WPR News
9:45 am
Wed May 14, 2008

Lawyer Criticizes Bald Eagle Ruling

Cheyenne, WY – A specialist in American Indian law has criticized a federal court's ruling in the case of a Wyoming man who shot a bald eagle for use in his tribe's Sun Dance. Sarah Krakoff at the University of Colorado in Boulder says the ruling follows a pattern of decisions that profess respect for American Indian religion while punishing individual tribal members.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week reinstated a misdemeanor criminal charge against Winslow Friday, a Northern Arapaho.

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WPR News
9:43 am
Wed May 14, 2008

Bison Hazed Back into Yellowstone

Billings, MT – Several hundred bison will be hazed back into Yellowstone National Park beginning Wednesday and lasting for several weeks, under a program to prevent the spread of a livestock disease.

Park spokesman Al Nash said the hazing will be done differently than last year, when hazed animals kept pushing back out of the park and into areas where cattle range. That stoked fears among the livestock industry that the bison could transmit brucellosis, a disease that causes cows to abort their young.

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WPR News
9:28 am
Wed May 14, 2008

Film Crew Comes to Powell Area

Laramie, WY – A crew has been taping footage in the Powell area for a historical series to be broadcast by the BBC.

The documentary is tentatively scheduled for airing on the Public Broadcast System in October.

The crew from Oxford Films in London says the movie will chronicle America's western expansion and the role that irrigation played.

Crew members say they were impressed with the vastness and friendliness of Wyoming.

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WPR News
9:26 am
Wed May 14, 2008

Sen. John Barrasso Reacts to Polar Bear Listing

Laramie, WY – U.S. Senator John Barrasso reacted to the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species by saying that it could be economically devastating to Wyoming and the nation.

But Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne said that the decision should not be used to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles, power plants, and other sources. Polar bears are the first species affected by global warming to be protected by the Endangered Species Act.


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WPR News
9:23 am
Wed May 14, 2008

State Rep. Lockhart Runs For Reelection

Laramie, WY – State representative Tom Lockhart has announced that he will run for reelection.

The Republican from Casper has served in the legislature since 2000 and is currently the chair of the Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee.

Lockhart said in a statement that he will continue working to build an exceptional school system and find common sense solutions to development problems.

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WPR News
9:20 am
Wed May 14, 2008

Fee for Ghost Watching Goes Up

Rawlins, WY – Groups looking for ghosts in the former state prison in Rawlins will be charged 20 dollars an hour from now on.

Director Tina Hill decided to impose the fee in response to increasing requests to look for the paranormal in the former prison, known locally as the Old Pen.

Last summer, one group came to see if the prison was haunted. Hill said she has had five such inquiries so far this year.

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WPR News
9:18 am
Wed May 14, 2008

State Pressures Exxon Mobil To Put More CO2 into Pipelines

Laramie, WY – State officials are pressuring Exxon Mobil to put more carbon dioxide into pipelines and less of it into the air.

At a hearing in Casper on Tuesday Governor Dave Freudenthal told Exxon that he believes CO2 from the Shute Creek gas plant is marketable because oil companies are searching for carbon dioxide they can use. They want to inject it into oil fields to increase production.

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7:13 am
Tue May 13, 2008

Pinedale residents gather again

Laramie, Wyo. – A group of Pinedale residents has formed a group aimed at reducing air pollution.

Mary Lynn Worl is a founding member of CLOUD. She says the reports of high levels of the pollutant ozone this winter made her take action.

"I'm like many of the other people in CLOUD, it just seemed like it was a logical progression to move into a more united front," Worl says.

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6:56 am
Tue May 13, 2008

State board to look at charter school rules

Laramie, Wyo. – The chairman of the Wyoming State Board of Education says the board will try to clarify the rules for starting a charter school at its next meeting. Jim Lowham says important parts of the rulebook are too vague.

It would help if we could clarify the process so that people who wish to start a charter school have a better laid out path to get that done," Lowham says.

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6:44 am
Tue May 13, 2008

Wyo. property tax reform discussed

Cody, Wyo. – A group of citizens in northern Wyoming is leading an effort to open property sales records in county assessor offices.

Wyoming law doesn't allow homeowners to review the sale prices of all the homes in a particular subdivision when appealing a property assessment.

A group called Taxpayer Advocates for Sheridan County wants to change the state law so homeowners can review all the sales records to get a better idea themselves of the value of their own homes.

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