WPR News
8:36 am
Thu May 22, 2008

Tornado Damage in East Laramie

Laramie, WY – A tornado ripped through the Laramie area this afternoon, causing damage to buildings and vehicles. There have been no reports of injuries. The wind ripped the roof off a house and sent it smashing onto Interstate 80.

John Spiegelberg lives in east Laramie, and watched the tornado come through his neighborhood. He says he's heard a lot of wind living out there, but he'd never heard anything this loud.

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WPR News
8:36 am
Thu May 22, 2008

Tornado Touches Down in Laramie

Laramie, WY – The national weather service says a tornado touched down in Laramie this afternoon, causing minor damage and leading to several traffic accidents along interstate 80.

Laramie resident Janet Woods was driving near the golf course when the tornado hit and said she stopped the car because she couldn't see.

Other witnesses say they never had heard a wind like that in Laramie. Commander Dale Stalder of the Laramie Police Department says the damage occurred in the far eastern part of town.

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WPR News
8:28 am
Thu May 22, 2008

Spiker Will Not Seek Re-election

Cheyenne, Wy – Cheyenne Mayor Jack Spiker says he won't
seek re-election after all.
The two-term mayor tells the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle newspaper in
a copyright story Thursday that he won't seek a third term.
Instead, Spiker says he intends to run for a seat on the Cheyenne
City Council.
Spiker had said last month that he intended to seek a third
term. But now the businessman he says that he wants to spend more
time with his family and figure out a way to retire.
State Sen. Jayne Mockler, a Cheyenne Democrat, announced Tuesday

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WY Elections
8:26 am
Thu May 22, 2008

Trauner Formally Announces

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Cheyenne, Wy – Gary Trauner says little has changed in
Washington since he narrowly lost election to the U.S. House two
years ago.
So Trauner is running again. He announced in a news conference
in Cheyenne on Thursday that he's filed his candidacy with the
Wyoming Secretary of State.
Trauner said people continue to wait for Congress to put aside
partisan bickering and provide solutions for things like health
care and the war in Iraq. He also said it's time for the nation's
leaders to "stand up and show some backbone."

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WPR News
8:24 am
Thu May 22, 2008

Rare Tornado Hits Parts Of Laramie

Laramie, Wy – The national weather service says a tornado touched down in Laramie this (Thursday) afternoon causing minor damage and leading to several traffic accidents along interstate 80. Commander Dale Stalder of the Laramie Police Department says the damage occurred in the far eastern part of town. we had houses and an apartment building severely damaged, trees, light poles and lost power for a lot of residents. But we are a lot better off then northern Colorado.
Officials say one person was killed during a tornado in Windsor, Colorado.

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WPR News
8:53 am
Wed May 21, 2008

Parents Turn to Unlicensed Centers for Child Care

Laramie, WY – Child advocates say a severe shortage of child care providers in Wyoming means many parents are leaving their kids with illegal providers.

Jan Lawrence directs a child care center in Laramie. She says some child care providers do not get licensed because they have a criminal record, and want to avoid a background check. Or, their license has been revoked.

Lawrence encourages people to report unlicensed providers in their communities.

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WPR News
8:42 am
Wed May 21, 2008

Efforts in Baggs Have Prevented Flooding, but Rain Could Raise River

Baggs, WY – Efforts to build up the banks of the Little Snake River have so far prevented flooding in the town of Baggs. Mayor Linda Corners says the Wyoming National Guard has helped fill 2-thousand sandbags, and state Homeland Security adn the Army Corps of Engineers are also helping out.

Officials say low-lying pasture land in southern Carbon County near Baggs has seen some flooding, but there were no reports of injuries or property damage.

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WPR News
8:40 am
Wed May 21, 2008

Wyoming's Natural Gas Fetching a Pretty Price at Market

Laramie, WY – Wyoming's natural gas is fetching twice the money at market than it did at the same time last year.

Jim Robinson, the senior economist at the state's Economic Analysis Division says usually when spring weather kicks in, natural gas prices fall quickly. But not this year.

"What we're seeing is that the prices are still in that eight to nine dollar range and here we are in the third week in May," Robinson said.

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WPR News
8:32 am
Wed May 21, 2008

Sandbagging Continues in Baggs

Baggs, WY – Members of the Wyoming Army National Guard
and local volunteers are working to shore up the banks of the Little Snake River near Baggs as high waters continue to threaten
the southern Wyoming town.

Mayor Linda Corners says water had not breached any of the diversion dikes and there is no water in the town.

Today's peak river level never exceeded yesterday's peak.

Abundant snowpack in the Sierra Madre mountain range and warm temperatures have made for high levels of runoff in the river
basin.

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WPR News
8:25 am
Wed May 21, 2008

Echo Springs Gas Plant Plans Expansion

Cheyenne, WY – Williams natural gas company said today that it plans to double the processing capacity and production of natural gas liquid at its Echo Springs plant in southern Wyoming.

The Tulsa, Okla.-based company says it will spend up to 233 million dollars to expand the plant, which processes gas from the Washakie Basin. Williams plans to start construction next year and finish in late 2010, pending necessary permits.

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