WPR News
8:40 pm
Wed December 28, 2005

Search Called Off

Jackson, Wy –
After searching for several hours in cold and wet weather searchers called off their search for a missing snowmobiler Captain Jim Whalen of the Teton County Sheriffs office admits that it does not look good. from a realistic standpoint and frankly from a very sad standpoint there is very little hope that anyone could survive this situation."
Whalen says searchers have had to battle weather and need to be wary of setting off other avalanches as they continue their work.

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WPR News
8:27 pm
Wed December 28, 2005

BLM Taking Input On Split Estate Issues

Laramie, Wy – The Bureau of Land Management is soliciting recommendations to the way it currently handles split estate issues as they pertain to oil and gas development. There are many cases where federal minerals are under private land. B-L-M spokeswoman Heather Feeney says they are asking for a lot of input about what needs to be changed in their current approach. Feeney says the B-L-M has a website with drafts and a comment section. She says they also have plans to have on-site discussions.

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WPR News
8:25 pm
Wed December 28, 2005

Tram Backers Need To State Their Case

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Jackson, Wyoming – Wyoming Senate President Grant Larson says it is up to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to prove that state money to fund a new tram would benefit the state. Larson, who represents Teton County, admits that it might be difficult to persuade lawmakers to fund some of the 25 million dollars needed for a new tram. The current 40 year old Tram will shut down in a few months because of safety concerns. Last week Governor Freudenthal said the Tram is NOT a state funding priority. He says private money should buy a replacement.

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WPR News
11:08 am
Wed December 28, 2005

Non-Residents Taking Significant Number of New Jobs

Cheyenne, WY – It appears that out-of-state residents are working many of the jobs created in Wyoming during the recent energy boom. In the past year, state figures show a total of nearly 7,000 new jobs. Yet, Wyoming's jobless rate is the same as it was a year ago. The discrepancy is there because the unemployment rate is a measure of Wyoming households, while job creation figures don't take residency into account. State Economist David Bullard doesn't have specific numbers, but says a significant number of jobs are filled by those who don't call Wyoming home.

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WPR News
8:38 pm
Tue December 27, 2005

Gillette Four Face Charges In District Court

Gillette, Wy – Three men and a juvenile, charged in the
killing of two teenagers, were bound over to District Court today
in Gillette.
Preliminary hearings were set within a week for three of the
accused. The fourth waived his right to a speedy hearing.
Kent Proffitt Senior, Christopher Hicks, Jacob Martinez and
Michael Seiser are all charged with first-degree murder
and conspiracy.
A charge of accessory after the fact to murder against the
15-year-old Seiser was dismissed.

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WPR News
8:37 pm
Tue December 27, 2005

No Arrests In Last Years Fire

Cheyenne, Wy – It's been a year since a fire destroyed
part of Cheyenne's historic downtown. But even though investigators
have called the fire "suspicious," NO arrests have been made.
It was one year ago today (Tuesday) that the fire broke out in
the basement of Mary's Bake Shoppe on West Lincolnway in downtown
Cheyenne.
Investigators say they found traces of an accelerant in the
basement, and that the fire was deliberately set.
But Mary's Bake Shoppe owner Mary Coonts has told investigators

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WPR News
8:33 pm
Tue December 27, 2005

State Looking At Federal Cuts

Lara.mie, Wy –

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8:33 pm
Tue December 27, 2005

State Looking At Federal Cuts

Lara.mie, Wy –

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WPR News
8:40 pm
Mon December 26, 2005

Home Heating Issue A Concern

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Cheyenne, Wy – The increases in home heating costs have gotten the attention of the Governor. Consumer advocates say the latest round of increases will be especially difficult. Governor Dave Freudenthal predicts that there will be a lot of applications for Low Income Assistance but he says that will only help a few people. He is particularly concerned about the middle class. A legislative committee working on the problem hopes to have some bills drafted next month.

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8:37 pm
Mon December 26, 2005

Cheyenne Council Member Wants City Smoke Free

Cheyenne, Wy – Bolstered by health studies that say
secondhand smoke is harmful, Cheyenne City Councilor Don Pierson
says he's ready to push legislation early next year to ban smoking
in restaurants - and possibly also in bars and other public places.
Pierson said smoking has become a nationwide health issue. He
said it's clear that the city council should take steps to address
it.
Laramie enacted a smoke-free ordinance in April. A recent report
written by the University of Wyoming's Survey and Analysis Center

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