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6:09 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

July 27, 2012

BAER Teams Check Extent of Damage After Wild-land Fires
Irina Zhorov

BAER Teams Check Extent of Damage After Wild-land Fires

The fire season came early to Wyoming this year. Usually, Wyoming doesn’t see its biggest fires until late July but already there have been 10 fires that have burned over 265-thousand acres of land. Wet weather and the efforts of thousands of firefighters have contained the larger blazes …So what happens after a fire? Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports.

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5:37 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

BAER Teams Check Extent of Damage After Wild-land Fires

Landscape after the Squirrel Creek Fire in Southeast Wyoming was extinguished.
Irina Zhorov

HOST: The fire season came early to Wyoming this year. Usually, Wyoming doesn’t see its biggest fires until late July but already there have been 10 fires that have burned over 265-thousand acres of land. Wet weather and the efforts of thousands of firefighters have contained the larger blazes …So what happens after a fire? Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports.

Irina Zhorov: When the firefighters leave, the BAER team gets to work…

Larry Sandoval: It’s B-A-E-R, and it stand for Burned Area Emergency Response…

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5:31 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Health Care Experts: What The Affordable Care Act Could Mean for Wyoming

Host Intro: Healthcare experts gathered in Jackson this week to spell out what the Supreme Court ruling about the Affordable Care Act could mean for patients in Wyoming. Rebecca Huntington has more...

REBECCA HUNTINGTON: About a hundred people attended the talk, which was held in a classroom at St. John's Medical Center.

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5:21 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Albany County Takes Public Comment On Future Of Casper Aquifer

Tim Sullivan, Albany County Commissioner
Albany County, Wyoming

HOST INTRO: The Casper Aquifer provides fresh groundwater to Laramie and a portion of Albany County. The water is in great condition, and the city and county have traditionally worked in tandem to keep it that way, but their paths diverged a few years ago. Now, Albany County’s most recent Casper Aquifer Protection Plan resolution is open for public comment, and the public has had a lot to say about it. Rebecca Martinez reports.

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5:12 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

U.S. Geological Survey: Coalbed Natural Gas Production Has Minimal Impacts On Waterways

USGS

The U-S Geological Survey released a study examining how coalbed natural gas production affects water quality in nearby streams and rivers. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden spoke with Melanie Clark, the author of the report.

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5:03 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Investigation Of Contaminated Pavillion Water Presses On

HOST: In December, the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft report tentatively linking water contamination in the town of Pavillion to hydraulic fracturing activities in the area. The release of the draft report caused a spectacle, and state, federal and tribal agencies have now caught in a bureaucratic holding pattern, while residents affected by contaminated water wait in a form of investigative limbo. Wyoming Public Radio’s Tristan Ahtone attended a recent Pavillion Work Group meeting to get updates on the investigation.

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4:50 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Former Israeli Olympian And “Munich Massacre” Survivor To Speak In Jackson

Dan Alon was a fencer on the Israeli team in the 1972 Olympics. That year, terrorists broke into the Olympic Village and attacked the Israeli team members, killing 11 of them. Alon was one of the few who escaped. He’ll be speaking in Jackson on August 9, and he talks with Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden now.

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4:37 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

New Food Safety Rules Could Crack Down On Raw Milk Cow Shares

Raw milk in jar ready to be picked up by cow share owners.
Irina Zhorov

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture recently proposed new food safety rules. One of the most contentious adjustments has to do with raw milk – that’s milk that is not pasteurized. It’s already illegal to sell raw milk in the state, but if passed, the new rules would make it illegal to obtain it unless you own your own dairy cow. This has some milk drinkers very upset. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports.

Irina Zhorov: Frank Wallis hosts a herd of twelve milk cows on his ranch in Recluse, Wyoming.

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4:19 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Broadway-Bound Musical “Allegiance” Takes A Journey Through Heart Mountain Internment Camp

georgetakei.com

The Heart Mountain Relocation Center near Powell was one of several in the country that interned Japanese-Americans during World War II. The camp now sets the scene for a new musical called “Allegiance,” starring George Takei of Star Trek fame. The story follows the Kimura Family in the weeks after they are forced to leave their farm in Salinas, California and move to the internment camp in Wyoming. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez spoke with producer Lorenzo Thione and composer Jay Kuo, who co-wrote the play , which will open in San Diego in September.

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3:58 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Drought Forces Wyoming Ranchers to Sell-Off Cattle in Record Numbers

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Thanks to light snowpack and a dry spring, Wyoming is in the midst of a severe drought. Such dry conditions mean that much of the grass that covers Wyoming’s open spaces isn’t growing. Wyoming Public Radio’s Madison Williams reports that’s bad news for the state’s cattle ranchers, who depend on the grass to feed their livestock.

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3:51 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Yellowstone Superintendent Offers Update on Winter Use Plan

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This week Yellowstone National Park has held a series of meetings discussing its new proposed winter use plan.  Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk joins Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck and they discuss the fact that after several years of reduced numbers, more snowmobiles may soon be allowed in Yellowstone.

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3:42 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

15 Years In: WWAMI Program Produces Wyoming Doctors Who Settle In the State

Second-year WWAMI student Mark Wefel worked with Dr. Dean Bartholomew at the Platte valley Medical Clinic in Saratoga this summer as part of a four-week Rural/Underserved Opportunity Program (RUOP).
Rebecca Martinez
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3:24 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Students flock to University Summer Dance Program

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This summer, the Snowy Range Dance Festival is drawing dancers from across the Rocky Mountains and as far away as Florida for a period of intensive dance training. Now in its eighteenth year, the festival has long been an important resource for dancers in the region.

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3:54 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

June 22nd, 2012

Yellowstone National Park is worried that visitors take their safety for granted around wild animals. A passenger of this SUV got out of his car to take a close-up photo of this black bear.
Rebecca Martinez
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3:42 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Yellowstone fears visitors are too bold around animals

Yellowstone National Park is worried that visitors take their safety for granted around wild animals. A passenger of this SUV got out of his car to take a close-up photo of this black bear.
Rebecca Martinez

After a peaceful quarter century, bears in Yellowstone National park killed two visitors last summer. Now, park officials are adamantly warning visitors to forget the sense of security they feel at zoos and amusement parks because Yellowstone is a wild place. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez reports.

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3:40 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Safety official tries to help Wyoming reduce traffics deaths

One of the issues surrounding workplace safety is the number of serious highway crashes related to work.  In fact, 2010 statistics show that better than half of the fatalities in Wyoming were transportation related.  Colonel Mark Trostel is the former head of the Colorado Highway Patrol.  During his time that state went from have one of the lowest traffic safety records to the fifth best.  He is currently working to improve Encana’s traffic safety record and so far so good.  Trostel has been chosen to help Wyoming find ways to improve its ranking.  We caught up with him during a recent pres

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3:38 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

New efforts focus on restoring sage grouse habitat, to prevent endangered species listing

This well site near the Powder River was reclaimed eight years ago, but BLM officials say more needs to be done to make the area hospitable to sage grouse.

Sage grouse have been dying out in Wyoming and across the west for years, and the bird is being considered for endangered species listing. As a result, Wyoming has made a major push to preserve prime sage grouse habitat. But recently, scientists have been warning that conservation may not be enough. Studies have recommended that in addition to protecting habitat that’s still intact, the state needs to restore areas that have been disturbed. So now, a variety of agencies are working to come up with a plan for large-scale restoration. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.

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3:34 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Research indicates sage grouse dislike human-made noise

Jessica Blickley is one of the authors of a new report about the effects of noise on sage grouse.

As we’ve just heard, there’s a lot of concern over declining sage grouse numbers. And a lot of effort is going into keeping the birds from being included on the endangered species list. Part of that effort involves studying which aspects of human activity are most problematic. A new study published in the journal Conservation Biology examines how human-made noise – particularly the noise associated with gas development – affects sage grouse. We’re joined now by Jessica Blickley, one of the authors of the report.

Open Spaces
3:32 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Laramie residents discuss what they want to hear from candidates

During this election season candidates for public office are discussing a number of topics.  We asked Wyoming Public Radio’s Madison Williams to ask people in Laramie what issues they’d like to hear candidates discuss.

Open Spaces
3:30 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Democratic Candidate for U-S House Chris Henrichsen discusses health care, energy issues and more

Casper College Political Science Professor Chris Henrichsen is running for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat.  He joins us for the first time to discuss his campaign and some of the issues facing the state and nation….

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3:28 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Laramie’s Mark Jenkins discusses his recent Everest trip

Laramie resident Mark Jenkins recently returned to Wyoming after climbing Mount Everest. Jenkins is a travel writer for Outside Magazine and a contributor to National Geographic … and he joins us now to discuss his experience. He says Everest expeditions are long -- typically two months or even longer.

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5:41 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

June 15th, 2012

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5:25 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Many are Optimistic That Wyoming’s Uranium Industry Will Grow

Cameco’s Smith Ranch Central Processing facility
Courtesy of Cameco

Intro:    For the last several years a number of companies and politicians have expressed interest in getting more actively involved in Wyoming’s Uranium industry.  Currently a task force of lawmakers is studying nuclear energy production and companies are testing the waters before they jump into the marketplace.  The upside is that Wyoming has a lot of Uranium, the downside is cost and regulations.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck has more.

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5:20 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Uranium Mining In Jeffrey City: Past, Present and Future

The McIntosh Pit in Jeffrey City is full of water that has a high content of radionucleides.
Irina Zhorov

HOST: Everyone is predicting a uranium boom internationally and Wyoming has the largest deposits in the U.S. The state has a legacy of uranium mining, as well. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov looks at the boom and its history.

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