Wyoming – One group very interested in the health care debate is the owners of very small businesses. In Wyoming, 40 thousand residents list themselves as self employed. Kristie Arsland is the executive director of the National Association of Self Employed and she says many of those residents cannot afford health care premiums. She told Bob Beck a recent survey showed just how bad the situation is.
Wyoming – As more and more children get cell phones it is creating a challenge for schools; how to police the use of phones or find ways to make them part of the learning experience. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports
Wyoming – Wyoming's unemployment levels continue to rise and there is a fear that with the summer tourist season over those numbers will increase even more. Joan Evans is the director of the Department of Workforce Services and she joins Bob Beck to discuss the job market in the state.
Wyoming – In Jackson an effort is underway to try and get people to use non-lead ammunition during this fall's hunting season. Derek Craighead is leading the effort. He says they determined during a research project on the California Condor that lead bullets were poisoning birds
Wyoming – Representatives of the regional Game and Fish Department say one of the most critical issues in southeastern Wyoming is the availability of winter range. Elk, mule deer and pronghorn rely on low-elevation open land, where the wind blows snow off the ground giving them access to food and shelter in the harsh winters. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick reports it is the same land that's often sought for housing developments.
Wyoming – The Wyoming Arts Summit is coming up September 24th and 25th in Cheyenne. It's an initiative of Wyoming's First Lady Nancy Freudenthal, who joins Addie Goss to talk about the summit and how the arts are doing in Wyoming during the economic downturn.
Wyoming – A unique Wyoming institution is up for sale an institution most Wyomingites have probably never heard of. The Darwin Ranch sits deep in the Gros Ventre River valley. Its physical beauty - untouched forests, snowy vistas, mountains on all sides - is the kind that often draws outsiders to Wyoming. This ranch has been collecting outsiders for decades - and in many cases, capturing those people and completely re-orienting their lives. Wyoming Public Radio's Addie Goss has this portrait of a community drawing to a close.