Tristan Ahtone http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en July 27, 2012 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/july-27-2012 <p><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/baer-teams-check-extent-damage-after-wild-land-fires"><strong>BAER Teams Check Extent of Damage After Wild-land Fires </strong></a></p><p>The fire season came early to Wyoming this year. Usually, Wyoming doesn&rsquo;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 &hellip;So what happens after a fire? Wyoming Public Radio&rsquo;s Irina Zhorov reports.</p> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 00:09:57 +0000 Bob Beck, Tristan Ahtone , Willow Belden, Rebecca Huntington, Rebecca Martinez & Irina Zhorov 27626 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org July 27, 2012 Investigation Of Contaminated Pavillion Water Presses On http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/investigation-contaminated-pavillion-water-presses <p>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.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 23:03:15 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 27620 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Investigation Of Contaminated Pavillion Water Presses On July 20th, 2012 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/july-20th-2012 <p><a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wpr/openspaces.mediaplayer?STATION_NAME=wpr&amp;MEDIA_ID=1016469&amp;MEDIA_EXTENSION=mp3&amp;MODULE=openspaces "><strong>Listen to the whole show</strong></a></p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 22:07:10 +0000 Bob Beck, Madison Williams , Rebecca Martinez, Tristan Ahtone & Willow Belden 27291 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org July 20th, 2012 Tribal Law and Order Two Years Later http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tribal-law-and-order-two-years-later <p><a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wpr/openspaces.mediaplayer?STATION_NAME=wpr&amp;MEDIA_ID=1016477&amp;MEDIA_EXTENSION=mp3&amp;MODULE=openspaces"><strong>Listen to the Interview</strong></a></p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:31:45 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 27280 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org HEARTH Act passes U.S. Senate, could expedite land transactions on Wind River http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hearth-act-passes-us-senate-could-expedite-land-transactions-wind-river <p>The Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership – or HEARTH –Act has passed the U.S. Senate and is expected to be signed by President Obama soon.</p><p>Originally introduced by Wyoming Republican John Barrasso, the HEARTH Act allows tribes to approve land leases… while the current path to homeownership requires the Bureau of Indian Affairs to approve land leases. The BIA process has been known to take between six months and two years.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 23:58:10 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 27226 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org HEARTH Act passes U.S. Senate, could expedite land transactions on Wind River Wyoming education improvement lags despite heavy spending http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-education-improvement-lags-despite-heavy-spending <p>Wyoming spends more money on students than nearly any other state in the U.S.,but that influx of cash has failed to translate to higher performing students. That&rsquo;s according to a new report from Harvard University.</p><p>Co-author Paul Peterson says the study examined improvements from 1992 to 2011. Most states have closed the gap in that time period, but not the Cowboy State.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 23:46:05 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 27166 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming education improvement lags despite heavy spending Eastern Shoshone Tribe Has Yet to Account For Stimulus Funds http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/eastern-shoshone-tribe-has-yet-account-stimulus-funds <div style="margin:0;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt;">According to the federal Recovery, Accountability and Transparency Board – the body responsible for monitoring money from President Obama’s economic stimulus program – 303 recipients nationwide have failed to file financial reports to show how they used the money. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 23:58:34 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 27108 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Eastern Shoshone Tribe Has Yet to Account For Stimulus Funds Wind River Reservation Could Get Help Through VAWA http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wind-river-reservation-could-get-help-through-vawa <p>Supporters of the Violence Against Women Act are hoping the law will be improved with provisions that could have a big impact on the Wind River Reservation. The Act provides grant money to support women who have been victims of domestic violence, including on Reservations.</p><p>U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, Kip Crofts, says it would give tribes more power to prosecute domestic violence.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 19:30:55 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 27035 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wind River Reservation Could Get Help Through VAWA Pavillion residents may apply for water tanks http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pavillion-residents-may-apply-water-tanks <p>Residents in the town of Pavillion will soon be able to receive water cistern systems. A cistern is a water holding tank.&nbsp; Pavillion is at the center of an ongoing Environmental Protection Agency investigation on whether hydraulic fracturing has contaminated the towns drinking water.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:56:01 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 26778 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pavillion residents may apply for water tanks Non-Tribal Gaming In Wyoming Sees Drop http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/non-tribal-gaming-wyoming-sees-drop <p>Sports and horse race wagering in Wyoming dropped by more than 14% from 2009 to 2010, according to a new report. However, <em>Casino City&rsquo;s North American Gaming Almanac</em> also showed a growth in those wagers of nearly 40-percent between in the previous two years.</p><p>Vin Narayanan is the managing editor for the report. He the 14% drop Wyoming saw in 2010 tracks closely with the national trend.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:25:50 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 26743 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Non-Tribal Gaming In Wyoming Sees Drop General Fund Sees Increase http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/general-fund-sees-increase <p>New numbers from the Wyoming Economic Analysis Division show the state&rsquo;s general fund standing at about $920-million after an additional $73-million came in during May.</p><p>Investment income led the way, contributing 14% more than expected.</p><p>Bill Mai is with the Wyoming Economic Analysis Division.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 17:20:00 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 26696 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org General Fund Sees Increase July 6th, 2012 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/july-6th-2012 <p><strong>Listen to the <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wpr/openspaces.mediaplayer?STATION_NAME=wpr&amp;MEDIA_ID=1015497&amp;MEDIA_EXTENSION=mp3&amp;MODULE=openspaces ">whole show</a></strong></p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 20:09:29 +0000 Bob Beck, Rebecca Martinez, Tristan Ahtone & Willow Belden 26615 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org July 6th, 2012 Evacuations Continue For Squirrel Creek Fire http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/evacuations-continue-squirrel-creek-fire <p>Just under 300 firefighters are now battling the Squirrel Creek fire, and officials say up to a thousand more could arrive. The wildfire, just 30 miles south-west of Laramie, has burned just under 7,000 acres and has been ranked the number three priority fire in the country.</p><p>Rocky Opliger is incident commander for the fire. He says that prioritization allows firefighters to compete nationally for much needed resources.</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 17:59:49 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 26482 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Evacuations Continue For Squirrel Creek Fire BLM Posts Coal Sale To Peabody http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/blm-posts-coal-sale-peabody <p>Peabody Energy has been awarded a coal lease sale by the Bureau of Land Management for roughly $793-million. The tract is located in the Powder River Basin, and Peabody paid about a $1.10 per ton of coal, of which 721 million tons are estimated to be mineable.</p><p>Governor Matt Mead says the sale will be good for the state.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s just short of 800 million dollars, which means over a course of about five years, Wyoming will get a little less than 400 million dollars from that sale,&rdquo; says Mead.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 17:16:08 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 26309 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org BLM Posts Coal Sale To Peabody Native Americans Applaud Supreme Court Ruling http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/native-americans-applaud-supreme-court-ruling <p>In upholding the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court has also affirmed the permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.</p><p>Many Native Americans receive healthcare through the Indian Health Service, or IHS, with more than 10,000 people in Wyoming eligible for services, and 2-million nationwide.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 02:47:33 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 26267 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Native Americans Applaud Supreme Court Ruling Affordable Care Act Could Change Course Of Election http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/affordable-care-act-could-change-course-election <p>Analysts predict that the Supreme Court&rsquo;s decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act will strengthen President Barack Obama&rsquo;s position for reelection this November. Obama&rsquo;s critics had charged that the healthcare law was unconstitutional, but, the court&rsquo;s ruling now effectively removes that line of argument.</p><p>Jim King is a professor of political science at the University of Wyoming. He says Republicans will continue criticizing the content of the law, but will most likely use the healthcare act as a means of energizing voters.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 18:40:00 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 26233 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Affordable Care Act Could Change Course Of Election Wyoming's Congressional Leaders React To Affordable Care Act Decision http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyomings-congressional-leaders-react-affordable-care-act-decision <p>Wyoming&#39;s Congressional leaders are voicing their disdain for the Supreme Court&rsquo;s decision to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Senator John Barrasso says despite the court&rsquo;s ruling, the law is unworkable, unpopular, and bad for patients, providers and taxpayers. And he urged voters to remove elected officials in order to repeal the law.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 18:36:36 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 26232 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming's Congressional Leaders React To Affordable Care Act Decision College Education In Wyoming Is Panned http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/college-education-wyoming-panned <p>Officials from the University of Wyoming dispute a recent report from the Institute For Competitive Workforce that pans college education in the state. The ICW is the nonprofit affiliation of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 23:47:46 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 26062 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org College Education In Wyoming Is Panned June 22nd, 2012 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/june-22nd-2012 <p><a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wpr/openspaces.mediaplayer?STATION_NAME=wpr&amp;MEDIA_ID=1014587&amp;MEDIA_EXTENSION=mp3&amp;MODULE=openspaces"><br /><strong>Listen to the Whole Show</strong></a></p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 21:54:10 +0000 Bob Beck, Rebecca Martinez, Tristan Ahtone & Willow Belden 25953 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org June 22nd, 2012 US Attorney sees a decrease in Wind River Reservation crime http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/us-attorney-sees-decrease-wind-river-reservation-crime <p>Wyoming’s U.S. Attorney Kip Crofts says an increased presence in law enforcement on the Wind River Reservation is having an effect on high levels of crime there.</p><p>Crofts, along with members of the legislature’s Tribal Select and Joint Judiciary Interim Committees, met on Wind River earlier this week to discuss issues related to crime and Crofts says continued federal and state support may be the key to addressing the issue.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 23:39:42 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 25896 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org US Attorney sees a decrease in Wind River Reservation crime Changes coming to miners health care http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/changes-coming-miners-health-care <p>The Wyoming Miners Hospital Board is looking to make changes in its programs, as the result of 8-percent budget cuts Governor Matt Mead has asked all state agencies to prepare for.</p><p>The Hospital Board assists miners in the state with medical costs related to hearing, respiratory, cardiac and muscle skeletal issues all of which are problem areas for miners.</p><p>Mary Ellen Young is a retired coal miner and executive director of the Wyoming Miners Hospital Board. She says the cuts will affect the Board&rsquo;s services in two places.</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:23:03 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 25776 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Changes coming to miners health care June 15th, 2012 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/june-15th-2012 <p><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/many-are-optimistic-wyoming-s-uranium-industry-will-grow">Many are optimistic that Wyoming&rsquo;s Uranium Industry will grow </a></p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 23:41:40 +0000 Bob Beck, Tristan Ahtone , Willow Belden, Rebecca Martinez & Irina Zhorov 25609 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org June 15th, 2012 Land Grab: What Happened on the Wind River Reservation? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/land-grab-what-happened-wind-river-reservation <p>HOST: As we just heard, the uranium industry may have a long way to go in earning back the public’s trust, especially on the Wind River Reservation. In 2010, the Department of Energy released well monitoring data from the Wind River Reservation. What they found was that uranium levels in a number of their wells had spiked up to 100 times the legal limit. In early May the Department of Energy released tap test results showing uranium levels nearly twice the legal limit, but later said the results were anomalies. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 22:41:34 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 25601 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Land Grab: What Happened on the Wind River Reservation? Concerns expressed about in situ uranium mining http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/concerns-expressed-about-situ-uranium-mining <p>With uranium mining making a comeback across the country and especially Wyoming, a recent government report recommends that better coordination between federal agencies is needed for financial assurances&nbsp; and that agencies need to update databases to find out how many abandoned mines actually exist in the U.S.</p><p>Government Accountability Office and environmental director, Anu Mittal&nbsp; says in situ mining - a process where operators inject chemicals and water underground to pump uranium back to the surface for processing, may also pose future problems.</p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 00:18:25 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 25178 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Concerns expressed about in situ uranium mining June 1st, 2012 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/june-1st-2012 <p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-s-delegation-opposes-increasing-debt-limit">Wyoming&rsquo;s delegation opposes increasing the debt limit</a></strong> Sat, 02 Jun 2012 19:05:11 +0000 Bob Beck, Rebecca Martinez, Tristan Ahtone & Willow Belden 24963 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org June 1st, 2012 Edward Wadda Passes http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/edward-wadda-passes <p>Edward Wadda, Tribal Liaison between the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and Governor Matt Meads office, passed in a car accident last night (Thursday) at the age of 42.</p><p>Wadda served as Tribal Liaison since 2005. While also volunteering as an adviser for Wind River United National Indian Tribal Youth, which works to promote drug-free, healthy lifestyles… promoting education, and keeping culture and traditions alive.</p><p>Judith Antell is the director of American Indian Studies at the University of Wyoming. She first met Wadda in 1993, and says they have remained friends ever since.</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 23:57:11 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 24933 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Edward Wadda Passes May 18th, 2012 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/may-18th-2012 <p><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-strives-curb-ozone-levels-meet-federal-mandate"><strong>Wyoming strives to curb ozone levels to meet federal mandate</strong></a> Fri, 18 May 2012 22:28:55 +0000 Bob Beck, Rebecca Martinez, Tristan Ahtone , Willow Belden & Irina Zhorov 24293 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org May 18th, 2012 Reservation Tap Water Has Acceptable Levels Of Uranium To Drink http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/reservation-tap-water-has-acceptable-levels-uranium-drink <p>The Department of Energy announced Friday that water being provided to residents of the Wind River Reservation is safe to drink.</p><p>Last week, DOE officials confirmed that tap water in four households on the reservation showed elevated levels of uranium nearly twice the legal limit.</p><p>This week, the DOE’s April Gil said in a statement that the elevated levels were inaccurate, the tap water has been retested, and is safe for consumption.</p> Sat, 12 May 2012 00:24:20 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 23943 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Reservation Tap Water Has Acceptable Levels Of Uranium To Drink May 11th, 2012 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/may-11th-2012 <p><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/election-year-politics-are-derailing-efforts-improve-wyoming-s-economy"><strong>Election year politics are derailing efforts to improve Wyoming&rsquo;s economy. </strong></a><br />President Obama is chiding Congress for not acting on his slimmed down plan to spur economic growth in Wyoming and elsewhere. Matt Laslo reports from Washington that election year politicking is expected to derail this latest effort to get the economy moving.</p> Fri, 11 May 2012 22:33:12 +0000 Bob Beck, Rebecca Martinez, Tristan Ahtone & Willow Belden 23937 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org May 11th, 2012 Wind River Reservation residents still worry about uranium waste in tap water http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wind-river-reservation-residents-still-worry-about-uranium-waste-tap-water <p>Last week, the Department of Energy announced that uranium at nearly twice the legal limit had been found in the tap water of four households on the Wind River Reservation. The event marks another incident in a long and troubled history in the area.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone brings us this report on the find.</p> Fri, 11 May 2012 21:52:50 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 23928 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wind River Reservation residents still worry about uranium waste in tap water