WPR News
11:42 am
Mon January 21, 2008

Legislator Fought to Get MLK Day Recognized

Laramie, WY – A former legislator from Laramie County says she regards her work to get Wyoming to recognize the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as one of her greatest accomplishments.

Harriett Elizabeth Byrd says she's experienced discrimination firsthand. And she says she believes in everything that King stood for.

Byrd says it took almost nine years to get a bill through the Wyoming Legislature honoring King in the 1980s. Wyoming was one of the last states to make the birthday of the slain civil rights leader a state holiday.

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WPR News
11:40 am
Mon January 21, 2008

Farm Bill Faces Opposition from White House

Laramie, WY – Lawmakers from farming states say tough negotiations lie ahead for the five-year farm bill passed by Congress last year.

That's because of strong opposition from the White House to the bill, which would cost 286-billion dollars.

Members of the House and Senate agriculture committees say two issues stand out above the others as Congress tries to hammer out a deal -- how the bill will be paid for, and how much the legislation will limit federal farm subsidies to wealthy farmers.

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WPR News
11:39 am
Mon January 21, 2008

Cowgirls Beat San Diego State

Laramie, WY – Hanna Zavecz scored 21 points and Wyoming extended its winning streak to 10 with a 65 - 49 victory over San Diego State Saturday.

Jodi Bolerjack scored 11 points and Aubrey Vandiver finished with 10 for the Cowgirls. Zavecz also had seven rebounds.
Wyoming held the Aztecs scoreless for nearly 7 minutes to open the game, building a 13-0 lead. The Cowgirls led 20-2 before San Diego State went on a 9-2 run.

Wyoming closed out the half with a 15-7 surge to lead 37-18 at the break.

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WPR News
11:37 am
Mon January 21, 2008

Forest Service Seeks Comments on Bark Beetle Plan

Laramie, WY – The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on a proposal to cut trees in the Medicine Bow National Forest to deal with an infestation of bark beetles.

Acting Laramie District Ranger Tom Florich says that pine bark beetle attacks on lodgepole pine and spruce bark beetle attacks on spruce stands have increased dramatically in the area, generally southwest of Foxpark. The town of Foxpark is a private inholding in the forest.

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WPR News
11:37 am
Mon January 21, 2008

Juvenile Services Boards Considered

Laramie, WY – This week, legislators plan to discuss helping counties set up local juvenile services boards. That could be a first step in changing how Wyoming deals with people under 18 who break the law.

The boards would use state funding to set up local programs that would try to intervene with lawbreaking youngsters before they get into more serious trouble.

Cheyenne State Senator Kathryn Sessions, a Democrat, says Wyoming is losing too many kids to prison.

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WPR News
8:47 am
Mon January 21, 2008

Governor Gives AML Money Recommendations

Cheyenne, WY – Gov. Dave Freudenthal recommends that Wyoming spend the first round of money it stands to receive from the federal abandoned mine lands program on research into clean coal technology and to build a road to a planned coal plant in Carbon County.

Freudenthal presented his recommendations today (Monday) to the Joint Appropriations Committee.

Wyoming will get the first $82.7-million payment from the federal abandoned mine lands program this year. The program uses taxes on coal production to clean up abandoned mine sites and related pollution.

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WPR News
8:44 am
Mon January 21, 2008

Sen. Enzi Seeks Better Reimbursement For Veterans

Laramie, WY – Seven U.S. senators are asking the Department of Veterans Affairs to increase the amount it pays disabled veterans who travel to Veterans Administration hospitals to receive care.

Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., announced the effort to get an increase of 17.5 cents per mile in the reimbursement rate.

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WPR News
8:41 am
Mon January 21, 2008

Backcountry Skier Dies in MT Avalanche

Laramie, WY – A backcountry skier killed in an avalanche west of Big Sky, Montana, has been identified as a Montana State University student from Vermont.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Department says Tyler Stetson of Shelburne, Vermont, died in the avalanche yesterday. Stetson was in his 20s.

The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center says his body was recovered within 10 minutes of the avalanche. The center says the snow swept Stetson into trees, and he was dead from trauma when searchers found him.

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WPR News
8:39 am
Mon January 21, 2008

Cheyenne Celebrates King's Life

Cheyenne, WY – Dozens of people braved bitter cold to march up Capitol Avenue in Cheyenne Monday. They sang songs and carried signs honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Love and Charity Club in Cheyenne organized Monday's 26th annual march. This year will mark the 40th anniversary of King's assassination.

Rita Watson of the club says it has been working for more than a quarter century to bring King's memory to others. But she says that unfortunately King's dream of equality hasn't been realized.

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WPR News
10:21 am
Sat January 19, 2008

Freudenthal snipes at both political parties

Casper, Wyo. – Gov. Dave Freudenthal had harsh words for both political parties Friday, saying their poor performance has left Wyoming is hurting for good ideas on how to run the state.

Freudenthal addressed the Wyoming Press Association annual meeting in Casper. He said the Democratic Party in the state is defunct, while members of the Republican Party won't run against each other.

Freudenthal said the situation means there's not a competitive marketplace of ideas on how to run the state.

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