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3:52 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Snowy Range Music Festival’s Ambitions Hinge on Attendance

Credit Snowy Range Music Festival

This weekend marks the fifth annual Snowy Range Music Festival at the Albany County Fairgrounds. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer reports, the festival’s organizer has a grand vision, but it’s up to the region’s music lovers to see it fulfilled.

(MUSIC: Tab Benoit)

MICAH SCHWEIZER: Carl Gustafson’s dream hasn’t been without challenges. He started organizing the Snowy Range Music Festival in 2009.

CARL GUSTAFSON: “Here’s how bad it is…the first time that I had this, six weeks later I had a heart attack.”

SCHWEIZER: So why keep going?

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Open Spaces
4:07 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Ron Carlson’s “Return to Oakpine” is a story of friendship and nostalgia in the West

Author Ron Carlson new novel “Return to Oakpine” tells the story of four high school buddies reuniting in their fictional Wyoming hometown, now that they’ve reached middle age. 

One character, Jimmy Brand, is dying of AIDS, and he and his friends get their high school garage band back together one last time. Carlson tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez that this is a “quieter” book, in which the reader keeps company with these characters.

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Open Spaces
4:03 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

StoryCorps: A career in burlesque

Burlesque performer Stella Fox and her fiancée Jonathan Green
Credit StoryCorps

This summer, StoryCorps set up a booth in Cheyenne to record Wyomingites interviewing one another and sharing their stories. Today, we’ll hear from a burlesque performer. Her stage name is Stella Fox, and she talks with her fiancée, Jonathan Green, about her burlesque career.

The piece was produced by Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden with interviews recorded at StoryCorps. StoryCorps is a na­tional nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.

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News
4:29 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

UW Drops Humanities Institute Grants

The newly formed Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research has encountered a set-back under the University of Wyoming’s new administration.

The previous administration approved $60,000 in grant funding for faculty projects in the humanities. Grants would have funded projects like books, articles, exhibits, or lectures.

But UW President Bob Sternberg Thursday asked the Institute to cancel its request for proposals. Director Eric Sandeen says “the commitment of the university to the humanities stands,” but there will be revisions to the Institute’s financial plan.

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Open Spaces
3:59 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

UPSTARTS: Kati Hime publishes magazines in Wyoming, for Wyoming

Kati Hime and her husband Levi publish Wyoming Weddings, Wyoming Lifestyle, and Wyvore magazines. Their headquarters is based in their Laramie kitchen.
Credit Rebecca Martinez

Now, for the latest edition in our occasional series, Upstarts, we’ll hear from a stay-at-home mom who launched a multimedia publishing company from her kitchen table in Laramie. Kati Hime is the owner and editor of three high-quality magazines that focus on life in and across the Cowboy State. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez reports.

(Dog barking. Hime answers door.)

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Open Spaces
3:56 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Landscape artist Kathryn Turner reflects on her muse, the Tetons

Credit Kathryn Turner

Wyoming landscape painter Kathryn Turner grew up on Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park surrounded by dramatic views of her favorite subject, the Tetons.

And in her words, she’s spent the past 20 years trying to do them justice. “And they are challenging! And what makes them challenging is they’re always changing, with the light, with the seasons, with the way the clouds move over them, obscuring them, changing the shadows. So they provide a lifetime of material,” added Turner.

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News
9:53 am
Fri August 23, 2013

New Humanities Institute will help UW faculty

UPDATE Aug. 23, 2013: The money available for grants was based on the promises of the previous University administration. Under President Robert Sternberg, a smaller amount of money will be made available for grants, and the next few months will see revisions to the Humanities Institute plan.

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

The newly created Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research will offer University of Wyoming faculty grant funding for long-term projects.

Founding director Eric Sandeen says the Institute has $60,000 to distribute this fall.

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Arts
4:47 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Marian McPartland remembrance, piano jazz special on Wyoming Public Media

Marian McPartland
Credit mama.indstate.edu

Saturday at 8:00pm on Wyoming Public Radio and Sunday at Noon on Jazz Wyoming.

Jazz legend Marian McPartland, who hosted the eponymous Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR for three decades, died peacefully Tuesday night at her home on Long Island, NY. She was 95.

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Arts
3:22 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Legendary singer, songwriter, producer, arranger and Master of Space and Time

Leon Russell talked with Grady Kirkpatrick ahead of his show in Laramie Aug 6, 2013.

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Arts
1:21 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Screenwriter tells story of circuitous faith journey

David Weiss

His film and TV credits include the recent Smurfs movies, Shrek 2, and Rugrats, but screenwriter David Weiss also attracts attention for his faith. He grew up a secular Jew, converted to Christianity, and later became an observant orthodox Jew. That’s the subject of his lectures Friday and Saturday at the Chabad Jewish Center in Jackson. Wyoming Public Media’s Micah Schweizer reached Weiss by phone as he was driving from Los Angeles to Santa Monica to work on a script.

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News
7:44 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Laramie downtown to add new bike racks

New custom bike racks will be popping up across Downtown Laramie this fall.

In response to complaints about parked bicycles cluttering up the sidewalks – chained to trees, garbage cans, and sign posts – the Laramie Main Street Alliance began polling residents and business owners, and collecting data about bike traffic.

Executive Director Trey Sherwood says this October, the Alliance will install colorful new bike racks in the high-traffic areas of downtown.

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News
5:51 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

State Fair begins tomorrow

Douglas is bracing for the 50,000 people that will flood in from around the region for the Wyoming State Fair, which starts Saturday.  Fair staples, such as the Ranch Rodeo, the arm wrestling championship and the fiddle contest are back.  But there will be new events on the schedule, too.  Dock Dogs is a race for canines through an obstacle course.

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Open Spaces
2:56 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

StoryCorps in Wyoming: Bud Decker and Jim Latta

Bud Decker and Jim Latta
Credit StoryCorps

This summer, StoryCorps set up a booth in Cheyenne to record Wyomingites interviewing one another and sharing their stories.

Today, we’ll hear from 95-year old Pinedale native Guy Decker, better known as “Bud”. Decker tells his longtime-friend Jim Latta about what it was like to grow up on the Wyoming Frontier.

Produced by Rebecca Martinez with interviews recorded at StoryCorps, a na­tional nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. (storycorps.org.)

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Open Spaces
2:53 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Mountain West Voices: “On Walkabout”

From Mountain West Voices, Clay Scott tells about Laramie’s Paul Taylor. 

Paul Taylor has been on walkabout for most of his adult life. He is an incredibly gifted storyteller and musician, and I met him as he was travelling from Laramie, Wyoming, to a school in Eureka, Montana to hold a week-long story-telling and art workshop.

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Arts
4:47 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

In search of the Murie Legacy in Grand Teton National Park with Gloria Baxter

Professor Gloria Baxter

Gloria Baxter: Professor Emeritus of the University of Memphis School of Dance and Theater, Gloria was invited by The Murie Center of Grand Teton National Park to create an original narrative theater adaptation based on the writings of Olaus and Margaret Murie, pioneers in the American wilderness movement.

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Open Spaces
4:20 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Wilson resident authors Yellowstone and Grand Teton field guide

Kurt Johnson

Kurt Johnson of Wilson is the author of a new field guide for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden spoke with Johnson about the book. He says that while there were already a lot of field guides for those parks, he felt he could still add something.

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Open Spaces
4:14 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

WYOMING STORIES: Former Heart Mountain internees remember life at the camp

View of Heart Mountain from the former internment camp
Credit Willow Belden

During World War II, thousands of Japanese Americans were incarcerated at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, near Cody. Heart Mountain was one of 10 internment camps across the U.S.

There is now a museum on the site, and each year, the Heart Mountain Foundation hosts a pilgrimage. During this year’s pilgrimage, Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden sat down with several former internees and produced this piece.

Click here to listen to other pieces in our Wyoming Stories series.

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Wyoming Stories
1:58 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Raymond Uno recalls losing his father, rights, while confined at Heart Mountain Relocation Center

Raymond Uno
Credit Willow Belden

Raymond Uno is a former judge from Salt Lake City. He was one of thousands of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, near Cody, during World War II. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden interviewed Uno and produced this Wyoming Stories piece.

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Wyoming Stories
1:55 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Takashi Hoshizaki recalls resisting the draft while incarcerated at Heart Mountain

Takashi Hoshizaki
Credit Willow Belden

Takashi Hoshizaki and his family were confined at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center during World War II. While confined there, he received his draft notice, and decided not to report. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden interviewed Hoshizaki and produced this Wyoming Stories piece.

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Wyoming Stories
1:50 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

LaDonna Zall recalls seeing the Heart Mountain Relocation Center from the outside

LaDonna Zall
Credit Willow Belden

LaDonna Zall is the acting curator for the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation. Her family moved to Powell when she was 10. That was during World War II, when thousands of Japanese Americans were confined at the nearby Heart Mountain Relocation Center. Zall and her parents didn’t know much about what was going on at the camp, but she vividly remembers internees leaving after the war ended. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden interviewed Zall and produced this Wyoming Stories piece.

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Wyoming Stories
1:46 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Shigeru Yabu remembers taming a magpie while confined at Heart Mountain

Shigeru Yabu
Credit Willow Belden

Shigeru Yabu and his family were incarcerated at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center when he was 10. While there, he strove to make pets out of insects, worms, amphibians, and finally a bird. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden interviewed Yabu and produced this Wyoming Stories piece.

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Wyoming Stories
1:42 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Sam Mihara describes the experience of being incarcerated at Heart Mountain

Sam Mihara
Credit Willow Belden

Sam Mihara is a rocket scientist who worked for Boeing and later started his own high-tech consulting firm. He was incarcerated at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center during World War II, and he now travels around the country speaking about that experience. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden interviewed Mihara and produced this Wyoming Stories piece.

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News
6:08 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Improvements slated for Grand Teton bike path

Grand Teton National Park announced plans to upgrade its pathway system Tuesday. Slated improvements include lengthening the trail by more than two miles and safety enhancements, including signs, path striping, and the addition of a modern style roundabout.

The project will extend the park’s system of bike paths, part of which runs parallel to highway 89. Several smaller safety features have already been installed, such as path striping and better signage.

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Mural Project
5:54 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Community donations fund Laramie Mural Project

The Laramie Mural Project has met its fund raising goal for the next year using the popular online crowd-sourcing website, Kickstarter.

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Open Spaces
3:44 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

A blind lawyer and athlete will share his story with Jackson’s Jewish community

Attorney Richard Bernstein

Richard Bernstein is an attorney and triathlete who was born blind. He represents disabled clients pro-bono at his family’s law firm outside Detroit, and is an adjunct professor at Michigan State University.

He’s speaking his weekend at the Chabad Jewish Center of Wyoming in Jackson Hole. Bernstein’s talk, called “Vision is Overrated: A Blind Attorney and Athlete” is part of the Chabad Center’s “Distinguished Lecture Series.” He spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez from his cell phone in Yellowstone National Park.

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Open Spaces
3:37 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Wyoming author recounts memories of nine winters in Yellowstone

Although millions of visitors will flock to Yellowstone National Park this summer, Atlantic City-based author and journalist Marjane Ambler is one of the few people who’s lived there when the park is buried in snow.

The former High Country news editor lived with her husband – who drove a snow plow – inside Yellowstone for nine winters during the 1980s and 90s. In her new book, “Yellowstone has Teeth,” Ambler recounts stories of terror and wonder during her time there. She talks with Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez in the studio.

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Open Spaces
3:35 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Wyoming ranching families look to old traditions for modern brandings

The grazing land of Wyoming is currently filled with young calves out to pasture. Calving season lasts through the spring and early summer in Wyoming and once the calves are born ranchers have to brand them to identify which ranch they belong to. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov attended a branding and found that in the 21st Century, some ranchers are happily keeping up old, social customs during their brandings.

IRINA ZHOROV: Scott Sims’ ranch in the Rock Creek Valley in Southeast Wyoming branded a batch of their calves at the end of June.

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Open Spaces
3:24 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Essay: “There’s Nothing Wilder” by Jessie Veeder

Jessie Veeder
Credit prx.org

Writer, musician, and photographer Jessie Veeder reads her essay about visiting a ranch in North Dakota, “There’s Nothing Wilder.”

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News
6:47 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Laramie looks to grow public art

Credit Laramie Mural Project

The city of Laramie has just received a 25-thousand-dollar grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help bring more public art to the area.

The grants are designed to improve the quality of life in communities by encouraging creative activities and beautification projects.

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Arts
1:41 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Political Cartoonist, Kevin Kallaugher (KAL), talks about his life experiences

KAL talking at TEDx Jackson Hole.

Kevin Kallaugher’s (KAL) work for The Sun and The Economist has appeared in more than 100 publications worldwide, including Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Pravda, Krokodil, Daily Yomiuri, The Australian, The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report.

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