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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WPR News
7:46 am
Thu January 10, 2008

Governor Freudenthal hosts growth conference in Casper

Casper, WY – Development experts from across the country met in Casper to discuss the consequences of Wyoming's growth on future generations.

Among the major concerns was the fast pace of rural-residential development and the role the government often takes in paying for the infrastructure in those low-density communities.

Governor Dave Fruedenthal says he was interested at the level of attention the issue received.

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WPR News
7:45 am
Thu January 10, 2008

Great Lakes Airlines flights up

Laramie, WY – Great Lakes Aviation saw a nearly 39 percent increase in passengers from its Wyoming airports last month, compared to December of 2006.

The airline's spokeswoman, Monica Taylor, says one reason for the big increase is that Great Lakes starting flying to Sheridan in 2007.

But taking Sheridan out of the equation, Taylor says the company still saw a 24 percent increase in passengers from the other Wyoming airports. She says the the rise is probably do to Wyoming's oil and gas boom, as well as high gas prices.

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WPR News
7:56 am
Wed January 9, 2008

Denver Airport on pace to set record in 2007

Denver, CO – Airport officials say Denver International had nearly 46 million passengers through the first 11 months of 2007 and is on target to break a record.

The previous one-year record was 47.3 million passengers in 2006.

The airport reported Wednesday it had more than 3.8 million passengers in November, the highest November total on record.

Airport Aviation Manager Turner West says DIA's traffic is growing by about 4 to 5 percent a month.

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WPR News
7:55 am
Wed January 9, 2008

Yellowstone earthquake recorded

Yellowstone National Park, WY – A magnitude 3.7 earthquake was recorded in northwestern Yellowstone National Park Wednesday. The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology says there were no immediate reports of damage.

Mike Stickney of the bureau's earthquake studies office in Butte, Mont., says the quake happened at 2:37 p.m. It was one of several in the Yellowstone area Wednesday.

He says there have been small quakes in the Yellowstone area during the past week or so, and that's not unusual for the park.

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WPR News
7:54 am
Wed January 9, 2008

Office of Consumer Advocate says Rocky Mtn Power rate increase too high

Laramie, WY – Wyoming's office of consumer advocate said a proposed rate increase by Rocky Mountain power is much too high. Bryce Freeman says improper assumptions and some overestimates led his agency to oppose the hike by the states largest electric utility. Freeman wants the Public Service Commission to reduce the proposed increase by 60%. That means the increase will be much less for consumers

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WPR News
7:52 am
Wed January 9, 2008

Casper job fair for residents age 50+

Casper, WY – If you're over 50 years old, it's time to polish your resumes. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services in Casper is hosting a free career fair geared toward older workers. The department's Guy Hadley says 20 businesses from various industries will be at the Casper Recreation Center tomorrow. He says the idea is to look in new places to find workers in a tight job market.

Hadley says the department will host additional job fairs that cater to specific industries or age-groups.

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