WPR News
7:46 am
Wed December 12, 2007

US Senate committee takes up bill to change 1872 mining law

Laramie, WY – On Thursday, a US Senate committee will take up a bill that reforms a 135-year-old mining law. The bill imposes the first-ever federal royalty on certain minerals mined on public land and allows for greater environmental scrutiny of projects.

The president of Riverton-based US Energy Corp, Mark Larsen, says the reform is unnecessary and would only hurt the USS economy. He says the days are over when mining projects left huge environmental problems behind.

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WPR News
7:46 am
Wed December 12, 2007

Freudenthal amused by Enzi AML bill

Laramie, WY – The fact that Senator Mike Enzi has drafted a bill to clarify that Wyoming's Abandoned Mine Land money should come directly to the state mildly amuses Governor Dave Freudenthal.

The Governor says it epitomizes some of the problems in Washington. Wyoming has been owed millions in AML money for years and Freudenthal said it appeared that the delegation resolved the issue last year.

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WPR News
7:44 am
Wed December 12, 2007

I-80 closed between Cheyenne and Laramie

Cheyenne, WY – Stretches of Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie have been closed at times throughout the day by blowing snow and slick conditions.

In addition, no light trailers are advised on I-80 between Laramie and Walcott Junction because of high winds gusting to 50 miles an hour or more.

Wyoming 210 west of Cheyenne was also closed.

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WPR News
7:23 am
Wed December 12, 2007

Fruedenthal unsurprised by scrapped coal co. plans

Laramie, WY – Governor Freudenthal says it is understandable that power companies are reluctant to build major coal based power plants. That is because eventually a energy and carbon policy will be developed by congress and companies want to know what the ground rules are before they begin a major venture. Freudenthal has urged congress to try and approve rules.

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WPR News
7:22 am
Wed December 12, 2007

Barrasso floats driver's license bill, without success

Laramie, WY – Senator John Barrasso today tried unsuccessfully to open debate on a bill that would deny driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. Democrats defeated Barrasso's request for discussion.

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WPR News
8:38 am
Tue December 11, 2007

Senators want AML money - now

Laramie, WY – The office of surface mining is preparing to appropriate $1.2 billion to states and tribes across the country in abandoned mine land money.

Despite heated criticism from mineral states like Wyoming and Montana, the agency wants to pay that money in the form of grants. Officials say the grant process is simplified, the timeline for review shortened, and the paperwork streamlined.

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WPR News
8:38 am
Tue December 11, 2007

Wyoming GOP launches national delegate selection process

Cheyenne, WY – The nation's presidential delegate selection process begins this week in Wyoming.

State Republicans this week and next week are choosing several people to attend county conventions next month, where national delegates will be chosen.

Volunteers for Republican candidates say they are working the phones to get their supporters to turn out at the GOP precinct caucuses, which began Tuesday and wrap up on Dec. 20.

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WPR News
8:37 am
Tue December 11, 2007

Study to begin on Teton bighorn sheep

Grand Teton National Park, WY – The health and future of the Teton Range bighorn sheep herd in northwest Wyoming will be the subject of a new study.

Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are all involved in the study.

The Teton Range herd occupies high elevation habitat that spans across federal lands on both the Grand Teton National Park and surrounding forests.

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WPR News
8:36 am
Tue December 11, 2007

Parents should be cautious about Christmas toys

Laramie, WY – The message is to leave no toy untested.

After more then 20 million toys have been recalled this year for a variety of safety reasons, consumer groups are urging parents to check the safety of toys they give children during this holiday season.

Cheyenne Attorney Terry Mackey represented the family of a child who was seriously injured by a toy. He says it is very difficult for parents to stay on top of recalls.

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WPR News
8:33 am
Tue December 11, 2007

State supreme court: Pinedale man's election improper

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld a district court's ruling that a Pinedale man had to give up his seat on the town council because he was not registered to vote when he put his name on the ballot last year.

Dave Smith was elected to the Pinedale Town Council in the May 2006 municipal election.

Competing candidate Robert Brito challenged Smith's election in district court. Brito protested that Smith was not a registered voter at the time he filed his petition for candidacy.

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