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6:55 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Governor Begins His Re-election Campaign

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead made it official, he is running for re-election.  In his announcement Mead said that he has helped enhance Wyoming’s business climate and has been successful fighting the federal government.  He noted that when he took office the feds were not releasing coal leases.   

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News
6:49 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Green River Trumpeter Swan Populations Soar

Credit Trupeter Swan society

Trumpeter swan numbers rose dramatically this year on the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge near Rock Springs.  This winter, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department conducted an aerial survey of the refuge and counted over 300 trumpeter swans wintering there.

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Arts
3:28 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Filmmaker Shares Global Adventures At UW

Alison Teal in Morocco, signature pink surfboard in hand.
Credit David Blehert

Alison Teal grew up traveling the world with her adventure-photographer parents. She’s following in their footsteps by globetrotting with a camera and a pink surfboard to create the online TV show Alison’s Adventures. Teal shares her cross-cultural experiences at the University of Wyoming on Wednesday, March 12. She stopped by the WPM studios to speak with Wyoming Public Media’s Micah Schweizer.

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News
5:04 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Superintendent Hill Tries To Return To Dept. Of Ed

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill made a brief appearance at the State Department of Education in an effort to reclaim her job.  The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that a law that removed many of Hill’s duties is unconstitutional.  

Hill walked into the Department Monday morning with two of her staff members.   After those staff members met with Education Director Rich Crandall she left the building.

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News
4:54 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Wyoming Man Wins U.S. Supreme Court Case Concerning Rails To Trails

A Wyoming man has won a U-S Supreme Court  decision over a dispute with the U-S Forest Service.  Marvin Brandt of Fox Park swapped his land for 83 acres of Medicine Bow Forest Service land in the 70’s, with the understanding that the land would be his if a railroad that used the land ever stopped running. 

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Wyoming Stories
2:21 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Mark Soldier Wolf Talks About Life on the Res

Mark Soldier Wolf
Credit county10.com

Mark Soldier Wolf is a Northern Arapaho tribal elder. He grew up on the Wind River Indian Reservation, outside of Riverton. For him, the past is forever inscribed on the present, a sentiment he shares in this lesser known version of the Battle at Little Bighorn.

When Soldier Wolf returned to Wyoming from the Korean War, there were very few resources for veterans. In this story, he describes how he got his life back together, and the atmosphere of Riverton during wartime.

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Single Shot Live
2:17 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Sleeping Cranes: New Brides

Credit Anna Rader

An example of Cheyenne-based Sleeping Cranes’ fragile, poetic music.

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News
1:59 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Floodwaters Receding, Several Homes Damaged

Ice jams along the Bighorn River in northern Wyoming have caused flooding in recent days.
Credit WYDOT

Flooding along the Bighorn River near Worland and Greybull has damaged buildings and caused several residents to evacuate from their homes.

The flooding was caused by ice jams, which occur when chunks of ice block the flow of the river.

Kelly Ruiz with the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security says this is different than the flooding in 2011, which was caused by snowmelt.

“They react in completely different ways,” Ruiz said. “It’s hard to predict what an ice jam flood will do – where it’s going to get hung up, if it gets hung up, and if it’ll cause flooding.”

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News
12:11 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Uinta County Schools To Make More Room For Science Education

Uinta County parents and teachers say they were left out of the decision making process when the school superintendent announced he would scale back art classes in elementary schools to make more time for science.  Superintendent James Bailey says students were only getting about 1 or 2 days of science a week, which wasn’t enough since state assessments will soon be testing kids in science.  But last week, Bailey met with teachers and came up with a possible plan to integrate the two subjects.  He says the plan could actually improve the district’s curriculum.

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News
9:26 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Shoshone National Forest Management Plan Questioned

A new plan governing management and uses of the Shoshone National Forest is set to be finalized soon. But some groups, like the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, take issue with parts of the plan.

Of concern is an increase in motorized use in the Frank's Peak and Wood River roadless areas. Independent Contractor Charles Wolf Drimal says during the Forest's planning process, those areas were identified as having the highest wilderness potential.

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Topic of the Week
9:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

How would you rate the Wyoming Legislative session?

How would you rate the Wyoming Legislative session?

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Open Spaces
5:01 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Lawmakers Reflect On The 2014 Legislative Session

Credit Bob Beck

The Wyoming legislative session wrapped up this week and three issues dominated.  One was the state budget.  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.

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Open Spaces
4:56 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Capitol Onlookers Say Budget Session Was Fast, Controversial

We just heard legislators discussing some of the issues of the past session, but we also chatted with some who attended the session.  Wyoming Public Radio intern Erin Jones got some reaction from a variety of onlookers.   

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Open Spaces
4:49 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Speaker Of The House Tom Lubnau Speaks Out

House Speaker Tom Lubnau
Credit Bob Beck

Outgoing Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau says he is wrapping up his legislative career.  The Gillette Republican is a fierce advocate for coal and the extractive industries. 

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

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Open Spaces
4:46 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Wyo. Delegation Says Obama’s Budget Bad for State

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. 

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Open Spaces
4:41 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Researchers Map Migration Routes With An Eye To Protecting Wildlife

Wyoming has some of the longest wildlife migration routes in the nation.
Credit Joe Riis

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.

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Open Spaces
4:29 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

New Documentary Shows How Lincoln Highway Changed America

Courtesy PBS

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.

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Open Spaces
4:22 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

StoryCorps: CJ Box Talks With His Daughter About Their Favorite Pastime, Fly Fishing

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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.

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Open Spaces
3:50 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Artist Sets UW 'On Fire' With Exhibit, 'Tekcno Pow Wow'

Blue Guy, Indian of the Future
Credit School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Eminent Artist in Residence Bently Spang is spending the spring semester at the University of Wyoming. His exhibition 'Bently Spang: On Fire' is on display through March 22 at the UW Art Museum, and he'll host the multi-media Tekcno Pow Wow III April 2 at the Wyoming Union Ballroom.

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News
6:55 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Ukraine Crisis Reignites Debate Over Natural Gas Exports

Liquefied Natural Gas Tanker
Credit Shell

The crisis in Ukraine has rekindled calls for the US to export more of its newfound glut of natural gas overseas, but not everyone thinks that’s a good idea.

In recent days a number of Congressmen, including Wyoming Senator John Barrasso, have called for the Department of Energy to expedite its approval of natural gas export terminals.  Barrasso says it would give the US more foreign policy leverage.

“The approval of contracts by the federal government, to say ‘this is going to go’ will undermine Russia’s pricing ability in the Ukraine and in Europe,” Barrasso says.

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News
6:42 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Legislature Passes Grand Teton Land Swap Bill

Credit Wallpaperslot.com

After considerable discussion, the Wyoming legislature approved a bill that would let the state and the federal government move forward with finalizing a deal to swap state owned land in Grand Teton National Park with the federal government.  Some senators expressed concern that the federal mineral land won't match the estimated $100 million value of the state's park land, but Jackson Senator Leland Christensen says the bill was changed to ensure the trade will be fair.

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6:25 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Legislative Session Wraps Up

The Wyoming House wraps up work
Credit Bob Beck

Members of Wyoming's Republican leadership raved about the legislative session that wrapped up Thursday, praising the state budget and lawmakers' support of business.  The GOP leaders said the budget will do a lot for the state, but they noted that they were also able to put a lot into savings.  Although the Senate Appropriations Committee was criticized for focusing too much on saving, Chairman Eli Bebout says in fact they probably spent too much. He says the energy industry could face tough times in Wyoming and it's important to be prepared.

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News
4:54 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

“Cowboys” The Story Of The 1943 National Basketball Champions Hits The Big Screen

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.

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.

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Behind the Scenes
4:37 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

89.9 Signal In Torrington Stronger Than Ever

Attaching the transformer
Shane Toven

Our Engineers Shane Toven, Reid Fletcher and Ben Slater were hard at work replacing our transmitter and antenna to upgrade the 89.9 signal in Torrington. It's now running at 6000 watts, up from 250 watts.

For all our listeners in the Torrington area, 89.9 should be much stronger in the region.

News
12:10 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Hill Announces Intention To Resume Superintendent Duties

Credit Cindy Hill Superintendent

Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill says she intends to resume her job leading the state department of education on Monday.

Lawmakers stripped Hill of many of her duties last year and removed her as the head of the department, but the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that the move was unconstitutional. A District Court still must certify the ruling, but Hill told reporters today she’s ready to go back to work.

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News
6:22 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

President's Budget Calls for Cutting Fossil Fuel Tax Breaks

Repealing tax credits for fossil fuel producers and strengthening the Bureau of Land Management’s oil and gas program are the among the energy proposals in President Obama’s 2015 budget.

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News
6:14 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Grand Teton Land Swap Bill Heads To Conference Committee

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A bill that would set up a land swap with the federal government for state-owned lands inside Grand Teton National Park is still a ways from being resolved.  Senators are leery that the state may not get fair value for state trust lands inside the park. 

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News
6:10 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

DNA Compensation Bill Hits A Snag

A conference committee is trying to resolve differences between House and Senate versions of a bill that compensates people wrongly convicted of a crime.  The House version of the bill says that someone exonerated of a crime via DNA, still has to return to court and prove their innocence in order to get compensation. 

The Senate rejected that notion.  Bill Sponsor Keith Gingery says he doesn't like the House version, but that the bill is important and he doesn't want to lose it.

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News
6:04 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Lawmakers Approve Cody Loan Bill

A bill that establishes a new large state loan program and also benefits a Cody business has passed the legislature. 

The House made final touches to the bill that will give a $24-million state loan to Lannett Co. Inc., which is considering a nearly $100 million expansion of its Cody lab.  In final debate, some in the House questioned the state giving such loans.  Evansville Representative Kendall Kroeker says all businesses need loans.

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