WPR News
6:27 am
Mon January 28, 2008

Forest Service Seeks Comments on Hoback Rim Drilling

Laramie, WY – Bridger-Teton National Forest is gathering public comments on a plan to drill natural gas wells on approximately twelve thousand acres at the northern edge of the Wyoming Range.

Plains Exploration and Production Company has asked the Forest Service to do an environmental review of its plan to drill 136 wells in the Hoback Rim area.

Cathy Purves of the group Trout Unlimited says her group will oppose the development.

"We're very worried about the impacts to hunters and anglers," Purves said.

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WPR News
9:16 am
Fri January 25, 2008

Cheyenne Officials Pleased With Recycling Participation

Laramie, WY – Cheyenne city officials say they're pleased with the public participation in a new curbside recycling program.

The first collection from 1,500 homes collected about nine tons of material that otherwise would have gone into the local landfill. The homes received the recycling bins as part of a three-month test program.

City officials say they expect the collections will increase to about 15 tons every two weeks as residents get more familiar with the program.

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WPR News
9:14 am
Fri January 25, 2008

Company Proposes Coal-To-Gas Plant In Powder River Basin

Laramie, WY – Peabody Energy, the world's largest private coal company, is joining with a Massachusetts firm to develop coal-to-natural gas plants in Wyoming's Powder River Basin.

The basin produces about 40 percent of the country's coal, nearly all of which goes to electricity generation.

Financial terms of the deal between Peabody and GreatPoint Energy of Cambridge have not been disclosed. Representatives of the companies say they're still exploring possible sites.

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WPR News
9:10 am
Fri January 25, 2008

UW Seeks $11 Million for Building In Cheyenne

Laramie, WY – Officials at the University of Wyoming say they intend to seek 11 million dollars from the state Legislature to construct a building on the campus of Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne.

Trustees from UW and LCCC met yesterday Thursday in Cheyenne and unanimously approved a resolution to work together to expand higher education in the area.
Officials say that constructing a shared building in Cheyenne could allow students to pursue UW degrees without the need to travel to Laramie, officials said.

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WPR News
8:52 am
Fri January 25, 2008

Coal-Gasification Project On Hold

Laramie, WY – A proposed coal-gasification plant is on hold indefinitely.

The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority and PacifiCorp entered into a partnership last year to find out if such a plant would be feasible.

On Friday the group announced it will be too expensive. Steve Waddington of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority says one factor was lack of federal funding.

Waddington says the state hasn't given up on the project, and it will turn its attention next to getting support from Washington.

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WPR News
8:46 am
Fri January 25, 2008

Man Sentenced for Vehicular Homicide

Laramie, WY – A judge on Thursday sentenced a Sheridan man to serve between five to 10 years in prison on a conviction of vehicular homicide.

Authorities say Russell DeSantis was drunk when he drove head-on into a motorcycle driven by John Lindgren of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The crash happened Sept. 3 on Highway 14 in the Big Horn Mountains. Lindgren and his brother had been traveling to Yellowstone National Park on separate motorcycles.

DeSantis apologized to Lindgren's family in court.

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WPR News
8:44 am
Fri January 25, 2008

Casper Considers Rezoning

Laramie, WY – Casper officials want to rezone an industrial district near the center of the city.

The Old Yellowstone section of town used to be a strip of automotive shops where tourists would stop on their way to Yellowstone National Park. After the interstate highway was built, business dried up and many of the shops closed, leaving vacant lots and empty buildings. Casper's administrative analyst, Peter Meyers, says the area can be revitalized.

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6:54 am
Fri January 25, 2008

Sled Dog Race gets underway

Wyoming – Elsa Partan talks about the annual International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog race with last years winner.

6:49 am
Fri January 25, 2008

Roadless debate continues

Wyoming – Bob Beck reviews the Clinton Roadless Rule and why Wyoming continues to oppose it.

6:43 am
Fri January 25, 2008

Reporters discuss wolves

Jackson, WY – Jackson Hole News and Guide Co-editor Angus Thuermur and Powell Tribune Editor Ilene Olson discuss the recent statewide wolf meetings and what is next.

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