WPR News
9:47 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Enzi Praises Vet Increase

Laramie, Wy – The Department of Veteran's Affairs has agreed to give veterans an increase in the cost of traveling to a Veterans Administration hospital. Those who have served in the military are given a mileage reimbursement for the long travel they sometimes have to make to a V-A hospital, but since 1977 the reimbursement has been 11-cents a mile. Senator Mike Enzi was among those who pushed to get that amount increased to over 28 cents a mile. In a prepared statement, Enzi says the increase is long overdue.

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WPR News
9:44 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Mark Gordon Explains Ideas

Laramie, Wy – The latest candidate for Congress wants to get his party back to its traditional values. Johnson County rancher and businessman Mark Gordon is running as a republican for Wyoming's seat in the House of Representatives. Gordon says the Republican Party he grew up with was about small government, limited spending and the belief in the individual. GORDON: And a little bit of that I think the government may have strayed from over the years. As for concrete issues, Gordon says he does not favor a time line for withdrawing troops from Iraq.

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WPR News
7:35 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Governor "astonished" by DOE announcement

Cheyenne, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal is astonished by the news that the department of energy may pull support for a flagship carbon capture project.

The FutureGen project would have included a $1.5 billion dollar coal-fired power plant that would capture about 90 percent of its CO2 emissions and store it underground.

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WPR News
7:33 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Climate change awareness event at 13 WY schools

Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming is one of 13 schools in Wyoming and over 16-thousand groups across the nation hosting events today to discuss climate change.

The event, called Focus the Nation, is the second in a series of symposia hosted by UW's climate change committee.

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WPR News
7:30 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Winter woes for WYDOT

Laramie, WY – Wyoming department of transportation officials say they have not seen a winter like this one in many years.

Heavy snow, cold temperatures and high winds are hampering efforts to keep roads clear and dry.

This week I-80 was closed across the state and most roads in southeast Wyoming were also closed for several hours. Maintenance Engineer Tim McGary says it's been hard to get ahead of things.

McGary says the cold wintry weather is causing problems with supplies and budgets as well.

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WPR News
7:27 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Cowgirls stunned at loss to Utah

Laramie, WY – Just when it looked like the Wyoming Cowgirls were going to pull out a close win, something went terribly wrong.

Utah's Morgan Warburton picked up a loose ball off the floor and drained a three pointer with three seconds left as Utah defeated Wyoming 60-59. The Cowgirls had rallied to lead 59-57 when Jodi Bollerjack made one of two free throws.

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WPR News
12:12 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Victims Identified In Greybull

Greybull, Wy – Authorities have identified two of the five people killed in a fiery crash west of Greybull, Wyoming, on Monday night.
They were 70-year-old John Munkberg and his wife, 66-year-old Carol Munkberg of Ten Sleep, Wyoming.
Authorities say the couple was killed when a van traveling westbound on Highway 14-16-20 crossed into the path of their pickup, about five miles west of Greybull.
The van had Montana license plates. It hit the Munkberg's pickup head-on, engulfing both vehicles in flames.

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WPR News
12:10 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Jackson Gets Lots Of Snow

Jackson, Wy – The month of January has seen a series of storms that have dumped loads of snow in the Jackson Hole area, keeping skiers and ski resorts happy.
As of Monday, total January snowfall at the bottom of Rendezvous Bowl at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was 128 inches. That's well above the 33-year average of 85 inches for the month. So far this winter season, the mountain resort had received 322 inches of snow on the upper mountain, more than the resort received all last winter.

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WPR News
12:10 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Jackson Gets Lots Of Snow

Jackson, Wy – The month of January has seen a series of storms that have dumped loads of snow in the Jackson Hole area, keeping skiers and ski resorts happy.
As of Monday, total January snowfall at the bottom of Rendezvous Bowl at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was 128 inches. That's well above the 33-year average of 85 inches for the month. So far this winter season, the mountain resort had received 322 inches of snow on the upper mountain, more than the resort received all last winter.

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WPR News
12:09 am
Thu January 31, 2008

Blowing And Drifting Causes Problems

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming department of transportation officials say they have not seen a winter like this one in many years. Heavy snow, cold temperatures and high winds are hampering efforts to keep roads clear and dry. This week I-80 was closed across the state and most roads in southeast Wyoming were also closed for several hours. Maintenance Engineer Tim McGary says it's been hard to get ahead of things, mostly because of the drifting and cold weather. He also says Wyoming has been hit with ice storms, something that is unusual in this state.

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