the state.

Wyoming officials also are in on that discussion.

The Rocky Mountain Rail Authority, a coalition of governments, is launching a $1.5 million study that will focus on the Interstate 25 and 70 corridors and some offshoots.

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WPR News
9:47 am
Tue August 12, 2008

Candidates Go Negative

Cheyenne, Wyo. – With just days to go before the Wyoming
primary, two Republican candidates vying for the state's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives are turning up the heat with negative ads.

A TV commercial paid for by the campaign of Mark Gordon implies fellow candidate Cynthia Lummis would worsen the nation's problems if elected. The ad shows a little girl in a sandbox digging herself into a hole.

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WPR News
9:41 am
Tue August 12, 2008

Judge Brimmer Overturns Roadless Rule Again

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A federal judge in Wyoming has overturned
a Clinton-era ban on road construction in nearly 60 million acres of national forest.

U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer's ruling on Tuesday is the latest turn in a long-running legal dispute over a Clinton
administration rule limiting logging and other development in roadless areas.

Brimmer says the so-called "roadless rule" was enacted in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Wilderness Act.

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12:52 am
Tue August 12, 2008

Workers blame state for slow response to claims

Wyoming – Addie Goss reports part two of our series on workers compensation issues. Some workers say their treatments are being put on hold while the workers compensation division investigates their claims.

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