Willow Belden http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en 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 Author Urges People To Eat Better And Exercise http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/author-urges-people-eat-better-and-exercise <p></p><p>We're joined now by Kathryn Collins. She's a former emergency room physician from Jackson and author of a book called "How Healthy Is Your Doctor?" The book makes the case that eating healthier foods and getting more exercise, people can avoid a lot of common medical problems. Collins says she decided to write the book because she wanted people to know how much power they have to impact their own health.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:07:29 +0000 Willow Belden 59805 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Author Urges People To Eat Better And Exercise 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 Interview With Adventure Cyclist Mike McCoy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/interview-adventure-cyclist-mike-mccoy <p>The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route is the longest off-pavement cycling route in the world. It runs from Mexico to Canada, paralleling the Continental Divide. We're joined now by one of the people who created the route and who just published a guide book for it.</p><p>His name is Mike McCoy, and he live in Victor, Idaho. McCoy says the idea for the route grew out of the work he was doing with the Adventure Cycling Association.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:50:19 +0000 Willow Belden 59480 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Interview With Adventure Cyclist Mike McCoy Otters Flee Energy Production, Study Finds http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/otters-flee-energy-production-study-finds <p>Researchers at the University of Wyoming have found that energy development is scaring off river otters in the Upper Green River Basin.</p><p>Scientists counted the number of otters in several waterways throughout the Upper Green River Basin in western Wyoming. The rivers farther away from energy development had dozens of otters, but the New Fork River had only two.</p><p>Report co-author Merav Ben-David says research shows that otters don’t like the noise and commotion associated with development, and she says another concern could be water contamination.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 18:20:47 +0000 Willow Belden 58912 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Otters Flee Energy Production, Study Finds May 2nd, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/may-2nd-2014 <p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-suggests-problems-exist-northern-arapaho-department-family-services" target="_blank">Report Suggests That Problems Exist At The Northern Arapaho Department Of Family Services</a></strong></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:44:43 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Matt Laslo, Melodie Edwards, Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 57753 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org May 2nd, 2014 Home Values Drop Amid Energy Booms http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/home-values-drop-amid-energy-booms <p>When there’s an energy boom, it usually brings an influx of workers into the area. And that leads to more demand for housing. That’s great for landlords who are looking to rent out their properties. But as some communities in Wyoming are finding, oil and gas drilling can actually be a problem for people who are looking to sell. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p><p>WILLOW BELDEN: Rhonda Holdbrook owns a real estate firm in Douglas, and she’s exceptionally busy these days. Oil production in Converse County is booming, and energy workers have flocked to town.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:08:31 +0000 Willow Belden 57749 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Home Values Drop Amid Energy Booms Coalition Seeks To Provide Continental Divide Trail’s Viewshed http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/coalition-seeks-provide-continental-divide-trail-s-viewshed <p>The Continental Divide Trail is a 3,000-mile path that stretches from Canada to Mexico, passing through Wyoming and several other states. It was designated a National Scenic Trail in the 1970s, meaning that a mile-wide corridor is protected, for the entire length of the trail.</p><p>But the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, which maintains the trail, says the trail still faces threats from nearby development. We’re joined now by the Coalition’s director, Teresa Martinez. She says protecting the trail’s view shed is particularly crucial in Wyoming.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 21:59:52 +0000 Willow Belden 57747 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Coalition Seeks To Provide Continental Divide Trail’s Viewshed Wyoming Stories Podcast #7 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-podcast-7 <p>Stories about education: UW's Hathaway Scholarship, a Mexican-Arapaho teacher at Central Wyoming College, and helping students achieve the dream of going to college.</p><p>Subscribe to the <em>Wyoming Stories</em> podcast<strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wyoming-stories/id766036813"> here. </a></strong></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 19:32:55 +0000 Micah Schweizer & Willow Belden 57727 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories Podcast #7 StoryCorps: How The Hathaway Scholarship Came To Be http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/storycorps-how-hathaway-scholarship-came-be <p>Bill Schilling is the president of the Wyoming Business Alliance. He was instrumental in getting the Hathaway scholarship passed through the legislature, and he says it’s one of his greatest accomplishments.</p><p>The Hathaway allows students to get money for college if they meet certain academic criteria. Here, Schilling talks with former dean of the UW Business School Brent Hathaway. (In case you were wondering – no, the scholarship is not named after him.) Schilling recalls how the Hathaway scholarship came to be.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 15:33:04 +0000 Willow Belden 57656 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org StoryCorps: How The Hathaway Scholarship Came To Be Elk Mortality Up On Some Feedgrounds http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/elk-mortality-some-feedgrounds <p>More elk than usual died this year on two wildlife feed grounds in western Wyoming.</p><p></p><p>Mark Gocke with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says about 160 animals died on the Camp Creek and Soda Lake feed grounds. Most were calves.</p><p>The reason was a combination of disease and wolf predation. Gocke says they had a very wet spring this year, which made it easy for bacteria to spread.</p><p>“It’s probably just a combination of elk being weakened by the disease, and then a predator doing what predators do: they see a weak animal, and they will go in and take it,” Gocke said.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:22:47 +0000 Willow Belden 57488 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Elk Mortality Up On Some Feedgrounds April 25th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/april-25th-2014 <p></p><p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/education-standards-are-facing-opposition-wyoming" target="_blank">Education Standards Are Facing Opposition In Wyoming</a></strong></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 22:02:38 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Micah Schweizer, Rebecca Huntington, Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 57411 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org April 25th, 2014 Inmates Say Jails And Prisons Ignore Medical Needs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/inmates-say-jails-and-prisons-ignore-medical-needs <p>Inmates in Wyoming’s jails and prisons frequently complain that they don’t receive adequate medical care. That might not seem like a huge problem, but the Eight Amendment of the Constitution requires that if prison staff know an inmate has a serious medical need, they have to treat it.</p><p>Civil rights groups are worried that serious cases are being ignored. But the Wyoming Department of Corrections says inmates just don’t have a realistic idea of how they should be treated. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:31:55 +0000 Willow Belden 57404 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Inmates Say Jails And Prisons Ignore Medical Needs Landslide Presents Long-Term Challenges For Jackson http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/landslide-presents-long-term-challenges-jackson <p>A slow-moving landslide has displaced homes and businesses in Jackson, and the town has been working to deal with the problem for weeks. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden spoke with reporter Rebecca Huntington, who’s been following the situation closely. She says from what geologists have said, the cause of the landslide seems to be a combination of natural and human-induced factors.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:04:31 +0000 Rebecca Huntington & Willow Belden 57401 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Landslide Presents Long-Term Challenges For Jackson DEQ Says Jurisdictional Issues Will Limit Their Rulemaking Authority Near Pinedale http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/deq-says-jurisdictional-issues-will-limit-their-rulemaking-authority-near-pinedale <p></p><p>The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is drafting rules to curb emissions near Pinedale, but the agency says there are some limitations to what they’ll be able to do.</p><p>The Pinedale area violates federal air quality standards because of pollution from natural gas development. DEQ has already imposed stricter rules on new energy equipment, and now they plan to limit emissions from older, grandfathered facilities, as well. But spokesman Keith Guille says they aren't able to regulate everything.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:14:20 +0000 Willow Belden 57226 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org DEQ Says Jurisdictional Issues Will Limit Their Rulemaking Authority Near Pinedale Longest Mule Deer Migration Route Documented In Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/longest-mule-deer-migration-route-documented-wyoming <p>Scientists in Wyoming have recently discovered the longest mule deer migration route that’s ever been recorded. The animals travel 150 miles, from the Red Desert to the Hoback Basin. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden spoke with Hall Sawyer and Joe Riis, who have been documenting the migration. Sawyer is a research biologist at Western Ecosystems Technology,&nbsp; and Riis is a wildlife photographer. Sawyer says he discovered the migration route kind of by accident.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Willow Belden 57035 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Longest Mule Deer Migration Route Documented In Wyoming BLM Considers Limiting Development On Wilderness-Type Areas Near Rawlins http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/blm-considers-limiting-development-wilderness-type-areas-near-rawlins <p>The Bureau of Land Management is considering protecting some areas in the Red Desert because of their scenic qualities.</p><p>The agency’s Sheila Lehman says they’re considering amending the Rawlins Resource Management Plan, to limit development on parcels of land with important wilderness characteristics.</p><p>“There’s the potential to maybe be able to preserve it a little bit more, or by mitigating certain things to keep that quality – that wilderness quality,” Lehman said.</p><p>Environmental groups are pleased.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:46:10 +0000 Willow Belden 57051 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org BLM Considers Limiting Development On Wilderness-Type Areas Near Rawlins Setback Rule Review A Priority For Oil And Gas Commission http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/setback-rule-review-priority-oil-and-gas-commission <p>Interim Oil and Gas Supervisor Mark Watson says he's making it a priority to review Wyoming's setback rules.</p><p>Setback rules govern how close oil and gas development can be to things like houses and streams. The current limit is 350 feet.</p><p>At an Oil and Gas Commission meeting Tuesday night in Casper, several residents said they'd like to see the distance raised to a mile, because of concerns about potential health impacts of energy production. Watson says they're asking a lot.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:02:31 +0000 Willow Belden 56901 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Setback Rule Review A Priority For Oil And Gas Commission Conservative Group Predicts Strong Economic Growth For Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/conservative-group-predicts-strong-economic-growth-wyoming <p>Wyoming is one of the easiest places in the country to make money. That’s according to a report by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative advocacy nonprofit.</p><p>The report ranks states based on things like labor and tax policies. Report author Jonathan Williams says those factors can help predict job creation and other forms of economic growth.</p><p>“We find that … states that value competitiveness, lower taxes, and reasonable regulations are the states that are growing today,” Williams said.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:54:51 +0000 Willow Belden 56848 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Conservative Group Predicts Strong Economic Growth For Wyoming April 11th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/april-11th-2014 <p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/rare-earth-mine-permitting-gets-underway" target="_blank">Rare Earth Mine Permitting Gets Underway</a></strong></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:29:38 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Micah Schweizer, Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 56715 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org April 11th, 2014 Pinedale Air Improves As State Toughens Industry Regs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pinedale-air-improves-state-toughens-industry-regs <p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:10:36 +0000 Willow Belden 56713 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pinedale Air Improves As State Toughens Industry Regs BLM Seeks New Horse Contraceptive Methods http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/blm-seeks-new-horse-contraceptive-methods <p>The Bureau of Land Management is asking for nearly $3 million to spend on research into birth control for wild horses.</p><p>Population growth has made it difficult to manage wild horses, and currently the agency removes horses from public lands in order to maintain an adequate population.</p><p>A study by the National Research Council last year concluded that the current practice is flawed, and that the BLM should use birth control instead. But BLM spokesman Tom Gorey says the agency isn’t happy with the drug that’s available.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:56:04 +0000 Willow Belden 56464 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories Podcast #6 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-podcast-6 <div class="card-text"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="card-text"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Stories from two famous Wyomingites: CJ Box and Pete Simpson</p><p>Subscribe to the <em>Wyoming Stories</em> podcast<strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wyoming-stories/id766036813"> here. </a></strong></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:56:08 +0000 Micah Schweizer & Willow Belden 56199 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories Podcast #6 Wyoming And Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Pollution Plan http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-and-environmental-groups-sue-epa-over-pollution-plan <p>The state of Wyoming and a coalition of environmental groups have each filed lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency over its regional haze plan.</p><p></p><p>The plan, which was finalized earlier this year, requires new emissions controls for coal-fired power plants. The goal is to reduce air pollution.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:03:47 +0000 Willow Belden 56129 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming And Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Pollution Plan Forest Service Studies Impact Of Further Oil And Gas In Wyoming Range http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/forest-service-studies-impact-further-oil-and-gas-wyoming-range <p>The U.S. Forest Service is analyzing how additional oil and gas development would affect a 44,000-acre parcel of land in the Wyoming Range. The study will help the agency decide whether to allow energy leasing in the area.</p><p></p><p>The Petroleum Association of Wyoming says that because it’s multiple use land, the Forest Service should continue to allow oil and gas development. But Steve Kilpatrick with the Wyoming Wildlife Federation says new development in the Wyoming Range would harm important wildlife habitat.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:44:29 +0000 Willow Belden 55985 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Forest Service Studies Impact Of Further Oil And Gas In Wyoming Range Yellowstone Says No To Vaccinating Bison Using Air Guns http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/yellowstone-says-no-vaccinating-bison-using-air-guns <p>Yellowstone National Park has rejected the adoption of new methods to vaccinate bison from Brucellosis.</p><p></p><p>Brucellosis is a disease that can cause bison and other large animals to abort their calves. Yellowstone currently hand-vaccinates just a few bison, and only when they leave the park. But nearly a decade ago, there were legal disputes over bison management, and the park agreed to look into vaccinating bison in the wild, using air guns.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:55:13 +0000 Willow Belden 55818 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Yellowstone Says No To Vaccinating Bison Using Air Guns Two Republicans Seek Secretary Of State Seat http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/two-republicans-seek-secretary-state-seat <p>Two Republicans plan to run for Wyoming’s soon-to-be-open Secretary of State seat. &nbsp;Current Secretary Max Maxfield announced that he would not seek re-election.</p><p></p><p>The two candidates are State Representative Dan Zwonitzer of Cheyenne, and Clark Stith, a lawyer from Rock Springs.</p><p>Stith says he wants to make government smaller and more transparent.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:21:41 +0000 Willow Belden 55696 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Two Republicans Seek Secretary Of State Seat March 21st, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/march-21st-2014 <p><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislators-halt-consideration-controversial-science-standards-0" target="_blank"><strong>Legislators Halt Consideration Of Controversial Science Standards</strong></a></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:47:43 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Melodie Edwards, Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 55691 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org March 21st, 2014 Sparseness Of Mental Health Care Prompts Patients To Try Telepsych http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sparseness-mental-health-care-prompts-patients-try-telepsych <p>In many parts of Wyoming, it’s impossible to get mental health care. That means residents with mental conditions either don’t get treated, or they have to drive long distances to get services.</p><p>But that’s starting to change. Recently, more and more patients have been using telemedicine to get psychiatric care. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:17:15 +0000 Willow Belden 55685 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sparseness Of Mental Health Care Prompts Patients To Try Telepsych Former Forest Service Employee Calls For Management Overhaul http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/former-forest-service-employee-calls-management-overhaul <p>We’re joined now by former U.S. Forest Service employee Brian Stout. He was supervisor of the Bridger-Teton National Forest from 1984 to 1994 and held various other positions in the forest service for the 24 years preceding that.</p><p>Stout recently published a book called “Trees of Life: Our Forests in Peril.” He says he wrote the book because he feels that the current way of managing forests is misguided.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:44:32 +0000 Willow Belden 55682 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Former Forest Service Employee Calls For Management Overhaul