laramie http://wyomingpublicradio.net en Wyoming Courts Adjust To Accommodate Non-English Speaking Clients http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-courts-adjust-accommodate-non-english-speaking-clients <p>Wyoming is a largely rural state with limited diversity. But as the population grows and the state attracts all sorts of newcomers. Wyoming is learning to accommodate the changing population. One of the areas where the state is making headway is interpretation services in its courts. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:39:50 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56706 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming Courts Adjust To Accommodate Non-English Speaking Clients Happy 50th Birthday UW Tyrannosaurus Rex Statue http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/happy-50th-birthday-uw-tyrannosaurus-rex-statue <p>The life-size copper Tyrannosaurus rex statue that stands guard outside the University of Wyoming Geological Museum is <strong><a href="http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2014/04/uw-museum-celebrates-dinosaur-statue-anniversary-friday-and-saturday.html" target="_blank">celebrating its 50th birthday today</a></strong>. The museum will host two cake parties—one today over lunch, and again from noon until 2 pm Saturday. Wyoming Public Radio’s Anna Rader and Micah Schweizer visited the T. rex and heard from passers-by and well-wishers.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Anna Rader & Micah Schweizer 56644 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Happy 50th Birthday UW Tyrannosaurus Rex Statue Jeff Duloz: Solitary Blues http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/jeff-duloz-solitary-blues <p>Even though he doesn’t like the term, Laramie’s Jeff Duloz is a formidable one-man band, with crunchy guitar and primal kick drum underpinning his simmering vocals.<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/p5wnqpbGObw" width="420"></iframe></p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141231019&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Anna Rader, Micah Schweizer & Ben Slater 55810 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Jeff Duloz: Solitary Blues Wool Production Carries On At Tronstad Ranch http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wool-production-carries-tronstad-ranch <p>Wyoming has a long tradition of sheep ranching.&nbsp; The first flocks arrived with Mormon pioneers in the eighteen-eighties. By the early nineteen-hundreds there were six million sheep and Wyoming led the nation in wool production.&nbsp; Now, there are fewer than 400-thousand sheep in the state and competition in the global market is stiff.&nbsp; But Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards visited one family that believes that—against all odds--the life of the flockmaster is worth keeping alive.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:50:47 +0000 Melodie Edwards 55683 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wool Production Carries On At Tronstad Ranch “Cowboys” The Story Of The 1943 National Basketball Champions Hits The Big Screen http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/cowboys-story-1943-national-basketball-champions-hits-big-screen <p>The University of Wyoming won the national college basketball championship in 1943. Shortly after their triumph, several Cowboys started training for a bigger fight: World War II.</p><p>A new movie about the Cowboys’ epic championship game victory over St. John’s University in fabled Madison Square Garden premieres tonight, March 6, in Laramie at The Wyo Theater at 7pm.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:54:09 +0000 Bob Beck 54964 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net “Cowboys” The Story Of The 1943 National Basketball Champions Hits The Big Screen WPM Music Hosts Introduce The Steep Canyon Rangers http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wpm-music-hosts-introduce-steep-canyon-rangers <p><span class="userContent">Grady Kirkpatrick and Tom Wilhelm, Wyoming Public Media hosts of <em>Morning Music</em> and the<em> Ranch Breakfast Show</em>, showed off their music industry connections. They were lucky enough to introduce the Steep Canyon Rangers at the <strong><a data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=214905318586767&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22directed_target_id%22%3A0%7D" href="https://www.facebook.com/gryphontheatre">Gryphon Theatre</a></strong> in Laramie during their show on March 1st.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:40:29 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 54785 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net WPM Music Hosts Introduce The Steep Canyon Rangers Wyoming Stories Podcast #5 http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-stories-podcast-5 <p>Stories about the Snowy Range Ski Area, a sticky car crash, and how the Centennial train depot became a museum.</p><p>Subscribe to the <em>Wyoming Stories</em> podcast<strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wyoming-stories/id766036813"> here. </a></strong></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:14:55 +0000 Micah Schweizer & Willow Belden 54778 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming Stories Podcast #5 Wyoming Stories: Frontier Life In Centennial http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-stories-frontier-life-centennial <p>Melanie O’Hara grew up on the far side of the Hogback in Centennial. She reflects on the astonishing diversity of Centennial in the 19<sup>th</sup> century.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:00:41 +0000 Adrian Shirk & Micah Schweizer 54771 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming Stories: Frontier Life In Centennial Jason Burge: When The Heart Says Move http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/jason-burge-when-heart-says-move <p>Here’s a new song from Mississippi-raised, Laramie-based singer-songwriter Jason Burge.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP0RZvjdw8o&amp;feature=youtu.be</p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136562831&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:13:49 +0000 Micah Schweizer, Ben Slater & Anna Rader 54496 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Jason Burge: When The Heart Says Move Wyoming Stories: Running The Snowy Range Ski Area Is A Family Affair http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-stories-running-snowy-range-ski-area-family-affair <p>Becky and Aaron Maddox own the Snowy Range Ski Area west of Laramie.&nbsp; Becky is a fourth generation Laramie resident, and Aaron grew up in Steamboat Springs.&nbsp;</p><p>The couple grew up skiing, and their love for the sport motivated them to invest their lives in Snowy Range.&nbsp; Becky and Aaron describe how the ski area is not only their business, but is their passion, their family, and their life.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:48:12 +0000 Cordelia Zars & Micah Schweizer 54190 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming Stories: Running The Snowy Range Ski Area Is A Family Affair Medicaid Expansion Faces Challenges In Wyoming http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/medicaid-expansion-faces-challenges-wyoming <p>For over a decade the state has struggled with making sure all citizens had access to health care. &nbsp;Much of this had to do with the fact that many Wyoming citizens can’t afford health insurance.&nbsp; The federal affordable care act was supposed to help.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:16:26 +0000 Bob Beck 54053 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Medicaid Expansion Faces Challenges In Wyoming 12-Year-Old Piano Prodigy Competes In Paris http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/12-year-old-piano-prodigy-competes-paris <p>12-year-old Laramie pianist James Wilson was one of only two Americans to compete in the prestigious Lagny-sur-Marne piano competition in Paris last month.</p><p>http://youtu.be/N9bWN1u5D2c</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Micah Schweizer 54030 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net 12-Year-Old Piano Prodigy Competes In Paris Yellowjackets Take Stage With UW Jazz Ensemble http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/yellowjackets-take-stage-uw-jazz-ensemble <p></p><p>Grammy-award winning jazz group, the Yellowjackets, will perform with the University of Wyoming Jazz Ensemble Thursday night.&nbsp;The Yellowjackets will also conduct workshops with UW musicians. &nbsp;UW Jazz Ensemble director Scott Turpen says the Yellowjackets’ visit is part of the music department’s Eminent Artist-in-Residence program.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 01:11:49 +0000 Rebecca Golden 53904 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Yellowjackets Take Stage With UW Jazz Ensemble Author Blames Drugs For Matthew Shepard Murder http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/author-blames-drugs-matthew-shepard-murder <p>The common story behind the murder of Matthew Shepard is that he was targeted in Laramie’s fireside bar because he was gay and was the victim of a robbery.&nbsp; Law enforcement authorities say that Shepard was driven to the edge of Laramie and tied to a fence by Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:25:50 +0000 Bob Beck 53732 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Author Blames Drugs For Matthew Shepard Murder Outdoor Enthusiasts Lock Horns Over Emerging Sport Of Snow Biking http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/outdoor-enthusiasts-lock-horns-over-emerging-sport-snow-biking <p>If you’ve been out snow shoeing or cross country skiing this winter, you may have noticed bicycle tire marks on the trails. That’s because of a new sport called snow biking. It’s gaining popularity fast, and cyclists and bike shops are thrilled. But some <em>skiers</em> feel the bikes present safety risks. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:08:53 +0000 Willow Belden 53724 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Outdoor Enthusiasts Lock Horns Over Emerging Sport Of Snow Biking Funding For Statewide WPM Infrastructure Upgrades And Replacements Sought From State http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/funding-statewide-wpm-infrastructure-upgrades-and-replacements-sought-state <p>As part of the UW request to the Wyoming legislature, WPM requested $2.5 million in the 2014 legislative session for critical infrastructure upgrades and replacements. WPM operates sites throughout the state.&nbsp; Many of them are operating on equipment far past its useful time.&nbsp; The most critical sites serve Laramie/Cheyenne and Rock Springs.&nbsp;</p><p>“Wyoming Public Radio” is a state treasure.&nbsp; Every Wyomingite should be able to access on ratio the public programming it provides, as well as critical emergency broadcasts,” says Christina Kuzmych, WPM General Manager.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:32:35 +0000 Wyoming Public Meida 53584 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Cowgirl In A Bluegrass Band: Della Mae's Wyoming Connection http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/cowgirl-bluegrass-band-della-maes-wyoming-connection <p>A bluegrass band with Wyoming connections will be holding its breath at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. That’s because Della Mae’s recording ‘This World Oft Can Be’ is up for Best Bluegrass Album. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer reports.</p><p>MICAH SCHWEIZER: Late last year, late at night, the band was on the road in Tennessee when they heard the news. Shelby Means, who plays bass and sings harmony, says the band was packed into a van with their soundman at the wheel.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 16:20:55 +0000 Micah Schweizer 53020 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Cowgirl In A Bluegrass Band: Della Mae's Wyoming Connection Laramie Leads State in Downtown Renovation Projects http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/laramie-leads-state-downtown-renovation-projects <p>The Wyoming Main Street Alliance says Laramie easily led the state in the number of downtown renovation projects and public improvement projects last year.</p><p>The group says the average number of renovation projects in 2013 in major Wyoming downtowns was about 15.&nbsp; Laramie had 46.</p><p>Main Street works to revitalize cities by preserving their historical characters.&nbsp; Each year they track new businesses, jobs, and projects that improve downtowns.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:47:52 +0000 Erin Jones 52998 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Laramie Leads State in Downtown Renovation Projects Student Run Concert Series Creates Local Music Hub http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/student-run-concert-series-creates-local-music-hub <p>An all ages weekly concert series in Laramie started as a training ground for students. Now, <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/StudioWyo" target="_blank">Studio WYO </a></strong>brings a steady flow of local and regional bands to the University of Wyoming on Thursday nights…and has become a hub for music lovers.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Anna Rader reports.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:31:05 +0000 Anna Rader 52705 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Student Run Concert Series Creates Local Music Hub 'Rat Pack Of Opera' Returns to Wyoming http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/rat-pack-opera-returns-wyoming <p>The trio Tenors Un Limited bills itself as ‘the Rat Pack of Opera.’ The group is starting the New Year with just four U.S. concerts before continuing the tour in the U.K., where they’re based. Two of those American engagements are in Wyoming, as Paul Martin explains to Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:14:37 +0000 Micah Schweizer 52328 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net 'Rat Pack Of Opera' Returns to Wyoming UW Interim President prepares for the Legislative Session http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/uw-interim-president-prepares-legislative-session <p>Following the resignation of Bob Sternberg, Dick McGinity has taken over reins at the University of Wyoming as Interim President.&nbsp;</p><p>McGinity was simply a faculty member at UW until Sternberg promoted him to be part of the administration and now he’s running the show.&nbsp; Among his first duties is getting UW priorities through the legislature.&nbsp; He tells Bob Beck that includes pay raises.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:20:51 +0000 Bob Beck 51635 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net UW Interim President prepares for the Legislative Session Writer Mark Jenkins speaks about a recent assignment in Asia http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/writer-mark-jenkins-speaks-about-recent-assignment-asia <p>We’re joined now by Mark Jenkins of Laramie. He recently went to a remote area in Asia for a story for National Geographic.&nbsp; He speaks with Willow Belden.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:59:54 +0000 Willow Belden 51630 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Writer Mark Jenkins speaks about a recent assignment in Asia New fossil prep lab at the geology museum offers opportunity for students and community http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/new-fossil-prep-lab-geology-museum-offers-opportunity-students-and-community <p>The geology museum at the University of Wyoming recently re-opened after a long remodel. One of the features unveiled is a new fossil preparation lab. This lab offers U-W students, museum visitors, and the community a variety of opportunities to learn more about fossil prep. Wyoming Public Radio’s Chelsea Biondolillo has more.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:33:47 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 51622 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net New fossil prep lab at the geology museum offers opportunity for students and community Old Steps Come To Life At Laramie Swing Dance http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/old-steps-come-life-laramie-swing-dance <p>Classic dances like the Jitterbug, the Charleston, and the Lindy Hop are being revived at a community swing dance series in Laramie. Swingin’ Around Town started this summer as a way to rekindle social dance.</p><p>It now happens on the first and third Friday of every month at Blossom Yoga in downtown Laramie, and Lindy Hop lessons start in January at the Laramie Recreation Center. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer spoke with Swingin’ Around Town co-founders Kevin Bretting and Charles Fournier.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:28:32 +0000 Micah Schweizer 51621 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Old Steps Come To Life At Laramie Swing Dance Laramie hosts forum to solve glass recycling problem http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/laramie-hosts-forum-solve-glass-recycling-problem <p>On Tuesday&nbsp;night, the city of Laramie and several other groups hosted a forum to brainstorm solutions to the problem of glass recycling, which has recently stopped in Laramie.&nbsp;ARC Regional Services says they&nbsp;lost&nbsp;thousands of dollars a year&nbsp;because they had to ship&nbsp;glass recycling to Wheatland, Colorado.&nbsp; That’s where Rocky Mountain Bottling Company turns it into beer bottles.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:24:49 +0000 Melodie Edwards 50282 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Laramie hosts forum to solve glass recycling problem Sen. Nicholas disappointed and sad over UW president's resignation http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/sen-nicholas-disappointed-and-sad-over-uw-presidents-resignation <p>Laramie&nbsp;Senator Phil Nicholas says he’s sad and disappointed to see&nbsp;Bob Sternberg depart from his position as President of the University of Wyoming so quickly. Sternberg resigned&nbsp;on Thursday&nbsp;after less than 5 months on the job.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 00:28:42 +0000 Melodie Edwards 50006 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Sen. Nicholas disappointed and sad over UW president's resignation Historian offers perspective on Sternberg resignation http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/historian-offers-perspective-sternberg-resignation <p>It’s not often that a president leaves a university as quickly as Bob Sternberg, but it has happened before at UW. Phil Roberts spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden. He says there are often times that people are just not the right fit for a particular position.</p><p>For more on UW President Bob Sternberg’s resignation, <strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/historian-offers-perspective-sternberg-resignation">click here.</a></strong></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:52:17 +0000 Willow Belden 49996 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Historian offers perspective on Sternberg resignation In Laramie, those in the drug court are finding the benefits of yoga http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/laramie-those-drug-court-are-finding-benefits-yoga <p>Lots of people enjoy the calming and relaxing benefits of yoga, but in Laramie a group is trying to use yoga to help those in the drug court program.&nbsp; And the early returns are good.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck has more.&nbsp;</p><p>BOB BECK:&nbsp; It’s Friday night at Laramie’s Hot Power Yoga.&nbsp; The lights are down and the room is lit with candles.&nbsp; Nine people connected with the Albany County Drug Court program are here holding various poses in an effort to relax and focus.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:46:54 +0000 Bob Beck 49995 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net In Laramie, those in the drug court are finding the benefits of yoga UW President Bob Sternberg responds to criticism http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/uw-president-bob-sternberg-responds-criticism <p>It’s been a rough week for UW President Bob Sternberg.&nbsp; He’s been taken to task by several UW faculty on University list serves over his handling of a number of issues, but people have expressed the most concern over the turnover of some U-W administrators.&nbsp;</p><p>Most recently the dismissal of the College of Education Dean and the resignation of the Law School Dean.&nbsp; Sternberg gives Bob Beck his perspective on the controversy.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 23:11:49 +0000 Bob Beck 49645 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net UW President Bob Sternberg responds to criticism Upstarts: Company revolutionizes process for identifying unknown substances http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/upstarts-company-revolutionizes-process-identifying-unknown-substances <p>In our occasional “Upstarts” series, we’re going to visit a company called Snowy Range Instruments. It’s based in Laramie, and it makes devices that can identify mystery substances. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p><p>WILLOW BELDEN: In a large warehouse-like room, Tony Eads sits hunched over a workbench. He’s holding a soldering iron, and working on the control board for a high-tech instrument. At this stage, the device looks kind of like what you might see if you took apart a computer: basically, a green board with a maze of tiny copper-colored components.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:38:53 +0000 Willow Belden 49633 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Upstarts: Company revolutionizes process for identifying unknown substances