wyoming

Open Spaces
4:23 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Thriving trona industry could face threats from environmental regulations

FMC Corporation
Credit Lee James

Trona mining is a widely forgotten part of the state’s extraction industries. But in Sweetwater County, it’s a big deal. Just west of Green River, there’s a hidden labyrinth of tunnels far below I-80. And the industry is a major part of the county’s economy. But some worry that environmental issues could be a major burden for trona mining. Amanda Le Claire has more.

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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
4:06 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Laramie’s multiplying rabbits: what’s to blame?

Credit Larry D. Moore

Laramie residents have been noticing more rabbits than usual in town this year. Some experts say it’s because there are fewer predators, but others aren’t so sure. Wyoming Public Radio’s Chelsea Biondolillo reports.

CHELSEA BIONDOLILLO: Melissa Gelwicks has had a backyard garden next to Undine Park for about 7 years. She grows everything from squashes and herbs to cabbages, beets and greens. She’s used to rabbits frequenting her garden, but this year there seem to be more of them.

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Topic of the Week
2:42 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Liz Cheney will challenge Senator Mike Enzi in the 2014 Republican primary. What are your thoughts?

Liz Cheney will challenge Senator Mike Enzi in the 2014 Republican primary.  What are your thoughts?

Open Spaces
3:55 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

National Republican Party Supports Enzi over Cheney

Wyoming’s senior senator, Mike Enzi

This week Wyoming’s senior senator, Mike Enzi, was surprised to learn he’ll be facing off against Liz Cheney in what’s expected to be one of the most heated Republican primaries in the nation. Matt Laslo reports from Washington that right now, the Republican Party is wrapping its arms around Enzi. 

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Open Spaces
3:48 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Gov. Mead speaks about the Pavillion water study, state revenues, doctors in the state, and more

Governor Matt Mead

Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov caught up with Governor Matt Mead to check in about some big changes in the state in the coming months. Her first question was about the Environmental Protection Agency’s report on contaminated water in Pavillion and the state’s takeover of the study.

Though the entities involved in the study have previously expressed skepticism over the EPA’s findings, Governor Mead says he has no doubts that the state’s study will be unbiased.

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Open Spaces
3:41 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Wyoming Education reforms move forward as the Hill debate continues

Unless you are new to the state or have lived under a rock, you are aware that the state legislature passed a law that changed the powers of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and placed a Director in charge of Education.  Now lawmakers are investing a report that suggests possible wrong doing by Superintendent Cindy Hill…charges she denies.  It might lead people to worry about education in the state.  But lawmakers want you to know that they continue to try and make change for the better.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck has the story…

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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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Liz Cheney
6:19 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Liz Cheney meets the media, formally announces her run for the US Senate

Liz Cheney
Credit Bob Beck / Wyoming Public Radio

Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President and Wyoming Congressman Dick Cheney, formally announced her candidacy for the U-S Senate during press conferences in Casper and Cheyenne.  Cheney will face off against incumbent Mike Enzi in next summer’s Republican primary. 


During a news conference Cheney attacked President Obama and what she called his liberal agenda.  She complained that too many Republicans have compromised with Democrats.

 

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Behind the Scenes
1:53 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Weekend at the Big Horn Mountain Festival

The Quebe Sisters Band
Paul Montoya

The 9th Annual Big Horn Mountain Festival was held July 12, 13, and 14, at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Buffalo Wyoming. Wyoming Public Media's Morning Music hosts Grady Kirkpatrick and Paul Montoya traveled to the festival and enjoyed the summer sun and the many bands that played. Here are a few pictures from their weekend at the Big Horn Mountain Festival.

Behind the Scenes
2:16 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

StoryCorps Opening Day in Cheyenne

WPM General Manager Christina Kuzmych waiting for the crowd to gather.
Pam Ten Eyck

Take a look at the many on-goings during StoryCorps Opening Day in Cheyenne on July 12. Everyone at Wyoming Public Media had a role to play in the StoryCorps launch and the event went off without a hitch. From the press that were invited, to the live interviews and the conversations held, there was never a dull moment.

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Open Spaces
3:10 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

New homelessness coordinator takes first steps in creating long-term homelessness plan

Brenda Lyttle

Governor Matt Mead is hoping to create a ten-year plan to address homelessness in Wyoming. As a first step in the process, the Department of Family Services has appointed a homelessness coordinator. Her name is Brenda Lyttle.

Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden spoke with her. Lyttle says her first task will be to identify what services are already available to homeless individuals in different communities in Wyoming.

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Open Spaces
3:07 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

UW Field Court to teach students about historical, religious importance of Heart Mountain

This month, the University of Wyoming will host a field course where students will explore the geographic, historical and religious significance of Heart Mountain in northern Wyoming.

Two educators will split the teaching of the course, one focusing on history, and the other on religion. The latter, Mary Keller, is a historian of religions and a lecturer at U-W. She spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez from the Big Horn Radio Network in Cody about what makes Heart Mountain so special.

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Open Spaces
2:53 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Rock Springs still working to fix sink holes created decades ago by coal mines

John Marushak, in his house on D Street in 1967
Credit Johnson and Fermelia Co., Inc.

More than 50 years ago residents of Rock Springs were shocked to learn that many of their houses, schools, and churches were in danger. The coal mines built underneath the town were beginning to collapse due to neglect and some environmental factors. It’s called subsidence and it’s happening in older mining towns all over the West. Wyoming Public Radio’s Amanda Le Claire has more on how the city is dealing with the problem now.

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Open Spaces
2:44 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Miss Indian America winners reunite in Sheridan

Vivian Arviso's future husband first saw her when she appeared as Miss Indian America in the parade at All American Indian Days in Sheridan, Wyo. in 1961.
Credit Lenz Collection, Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library Wyoming Room

The Sheridan WYO Rodeo in will host the return of some special guests this year. The Miss Indian America pageant was held during the rodeo from 1953 until 1984 and several past winners will reunite this weekend.

ARCHIVAL TAPE: [Drumming] There’s a town out west where the eye can stretch over the plains from mesa to mountains, where the heart warms in the sunshine of friends and the townspeople can see buffalo from their own backyards. Such a place is Sheridan Wyoming!  

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Open Spaces
2:34 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

UPSTARTS: “Fear No Chocolate,” The Meeteetse Chocolatier known for his story and original flavors

Rancher Tim Kellogg uses a variety of local ingredients, including huckleberries, Wyoming Whiskey, and homemade pine needle extract at his chocolate shot. The Meeteetse Chocolatier is celebrating his ninth year in business this month.
Credit Rebecca Martinez

Rancher and former saddle bronc rider, Tim Kellogg of Meeteetse, began selling homemade chocolates on weekends to bankroll his rodeo passion in 2004. Known by many as the “Meeteetse Chocolatier,” Kellogg now runs a shop on the little town’s main street seven days a week, drawing locals and tourists back again and again for his rich and creative flavor pairings. Rebecca Martinez interviewed him and produced this piece.

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News
12:45 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Playwright Gregory Hinton talk about his latest project, Waiting for a Chinook

Waiting For A Chinook will close out the Snowy Range Summer Theatre season this year. The story follows a reporter from the city who returns to his Western hometown to search for meaning in the writings of his late father.

I spoke to author Gregory Hinton, who, like his hero, returned to Wyoming from California to seek out his own father’s writings in archives of the Cody Enterprise, where G.C. Kip Hinton was an editor. 

Leigh Selting directs the play. Performances will run July 9th to the 13th at the Buchanan Center for Performing Arts Studio Theatre in Laramie, Wyoming.

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Open Spaces
2:04 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Wyoming lawmakers outraged at Obama’s climate plan

This week President Obama announced he's going to attempt to combat climate change from the Oval Office. Wyoming's three Republicans in Congress are none too happy with his plan. As Matt Laslo reports, they say it could cripple the state's economy and hit your pocket. 

MATT LASLO: Climate change wasn't really a part of the 20-12 election, so the president surprised many when he promised to deal with global warming in his second inaugural address. Now he's coming out swinging again...charging Republicans with being deaf to the scientific community. 

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Open Spaces
1:56 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Wyoming gears up for adventure race

Credit Photo courtesy of Cowboy Tough Adventure Race

In July, Wyoming enters the world of adventure racing when the state hosts the Cameco and City of Casper Cowboy Tough Adventure Race.  It’s a 3 ½-day race across the state that begins on July 18th. 

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Open Spaces
1:51 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Grand Teton Music Festival returns

Credit Photo courtesy of Grand Teton Music Festival

Next week the annual Grand Teton Music Festival gets underway at the Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck spoke with Andrew Palmer Todd, the New Executive Director of the event. He says this event has become well known.

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Open Spaces
3:52 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Sequester effects less painful than expected, but lawmakers still unhappy

The congressionally mandated budget cuts called sequestration continue to have an impact on Wyoming. And while the state’s Republican lawmakers say those cuts aren’t having as big of an impact as predicted by Democrats, Matt Laslo reports from Washington that the delegation still isn’t happy with the sequester.

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Open Spaces
3:48 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Efforts to restore sage grouse habitat move forward

Last year, we reported on a new project to restore sage grouse habitat that’s been disturbed by energy development in the Powder River Basin. The Bureau of Land Management, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other agencies are participating in the effort.

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Open Spaces
3:41 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

A crime victim and perpetrator talk about how their unlikely friendship came to be

Stephen Watt (right) and Mark Farnham (left) during a recent visit.

Restorative justice is an approach to dealing with crime that put the victim of the crime front and center and considers how the offense affected the community, rather than looking at it as an isolated incident. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov has a three part series about restorative justice efforts in Wyoming, starting with a case study.

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Open Spaces
3:33 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Restorative justice initiatives in WY are just starting

Restorative justice is an approach to dealing with crime that put the victim of the crime front and center and considers how the offense affected the community, rather than looking at it as an isolated incident. Wyoming Public Radio has a three part series about restorative justice efforts in Wyoming, starting with a case study. To hear Part 3 of the series, click here.

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Open Spaces
3:30 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Watt and Farnham discuss the benefits of restorative justice in their lives

Stephen Watt (right) and Mark Farnham (left) during a recent visit.

Restorative justice is an approach to dealing with crime that put the victim of the crime front and center and considers how the offense affected the community, rather than looking at it as an isolated incident. Wyoming Public Radio has a three part series about restorative justice efforts in Wyoming.

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Open Spaces
3:16 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

With added OSHA personnel, more companies get safety consultations

Wyoming consistently has one of the highest rates of workplace fatalities in the country. Many of these are in the energy industry, though not all. Last year, the state legislature decided to tackle the problem by hiring more safety consultants for Wyoming’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA. Most agree that the change has been positive, but some say more still needs to be done, in order to reduce workplace injuries and deaths. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.

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Station Activities
4:28 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

StoryCorps coming to Cheyenne July 12. Reservations are now open

To make a reservation for StoryCorps stop in Cheyenne, click here or call 800-850-4406.

StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs, will record interviews in Cheyenne from Fri. July 12 to Sat. Aug. 3 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour.

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News
3:06 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Former Secretary of State Thyra Thomson has died

A woman who served Wyoming as Secretary of State for 24 years has died.  Thyra Thomson died Tuesday at the age of 96.

She was elected to the office in 1962, just two years after her husband Congressman and U-S Senator-elect Keith Thomson  died of a heart attack.  Thyra Thomson served until 1987.  Thomson was an advocate for comparable worth, equal pay for women and affordable day care.  During a 1993 interview for the state archive’s she noted that wage disparity was a serious issue and tried to work on it.

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Topic of the Week
12:49 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

What do you think about the proposal to improve early childhood education in the state?

What do you think about the proposal to improve early childhood education in the state?

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