WPR News
8:56 am
Fri July 25, 2008

Man Convicted on Meth Distribution Gets Life in Prison

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A federal judge has sentenced a LaBarge
man to serve life in prison on convictions of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and helping to distribute the drug.

Judge Alan B. Johnson on Friday sentenced Clarence Rex Burnell, 58, of LaBarge to life in prison.

U.S. Attorney for Wyoming Kelly Rankin prosecuted the case. Rankin issued a statement saying he asked the judge to impose the life sentence because Burnell had two previous felony drug convictions.

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WPR News
8:54 am
Fri July 25, 2008

Supporters of Wolf De-listing Not Decided on Next Steps

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Supporters of the federal government's
removal of gray wolves from the endangered species list say they haven't decided whether to appeal a judge's preliminary decision to re-list the wolves.

Lawyers for the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho and the representatives of several sportsmen's groups met in a
teleconference Friday to discuss their options.

A federal judge in Montana last week issued a preliminary injunction restoring endangered species protections for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies.

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WPR News
8:46 am
Fri July 25, 2008

Trauner Weighs in On Oil Speculation

Laramie, Wyo. – Congressional candidate Gary Trauner weighed in on the political battle over oil speculation this week.

Trauner says that the practice of speculating in the oil futures market has helped drive up gasoline prices and Congress should put an end to it.

"If we had the same type of limits on the commodities futures markets as we have on stocks and bonds, I think you would see a change in speculation and you would see the price come down," Trauner said.

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WPR News
8:27 am
Thu July 24, 2008

Great Lakes Is Surviving National Airline Woes

Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming's Great Lakes Airlines says it is unaffected by the industry-wide loss of revenue. Chief Operating Officer Chuck Howell says the Cheyenne-based airline has recently seen 10-percent growth in revenue and passenger traffic. And Howell says their airline will actually be growing.
"We've got lots of expansion on the table. We've had two of our competitors cease to service the tight markets were in over the past 12 months so right now we have 18 cities that feel into our laps and we are trying to get equipment and pilots in place to get these markets open. "

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WPR News
8:24 am
Thu July 24, 2008

Grand Teton National Park Disturbed By Wildlife Deaths

Grand Teton National Park – Following the death of a young wolf this week, Grand Teton National Park officials are urging motorists to beware of animals. Wolves, Moose, Bison and Elk are among the animals killed in and around Grand Teton this summer. Spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says drivers need to pay attention and slow down.
Skaggs says most incidents occur at night on roads where the speed limit is 55 miles an hour. Skaggs says the Park has implemented safety measures in an attempt to reduce the numbers of animal fatalities.

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WPR News
8:18 am
Thu July 24, 2008

Yellowstone Got Some Free Advice

Washington, D-C – Sources tell The Associated Press that the
Bush White House intervened last year to help keep Sylvan Pass open to snowmobile traffic entering the eastern side of Yellowstone National Park.
The National Park Service announced this week that it will use
explosives in coming years to keep Sylvan Pass open for snowmobiles
and other traffic during the winter months.
That decision marks a reversal from the Park Services stated
intention in draft environmental documents last year to close the

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WPR News
7:50 am
Thu July 24, 2008

Elk Blamed for Montana Brucellosis Infection in Cattle

Laramie, Wyo. – Laboratory tests in Montana point to elk as the source of a brucellosis infection in cattle.

In Wyoming, the Game and Fish Department has several programs to get rid of the livestock disease in elk herds, but progress is slow.

Spokesman Eric Keszler says existing vaccines are ineffective, but the state is forbidden from researching better ones.

"Brucellosis has been identified as a select agent, which means an agent that could be potentially used as a terrorist threat," he explained.

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WPR News
8:27 am
Wed July 23, 2008

Coal Could Equal Hydrogen

Laramie, Wy – Scientists at the University of Wyoming's hydrogen conference say they hope the state's coal can be used to extract hydrogen for fuel. That puts Wyoming in a good position to benefit from the alternative energy. Researcher Steve Benson says using gasified coal to harvest hydrogen is still the cheapest way.
"Hydrogen from coal is an economically viable approach to getting hydrogen in the short term. We can't get it economically from solar. Wind is still a very high cost.

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8:23 am
Wed July 23, 2008

Wyoming Discusses Next Move In Wolf Case

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Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal admits he was surprised that a Montana judge decided to place wolves from Wyoming, Montana and Idaho back on the endangered species list. The Governor says state officials are discussing whether they should push for a hearing on whether U-S Fish and Wildlife had enough science to remove wolves from the endangered list or whether they should appeal the ruling.

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WPR News
8:15 am
Wed July 23, 2008

Settlement For Victim

Rawlins, Wy – The city of Rawlins and a former Rawlins
police captain have agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed that the former captain sexually
assaulted her a decade ago.
The woman's lawsuit, filed in federal court last year, charges
that Lee Meacham, a former Rawlins police captain and Carbon County
commissioner, assaulted her repeatedly when she was between 15 and
18 years old. The woman is now 27.
A state lawyer who represented Meacham declined comment on
Wednesday.

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