Laramie, WY – Wyoming's unemployment rate dropped very slightly from January to February. As Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports, the state's unemployment numbers haven't changed much over the last five months.
Wyoming – Now that President Obama has signed the health care bill into law the big challenge is figuring out what it really does and doesn't do. The immediate reaction from Wyoming's Congressional delegation was sharp. Both Senator Mike Enzi and Representative Cynthia Lummis called the bill a job killer. But, as Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports few in this state's business community really know what this bill will do.
Wyoming – With the health care bill signed into law President Obama is looking for other initiatives One of those is changing the No Child Left Behind law. It's viewed by many as inflexible, too test driven and educators are concerned about penalties in the law. But supporters say it makes educators accountable for ensuring children are taught properly. After working with it for many years, there are several in Wyoming who want changes.
Wyoming – The writer Alexandra Fuller was on the University of Wyoming campus this week talking about an issue that's become important to her since her last book. The book, The Legend of Colton H. Bryant, was about a roughneck who died on the rigs. Fuller has since become active in advocating for improved worker safety in her writing and before the state legislature. Her speech at U-W was part of a series called "The Accidental Activist" - which Fuller told Addie Goss she is.
Wyoming – Next month the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody will host a Smithsonian Institution exhibit featuring some special photos of Native Americans who rode with Buffalo Bill in his Wild West Show. Michelle Anne Delaney is the curator of the photographic history collection at the Smithsonian and she joins Bob Beck to discuss it.
Wyoming – There's a groundswell of interest in small-scale renewable energy in Wyoming. Hundreds of homeowners are buying their own wind turbines and solar panels. But their reasons for investing in alternative energy point to a particular brand of environmentalism, one that's an outgrowth of rural life and rural values. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick has this story.
Wyoming – Idaho's inaugural wolf season wraps up at the end of March. It appears hunters will fall short of the state's goal of 220 wolves. But state officials say Idaho's wolf population is now stabilized and no longer growing. Many hunters believe the wolves will someday wipe out a species that they see as the symbol for big game hunting in Idaho: elk. Conservationists say hunters are turning to a simplistic answer to a complicated problem. Inland Northwest Correspondent Doug Nadvornick reports.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is imposing a fee on all boats launched in the state to fund a program to try to prevent exotic mussels from getting established. Game department spokesman Eric Keszler says the new program will require all boaters to purchase a decal before launching a boat starting April 15. He says the decals will be available on the department's Web site that day, and will be available at license vendors starting on May 17. The decals will cost $10 for motorized watercraft registered in