WPR News
10:29 am
Wed May 28, 2008

Forest Service Cancels Agreement with Stanley Energy over Wyoming Range

Laramie, WY – The U.S. Forest Service has cancelled an arrangement with an energy company that drew the ire of the Governor.

The Forest Service had agreed to let Stanley Energy pay for an environmental analysis of the Wyoming Range for oil and gas drilling, even though the energy company was among those who had hoped to drill in the area.

Bridger-Teton Superintendant Kniffy Hamilton now says that the agreement was a mistake, and that the Forest Service will take over the analysis.

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WPR News
10:25 am
Wed May 28, 2008

Most Flooding in 11 Years

Laramie, WY – A Wyoming weather expert says this spring, the state ahs seen the most widespread flooding in eleven years.

Meteorologist Don Day tracks weather for farmers and ranchers. He says every major river system in Wyoming is running at above-normal runoff levels right now.

Day says this months' rain is coming at a great time for the state's row crops. He says all the runoff and rain should put some water into Wyoming's badly depleted reservoirs.

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WPR News
10:21 am
Wed May 28, 2008

Getting Young Workers Requires New Thinking

Laramie, Wy – Getting young workers into Wyoming can be done, but companies need to be aggressive in trying to recruit them. Author Jason Ryan Dorsey is a generation Y expert...that is the group born between 1977 and 1995. He says companies need to find young people and convince them to come to Wyoming. He also suggests using websites to show amenities and provide such things as flexible work hours. Dorsey says people need to understand that generation Y workers act differently then Baby Boomers and will value lifestyle over their job.

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WPR News
10:16 am
Wed May 28, 2008

Mark Gordon Makes It Official

Cheyenne, Wy – Buffalo-area rancher Mark Gordon has filed
his candidacy with the Wyoming Secretary of State. He's running for
election to Congress as a Republican.
Gordon on Wednesday also released an ambitious, eight-point plan
that he says is intended to help get the national economy back on
track.
Gordon calls for simultaneously cutting taxes and cutting the
national deficit. He says that would be possible by reducing the
size of the federal government and by ferreting out waste and
fraud.

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WPR News
10:14 am
Wed May 28, 2008

Wyoming Businesses Need To Think Differently

Laramie, Wy – The Director of the Department of workforce services says Wyoming businesses need to think differently in order to get new employees. During the Governors summit on workforce solutions, companies were being told that they need to take new approaches in order to attract workers. Workforce Services Director Joan Evans says that includes addressing some social issues such as lack of housing and day care. She adds that some employees need to provide flexible work hours if they want employees.

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WPR News
7:22 am
Wed May 28, 2008

Mixed Results In Childhood Obesity Survey

Laramie, WY – A study released by the federal government this week found that the percentage of obese children leveled off. But a state-wide survey on childhood obesity shows mixed results.

About 9.3 percent of Wyoming high school students are obese. That's far below the national average of 32 percent for all children.

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WPR News
7:15 am
Wed May 28, 2008

Casper Wastewater Pump In Danger of Failing

Laramie, WY – Casper's wastewater treatment plant is in danger of failing after heavy rains put pressure on an already worn-out system.

City workers saw a crack in one of the pumps in the last week. They say if the crack gets bigger, it could allow chlorinated but otherwise untreated sewage to leak into the North Platte River.

Peter Meyers is an analyst in the City Manager's Office. He says the city is asking Casper residents to reduce the amount of water they put down the drain in the next few days.

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WPR News
8:46 am
Tue May 27, 2008

Mountain Lion Found Dead of Plague in Johnson County

Laramie, WY – A University of Wyoming professor says late spring and summer are the most common time for people and animals to contract plague. That's the same disease that killed millions of people centuries ago, although it's rare today.

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WPR News
8:39 am
Tue May 27, 2008

Man-made Winter Trails Could Make Coyotes and Lynx Compete

Laramie, WY – Snowmobile and cross-country ski trails could be giving coyotes access to Canada Lynx territory.

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WPR News
8:11 am
Mon May 26, 2008

Young Democrats head to convention

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming Democrats say the selection of two 18-year-olds as delegates to the party's national convention this summer is representative of an upswing in youth interest in politics.

It is an interest that both Democrats and Republicans hope will translate into votes for their candidates.

Wyoming Democrats held their party convention last weekend in Jackson. Wyoming Republicans hold their convention this weekend in Rock Springs.

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