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Tue, 25 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTIf you said that the Wyoming Cowboys basketball team has struggled in recent years, that would be a bit of an understatement. After back to back 10 win and 21 loss seasons, a change was needed. So, Wyoming went to its past and hired Larry Shyatt. Practice is underway and despite losing his top scorer from a year ago, Shyatt believes he can build a winner.
Mon, 24 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTLast night the U.S. Senate Education committee sent to the full Senate a major revision of the education law called No Child Left Behind. Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi has for years been at the forefront of the effort to overhaul the federal law. The Wyoming Republican has worked closely with Iowa Democrat, Senator Tom Harkin, to find common ground on ways to improve it. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson gives us a snapshot of the work that went into reforming the legislation this week.
Mon, 24 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTIf you've been driving around on the weekends, chances are you've seen signs by the side of the road telling all hunters to stop. The signs are pointing out check stations, where officials from the Department of Game and Fish look at hunters' licenses and examine the game they've killed. Wyoming Public Radio's Willow Belden visited a check station near Centennial in southeastern Wyoming and reports that the hunters are being stopped mostly to collect scientific data.
Mon, 24 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTLast year, the Department of Energy released well monitoring data from the Wind River Reservation. What they found was that uranium levels in a number of their wells had spiked up to 100 times the legal limit.
Mon, 24 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTAs cold weather sends farmers markets into hibernation, there's one that's picking back up after a summer lull. The Triple Crown Commodities Cooperative serves four counties in Southeastern Wyoming without needing a city block to set up in. This farmers market allows farmers to sell local products to customers online. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Martinez has more
Fri, 21 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTSenator Mike Enzi has for years been at the forefront of the effort to overhaul No Child Left Behind. Even in his own state, criticism of the federal education law continues. The Wyoming Republican has worked closely with Iowa Democrat, Senator Tom Harkin, to find common ground on ways to improve it. The Senate education committee passed the bill onto the full Senate, but those efforts will continue to be a work in progress.
Mon, 10 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTDuring the last legislative session, lawmakers complained that they weren't getting a good enough performance from students from the billion and a half dollars they were paying for education. After initially zeroing in on such things as teacher tenure, they eventually agreed on a broader approach and developed what's called the Education accountability advisory committee.
Mon, 10 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTIt's hunting season for just about every type of game animal at the moment So we talked with Bill Rudd at the Game and Fish Department, to find out what hunters can expect this fall. He tells Willow Belden that the forecast is pretty good - with a few exceptions.
Mon, 10 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTThe Jewish high holy days began last Wednesday with Rosh Hashannah (ROHsh HASH-uh-NAH) - the Jewish New Year And after 10 days of personal repentance, congregations gather this weekend for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It's easy to get in the spirit in places with larger Jewish populations, but things are a little different in the Cowboy state. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Martinez has more.
Mon, 10 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTPer capita consumption of electricity in the United States is on the rise, as is interest throughout the west in affordable renewable energy. But without a powerful network of up-to-date electric transmission lines, developers have struggled to transport Wyoming's abundant wind energy beyond the state borders. Now the state leads the nation in the number of major transmission projects in the works. As Wyoming Public Radio's Kathryn Flagg reports, the construction of these lines is moving ahead
Mon, 10 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMTPrices for gold are higher than they have been in decades. It's inspired companies to explore for deposits in Wyoming's old mines and scout in new territory. At the same time, gold prospectors still make their way to the mountains with pans and shovels, hoping to strike it rich, even if they just end up with rich scenery and camaraderie. Irina Zhorov reports.
Fri, 30 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTBoth Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency are looking at ways to better regulate what is called hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. It involves using a pressurized mix of water, sand and chemicals to release oil or gas into a well. Today we are going to have two stories on this topic. Recently Wyoming enhanced its regulations concerning fracking. Yet critics complain that there is still too much leeway for companies to do as they please.
Fri, 30 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTA few years ago, residents of the town of Pavillion began complaining of health problems that they blamed on water contamination. Many in the town wondered if local oil and gas development, as well as hydraulic fracturing - was to blame. Recently residents went looking for answers. The subject was touched on during a recent Hydraulic Fracturing conference and Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone brings us this update.
Fri, 30 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTIn order to keep up with federal water quality standards, localities around Wyoming are choosing to line their landfills with an expensive protective layer, or ship their waste to ones that do. Years after surrounding states got started, Wyoming is setting up a de facto system of regional landfills and 100-mile garbage routes. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Martinez has more.
Fri, 30 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTType in Medicaid fraud on your favorite internet search engine and you will find hundreds of stories related to the crime. Medicaid is health insurance provided to those who cannot afford to pay for health care. It's paid for by both the state and federal government. While there are occasional recipients that will bilk the system, in Wyoming it's typically providers who are the guilty parties. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports that this fraud can lead to unfortunate consequences.
Fri, 30 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTLast week marked the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell, which means gays and lesbians can now serve openly in the military. Members of the L-G-B-T community here in Wyoming are applauding the repeal of the policy. But they say entrenched biases - both in the military, and in the general public - may make it hard for gay service members to feel comfortable coming out. And they still feel there's a long way to go before they'll be accepted as equals here in this state.
Wed, 21 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTGovernor Matt Mead says Wyoming will have a difficult time maintaining highways without more federal aid.Congress is debating highway funding right now with dramatically different ideas about how much money should go to state transportation projects. Patrick Terpstra is following developments from Washington.
Wed, 21 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTWhile other Cancer's get more publicity, Wyoming Department of Health officials say that Prostate Cancer is very common in the state. But thanks to early detection and treatment, most of those diagnosed survive. But the health officials say it should not be taken likely. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck has more.
Wed, 21 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTAccording to a report from speed-matters-dot-org, the state ranks 49th in the nation in terms of internet speeds and the report adds that 65 percent of Wyoming households have internet speeds below minimum national standards. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone reports that those issues have hampered economic growth in the state, but things may be changing.
Wed, 21 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTPrairie dogs are stirring strong emotions among local residents and conservationists in the Thunder Basin National Grassland. Ranchers consider them pests, but environmentalists see prairie dogs as a crucial species in the grasslands ecosystem. As the Forest Service rolls out new tactics for managing the prairie dog population in the area, some residents are reacting with passion. Wyoming Public Radio's Kathryn Flagg has the story.
Wed, 21 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTThere is a special club in Washington D-C for Wyomingites that mixes socializing, good works and politics. But critics say the Wyoming State Society and its many counterparts skirt congressional ethics regulations. Ana Radelat reports.
Wed, 21 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTLaramie businesses are bracing themselves for next weekend, when the University of Nebraska's football team will come next door to play the University of Wyoming. This will be the first time in Wyoming history the Cowboys will host the Cornhuskers, who are in the Big Ten this year. The game is expected to draw tens of thousands whom local businesses hope will spend generously while they're here. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Martinez reports.
Fri, 09 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTThe unfolding horror of 9/11 remains vivid for Teton County residents, who were living in New York City at the time. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington shares the stories of three current Wyoming residents, who watched the surreal events of that day, first-hand.
Fri, 09 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTWyomingites responded to the reverberations of the 9/11 attacks with a realization that America was no longer an untouchable superpower. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Martinez found out that many young people have taken opportunities to learn about Middle Eastern issues and Islam.
Fri, 09 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTFor many students entering college now, 9/11 is a less visceral memory than for their older siblings and parents. At the same time, 9/11 is touted as the formative event of their entire generation. Some have normalized it, some commemorate it, and others have enlisted in the military out of a sense of duty. Irina Zhorov reports.
Fri, 09 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTShortly after 9-11 the numbers of those joining the military in Wyoming surged and ten years later those numbers continue to grow. The Wyoming National guard has people who want to join on waiting lists, even with the knowledge that most of them will be deployed at some point. Shortly after 9-11 some states saw fewer people interested in serving, but that has never been the case in Wyoming. Bob Beck reports.
Fri, 09 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTAs the Clean Water Act approaches its 40th birthday, supporters say it is under assault, and point to House members like Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis, who has called for the E-P-A to relinquish key enforcement powers to the states. Patrick Terpstra picks up the story on the Clean Water Act from Washington.
Fri, 09 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTSince 2007 Wyoming's Clean Coal Technology Fund has poured 31 million dollars into developing more advanced and cleaner ways of burning coal. Now, the first wave of this research is beginning to show results. But as Wyoming Public Radio's Kathryn Flagg reports, these new technologies face some significant hurdles before they make the leap from the lab to the power plant.
Fri, 09 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTShortly after midnight on September 16th, on highway 287 near Laramie, eight University of Wyoming cross country runners were killed when their vehicle was hit head on by a drunk driver. Jim Sanchez was cross country coach of the mens and womens teams that year, and he spoke with Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone about what happened after the crash.
Fri, 09 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMTOne of the runners who died was Douglas Resident Shane Shatto. Since that time his father Kerry Shatto has been dedicated to the effort of enhancing driving under the influence laws. He tells Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck that he found out that his son died early one Sunday morning.
Fri, 26 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTThe grizzly bear population in Yellowstone has tripled since it was placed on the endangered species list in the mid 1970's. Last summer marked an all-time high for human-bear conflicts there. But in a strange twist, many of those problem bears are now helping people to not lure bears into temptation. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone explains.
Fri, 26 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTSome say that the U-S government is wasting billions of tax dollars sitting on vacant federal properties across the country, and Wyoming is home to hundreds of these buildings - some of them tucked deep in the woods. From Washington, Patrick Terpstra explains how Congress may try to shed the federal fat.
Fri, 26 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTThere are only a few days left in the month of Ramadan, during which observant Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours. In predominantly Muslim countries, the daily pace slows down a bit to accommodate the faithful. But in Laramie, members of the University of Wyoming's Muslim Student Association began their first week of classes on empty stomachs. At night, they get together after sunset to break the fast. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Martinez joined some of them.
Fri, 26 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTSeveral years ago there was a concerted effort to make Jackson Hole more of an Arts destination. The community had organizations like Dancer's workshop, the National Museum of Wildlife Art and The Grand Teton Music Festival, but some envisioned a more coordinated effort like they have in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Using the opening of the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts as a catalyst some in the town are seeing their dreams realized.
Fri, 26 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTThe Steinley Cup beer festival has become an end-of summer milestone for Wyoming microbrewers and their fans. Microbrewing has been legal in Wyoming for less than 20 years, but the Steinley Cup festival draws hundreds of fans from around the state and beyond to taste their homemade specialties: The draw is what brewers say helps keep them in business. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Martinez has more.
Mon, 08 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTGrand Teton National Park has what you might call a grizzly dynasty. The bear known locally as Grizzly 399 became famous in 2006 when she became the first mother grizzly bear to raise cubs next to the road in the park. Now she's back with three new cubs. But what's really delighting tourists and wildlife watchers is the appearance of her even more visible daughter called Grizzly 610. Now a five-year-old and mother, 610 has returned to that same area.
Mon, 08 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTIt's been a year since President Obama signed the Tribal Law and Order Act. Designed to enhance tribal law enforcement and prosecution, the law is supposed to take on a number of problems around criminal jurisdiction, data and communication between tribes, state and federal officials. But as Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone reports, it's unclear if the act will fix what is already widely regarded as a broken system, or if Wyoming is making use of the act at all.
Mon, 08 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTMore than half of U.S.-produced sugar comes from sugar beets. At this time of year, Wyoming sugar beet growers are eyeing their fields and thinking ahead to the fall harvest. But right now, that hope is accompanied by worry. A few years ago, Wyoming growers were the first to adopt a new variety of genetically modified sugar beets. Agribusiness giant Monsanto developed that variety, called Roundup Ready, and it's now the subject of a pair of legal challenges.
Mon, 08 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTIn late July, cowboys from around the world flocked to Cheyenne for Frontier Days rodeo. The event is the pride of the city, but it's also one of the many dangerous gigs on a rodeo cowboy's busy summer circuit. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Martinez talked with the athletes about how they stay ready for rough riding day after day.
Mon, 08 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMTThe Grand Teton Music Festival debuted 50 years ago, and has grown into one of the most respected summer concert series in the nation. The orchestra is made up of all-star musicians from around the world, and it's a staple in Jackson Hole. And some believe it is one of the best kept secrets in the country.
Fri, 22 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTThe State Board of Land Commissioners is expected to sign off on an updated oil and gas lease form early next month. If the changes go through, it will be the first revision in nearly 30 years. It will set the ground rules for how oil and gas development are conducted on state lands. And that dictates how and how much the Wyoming public receives in return for oil and gas extraction. Molly Messick has more.
Fri, 22 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTLast summer, the University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center began an oral history project focused on Sublette County's natural gas boom. That boom is now a decade old, and residents have had time to reflect on the good and the bad of the development they've seen. Now, a second installment in our series of pieces from Sublette County.
Fri, 22 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTFive million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, and experts are predicting that number will grow exponentially. Among those particularly vulnerable to memory problems are military veterans. A new program at St. John's Institute for Cognitive Health is taking pro-active steps to help U.S. veterans in Jackson, Afton, Star Valley and Teton Valley, Idaho. Rebecca Huntington has more.
Fri, 22 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTLast week Congress was told that Wyoming's abandoned mines are notorious for safety and environmental hazards. Lawmakers are working on legislation that could accelerate the clean-up and closure of the potential death traps scattered across the state. But the idea is not without hazards of its own. Patrick Terpstra explains from Washington.
Fri, 22 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTThe Wyoming Department of Health says the state traditionally is among the top three in the nation for suicide death rates and the vast majority of them involve men. And the highest rate of suicide comes from what are termed middle age white men between the ages of 35 and 54. The Wyoming Department of Health is starting an ambitious effort to try and reduce those numbers. Bob Beck reports.
Fri, 22 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTEarlier this month, Propublica - an independent, investigative news outlet - released a report detailing, among other things, the number of students on free and reduced lunch in the state. The number they came up with for Wyoming was 30-percent - well below the national average of 45. However those figures only looked at a small sampling of schools. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone has more.
Fri, 22 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTDespite early resistance, Cheyenne's recycling program is now a well-oiled series of machines, diverting thousands of tons of waste from the landfill annually. But even in Cheyenne, the challenge of recycling in communities across the in Wyoming isn't public interest, but rather communities' distance from out-of-state facilities that can actually process the materials. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Martinez reports.
Mon, 11 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTThe Senate cancelled its July Fourth recess, nominally to seek compromise on the debt ceiling. But as Jim Hilgen reports from Washington, Wyoming's senators haven't budged much in their views on how to address the nation's financial issues.
Mon, 11 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTU S involvement in Libya remains a key focus for lawmakers on Capitol Hill. From Washington, Jim Hilgen examines what transpired and checks in with a Wyoming Senator.
Mon, 11 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTRecently day cares and elementary schools in Wyoming started noticing a growing number of children with serious emotional and mental health issues. The state eventually made addressing the problem a priority.
Mon, 11 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMTWyoming and dinosaurs have a long history. Researchers began coming to the state to excavate the animals' fossilized remains well over a century ago, and that work continues to this day. Right now, field workers from Casper College's Tate Geological Museum are hard at work amid rolling ranchland in far eastern Wyoming. They're uncovering the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, one of about 50 specimens known to exist. Now a story about dinosaurs, and joy of discovery.
Fri, 17 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMTIn western Wyoming, Sublette County's natural gas boom is now a decade old. Last summer, the University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center began an oral history project to document the local energy boom. The voices in this piece belong to Cally McKee, Leslie Rozier, Laurie Latta, Ward Wise, Steve Smith, Carolyn Bing, Mary Lynn Worl, Mike Nomis, Ann Noble, Linda Baker, Albert Sommers, Meredith Noble and Prill Mecham and come to us courtesy of U-W's American Heritage Center.
Fri, 17 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMTWyoming, much like other rural states, has a difficult time recruiting and keeping doctors in some of the states smaller communities. But the Community Apgar project may help. Named after a research doctor it's a data collection and feedback system that helps very small or what are called Critical Care hospitals refine the way they recruit.
Fri, 17 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMTIn 1985 Wyoming governor Ed Herschler named Douglas Wyoming the official home of the jackalope. In this final installment of her series on Wyoming animals. Wyoming Public Radio's Kelly Herbinson examines the origins of the state's most elusive creature.
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMTOn Monday, the State Supreme court said that a same-sex couple married in Canada in 2008 may be divorced in Wyoming. That overturned a lower court decision. The district court had found that because Wyoming statute defines marriage as a civil contract between a man and a woman, the court did not have jurisdiction to dissolve a same-sex marriage. Now, a brief look at the reactions to that ruling. Molly Messick reports.
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMTIn Congress, the drilling debate is moving from oil rigs in water to hydraulic fracturing on land, including here in Wyoming. It's a process commonly called fracking that some fear contaminates drinking water. While they applaud the state of Wyoming for developing some strong rules, the state's congressional delegation does not want the federal government to be involved in this issue in any way. Patrick Terpstra has a look at the debate from Washington.
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMTIf you wanted to find the toughest business to operate in Wyoming, a winery would have to be near the top of the list. The state's climate makes growing grapes a challenge. Then you have to compete with hundreds of labels from other places. But in the small eastern Wyoming town of Huntley Table Mountain Vineyards is developing a variety of wines that are slowing gaining a fanbase. Bob Beck reports.
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMTIn Ten Sleep, the class totaled just five. High school is a different experience at schools this small. There's no hiding, no anonymity. Students know everything about each other. Sometimes class size totals one - one student and one teacher. Molly Messick reports that all of that builds a rare kind of familiarity.
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMTLast month, the US Postal Service identified a total of 9 post offices for possible closure across Wyoming as a cost cutting measure. And one of them was the Hartville post office. Hartville is a town of just 67 people. But Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone found out that the possible closure could have an impact on the town.
Fri, 20 May 2011 04:00:00 GMTThere's no doubt that Western ranchlands are under threat, and that includes land in Wyoming. A study often cited in conservation circles projects that 2 point 6 million acres of prime Wyoming ranchland could be developed in the next decade. Five Wyoming counties made a list that identifies open spaces prone to future development.
Fri, 20 May 2011 04:00:00 GMTThis summer, Wyoming officials will continue working on what is called a health exchange. It is a web-based system developed under the federal health care legislation that is designed to help the uninsured and self-employed find and purchase health insurance. The hope is that this will facilitate finding affordable insurance. Other western states are already creating their health exchanges. Chris Lehman reports from Oregon.
Fri, 20 May 2011 04:00:00 GMTWith Wyoming's unemployment rate sitting at 6.7 percent, it would appear that not many in the state are looking for work. But in fact, a lot of people are struggling to find good paying jobs, some are severely under-employed and others are facing the prospect of their unemployment benefits running out. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck has this story.
Fri, 20 May 2011 04:00:00 GMTTeton County is another place where jobs aren't coming back quickly. Tourism is picking up, but other local industries are not rebounding, which means they're not hiring, at least not in great numbers. And that's leaving people who lost jobs during the downturn with few options for digging themselves out of poverty. And in a place like Jackson Hole, where the cost of living is high, that can be a problem. Rebecca Huntington has more.
Fri, 13 May 2011 04:00:00 GMTOn July first, the state's driving under the influence law will change in a big way. Drivers arrested for driving drunk will no longer be able to refuse a test of their blood alcohol level. Instead, law enforcement officers will be able to have tests performed, whether drivers like it or not. But implementing that kind of change is a tricky process. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick reports.
Fri, 13 May 2011 04:00:00 GMTStubbornly high gas prices were a constant refrain in Washington this week. Congress spent much of its time voting on bills and holding hearings. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports on how each member of the Wyoming delegation is weighing in on the debate.
Fri, 13 May 2011 04:00:00 GMTWhen it comes to water, Wyoming law has always been simple: whoever gets to the water first gets to use it. However, things start to get complicated when you add tribal water rights holders to the mix and downright contentious when those tribes hope to use the resource for something other than agriculture. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone reports.
Fri, 13 May 2011 04:00:00 GMTWyoming's Powder River Basin produces about 40% percent of all coal in the U-S. The coal goes to power plants all over the country, encompassing both coasts. Now, there are expansions being planned in the Basin. While domestic use decreases, industry seems confident that China may increase its imports of Wyoming coal. Irina Zhorov reports.
Fri, 13 May 2011 04:00:00 GMTIt was May 16, 1986 when the small western Wyoming town of Cokeville changed forever. Former Town Marshall David Young and his wife, Doris, took a number of hostages at the Cokeville elementary school for a million dollars a child. The Youngs had weapons and a homemade bomb. The bomb eventually went off, killing Doris Young and injuring many of the hostages. David Young shot himself moments later. The 25 year anniversary of the horrific event is not only being remembered in Cokeville. It
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTInternal documents obtained by Wyoming Public Radio show that one of the state's health insurance pools, the Wyoming School Board Association Insurance Trust, may be in bad financial shape. The trust provides insurance plans for more than 4,000 public school teachers and staff across the state. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone reports.
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTAs medical bills continue to rise in the region, it's not just individuals who are trying to keep up with increasing costs. Larger groups in the state, like school districts, are looking for ways to keep healthcare affordable. Wyoming Public Radio's Kathryn Flagg has this report.
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTAlthough it's hard to get Wyoming specific numbers many who work in debt collection in the state say health care is the leading cause of debt in Wyoming. Here is a story about how some fall into that debt and how hard it can be to get out. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports.
Fri, 15 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTThe call of nature echoes rather lamely from a stuffed elk or kudu, and that can only mean one thing: It's the 23rd annual Wyoming Taxidermy Competition.
Fri, 15 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTIn December of 2009, armed with a better knowledge base thanks to research, the Wyoming Game and Fish department released some Big Horn Sheep from Utah and Oregon into the Seminoe Mountains north of Sinclair. The goal was to establish a thriving herd after numerous attempts at re-establishing Big Horn Sheep in the area failed for years, but this time things may have changed.
Fri, 15 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTThere aren't too many animals in Wyoming that can outsmart humans. But there is one. You probably see it everyday, and it most likely knows more about you than you think. Wyoming Public Radio's Kelly Herbinson brings us this latest piece in her intermittent series on Wyoming animals. The surprising life of the American Crow.
Fri, 15 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTAll winter long, when snow and ice cling to the ground in Laramie, as many as seventy University of Wyoming students, faculty, and staff gathered at night to play the sport they love. It's a diverse group, an ensemble of characters from all over the world, drawn together by their commitment to soccer. Colorado native David Ludwin is one of those players, and he has this story about the "the beautiful game."
Fri, 15 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTSara Wiles arrived in Lander in 1973 to take a job as a social worker on the Wind River Reservation. However, while on the job, she began taking photographs of people and places, and 28 years later, she's put together a book containing her photos. It's called Arapaho Journeys, and will be released in May.
Fri, 15 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTIn Congress' fight over how to cut the federal budget, Social Security has stayed out of the fray, until now. From Washington, Elizabeth Wynne Johnson looks at where Wyoming lawmakers are on the issue.
Fri, 15 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTRelief is the feeling among tourism businesses in Teton County after congress and President Obama narrowly averted a government shutdown. Even though this is a slow season business owners trying to claw their way out of the recession say every booking counts. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington reports on what some of the ripple effects of a shutdown might have been for businesses and for visitors.
Fri, 08 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTYoung people in Wyoming angling for a career in agriculture face plenty of hurdles. Land is expensive and profit margins are narrow. But as the average age of Wyoming's ranchers creeps up, agricultural leaders in the state are looking for ways to make ranching a viable career for interested young producers. Wyoming Public Radio's Kathryn Flagg visits a ranch near Cheyenne for this report.
Fri, 08 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTIn January the University of Wyoming sent some of its recent graduates out in the state to try and encourage more students to attend college and find ways to better help them succeed while they are in school. The new project is funded by what is called a federal college access challenge grant. Although the program is in its initial stage, it already seems to be having an impact.
Fri, 08 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTThe Obama administration's controversial wild lands policy certainly has the attention of Wyoming's Congressional delegation. It is also about to become a pawn in Congress' fight over the federal budget. From Washington, Elizabeth Wynne Johnson explains.
Fri, 08 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTMillions of acres of timber are dying off due to the bark beetle. Entrepreneurs are attempting to make the best of the decimation. But, despite efforts by the Forest Service to make the logs accessible, there are many factors that make things difficult for these fledgling businesses. Startup loans are hard to come by, the infrastructure is missing, competition is grave, and no one seems to be buying.
Fri, 08 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMTIn March, Sublette County, in the shadow of the Wind River and Wyoming Ranges, registered ozone levels higher than any recorded in Los Angeles last year. State regulators don't dispute that gas development plays a large role in the county's air quality problem - but they're less sure about how to keep local ozone levels under control.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMTOne of the least known and yet most successful school technical programs in the state is called Pro Start. It trains Wyoming high school students to work in the hospitality industry. They could become hotel administrators or head chefs. Eighteen schools from across the state recently showed off their skills at the annual student invitational.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMTIn the last 15 years when legislators discussed education the focus was on school funding. But now the target is school performance. In the session that concluded earlier this month, legislature approved a couple of major accountability bills that will measure school, teacher and student performance and impose consequences on underperforming schools. It is a major shift for a state that in the past has left academic standards up to local school districts.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMTFuel prices are increasing but they're not going up as much in the Northern Rockies as they are elsewhere in the country. And gas prices in Wyoming are rock-bottom, even at an average price of about $3.25 a gallon. So why does Wyoming have the cheapest gas in the country? The answer might surprise you.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMTBison once numbered in the millions, roaming the North American plains. Within a century, unregulated hunting and mass slaughters wiped out wild herds. Just twenty five bison remained in Yellowstone National Park in 1901. Thanks to restoration efforts the herd today numbers nearly 4,000 making it the largest, free-roaming wild herd in the country. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington reports that their freedom to roam only goes so far.
Fri, 04 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMTA new work on display at the University of Wyoming Art Museum creates a varied sensory experience within the space of the gallery. It's an installation called "NACHI - between the eternal and the ephemeral," created by Japanese artist Etsuko Ichikawa.
Fri, 04 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMTWith the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there's been an increased awareness of soldiers returning with PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Friends and family notice behavioral changes when soldiers return from war. But one Wyomingite, a returning veteran, is trying to help others manage the adjustment problems so many face on return. He calls his two-hour presentation a briefing, and he's given it to hundreds so far. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone has this story.
Fri, 04 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMTIn Wyoming, feeding elk started over a century ago as a way to save elk from starving during harsh winters. The practice continues today on the National Elk Refuge next to Jackson and on 22 state-run elk feed grounds. A new half-hour film explores the implications - political, cultural and ecological - of continuing to artificially feed wild elk now and into the future. Rebecca Huntington reports.
Fri, 04 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMTWhile education may have been the most debated topic during the recently concluded legislative session, the topics that got a lot of public attention dealt with abortion, gay marriages and other so called conservative issues. Such bills have been drafted in the past and although most of the bills failed this year, those who are part of Wyoming's religious right say the fact that some almost passed gives them plenty of optimism for the future. Bob Beck reports.
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMTThe final theater production in Laramie by Pete and Lynne Simpson, "Our Town," begins tonight at St. Matthews Cathedral in Laramie If tickets haven't sold out already, they're available through the downtown branch of First Interstate Bank.
Mon, 21 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMTThe U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the Health Care Act, the Senate didn't and Wyoming's delegation is a big fan of repealing the act. From Washington, Elizabeth Wynne Johnson explains what's next with this controversial law.
Mon, 21 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMTAccording to census data, Native Americans intermarry at higher rates than any other group in the country, and have done so for decades. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone reports that what the census numbers don't mention is that a couples children may come into conflict with strict, tribal membership criteria as well as federal regulations.
Mon, 21 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMTWhen legislators were campaigning last year many said the top issue on the lips of citizens was job creation. This year the legislative session has been dominated by social issues, still economic development has been there in the background. It turns out that past work by the legislature may dovetail with new legislation as the state continues to try to diversify its economy. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports.
Mon, 21 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMTThese are good days for bison ranchers. Prices have climbed over the last year, more and more ranchers are starting to graze bison where they once had cattle, or they're jumping into the bison business with both feet. Bison are undoubtedly a western icon - there's the silhouette on the state flag, and the mental image of the vast herds that once streamed across the prairie - but, for the most part, modern bison are livestock. Wyoming Public Radios Molly Messick reports on bison.
Fri, 11 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMTFrom a walk through the snow, to a preview of spring Over the next few months, we will be running a series of short portraits of Wyoming species, reported and produced by Wyoming Public Radio's Kelly Herbinson. She starts the series this week with a special story for Valentine's Day. A look at the love lives of grasshoppers.
Fri, 11 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMTMany animals have significant symbolism to Native American cultures, and for the Arapaho and Shoshone, one of those animals is the wolf. But integrating the wolf back into tribal culture and land may be a difficult proposition here in Wyoming, where ranchers and state organizations are keen on keeping them out. In spite of negatively-held views of wolves, the Wind River Tribes are working to create management plans where wolves and livestock can live together.
Fri, 11 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMTThere is a little known institution tucked away on the University of Wyoming campus. The Rocky Mountain Herbarium was founded by Wyoming botanist Aven Nelson in 1893 and is home to over a million plant specimens from around the World. Wyoming Public Radio's Kelly Herbinson has this report on the importance of the botanical museum.
Fri, 11 Feb 2011 05:00:00 GMTWyoming voters rarely get a chance to change the constitution. But the legislature may give citizens the chance to vote on a gay marriage ban and even the right to hunt. As of Friday morning, five proposed constitutional amendments are still alive in the Wyoming legislature. Longtime observers say that's an unusually high number.