WPR News
7:12 am
Fri October 19, 2007

Mining Tax Proposal Could Hurt Wyoming Companies

Laramie, WY – A bill is expected to pass a US House committee next week that would tax certain kinds of minerals mined on public lands for the first time.

The director of the Wyoming Mining Association, Marion Loomis, says the state's Bentonite and uranium producers would be hurt by the tax of four percent of gross revenue.

If they did some kind of a net-proceed royalty, that would be more acceptable to the industry. At least you'd have to be making a profit before you'd be hit with a big royalty.

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7:09 am
Fri October 19, 2007

Foster care dollars show improvement

Laramie, WY – Wyoming still falls just short of providing enough money to foster families, but the gap is closing. The University of Maryland School of Social Work published a national study that shows Wyoming should give foster parents about five percent more every month for kids aged nine to sixteen. The state's foster care coordinator Dana Ward says that is a huge improvement compared to the last two decades when families were not reimbursed well at all.

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WPR News
8:45 am
Thu October 18, 2007

Wyoming Challenges Roadless Rule Again

Laramie, WY – US District Court Judge Clarence Brimmer will once again hear arguments from the state of Wyoming over why the Clinton era rule that protects roadless areas should not be law.

The state feels optimistic, since Judge Brimmer previously ruled in Wyoming's favor, saying that the Clinton rule violated the national environmental policy act and the Wilderness Act.

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8:40 am
Thu October 18, 2007

Record Number of Lake Trout Netted In Yellowstone

Laramie, WY – Fish experts fromYellowstone National Park say they have netted a record number of lake trout this year.

The large trout are considered an invasive species and a nuisance because they eat native cutthroat trout, which are an important food source for grizzly bears and osprey.

The National Park Service has been trying to eliminate lake trout from Yellowstone Lake since 1994, and have netted more than 268,000 in that span.

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8:27 am
Thu October 18, 2007

Bison Sent to New Homes

Laramie, WY – The annual bison roundup at South Dakota's Wind Cave National Park been completed.

Bison from the herd are popular because of their genetic purity. Of the 220 animals rounded up, 87 are headed to new homes.

Most of those bison were shipped to the Cheyenne-Arapho Tribes of Oklahoma. The InterTribal Bison Cooperative, which represents 57 American Indian tribes, helped with transfer of the animals. Some of the bison also went to the American Prairie Foundation in Montana and The Nature Conservancy in South Dakota.

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8:26 am
Thu October 18, 2007

Gov Asks Feds To Cancel Wyoming Range Leases

Laramie, WY – Outfitters and other outdoor enthusiasts are cheering Governor Dave Freudenthal's request to the federal government to cancel drilling leases in the Wyoming Range. The Governor wrote a letter urging the Interior Department to cancel nearly 45,000 acres of leases in the Range and reimburse the companies for any costs they incurred.

Outfitter Chuck Thornton has been guiding hunters in the Wyoming Range for eighteen years. He says the gas and oil development would hurt him.

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6:18 am
Thu October 18, 2007

State Restarts Roadless Case

Cheyenne, Wy – U-S District Court Judge Clarence Brimmer will once again hear arguments from the state of Wyoming over why the Clinton era rule that protects roadless areas should not be law. The state feels optimistic, since Judge Brimmer previously ruled in Wyoming's favor, saying that the Clinton rule violated the national environmental policy act and the Wilderness Act. The rule protects 50 million acres from road construction or development. Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal says the state opposes the Clinton rule because it takes power away from local areas

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3:25 am
Thu October 18, 2007

State Lacks Data on Hospital Infections

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8:47 am
Wed October 17, 2007

Freudenthal Says Local Funding Needs To Be Worked Out

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Cheyenne, Wy – As legislators struggle with trying to find the proper funding system for local government Governor Dave Freudenthal says something needs to be done this legislative session. Freudenthal realizes it is difficult to find the perfect funding system, but he says at the very least, local government needs to be funding fairly. But the Governor also wants money for community emergencies and other needs. He hopes lawmakers look at how to better the state and don't focus on the amount of money their local area might be getting.

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8:45 am
Wed October 17, 2007

Conviction Stands in Road Rage Case

Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Lander man who fired a gun at another vehicle during a road rage incident on Interstate 80. Norbert Robert Schultz of Lander was convicted two years ago of unlawful possession of a deadly weapon and two counts of aggravated assault. He opened fire on a pickup truck on I-80 in 2002.

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