Wyoming – This week, the governor's office announced that Dr. Timothy Ryan will fill the new job of state occupational epidemiologist. Ryan's main task can be summed up this way: figuring out why so many Wyoming workers die on the job. Ryan tells Molly Messick that part of the problem is that Wyoming doesn't have a good system for documenting worker deaths statewide.
Wyoming – For almost a decade, Wyoming was without a medium security prison. The previous facility was part of the state penitentiary in Rawlins, but it closed years ago due to structural problems. Earlier this year, a new medium security prison opened, in the rolling hills east of Torrington. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay has this report
Wyoming – Republican Cynthia Cloud is a Certified Public Accountant who is running to be Wyoming's next State Auditor. She has lived in Cody since 2003 after living in Alabama. Cloud is active in the Rotary and chairs the Buffalo Bill Art Show. She speaks with Bob Beck.
Wyoming – Donna Wichers of Uranium One America and Steve Jones of the Wyoming Outdoor Council give their views on the pluses and minuses of the in-situ style of mining Uranium. They speak with Bob Beck.
Wyoming – The Pulitzer-winning composer Jennifer Higdon is taking a trip to Grand Teton National Park. That's in preparation for a new piece she's writing, commissioned by the Grand Teton Music Festival. It will be a 20-minute orchestral work, and it will premier during the festival's 50th anniversary season next summer. Higdon will be featured at the festival next week. And performances will include this piece, the Grammy-winning Percussion Concerto. She speaks with Molly Messick.
Laramie, Wyo. – Pulitzer-winning composer Jennifer Higdon is taking a trip to Grand Teton National Park. That's in preparation for a new piece she's writing, commissioned by the Grand Teton Music Festival. It will be a 20-minute orchestral work, and it will premier during the festival's 50th anniversary season next summer.
Helena, MT – A judge's ruling to restore federal protections for the Rocky Mountain gray wolf has scuttled settlement talks the parties in the lawsuit had planned for next week.
Ron Aasheim of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says the meeting had been set for Wednesday in Helena. It would have brought together several of the wildlife advocacy groups that filed the lawsuit, along with officials from Montana, Idaho and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Laramie, Wyo. – A Republican candidate for State Auditor says that she would support using state economic development money to help fund daycare centers. The issue has become one of controversy after local daycare operators complained to the State Lands and Investment Board that the state was competing with them by building new daycare facilities.