Donna Robeson’s great grandmother came to South Pass in 1868. She was a converted Mormon from Scotland and married English immigrant Richard Sherlock. They heard there was going to be a big gold strike, so they came to seek their fortunes in mining. This dream didn’t quite pan out. Instead, the family started hotel and ranching businesses to earn a living. Donna tells historian Susan Layman what she remembers from her childhood, at the ranch and with her aunt and uncle in the hotel.
Last year, 13 companies received grants from a Wyoming initiative which they then used to apply for larger, federal grants. The Wyoming Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Program was established to help small businesses in the state get more federal grants that could be beneficial to their businesses. Each award is for up to $5,000 and can be used for any purpose that would improve a federal grant proposal.
Members of the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Committee voted Friday to advance two Medicaid expansion bills to the full Legislature for consideration in the budget session that starts next month.
On Thursday, several witnesses told committee members that said they can't afford health insurance on the open market.
A central mandate of the Affordable Care Act is getting health care professionals to communicate across disciplines. A conference Thursday at the University of Wyoming brought health care leaders together to talk about how to better train students for doing that.
Brenda Zierler with the Center for Health Sciences at the University of Washington was one of the conference leaders. She says it’s time to move past the old paradigm in which nurses, social workers and psychologists all learn their crafts in isolation.
A legislative committee was still trying to determine Thursday evening if it will recommend passage of a bill that will either expand Medicaid services in the state or use Federal Medicaid dollars to provide affordable insurance to low income people in the state. Senator Charles Scott says they need a bill that will get two-thirds support from both the committee and the legislature, and the votes just aren’t there. Cheyenne Representative Lee Filer said he’s surprised by the political opposition, because he mostly hears from supporters.
The Wyoming Insurance Commission says more people are starting to take advantage of the Health Insurance Exchange ever since the federal website was revamped. Tom Hirsig told the Legislature’s Joint Health and Labor Committee that after a slow start some 5,000 Wyoming residents have received insurance through the exchange. He says things will continue to pick up.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stopped in Cheyenne Thursday on a rare tour of nuclear missile bases in the West. Speaking to troops at the F.E. Warren Air Force base, Hagel said the Obama administration is committed to maintaining U.S. nuclear capabilities, but he remained vague on potential changes to the intercontinental ballistic missile program.
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has decided to keep an air quality monitor in Converse County for another year.
DEQ placed a mobile monitor near Douglas after residents voiced concerns about emissions from new energy development in the area. So far, there’s no indication that air quality standards have been violated, but there were several days with high pollution levels.
Typically, DEQ moves their mobile air quality monitors to new locations each year, but the agency’s Cara Keslar says they want to keep a close eye on this area.
Chelsea Biondolillo is a prose writer living in Wyoming. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Shenandoah, River Teeth, Passages North, Hayden’s Ferry Review and others. She has a master’s degree from the University of Wyoming in creative writing and environmental studies, and is currently working on a book about vultures.
State Superintendent of Schools Cindy Hill denied that her office inappropriately used federal money, denied that they hid documents from legislators, and didn’t understand why some of her employees feared for their jobs.
Nearly 9,000 acres of ranchland north of Laramie is now protected, under a new conservation easement.
Matt Wells with the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust handled the deal. He says the landowner wanted to make sure the property would never be developed.
“The conservation easement limits the future non-agricultural commercial development of the property, meaning that agriculture will always be present but it won’t be cut up into office buildings or a Walmart or something like that,” Wells said.
Host Tom Wilhelm of the "Ranch Breakfast Show" is celebrating 33 years of being on air with Wyoming Public Radio. The bluegrass radio show started in the early 1980s and has continued to be a great local music program.
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.
Wyoming Republican Mike Enzi says he can focus more on his work in the U.S. Senate now that Liz Cheney has dropped her primary challenge.
Cheney’s primary challenge to the state’s senior senator surprised many in both Wyoming and Washington: especially Enzi. He accused her of lying to him about her intention to challenge him, an accusation she denies. Now that Cheney is out of the race – citing family health issues –Enzi says he hopes there will not be any lingering hard feelings between the two.
An accounting supervisor with the Wyoming Department of Education told a legislative committee that he had serious concerns about spending within the Department, but that State Superintendent of Education Cindy Hill and others ignored him.
The committee is investigating charges of wrongdoing against Hill. Trent Carroll had particular concerns about what he called inappropriate spending of federal money, and he said he shared that with his supervisor, who passed the concerns along to Hill and one of her senior staff members.
Liz Cheney’s announcement Monday that she would be ending her US Senate campaign to address a family health issue was met in Wyoming with both shock and sympathy.
Former US Senator Alan Simpson said he called and offered his support. Simpson was among the first to say that a Cheney-Enzi race could hurt the state Republican Party. But Wyoming National committeewoman Marti Halverson says that wouldn’t have happened.
A former supervisor with the Wyoming Education Department is accusing Schools Superintendent Cindy Hill of misusing federal money and improperly implementing a reading program when she ran the department.
A special Wyoming House Committee is holding hearings this week to determine if Hill committed any impeachable offenses. Gail Eisenhauer testified that Hill and her leadership team were difficult to work for.
Despite recent accidents with shipment of crude oil by rail, including a derailment and explosion in North Dakota on Monday, industry analysts say it will continue to be a popular mode of moving oil out of the Bakken.
Trisha Curtis is with the Energy Policy Research Foundation. She says most crude from the Bakken does not travel through Wyoming, but that the state could see a spike in crude-by-rail traffic with new rail loading facilities coming online in the next year.
U-S Senate candidate Liz Cheney has decided to end her campaign to what she is calling a serious health issue within her family. The news broke Sunday night and was confirmed by the Cheney campaign this morning.
Cheney said serious health issues had arisen within her family and she indicated that it involved one of her children. In a statement she said “My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and their health and well being will always be my overriding priority.” She had canceled an interview with Wyoming Public Radio due to a family matter.
Next week a select investigative committee will meet to take testimony about how Schools Superintendent Cindy Hill ran the State Department of Education. The three-day hearing starts Monday in Cheyenne.
Superintendent Hill has been accused of misusing state and federal money and of mistreating employees, all charges that Hill denies.
Committee members will take testimony on all of these topics as they determine if Hill did anything that would merit impeaching her.
Construction of the new signal to serve Kaycee and I-25 between Casper and Buffalo is complete. The new 1,600 watt signal can be heard in many areas where no other WPR service was previously available. We are already receiving reports from a number of listeners about the new signal. Turn your dial to 88.7 FM if you happen to be traveling in that part of the state, or if you live in or near Kaycee.
Gun magazine manufacturer Magpul Industries is leaving Colorado and moving part of its operation to Cheyenne.
The company announced that it is leaving Colorado because of the passage of a number of new gun restrictions. Its production, distribution and shipping operations will move to Cheyenne. Governor Matt Mead says he and other Wyoming officials started speaking with Magpul a year ago.