WPR News
9:42 am
Mon May 5, 2008

Housing in Laramie Becoming Less Affordable

Laramie, WY – The Mayor of Laramie says the town's unusual demographics mean there is a shortage of affordable housing. Klaus Hanson says many of the rental properties that would be affordable to low-income families get rented instead by students. And he says some homes that low-income families might be able to buy are sold to a higher bidder: parents of students at the University, who then rent the properties out.

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WPR News
9:40 am
Mon May 5, 2008

Sit-in on Pinedale Anticline Draws 55

Laramie, WY – A sit-in against high ozone levels in the Pinedale area yesterday drew about 55 protesters. They convened at a Questar drilling location on the Pinedale Anticline.

The protest was an effort to call attention to the proposed drilling plan on the anticline that some residents say would further endanger public health. The Bureau of Land Management is currently reviewing comments on the Pinedale Anticline proposal.

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WPR News
8:56 am
Mon May 5, 2008

Conservation Groups Pleased With Gov

Pinedale, Wy – Conservationists are applauding Governor Dave Freudenthal's letter to the Bureau of Land Management, which calls the Pinedale Management Plan unacceptable. In part, the letter asks the BLM to require gas companies to do mitigation efforts when they drill. Organizer Linda Baker says she was surprised that the Governor took such a strong stand before the public has even seen the changes to the Plan. Normally the Governor or another cooperating agency might reserve their comments for after the public gets a chance to see the document, too.

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WPR News
8:53 am
Mon May 5, 2008

Snowpack Keeps Improving

Cheyenne, Wy – Federal officials say the amount of snow
accumulated in Wyoming's high country is above average for all but
one of the state's river basins.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that
snowstorms last week in northeast Wyoming helped push the amount of
water stored in Wyoming snowpack to 117 percent of the 30-year
average statewide.
Officials say the relative abundance of water in the mountains
in early May bodes well for spring runoff in the state's river
basins.

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WPR News
8:52 am
Mon May 5, 2008

Exxon To Build Carbon Capture Facility

LaBarge, Wy – Exxon Mobil plans to spend more than 100 million dollars to build a plant in Wyoming that would test carbon-capture
technology.
The Irving-based company says it will begin construction on the
plant in La Barge this summer, with start-up scheduled for late
next year.
The plant will employ Exxon Mobil's Controlled Freeze Zone
technology, which uses cryogenics to remove carbon dioxide.
The company has been working on the technology for about 30 years.

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WPR News
6:34 am
Mon May 5, 2008

Juvenile justice issues has new advisor

Wyoming – Governor Dave Freudenthal has appointed a new advisor on juvenile justice issues. Retiring District Judge Gary P. Hartman of Worland says there are a number of juvenile issues in Wyoming that need to be addressed.

4:59 am
Mon May 5, 2008

Gun-Rights Advocates on Newest Firearms Legislation

Wyoming – A lot of gun issues have come up so far this year, including the Castle Doctrine bill in the state legislature and U.S. Supreme Court taking on a Washington D.C. handgun ban. Bob Beck reports.

WPR News
10:29 am
Sat May 3, 2008

Freudenthal Blasts BLM's Pinedale Plan

Cheyenne – Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal says the
U.S. Bureau of Land Management's latest draft of a plan for managing oil and gas drilling in the Pinedale area is unacceptable.

Freudenthal's letter to officials in the BLM Pinedale office says cooperating agencies -- such as the Wyoming state government -- have been largely excluded from the plan's development.

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WPR News
11:32 am
Fri May 2, 2008

Drilling Resumes in Rock Springs

Rock Springs, WY – State officials say drilling resumed
this week in a Rock Springs neighborhood where homes were damaged last summer by efforts to collapse old, abandoned coal mines.

The goal of the drilling is to find out what is happening in the old mines. The drilling first started last November.

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WPR News
11:26 am
Fri May 2, 2008

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