Irina Zhorov http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Casper Geowives Celebrate 60 Years http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/casper-geowives-celebrate-60-years <p>Sixty years ago a group of women in Casper whose husbands were always leaving them for long shifts out on the oil patch got together to commiserate and lunch. The group became known as the Geowives - wives of geologists - and it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary this spring. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov attended the Geowives’ monthly luncheon and has this story.&nbsp;</p><p>IRINA ZHOROV: Bette Faust is one of the charter members of the Geowives, and a Wyoming native who came to Casper in the 1950s.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 18:29:24 +0000 Irina Zhorov 58418 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Casper Geowives Celebrate 60 Years 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 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 Report Suggests That Problems Exist At The Northern Arapaho Department Of Family Services http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-suggests-problems-exist-northern-arapaho-department-family-services <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation run their own family services agencies, funded by the tribes themselves, federal grants and contracts with the state. But the Northern Arapaho Department of Family Services and the larger family welfare system on the reservation has some work to do.</span></p><p>Reviews over the years have pointed to big problems and some of them have gone years without being addressed effectively. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov has the story.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:33:39 +0000 Irina Zhorov 57752 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report Suggests That Problems Exist At The Northern Arapaho Department Of Family Services Wyoming Reporter Says Goodbye http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-reporter-says-goodbye <p>This week Wyoming Public Radio reporter Irina Zhorov left Wyoming for a new job in Pittsburgh. When Irina came to Wyoming from Philadelphia in 2010 she had questions about her new state. &nbsp;When she graduated from her Master’s program in 2012 she wrote us this essay called “Letter to Wyoming.”</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 21:51:48 +0000 Irina Zhorov 57745 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Reporter Says Goodbye Group Looks To Increase Water Recreation Opportunities In Sheridan http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/group-looks-increase-water-recreation-opportunities-sheridan <p></p><p>The Sheridan Community Land Trust is partnering with the National Park Service to study and plan for increased water recreation in Sheridan County. The Land Trust has identified about 70 miles on the Tongue River and Little Goose and Big Goose Creeks with recreation potential. The group’s Executive Director, Colin Betzler, says there’s been interest in developing recreational opportunities in the past, but there hasn’t been an organized effort.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:28:37 +0000 Irina Zhorov 57490 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Group Looks To Increase Water Recreation Opportunities In Sheridan Microsoft Plans Expansion For Cheyenne Data Center http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/microsoft-plans-expansion-cheyenne-data-center <p>Microsoft plans to expand its data center operations in Wyoming. Microsoft opened a data center outside of Cheyenne last year…and this spring plans to grow it with a $274 million addition. Governor Matt Mead met the news with excitement. He says he’s made growing the Wyoming technology sector a priority and sees the expansion as a good sign.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 23:53:54 +0000 Irina Zhorov 57414 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Microsoft Plans Expansion For Cheyenne Data Center 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 Casper To Offer Permanent Housing Program For Chronically Homeless http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/casper-offer-permanent-housing-program-chronically-homeless <p>Since 2010, homelessness has gone down in most places in the U.S., but not in Wyoming. A national report found that in 2013 Wyoming had nearly a thousand homeless people, up 64-percent in that time. About a quarter of those people are chronically homeless. Now, Casper wants to try a program focused on helping those individuals. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:09:24 +0000 Irina Zhorov 57402 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Casper To Offer Permanent Housing Program For Chronically Homeless Wind River Tribes Plan Ahead For Settlement Checks http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wind-river-tribes-plan-ahead-settlement-checks <p></p><p>WILLOW BELDEN: In 2012, the tribes who share the Wind River Indian Reservation, the Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho Tribes, came to a settlement with the federal government for a mineral royalties mismanagement case dating back to the 1970’s. The federal government has finally released the money from the settlement, and tribal members on Wind River are anxiously awaiting their checks. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov joins us to talk about the settlement and what it means to the Wind River Community.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:37:02 +0000 Irina Zhorov 57170 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wind River Tribes Plan Ahead For Settlement Checks Money Heads To The Wind River Indian Reservation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/money-heads-wind-river-indian-reservation <p>Long-awaited money from a settlement on the Wind River Indian Reservation is finally on its way. The 157 million dollar settlement between the tribes and the federal government is for underpayment of royalties on oil and gas development…and improper management of royalties that <em>were</em> paid.</p><p>Northern Arapaho spokesman Mark Howell says some people don’t have bank accounts…and there were concerns they would not be able to cash their checks.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:43:02 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56999 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Money Heads To The Wind River Indian Reservation Settlement Money For Tribal Members Finally In Sight http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/settlement-money-tribal-members-finally-sight <p>Long-awaited money from a settlement on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming is finally on its way.</p><p>The federal government is paying the tribes $157 million for underpayment of royalties on oil and gas development and improper management of royalties that were paid. Northern Arapaho spokesman Mark Howell says some people don’t have bank accounts and there were concerns they would not be able to cash their checks.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:34:54 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56992 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Settlement Money For Tribal Members Finally In Sight Linc Energy Charged With Causing Environmental Harm In Australia http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/linc-energy-charged-causing-environmental-harm-australia <p>A company proposing to open an underground coal gasification demonstration site in Wright has been charged with environmental violations in Australia. &nbsp;The charges could cost the company over two million dollars per violation.</p><p>Underground coal gasification involves igniting coal seams deep underground to produce syngas, which can then be processed into various liquid fuels or other chemicals. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>What exactly the environmental harm is has not yet been revealed.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:37:32 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56828 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Linc Energy Charged With Causing Environmental Harm In Australia 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 Wyoming Courts Adjust To Accommodate Non-English Speaking Clients http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-courts-adjust-accommodate-non-english-speaking-clients <p>Wyoming is a largely rural state with limited diversity. But as the population grows and the state attracts all sorts of newcomers. Wyoming is learning to accommodate the changing population. One of the areas where the state is making headway is interpretation services in its courts. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:39:50 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56706 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Courts Adjust To Accommodate Non-English Speaking Clients Groups Disagree On Implications Of New Federal Energy Production Data http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/groups-disagree-implications-new-federal-energy-production-data <p>Recently released <a href="http://statistics.onrr.gov/Default.aspx">data </a>compiled by the federal government shows oil production on federal lands is up from last year, while natural gas production is down.&nbsp;Overall, the energy sector is booming, but industry analysts say companies are shifting from natural gas to wetter plays because of low natural gas prices. But even though production is up, some industry groups point out that it's increasing more quickly on private lands and blame the trend on slow permitting by the federal government.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:38:23 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56651 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Groups Disagree On Implications Of New Federal Energy Production Data Eastern Shoshone Business Council Members Voted Out http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/eastern-shoshone-business-council-members-voted-out <p>On Saturday, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe's General Council dismissed two elected tribal officials.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 04:06:35 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56468 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Eastern Shoshone Business Council Members Voted Out Sen. Enzi Drafts Bill To Define Wind River Reservation Border http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sen-enzi-drafts-bill-define-wind-river-reservation-border <p>As Wyoming’s appeal to an Environmental Protection Agency decision about the Wind River Indian Reservation’s borders waits for its day in court, U.S. Senators Enzi and Barrasso have drafted a bill “to clarify” those borders.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:52:52 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56229 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sen. Enzi Drafts Bill To Define Wind River Reservation Border Indian Housing Block Grant Program Can Be More Efficient, Report Says http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/indian-housing-block-grant-program-can-be-more-efficient-report-says <p>A <a href="http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662063.pdf">report</a> by the Government Accountability Office says some things need to change in order for Indian tribes to be able to effectively carry out affordable housing activities under the Indian Housing Block Grant program. The program provides grants to tribes to build affordable housing. Remoteness of reservations and lack of infrastructure was one major challenge the report identified. But lack of coordination among federal agencies also delays initiatives and makes it harder to lump funds from various agencies for one project. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:21:18 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56228 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Indian Housing Block Grant Program Can Be More Efficient, Report Says Oil And Gas Producer Fined For Late Production Reports http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/oil-and-gas-producer-fined-late-production-reports <p>The federal Office of Natural Resources Revenue, or ONRR, has fined a Wyoming oil and gas producer $204,362 for not submitting timely production reports for its federal leases. Matrix Production Company was issued two notices of noncompliance before ONRR levied the penalties. ONRR spokesman, Patrick Etchart, says the production reports are used to keep companies in check.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:17:36 +0000 Irina Zhorov 56227 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Oil And Gas Producer Fined For Late Production Reports Stakeholders Ask Congress To Address Forest Service Trails Maintenance http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/stakeholders-ask-congress-address-forest-service-trails-maintenance <p>A host of recreation and conservation organizations from around the nation, including some local Wyoming groups, have asked Congress to address inadequate trail maintenance in the National Forest system. According to a <a href="http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-618">2013 study</a> requested by Representative Cynthia Lummis the Forest Service’s trail maintenance backlog was $314 million in 2012. The study said poorly maintained trails inhibit trail use, could harm natural resources, and maintenance costs will only grow the longer the backlog remains unaddressed. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:11:07 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55914 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Stakeholders Ask Congress To Address Forest Service Trails Maintenance Wyoming Wind Could Save California Money, Study Says http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-wind-could-save-california-money-study-says <p>A new <a href="http://wyia.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/revision-ca-wy-grid-integration-study-nrel-final-phase-i1.pdf">study</a> says energy generated from Wyoming wind could help California residents save up to one billion dollars annually in electricity costs. California’s renewable portfolio standard – or RPS – requires the state to get 33-percent of its energy from renewables by 2020. The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority commissioned the economic analysis. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:20:43 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55839 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Wind Could Save California Money, Study Says Report Says Charter School Laws In WY Need Work http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-says-charter-school-laws-wy-need-work <p>A recent <a href="http://www.edreform.com/2014/03/2014-charter-school-law-rankings-scorecard/">report</a> assessing policies on charter schools throughout the nation says Wyoming has a lot of work to do to make charter schools more accessible and successful. The Executive Director of the Wyoming Association of Public Charter Schools is not surprised.&nbsp; Kari Cline says Wyoming’s rules are bad and stagnant.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:15:22 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55790 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report Says Charter School Laws In WY Need Work Snowy Winter Brings Record Snowpack http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/snowy-winter-brings-record-snowpack <p>Snowpack around the state is above average this year. Tony Bergantino, a climatologist with the Wyoming State Climate Office, says it’s the highest snowpack on record in five of Wyoming's basins.&nbsp;</p><p>“They’re all above normal, and up in the upper northwest and southwest and in the central part of the state, they’re at the lowest,” se says. “And that’s still about 114-115 percent of normal.”</p><p>Bergantino&nbsp;says the snowy winter has brought most of the state out of drought conditions. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:10:35 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55789 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Snowy Winter Brings Record Snowpack 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 Representative Patrick Goggles Reflects On His Time In The Legislature http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/representative-patrick-goggles-reflects-his-time-legislature <p>Patrick Goggles has been serving in the Wyoming House of Representatives since 2005. But at the end of the recent budget session, he announced that he won’t be seeking reelection in 2014. Goggles is a democrat from House District 33, which includes a piece of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Fremont County.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:28:43 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55689 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Representative Patrick Goggles Reflects On His Time In The Legislature Tips For Business Owners To Prepare For Natural Disasters http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tips-business-owners-prepare-natural-disasters <p>Ice jams in the Bighorn River have caused flooding, which in turn caused damage to several homes and businesses in northern Wyoming. High snowpack could bring more floods this spring. Troy Staples is the business preparedness manager for the Red Cross in Wyoming and Colorado. He teaches business owners how to be prepared in case natural disasters or other catastrophes strike their businesses. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov spoke with him. She asked why it’s so hard to re-open after a disaster.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:19:39 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55687 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tips For Business Owners To Prepare For Natural Disasters Red Cross Encourages Businesses To Prepare For Floods http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/red-cross-encourages-businesses-prepare-floods <p>Some businesses have been damaged by the flooding of the Bighorn River in northern Wyoming, and the Red Cross is encouraging other companies to develop plans in case more flooding comes with spring snow melt.</p><p>Troy Staples is the Red Cross Business Preparedness Manager for Wyoming and Colorado. He says up to 40-percent of businesses don’t re-open after a disaster.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:26:38 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55575 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Red Cross Encourages Businesses To Prepare For Floods Tribes To Truck Trash To Casper http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tribes-truck-trash-casper <p>The tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Fremont County will start hauling their waste to a Casper landfill soon.&nbsp;Fremont County has been transporting the reservation's waste&nbsp;to nearby landfills, but an agreement signed between the tribes and the county last summer transferred those duties to the tribes.&nbsp;Executive Director of the Wind River Environmental Quality Commission, Ryan Ortiz says the hold-up has been getting a truck, which is now scheduled to arrive in April.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:55:37 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55349 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tribes To Truck Trash To Casper Wyoming Senators Want To Reduce The Time It Takes To Permit Pipelines http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-senators-want-reduce-time-it-takes-permit-pipelines <p>U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Mike Enzi have introduced a bill to reduce permitting timelines for natural gas pipelines on federal and Indian lands.</p><p>Barrasso says the Natural Gas Gathering Enhancement Act will help reduce flaring of natural gas at well sites not currently connected to pipelines.&nbsp; He notes that North Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming flare a lot of natural gas because well sites often are not connected to pipelines&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:55:15 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55251 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Senators Want To Reduce The Time It Takes To Permit Pipelines