Bob Beck http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Mead Negotiating For Wyoming Medicaid Expansion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-negotiating-wyoming-medicaid-expansion <p>Governor Matt Mead may be changing his mind when it comes to expanding Medicaid services for low income people in the state. After publicly rejecting the notion of Medicaid expansion late last year, the governor says he is negotiating in good faith with the federal department of Health and Human Services to develop a Wyoming specific Medicaid expansion plan.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:00:33 +0000 Bob Beck 61632 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Negotiating For Wyoming Medicaid Expansion July 18th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/july-18th-2014 <p></p><p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-mead-seeks-second-term">Governor Mead Seeks Second Term</a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="http://http://meadforgovernor.com/" target="_blank">Governor Matt Mead </a></strong>is seeking his second term in office. The governor is facing Cheyenne Businessman and Doctor Taylor Haynes and Superintendent Cindy Hill in the Republican primary. Mead spoke with Bob Beck. They begin by discussing some of the challenges facing the state.<a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-mead-seeks-second-term"> </a></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:38:50 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Bob Beck, Melodie Edwards & Miles Bryan 61553 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org July 18th, 2014 Governor Mead Seeks Second Term http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-mead-seeks-second-term <p><strong><a href="http://http://meadforgovernor.com/" target="_blank">Governor Matt Mead </a></strong>is seeking his second term in office. The governor is facing Cheyenne Businessman and Doctor Taylor Haynes and Superintendent Cindy Hill in the Republican primary. Mead spoke with Bob Beck. They begin by discussing some of the challenges facing the state.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:31:08 +0000 Bob Beck 61552 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor Mead Seeks Second Term Pete Illoway Is A Candidate For Secretary Of State http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pete-illoway-candidate-secretary-state <p>Pete Illoway has a background in working for both the U-S and State Department of Agriculture, Wycon Chemical Company, Coastal Chem, Inc. and the economic development operation Cheyenne Leads. He is currently a consultant and lobbyist. Illoway was a state representative from 1998 to 2012.&nbsp;</p><p>During that time he chaired a committee that worked closely with the Secretary of State’s office. He joins Bob Beck.</p><p>Learn more about <strong><a href="https://www.peteilloway.com/" target="_blank">Pete Illoway. </a></strong></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:00:40 +0000 Bob Beck 61549 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pete Illoway Is A Candidate For Secretary Of State Former Navy Commander Seeks State Superintendent Nomination http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/former-navy-commander-seeks-state-superintendent-nomination <p>Three Republicans are seeking the nomination for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. One of them is Bill Winney. He is a retired Naval Officer who wants to bring that leadership experience to help run the state department of education. In the Navy he trained a number of people and says training and education were a key part of his career.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:37:19 +0000 Bob Beck 61547 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Former Navy Commander Seeks State Superintendent Nomination July 11th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/july-11th-2014 <p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/federal-highway-money-remains-risk" target="_blank">Federal Highway Money Remains At Risk</a></strong></p><p>The federal pot of money that’s supposed to keep local roads and bridges intact may soon be empty, yet lawmakers on Capitol Hill are miles apart from each other. It remains unclear if they’ll be able to bridge the gulf. Matt Laslo reports from Washington on how the Wyoming delegation is weighing in on the debate that’s sucking the air out of Washington this summer.</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:50:42 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Bob Beck, Matt Laslo, Melodie Edwards, Micah Schweizer, Miles Bryan & Stephanie Joyce 61214 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org July 11th, 2014 Clark Stith Discusses His Run For Secretary Of State http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/clark-stith-discusses-his-run-secretary-state <p>Rock Springs Republican Clark Stith is one of four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Secretary of State.&nbsp; Stith practices business law and is on the Rock Springs City Council.&nbsp; He is also the former chairman of the Sweetwater County Republican Party.&nbsp; Stith tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck that one thing he’d like to do is streamline the office.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:53:22 +0000 Bob Beck 61210 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Clark Stith Discusses His Run For Secretary Of State A Casper Family Changes Careers To Make Alcohol http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/casper-family-changes-careers-make-alcohol <p>Many people have ideas for small businesses, but not many of them quit their day jobs to try something unique, especially when it’s something they know little about. But that’s exactly what the Pollock<strong> </strong>family of Casper did in starting <strong><a href="http://backwardsdistilling.com/" target="_blank">Backwards Distilling Company</a></strong>.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>“My son’s an absinth drinker and absinth is hard to come by and he and she were talking… why don’t we just make some make some… and then we all looked at each other and we all stopped and went hmmm.”</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:09:33 +0000 Bob Beck 61207 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Casper Family Changes Careers To Make Alcohol Climb Wyoming Will End Sweetwater Co. Program http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/climb-wyoming-will-end-sweetwater-co-program <p>Climb Wyoming says it will discontinue its Sweetwater County program due to a decrease in public funding and other considerations.&nbsp; The non-profit organization trains and places single mothers into career-track jobs.&nbsp;</p><p>Climb Wyoming’s Shannon Brooks Hamby said that the Sweetwater County Operation will shut down on October first despite the fact that the program was very successful.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:55:21 +0000 Bob Beck 61175 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Climb Wyoming Will End Sweetwater Co. Program Superintendent Candidate Favors Local Standards And Accountability http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/superintendent-candidate-favors-local-standards-and-accountability <p>A member of State Superintendent Cindy Hill’s staff is hoping to replace her.&nbsp; Sheryl Lane is one of three Republican’s running for the right to face Democrat Mike Ceballos in the November general election.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Lane is a former classroom teacher and while she likes the fact that legislators are looking at improving school and teacher accountability, she does not like the way they are going about it.&nbsp; She says they have developed state accountability measures, something she opposes.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:07:37 +0000 Bob Beck 61023 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Superintendent Candidate Favors Local Standards And Accountability June 27th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/june-27th-2014 <p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-coal-versus-courts">Wyoming Coal Versus The Courts </a></strong></p><p>This week’s Supreme Court ruling on the EPA and its ability to regulate carbon is a mixed bag for Wyoming officials and energy producers. It sets the stakes even higher for Republicans in the state who are determined to derail a pending EPA rule on climate change.</p><p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-does-not-officially-track-health-impacts-energy">Wyoming Does Not Officially Track Health Impacts From Energy</a></strong></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:15:28 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Bob Beck, Dan Boyce, Erin Jones & Melodie Edwards & Penny Preston 60531 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org June 27th, 2014 Wyoming Does Not Officially Track Health Impacts From Energy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-does-not-officially-track-health-impacts-energy <p>As energy development increases across the country many states are starting to look into whether or not it would be a good idea to set up data bases to track possible health impacts directly attributed to energy development.&nbsp; Colorado has developed an extensive system within its Department of Health to track and investigate health care impacts.&nbsp; The State of Wyoming has not developed such a data base. Doctor Tracy Murphy is the state epidemiologist. He says the Department of Health rare fields calls of that nature.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:55:44 +0000 Bob Beck 60529 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Does Not Officially Track Health Impacts From Energy Wyoming Still Has Long Term Care Issues http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-still-has-long-term-care-issues <p>Wyoming ranks 16<sup>th</sup> in the nation when it comes to meeting the long term health care needs of older residents.&nbsp; The ranking comes from a comprehensive state by state scorecard developed by AARP, the Commonwealth fund, and SCAN foundation.&nbsp;</p><p>In Wyoming unpaid family caregivers provide the bulk of care for older Wyoming residents, in part because long term care is unaffordable for most middle income families.&nbsp; AARP Wyoming’s Associate Director Tim Lockwood says things aren’t all that bad in the state, but they could be better.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:39:03 +0000 Bob Beck 60527 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Still Has Long Term Care Issues Unemployment Up Slightly http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/unemployment-slightly <p>The Wyoming unemployment rate rose slightly last month.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Department of Workforce Services says the rate was 3.8 % in May a point-one percent increase from April.&nbsp; But the Department says that is due to young people leaving school and entering the workforce.&nbsp;</p><p>The unemployment rate dropped nearly a full percentage point from May of last year where it stood at 4.6%.&nbsp;</p><p>The lowest unemployment rate was in Converse County at 2.8%, the highest unemployment rate was in Teton County at 5.7%.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:13:24 +0000 Bob Beck 60336 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Unemployment Up Slightly June 13th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/june-13th-2014 <p></p><p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramie-county-sees-surge-oil-and-gas-development">Laramie County Sees Surge In Oil And Gas </a><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramie-county-sees-surge-oil-and-gas-development">Development</a></strong></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:19:54 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Bob Beck, Grace Hood, Melodie Edwards, Micah Schweizer, Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 59816 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org June 13th, 2014 Rep. Lummis Says It Has Been An Interesting Week In The U.S. House http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/rep-lummis-says-it-has-been-interesting-week-us-house <p></p><p>If you think having candidates stopping by your home can get annoying, Wyoming U-S Representative Cynthia Lummis feels your pain. Following the primary election loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Lummis is being bombarded by those interested in that job and other leadership jobs that may come free after Cantor's replacement is chosen. Lummis told Bob Beck that the internal campaigning is something to watch.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:50:10 +0000 Bob Beck 59810 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Rep. Lummis Says It Has Been An Interesting Week In The U.S. House Social Service Providers Provide Care To A Growing Population Of Military Vets http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/social-service-providers-provide-care-growing-population-military-vets <p></p><p>Returning from military service back into so called normal society continues to be a challenge for many veterans.&nbsp; It doesn’t help if they have difficulty getting Veterans Administration Services.&nbsp; In Wyoming, the two VA hospitals have been criticized for the amount of time veterans need to wait to get care.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports that social service providers say they <strong>are</strong> trying to provide adequate services to a growing population of vets.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:33:32 +0000 Bob Beck 59808 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Social Service Providers Provide Care To A Growing Population Of Military Vets June 6th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/june-6th-2014 <p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/democrats-try-improve-their-legislative-numbers" target="_blank">Democrats Try To Improve Their Legislative Numbers&nbsp; </a></strong></p><p>Wyoming Democrats have been in the legislative minority for a long time, but it’s been really tough lately.&nbsp; Only eight of the 60 Wyoming Representatives are Democrats and only four reside in the Senate.&nbsp; While the party has hopes of grabbing a few more seats this year, there are not enough candidates to make serious gains.&nbsp; The problem started back in 1991.</p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 00:15:02 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Bob Beck, Matt Laslo, Micah Schweizer, Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 59484 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org June 6th, 2014 Democrats Try To Improve Their Legislative Numbers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/democrats-try-improve-their-legislative-numbers <p>Wyoming Democrats have been in the legislative minority for a long time, but it’s been really tough lately.&nbsp; Only eight of the 60 Wyoming Representatives are Democrats and only four reside in the Senate.&nbsp; While the party has hopes of grabbing a few more seats this year, there are not enough candidates to make serious gains.&nbsp; The problem started back in 1991.&nbsp;</p><p>Former State Representative Matilda Hansen fondly remembers her days as a Democratic Lawmaker.&nbsp; When she entered the House in 1975 she had a lot of friends in the room.</p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 00:05:58 +0000 Bob Beck 59483 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Democrats Try To Improve Their Legislative Numbers New Business Council CEO Is Optimistic http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-business-council-ceo-optimistic <p>Wyoming Business Council has hired Shawn Reese to take over as its CEO this month.&nbsp; Reese replaces Bob Jensen who stepped down in March.&nbsp; Reese worked for the business council for many years and recently has worked for Governor Matt Mead.&nbsp; He tells Bob Beck that the state is making headway on diversifying the economy.</p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 00:01:32 +0000 Bob Beck 59482 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Business Council CEO Is Optimistic Hill Officially Runs For Governor http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hill-officially-runs-governor <p>State Superintendent Cindy Hill says if she is elected governor she will push good government measures to make it easier for the public to get documents, she also plans to address conflicts of interest that she sees in government. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Hill will run as a Republican.&nbsp; She said that she got into the race because she said Governor Matt Mead exceeded his authority of governor when he signed the law that removed her as the head of the Department of Education.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:17:45 +0000 Bob Beck 59242 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Hill Officially Runs For Governor May 30th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/may-30th-2014 <p><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-greenhouse-gas-regulations-target-power-plants" target="_blank"><strong>New Greenhouse Gas Regulations Target Power Plants</strong></a></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 23:27:09 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Bob Beck, Melodie Edwards, Stephanie Joyce & Adrian Shirk & Lorne Matalon 59132 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org May 30th, 2014 Wyoming's Bike Friendly Rating Has Dropped http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyomings-bike-friendly-rating-has-dropped <p>Wyoming’s ranking as a bike friendly state continues to drop. The state ranks 36th after ranking 33rd last year and 11th in 2010.&nbsp; The loss of stature has concerned that Director of Wyoming Pathways…Tim Young.&nbsp; He’s been speaking with the Wyoming Department of Transportation about the issue. &nbsp;He joins us to discuss the report.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 23:21:20 +0000 Bob Beck 59131 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming's Bike Friendly Rating Has Dropped Superintendent Hill On Distance Learning And Graduation Rates http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/superintendent-hill-distance-learning-and-graduation-rates <p>After some legal wrangling, State Superintendent Cindy Hill is back in charge of Wyoming Education.&nbsp; As the school year wraps up, Superintendent Hill joins us to discuss a number of topics.&nbsp; The first deals with distance…or online education.&nbsp; She recently attended a graduation of students who graduated from a virtual school. Hill embraces various uses of technology in the classroom.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:35:47 +0000 Bob Beck 59128 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Superintendent Hill On Distance Learning And Graduation Rates Former Navy Commander Joins Race For State Superintendent http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/former-navy-commander-joins-race-state-superintendent <p>A former US Navy Submarine commander is running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Republican Bill Winney says training and education were big parts of his job in the Navy, and that the Wyoming Department of Education is in need of the type of leadership he would bring to the job.<br /> Mon, 26 May 2014 13:07:48 +0000 Bob Beck 58856 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Former Navy Commander Joins Race For State Superintendent Study Shows Early Obesity Indicator Of Serious Obesity http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/study-shows-early-obesity-indicator-serious-obesity <p>A new study has found people who are obese early in life have a higher chance of being severely obese when they're older. &nbsp;University of Wyoming Associate Professor Anna Zajacova contributed to the study, which looked at the health risks of people who were overweight in their twenties.<br /><br />“Early obesity matters," Zajacova says, "but primarily by increasing the chances of morbid obesity or class two or three obesity later in life.”<br /> Thu, 22 May 2014 00:35:48 +0000 Bob Beck 58669 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Study Shows Early Obesity Indicator Of Serious Obesity May 16th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/may-16th-2014 <p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyo-lawmakers-reject-new-climate-change-report" target="_blank">Wyo. Lawmakers Reject New Climate Change Report&nbsp; </a></strong></p><p>The White House is painting a dire picture for every region in the nation - including here at home - if action isn’t taken to combat climate change. But Matt Laslo reports from Washington that Wyoming’s Republican senators still aren’t buying it.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:27:11 +0000 Bob Beck, Dan Boyce, Jordan Giese , Matt Laslo, Micah Schweizer, Stephanie Joyce & Irina Zhorov 58426 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org May 16th, 2014 6th Annual Cheyenne Film Festival Is Set To Begin http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/6th-annual-cheyenne-film-festival-set-begin <p>The 6<sup>th</sup> annual Cheyenne International Film Festival kicks off Tuesday.&nbsp; Alan O’Hashi runs the event and he joins us to tell us what is in store.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:47:34 +0000 Bob Beck 58421 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 6th Annual Cheyenne Film Festival Is Set To Begin U-W Track Athlete Has High Hopes http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/u-w-track-athlete-has-high-hopes <p>The Mountain West Conference Track and Field Championships are taking place in Laramie this weekend. Shot Putter and Discus thrower Mason Finley is certainly a headliner. While Finley wants to do well this weekend…he also has his eyes on some upcoming meets. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:29:29 +0000 Bob Beck 58417 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org U-W Track Athlete Has High Hopes Wyoming Looks To Congress For Highway Funding http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-looks-congress-highway-funding <p>The Director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation is hopeful that a bipartisan attempt in the US Senate to pass a transportation bill will be successful.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 23:58:26 +0000 Bob Beck 58363 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Looks To Congress For Highway Funding