WPR News
5:10 am
Wed July 2, 2008

Usher Moves To Semifinals

Laramie, Wy – A former University of Wyoming swimmer has advanced to the semi-finals of the U-S Olympic swimming trials. Scott Usher swam his fastest time of the year in the 200 meter breast stroke, placing second to the American record holder, Brendan Hansen. Usher will swim again tonight for a shot at the finals. U-W swim coach Tom Johnson says that race will be a tough one. If he qualifies for the finals, Usher must place in the top two in order to make the team.

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WPR News
2:13 am
Wed July 2, 2008

Two Drilling Rig Deaths in Wyoming Last Month

Casper, WY – Two drilling rig workers died in separate
accidents last month in Wyoming.

The Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating both accidents.

A Wyoming OSHA official says they are the first drilling fatalities in Wyoming since February 2007.

Fifty-six-year-old Sam Aurther, of Lander, died June 23 while working on a rig drilling near Thermopolis.

Range Drilling President King Brown says Aurther had been on the job for just two weeks but had 30 years of experience in the
industry.

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WPR News
12:57 am
Wed July 2, 2008

Deutsch No Longer Laramie Chief

Laramie, Wy –

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WPR News
8:46 am
Tue July 1, 2008

Montana Plans Three Wolf Hearings

Helena, MT – The Montana wildlife department plans three
hearings on proposed rules for managing gray wolves in the state.

The hearings come as a lawsuit challenges reclassification of wolves in the Northern Rockies. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
recently announced an end to wolves' status as an endangered species.

The decision shifts management from the federal level to the states of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, which together have about 1,500 wolves.

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WPR News
8:44 am
Tue July 1, 2008

Cattle Rules Imposed for Montana Producers

Billings, MT – States worried about brucellosis-infected
cattle are imposing strict rules on Montana cattle, especially those from counties surrounding Yellowstone National Park.

Nebraska state veterinarian Dennis Hughes says cattle coming to Nebraska from Madison, Gallatin, Park, Sweet Grass, Stillwater and Carbon counties will have to be certified brucellosis-free. All
animals older than 18 months will have to test negative for the disease, even if they're not going to market.

There are less stringent rules for counties farther away from the park.

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WPR News
8:41 am
Tue July 1, 2008

Federal Government Raises Fire Level to Five

Boise, Idaho – The National Interagency Fire Center says
fire activity in the western United States has prompted the agency to raise its national preparedness to level 5, its highest ranking.

John Glenn, spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, says burning conditions this fire season are expected to grow more
severe throughout the west.

The agency upped its national preparedness to level 5 early Tuesday.

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WPR News
8:36 am
Tue July 1, 2008

Western Governors Lay Out Energy Goals

Jackson, WY – The nation's Western governors are
embarking on a plan to draft a national energy policy, saying the country needs direction and leadership on the issue.

Governors participating in the Western Governors' Association meeting Tuesday in Wyoming say their resource-rich region is well positioned to take the lead on the issue.

They hope their framework will influence whichever presidential administration assumes power in 2009.

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WPR News
8:27 am
Tue July 1, 2008

Wyoming Firefighters Head to California and the Southwest

Laramie, WY – About 110 firefighters from Wyoming are helping with the fires in California and the Southwest.

The Casper Dispatch Center's Cheryl Carpenter, says her area alone has sent about 36 firefighters to California.

"We're supporting each other," she said.

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WPR News
8:24 am
Mon June 30, 2008

Feds give $1 M for pronghorn corridor

Laramie, Wyo. – The Interior Department announced today it will put one million dollars toward protecting an ancient migration corridor in Wyoming.

Each year, pronghorn antelope migrate 170 miles from southwest Wyoming to Grand Teton National Park. And each year, that path is getting narrower - as wells are drilled, houses are built, and fences go up around them.

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8:14 am
Mon June 30, 2008

Former UW swimmer makes Olympic bid

Laramie, Wyo. – Former University of Wyoming swimmer Scott Usher is one step closer to making the U-S Olympic team for the second time.

Usher will swim in the 100-meter breaststroke finals at the Olympic trials in Omaha tonight.

Two other U-W swimmers have failed to make the finals in that event. C

oach Tom Johnson says making the team will be a long-shot. Regardless, he says the national meet has been a learning experience for his swimmers.

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