WPR News
9:16 am
Wed December 26, 2007

Department Urges Flu Shots

Cheyenne, Wy –
Because the state is a bit late with its flu season, the director of the Wyoming department of health is urging everyone to get a flu shot. Doctor Brent Sherard says Wyoming is approaching the flu season and he says if you have not gotten your flu shot the time is now. Sherard says shots are available at a number of locations across the state. He notes that his office is just starting to hear about flu outbreaks across the state. Sherard says flu shots prevent greater problems.

Read more
WPR News
9:14 am
Wed December 26, 2007

Gillette Man Stabs Another Over Remote

Gillette, Wy – Police in Gillette say a man stabbed
another man in the chest and neck during an argument over a television remote control.
Authorities said 43-year-old Leo Gene Bloomfield faces a
possible charge of attempted second-degree murder following the stabbing just
after midnight on Christmas.
Police Cpl. Jason Marcus said Bloomfield called from the Circle
L Motel. Marcus said police arrived and found Bloomfield walking
around a room while another man lay between the two beds.

Read more
WPR News
8:57 am
Wed December 26, 2007

Survivor of crash that killed family is improving

Denver, CO – The lone survivor of a crash on an icy stretch of Interstate 80 in Wyoming that killed three members of a prominent Denver family is improving.

Katy Parr was in intensive care at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper recovering from broken ribs and cuts.

Family friend Steve Katich told the Rocky Mountain News that Katy is awake and alert. He also says she is improving rapidly and is expected to be released this week, possibly as early as today.

Read more
WPR News
8:54 am
Wed December 26, 2007

Change in royalties distribution could cost Wyoming millions

Casper, WY – A federal spending bill is likely to cost Wyoming millions by reducing the state's share of royalties from oil, gas and coal production.

Currently states and the federal government evenly split royalties from federal oil, gas and coal reserves. A spending bill recently approved by Congress would reduce states' share to 48 percent and increase the federal government's share to 52 percent.

Read more
WPR News
8:16 am
Wed December 26, 2007

Professor says age of cheap power is over

Laramie, WY – As utility companies in Wyoming and across the country try to keep up with demand for power, they are turning more natural gas into electricity.

The director of the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources, Mark Northam, says utility companies are struggling to get new coal projects approved because of environmental concerns. But he adds that natural gas is not the best way to close the power gap.

Read more
WPR News
1:34 am
Wed December 26, 2007

Northwest College Pushes New Idea

WPR News
9:45 am
Mon December 24, 2007

UW announces plan for wind research

Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming announced plans for its Wind Energy Research Center, which will develop the technology needed to make wind-powered electricity more reliable.

UW College of Engineering Professor John Naughton will direct the project. He says that wind could ultimately provide the country with 20 percent of its electricity, but that technology will take a long time to develop.

Read more
WPR News
9:28 am
Mon December 24, 2007

Scientists collar Teton sheep

Laramie, WY – Scientists want to find out more about a herd of bighorn sheep that lives high in the Tetons.

A coalition of agencies in Western Wyoming is worried about the sheep because their numbers are so small. The herd of only 120 animals keeps moving to higher elevations.

Mark Gocke of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says scientists will use GPS collars to try to understand the effect of winter recreation on the sheep, as well.

Read more
WPR News
7:48 am
Mon December 24, 2007

Three in Denver family killed in Wyoming crash

Denver, CO – A Denver couple and their 19-year-old daughter are dead after a crash on any icy stretch of Interstate 80 in Wyoming.

It happened yesterday after their car slid on the highway and was hit by a tractor-trailer six miles west of Rawlins.

Killed in the crash were 59-year-old John David Parr, his 53-year-old wife Sandra Widener, and their daughter Chase. The
couple's 17-year-old daughter Katie was taken to a Casper hospital in critical condition.

Read more
WPR News
6:44 am
Mon December 24, 2007

Evanston looks to resurrect Strand Theater

Evanston, Wyo. – An urban renewal agency has offered to buy
Evanston's historic Strand Theater, which was destroyed by fire in May.

June Law is coordinator of the Evanston Urban Renewal Agency. She says the owners of the nearly 90-year-old theater have
conditionally accepted the offer to buy the building.

Plans are in the works to turn the theater into a performing arts center.
Cleanup and stabilization costs alone could reach $300,000. Converting the building into a performing arts center would cost around $2 million.

Read more

Pages