WPR News
9:19 pm
Mon November 29, 2004

John Vinich Dies

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Laramie, Wy –

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WPR News
9:05 pm
Mon November 29, 2004

Job Growth Study Ranks Wyoming High

Cheyenne, Wy – A new study ranks Wyoming sixth in the
nation for policies that promote job growth.
Pollina Corporate Real Estate Incorporated issued the study,
which evaluates state economic development policies.
South Carolina was rated first, followed by Virginia, South
Dakota, North Carolina, Alabama, Wyoming, Georgia, Washington,
Florida and Oklahoma.
The study attributes Wyoming's high ranking to being a
right-to-work state with no personal or corporate income taxes and
having low operating costs for business.

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11:28 am
Mon November 29, 2004

Monday, November 29, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Long time legislator and Democratic Candidate John Vinich died over the weekend at the age of 54.

Topic: Laura Strickland reports on the methamphetamine abuse.

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Gerald Blanchard about his new book "Co-existing with Bears and Wolves".

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WPR News
10:35 am
Mon November 29, 2004

Cody Chamber Optimistic About Snowmobile Rules

Cody, WY – The Cody Chamber of Commerce Director says the fact there will at least be a snowmobile season this year is helpbul. But Gene Bryan does not know what the full economic benefit will be for his area of the state. Bryan is pleased Senator Craig Thomas attached an amendment on a spending bill to put the new Bush Administration snowmobile rules in effect for at least a year. He says the uncertainty of the whole situation last winter played havoc with the season. Bryan says he doesn't know all the details about Thomas' amendment, but he would say it's a positive move.

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WPR News
10:27 am
Mon November 29, 2004

Game And Fish Successful At Nabbing Poachers

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and law enforcement agencies have successfully apprehended several poachers this year. Game and Fish Assistant Chief Game Warden Scott Talbot says it's partly due to good fortune. But he says the public also is more willing to report suspicious behavior in this day and age. Talbott says the average hunter is very conscientious about his or her activities in the field. He says the average person committing wildlife crimes is not the average hunter. Talbott says hunters do a pretty good job of policing themselves.

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WPR News
10:23 am
Mon November 29, 2004

Drought Relief Mixed In Wyoming

Laramie, WY – State Climatologist Jan Curtis says the drought is easing in southern and western Wyoming, but will likely persist in northeastern parts of the state. Curtis says drought conditions have slowly improved across the state since 1992, except for the northeastern corner, where things have gotten worse. He predicts western Wyoming will continue to have dry, warm weather for one to two more years. Curtis expects another two to four years of drought are in store in eastern Wyoming.

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WPR News
9:10 pm
Fri November 26, 2004

Newspaper Investigation Shows No Official McKinney Gag Order

Laramie, Wy – Aaron McKinney's public comments about the
killing of Matthew Shepard violated a promise not to talk about the case, but court records indicate the pledge was not contained in the official sentencing order.
Excerpts of interviews McKinney and Russell Henderson gave to A-B-C reporter Elizabeth Vargas from a prison in Nevada were to air Friday on the network's news program "20/20."
The two Laramie men said the 1998 attack on the gay college student was motivated by the prospect of robbery to fuel a methamphetamine binge, not homophobia.

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7:16 pm
Fri November 26, 2004

Shoppers Hit Cheyenne Mall Despite Options

Laramie, Wy – The marketing director for the Frontier Mall says Friday was as busy or slightly busier than last year. Martha Pollock says they specifically tried to get people to come to the mall from far away by putting ads in local papers and she says it seems to have worked, as people came from as far away as Nebraska and Platte County.
Pollock says they also create an atmosphere that is festive to bring people in that might shop online, and she says some of the sales Friday are better than shoppers can get on the Internet.

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7:13 pm
Fri November 26, 2004

Forest Service Committed to Air Tankers

Laramie, Wy – A top Forest Service official says large air tankers will continue to have a role in fighting wildfires for the foreseeable future.
But how many will be available for the 2005 fire season remains unclear.
Tom Harbour is the agency's incoming director of fire and aviation. He says some of the aircraft cleared to fly for part of the 2004 season will be available next year.
Harbour says additional aircraft might be available after "safety-related concerns" are addressed.

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12:10 pm
Fri November 26, 2004

Friday, November 26, 2004 --

Wyoming – No show due to Thanksgiving Holiday

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