WPR News
7:39 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Water director seeks help from the Capitol

Laramie, WYO – The head of the Water Development Commission says he will go to the state Legislature in February to help communities struggling with water management.

Mike Purcell says water will be an integral part in the state's ability to manage growth properly. But he adds that much of Wyoming's growth is happening in places where there is no water.

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12:11 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Mountain Lion Management Plan

Wyoming – Rebecca Huntington reports from Jackson on how the state is trying to manage Mountain Lions and why it is not easy to keep numbers in check.

12:11 am
Mon January 14, 2008

The Grey Wolf will soon be a species that will be hunted around Yellowstone

Wyoming – The Environment Reports Kinna Ohman reports that some worry that hunting could disrupt how a wolf pack works.

12:10 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Wyoming is trying to interest young people in politics

Wyoming – Bob Beck reports that national reports show that interest in politics and public service is dropping among 20 something's, but many are hoping that will change.

12:10 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Southern Wyoming will have its turn facing an energy boom

Wyoming – Southern Wyoming, especially the Rawlins area will see a significant increase in gas and other types of energy development this year. Elsa Partan has more.

12:07 am
Mon January 14, 2008

Landowners want to cash in on Wind Power

Wyoming – Now that neighboring states need renewable resources such as wind, Addie Goss reports that groups of landowners want to cash in.

WPR News
9:19 am
Fri January 11, 2008

Enzi Works To Reverse Mineral Tax Change

Laramie, WY – Senator Mike Enzi says a coalition of U.S. senators is being put together to reverse a change in federal mineral royalties distribution that will cost Wyoming millions of dollars.

A spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Bush increases the federal share of mineral royalties from 50 to 52 percent while decreasing the state's share from 50 to 48 percent.

Enzi says the change amounts to a tax against the state of Wyoming and other states with minerals owned by the federal government.

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WPR News
9:14 am
Fri January 11, 2008

Zoning Gets Attention at Governor's Conference on Growth

Casper, WY – Mayors, county commissioners, state legislators and just about everyone in between returned to Casper College for day two of the governor's conference on growth.

It was a mix of the philosophical the importance of drawing everyday citizens into discussions on the state's future. And the practical how regulations, government spending and impact fees can guide growth management.

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WPR News
9:10 am
Fri January 11, 2008

State Geologists Warns of Greater Energy Demand

Casper, WY – The state geologist says Wyoming will soon be tangled in the nation's energy crisis.

Speaking at the governor's growth conference, Ron Surdam said the United States is as dependent on Wyoming energy as it is on OPEC countries.

With surging demand, he says the value of the state's energy will quickly increase. But he adds that will put tremendous pressure on Wyoming to produce more.

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WPR News
7:48 am
Thu January 10, 2008

Casper redevelopment plan up for public comment

Casper, WY – Business and property owners are concerned about a plan to redevelop the Old Yellowstone District in downtown Casper. The plan would put about 6 million dollars toward renovating streets and sidewalks. In the long term, it calls for private development of mixed-use buildings downtown.

Some downtown business owners have criticized the plan's zoning, street construction and design standards.

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