Laramie, Wyo. – Officials with Grand Teton National Park say visitors should be wary of late-season avalanches when exploring the park's backcountry. Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says this year has set a record for total local snowfall. More than 60 feet were recorded this year, compared to the 30 odd feet the park usually gets.
Wyoming – Wyoming Governor Matt Mead is engaged in a lawsuit to stop the new federal health care law. But at the same time he is pushing the state forward in developing a health care exchange system, and looking at other ways to improve health care in the state. The governor joins us to discuss a range of issues, but we begin with health care. Governor Mead says this will remain a priority.
Wyoming – The U-S could be just a few years away from a serious shortage of critical minerals used to make a wide range of modern technologies. Senator John Barrasso wants to highlight the issue - which relates to the economy, national security and his broader opposition to regulatory red tape.
Wyoming – Next, a look at a specific plan for mining rare earth elements here in Wyoming. Last fall, Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone reported on the global race to produce rare earths and its progress in this state. In this update, he says that recent exploration work in the northeast corner of Wyoming could position the state as a major player. Those discoveries are at the proposed site of the Bear Lodge mine in Crook County.
Wyoming – In 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.
Wyoming – Wyoming, 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.