Open Spaces http://wyomingpublicradio.net en April 11th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/april-11th-2014 <p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/rare-earth-mine-permitting-gets-underway" target="_blank">Rare Earth Mine Permitting Gets Underway</a></strong></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:29:38 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Micah Schweizer, Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 56715 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net April 11th, 2014 Rare Earth Mine Permitting Gets Underway http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/rare-earth-mine-permitting-gets-underway <p>They’ve been called the secret ingredient of everything. Rare earths are a group of elements that make much of today’s technology possible, from smartphones to wind turbines to precision-guided missiles. For decades, China has dominated the rare earth market, but amid questions about the wisdom of allowing one country to control the supply chain, a mining project in Wyoming is getting underway. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports, if the mine opens, it would be only be the second one in the United States and the first new one in decades.<br /> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:21:32 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 56714 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Rare Earth Mine Permitting Gets Underway Pinedale Air Improves As State Toughens Industry Regs http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/pinedale-air-improves-state-toughens-industry-regs <p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:10:36 +0000 Willow Belden 56713 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Pinedale Air Improves As State Toughens Industry Regs Frac Sand Poses Potential Health Problem For Workers http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/frac-sand-poses-potential-health-problem-workers <p>It’s been called miner's phthisis, grinder's asthma, potter's rot. Silicosis is a disease of the lungs that’s caused by inhaling tiny particles of crystalline silica dust, basically sand. Those particles cut the lung tissue, causing inflammation and scarring that make it difficult to breathe.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:04:52 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 56712 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Frac Sand Poses Potential Health Problem For Workers Cindy Hill Discusses Return To Office, Standards http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/cindy-hill-discusses-return-office-standards <p>State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill will soon be returning to lead the Wyoming Department of Education.&nbsp; Unless you’ve been under rock, you know that the Superintendent had her ability to oversee the department removed by the legislature and the governor last year.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:48:49 +0000 Bob Beck 56711 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Cindy Hill Discusses Return To Office, Standards UW President Reflects On Legislative Session http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/uw-president-reflects-legislative-session <p>University of Wyoming President Dick McGinity wrapped up his first legislative session last month and he calls it quite a learning experience.&nbsp; He joined Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck to review the session.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:43:53 +0000 Bob Beck 56707 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net UW President Reflects On Legislative Session 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 UW Center Seeks To Improve Literacy http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/uw-center-seeks-improve-literacy <p>Last month the University of Wyoming opened a Literacy Research Center and clinic that should enhance literacy at all levels across the state.&nbsp; It will allow face to face tutoring, train tutors and teachers, and use technology in interesting new ways.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>VICKI GILLIS:&nbsp; “I see this as being on the cutting edge of work in literacy, K-12, and beyond.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:31:18 +0000 Bob Beck 56705 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net UW Center Seeks To Improve Literacy How The National Parks Can Save Our View Of The Stars http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/how-national-parks-can-save-our-view-stars <p>An exhibit opening this weekend at the University of Wyoming Art Museum is among the first major displays of astrophotography as art.<strong> <a href="http://www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum/_files/exhibition_archives/2014/starstruck.html" target="_blank">‘Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography’</a></strong> is a dazzling exhibition, ranging from night skies and landscapes to deep space photography.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:23:21 +0000 Micah Schweizer 56703 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net How The National Parks Can Save Our View Of The Stars March 21st, 2014 http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/march-21st-2014 <p><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislators-halt-consideration-controversial-science-standards-0" target="_blank"><strong>Legislators Halt Consideration Of Controversial Science Standards</strong></a></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:47:43 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Melodie Edwards, Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 55691 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net March 21st, 2014 Legislators Halt Consideration Of Controversial Science Standards http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/legislators-halt-consideration-controversial-science-standards-0 <p>Right before the close of the session, the Wyoming Legislature slipped a small amendment into the budget bill that’s proving to have some big implications.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:33:19 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 55690 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Legislators Halt Consideration Of Controversial Science Standards Representative Patrick Goggles Reflects On His Time In The Legislature http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/representative-patrick-goggles-reflects-his-time-legislature <p>Patrick Goggles has been serving in the Wyoming House of Representatives since 2005. But at the end of the recent budget session, he announced that he won’t be seeking reelection in 2014. Goggles is a democrat from House District 33, which includes a piece of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Fremont County.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:28:43 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55689 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Representative Patrick Goggles Reflects On His Time In The Legislature Wyoming Looks To Do More Than Transport Minerals http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-looks-do-more-transport-minerals <p>Governor Matt Mead and a handful of Wyoming legislators are excited about an idea that they hope will create more jobs in the state and finally do something locally with the minerals and other sources of energy that the state harvests.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:23:17 +0000 Bob Beck 55688 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming Looks To Do More Than Transport Minerals Tips For Business Owners To Prepare For Natural Disasters http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/tips-business-owners-prepare-natural-disasters <p>Ice jams in the Bighorn River have caused flooding, which in turn caused damage to several homes and businesses in northern Wyoming. High snowpack could bring more floods this spring. Troy Staples is the business preparedness manager for the Red Cross in Wyoming and Colorado. He teaches business owners how to be prepared in case natural disasters or other catastrophes strike their businesses. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov spoke with him. She asked why it’s so hard to re-open after a disaster.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:19:39 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55687 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Tips For Business Owners To Prepare For Natural Disasters Sparseness Of Mental Health Care Prompts Patients To Try Telepsych http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/sparseness-mental-health-care-prompts-patients-try-telepsych <p>In many parts of Wyoming, it’s impossible to get mental health care. That means residents with mental conditions either don’t get treated, or they have to drive long distances to get services.</p><p>But that’s starting to change. Recently, more and more patients have been using telemedicine to get psychiatric care. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:17:15 +0000 Willow Belden 55685 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Sparseness Of Mental Health Care Prompts Patients To Try Telepsych Effort To Grow Support For Same Sex Marriage Is Underway http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/effort-grow-support-same-sex-marriage-underway <p>This week a new statewide public education campaign was launched called Wyoming unites for marriage.&nbsp; The idea is to get support for same sex couples.&nbsp; Earlier this year a lawsuit was filed to try and make same sex marriage legal in Wyoming.&nbsp; Jeran Artery of the group Wyoming Equality tells Bob Beck that the lawsuit seems like the quickest way to get equality.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:57:05 +0000 Bob Beck 55684 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Effort To Grow Support For Same Sex Marriage Is Underway 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 Former Forest Service Employee Calls For Management Overhaul http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/former-forest-service-employee-calls-management-overhaul <p>We’re joined now by former U.S. Forest Service employee Brian Stout. He was supervisor of the Bridger-Teton National Forest from 1984 to 1994 and held various other positions in the forest service for the 24 years preceding that.</p><p>Stout recently published a book called “Trees of Life: Our Forests in Peril.” He says he wrote the book because he feels that the current way of managing forests is misguided.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:44:32 +0000 Willow Belden 55682 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Former Forest Service Employee Calls For Management Overhaul March 7th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/march-7th-2014 <p><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lawmakers-reflect-2014-legislative-session" target="_blank"><strong>Lawmakers Reflect On The 2014 Legislative Session</strong></a></p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 00:13:08 +0000 Bob Beck, Erin Jones, Irina Zhorov, Matt Laslo, Micah Schweizer & Willow Belden 55020 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net March 7th, 2014 Lawmakers Reflect On The 2014 Legislative Session http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/lawmakers-reflect-2014-legislative-session <p>The Wyoming legislative session wrapped up this week and three issues dominated.&nbsp; One was the state budget.&nbsp; Another was the legislature’s decision to reject federal dollars to expand Medicaid, and the final issue was the Supreme Court Decision that said that it was unconstitutional for the legislature to demote State Superintendent Cindy Hill. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck asked lawmakers about some of those issues and has this report.</p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 00:01:33 +0000 Bob Beck 55019 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Lawmakers Reflect On The 2014 Legislative Session Capitol Onlookers Say Budget Session Was Fast, Controversial http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/capitol-onlookers-say-budget-session-was-fast-controversial <p>We just heard legislators discussing some of the issues of the past session, but we also chatted with some who attended the session.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio intern Erin Jones got some reaction from a variety of onlookers.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:56:11 +0000 Erin Jones 55018 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Capitol Onlookers Say Budget Session Was Fast, Controversial Speaker Of The House Tom Lubnau Speaks Out http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/speaker-house-tom-lubnau-speaks-out <p>Outgoing Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau says he is wrapping up his legislative career.&nbsp; The Gillette Republican is a fierce advocate for coal and the extractive industries.&nbsp;</p><p>Speaker Lubnau also has had some strong views recently about the University of Wyoming and got national attention over his reaction to the infamous Carbon Sink sculpture that was placed near old main. He speaks with Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:49:13 +0000 Bob Beck 55017 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Speaker Of The House Tom Lubnau Speaks Out Wyo. Delegation Says Obama’s Budget Bad for State http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyo-delegation-says-obama-s-budget-bad-state <p>This week President Barack Obama unveiled his budget, which the Wyoming congressional delegation says would cripple the state's economy. Matt Laslo has the details from Washington.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:46:31 +0000 Matt Laslo 55016 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyo. Delegation Says Obama’s Budget Bad for State Researchers Map Migration Routes With An Eye To Protecting Wildlife http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/researchers-map-migration-routes-eye-protecting-wildlife <p>Wyoming has some of the longest wildlife migration routes in the U.S. Animals travel in some cases over 100 miles from summer ranges to winter habitats. Protecting the migration routes is important for maintaining healthy populations. But land managers and other decision makers often don’t actually know where the animals travel. Now, scientists are tracking their routes. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p><p>(Sound of deer walking along streambed)</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:41:35 +0000 Willow Belden 55014 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Researchers Map Migration Routes With An Eye To Protecting Wildlife New Documentary Shows How Lincoln Highway Changed America http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/new-documentary-shows-how-lincoln-highway-changed-america <p>The Lincoln Highway is 100 years old this year, and Wyoming PBS will be screening a new documentary about it this weekend. Much of what was the Lincoln Highway in Wyoming is now Interstate 80, but parts of the original route are still separate. The film tells the story of the highway in Wyoming. Producer Tom Manning joins us now. He says the Lincoln Highway holds an important place in Wyoming’s history and in the history of the U.S. as a whole.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:29:46 +0000 Willow Belden 55013 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net New Documentary Shows How Lincoln Highway Changed America StoryCorps: CJ Box Talks With His Daughter About Their Favorite Pastime, Fly Fishing http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/storycorps-cj-box-talks-his-daughter-about-their-favorite-pastime-fly-fishing <p>Wyoming writer CJ Box and his daughter, Molly Donnell, talk about one of their favorite pastimes: fly fishing. Box is a self-taught, avid fly-fisherman and from the time his daughters were very young he was intent on teaching them about the sport, too. He remembers the first time he handed his daughters fishing rods.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:22:50 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55012 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net StoryCorps: CJ Box Talks With His Daughter About Their Favorite Pastime, Fly Fishing Artist Sets UW 'On Fire' With Exhibit, 'Tekcno Pow Wow' http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/artist-sets-uw-fire-exhibit-tekcno-pow-wow <p>Eminent Artist in Residence Bently Spang is spending the spring semester at the University of Wyoming. His exhibition<a href="http://www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum/_files/exhibition_archives/2014/bent_spring_onfire.html"> 'Bently Spang: On Fire'</a> is on display through March 22 at the UW Art Museum, and he'll host the multi-media <a href="http://www.uwyo.edu/aist/">Tekcno Pow Wow III</a> April 2 at the Wyoming Union Ballroom.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:50:00 +0000 Micah Schweizer 54992 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Artist Sets UW 'On Fire' With Exhibit, 'Tekcno Pow Wow' Wyoming Public Media's 2014 Forum On Coal On Open Spaces http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-public-medias-2014-forum-coal-open-spaces <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137269895&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The WPM Forum On Coal was a moderated discussion about the challenges coal is currently facing politically, economically and environmentally, how that could impact Wyoming in the future, and ways the state is innovating to keep coal relevant.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:07:22 +0000 Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 54706 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming Public Media's 2014 Forum On Coal On Open Spaces February 14th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/february-14th-2014 <p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/medicaid-expansion-faces-challenges-wyoming">Medicaid&nbsp;Expansion&nbsp;Faces Challenges In Wyoming</a></strong></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:28:04 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Micah Schweizer, Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 54056 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net February 14th, 2014 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