WPR News
8:52 pm
Thu July 21, 2005

Golf Proposal Moves Forward

Laramie, Wy – Plans to expand Laramie's Jacoby Golf course and build several new homes on the site continue to move forward. During further discussion on the plan, President Tom Buchanan says he has brought in some third parties to make sure things are going smoothly and to insure that U-W is not at any risk. Buchanan says he believes the University really has more to gain then lose. Laramie Trustee Warren Lauer believes the project could be a benefit, but he also wants to make sure they keep a close eye on things.

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6:05 pm
Thu July 21, 2005

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

Wyoming –

Topic: Aaron Alpern spoke with Executive Director of the American Forest, Debra Gangloff about the restoration project in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with EPA's Regional Haze Proposal co-author Vicky Patent about the environmental discussion surrounding the energy bill.

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WPR News
11:14 am
Thu July 21, 2005

Main Street Visits Dubois

Dubois, WY – Planning meetings were held this week in Dubois for how to implement a program that aims to revitalize downtown areas. Dubois, Laramie, and Green River were chosen for the Wyoming Main Street program, which was revived by the Legislature this year. Arden Lindsey is spearheading the local end of the Main Street effort, as the President of Dubois Volunteers Incorporated. She says the program fits where Dubois hopes to go because it concentrates on both economic development and historic preservation.

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WPR News
11:11 am
Thu July 21, 2005

Elk Refuge Plan Released

Jackson, WY – Federal officials released a draft management plan for the National Elk Refuge Thursday that features less reliance on winter feeding. The plan also would allow bison hunting on the refuge to reduce the herd size. Refuge manager Barry Reiswig says the bison hunting would help reduce the herd size from close to 900 animals to between 450 and 500. Officials are proposing using sprinkler irrigation to improve forage on the refuge, near Jackson and in the park. The idea would be to reduce reliance on elk feeding to perhaps four to five of every ten winters.

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WPR News
9:03 pm
Wed July 20, 2005

Freudenthal Asks About Roadless Changes

Cheyenne, Wy – The Governor doubts that states really will have any say over whether federal lands should remain road less, so he is asking the U-S Department of Agriculture to answer that question once and for all. Governor Dave Freudenthal says the Bush administration plan to allow states to petition to have areas remain road less does not appear to have any teeth. So he asked the Department of Agriculture to address that.

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WPR News
8:56 pm
Wed July 20, 2005

Waste From Idaho Lab May Go To WIPP

Idaho Falls, Idaho – One of the concerns of those following a proposal to develop highly radioactive plutonium at the Idaho National Lab is where high level waste will go. Federal officials admit that currently is an unknown. But Deputy Project Manager John Kotek believes it will eventually end up at a waste site in New Mexico. "We are doing some Plutonium 238 in Las Alamos, and that goes to WIPP.

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WPR News
8:47 pm
Wed July 20, 2005

U-W Political Scientist Thinks Roberts Will Be Seated

Laramie, Wy – A University of Wyoming Political Scientist thinks President Bush's nominee will avoid a filibuster and be confirmed for a post in the Supreme Court. Steve Van Winkle says the selection of John Roberts was a strategic one. Van Winkle says he is both the type of conservative person the President had wanted and also someone who has a good track record with many Senators.Van Winkle, who has written about Supreme Court Vacancies, says Roberts has not been outspoken on a number of social issues, but chances are he will have a conservative eye.

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6:02 pm
Wed July 20, 2005

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Wyoming –

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Steve Van Winkle about the supreme court vacancy and the selection process.

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Michael Chiropolos, Program Director for the Western Resource Advocate Group about energy and the energy bill.

Topic: Aaron Alpern speaks with Arden Lindsey, President of the Dubois Volunteers, Inc. about the Dubois revitalization effort.

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WPR News
11:13 am
Wed July 20, 2005

City Council Rejects Softer Smoking Ban

Laramie, WY – The Laramie City Council rejected a proposal last night to relax the city's smoking ban. Councilman Joe Hageman's proposal would have permitted smoking in bars and private clubs, as long as smoking was limited to no more than half of the establishment and each section had its own working ventilation system. But the proposal died on a 5-3 vote.

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WPR News
11:12 am
Wed July 20, 2005

Summer Heat Elevating Fire Risk

Laramie, WY – The hot weather continues to bake Wyoming and make wildfires more likely. Red flag warnings were posted Tuesday for in northeastern, central, and southern Wyoming because of high temperatures, low humidity levels, and the potential for dry lightning. The fire danger currently ranges from very high to extreme across much of the state. Rick Ochoa is a Fire Weather Meteorologist for the National Interagency Fire Center. He says areas below about 65-hundred feet have the greatest risk now. He says grass and brush at those elevations have dried out already.

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