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March 4th, 2011

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A listing of today's stories:

The Wyoming legislature took on a number of conservative issues
While education may have been the most debated topic during the recently concluded legislative session, the topics that got a lot of public attention dealt with abortion, gay marriages and other so called conservative issues. Such bills have been drafted in the past and although most of the bills failed this year, those who are part of Wyoming's religious right say the fact that some almost passed gives them plenty of optimism for the future. Bob Beck reports.

A conversation with former Bridger-Teton Supervisor Kniffy Hamilton about proposed drilling in the forest
In Western Wyoming, there's been a lot of discussion about a plan by Plains Exploration & Production Company to drill as many as 136 natural gas wells in a remote area of the Bridger-Teton. Kniffy Hamilton served as Supervisor of the Bridget-Teton National Forest for more than a decade, before retiring last year. She tells Molly Messick her views of the plan.

Game and Fish Director Scott Talbott discusses his goals
Recently Governor Matt Mead appointed a 26 year Wyoming Game and Fish Department veteran to lead the department. Scott Talbott was raised in Wyoming and has had a number of jobs with the department in all corners of the state. He speaks with Bob Beck.

Author Temple Grandin says more improvements can be made to livestock facilities
Temple Grandin has revolutionized livestock handling facilities through her ideas about understanding animals and treating them humanely. She has consulted for companies including McDonalds and Swift. Now, half the cattle handled in the U.S. move through facilities that she designed. She speaks with Molly Messick.

Filmmakers discuss the controversial subject of Elk feeding
In Wyoming, feeding elk started over a century ago as a way to save elk from starving during harsh winters. The practice continues today on the National Elk Refuge next to Jackson and on 22 state-run elk feed grounds. A new half-hour film explores the implications - political, cultural and ecological - of continuing to artificially feed wild elk now and into the future. Rebecca Huntington reports.

A war veteran helps others with post traumatic stress disorders
With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there's been an increased awareness of soldiers returning with PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Friends and family notice behavioral changes when soldiers return from war. But one Wyomingite, a returning veteran, is trying to help others manage the adjustment problems so many face on return. He calls his two-hour presentation a briefing, and he's given it to hundreds so far. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone has this story.

The University of Wyoming Art Museum features a new work
A new work on display at the University of Wyoming Art Museum creates a varied sensory experience within the space of the gallery. It's an installation called "NACHI - between the eternal and the ephemeral," created by Japanese artist Etsuko Ichikawa.