Sara Hossaini http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Immigration Bill May Keep Wage Exemption For Foreign Herders http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/immigration-bill-may-keep-wage-exemption-foreign-herders When Patrick and Sharon O'Toole began their ranching business on the Wyoming-Colorado border, they tended the sheep themselves. But eventually, the O'Tooles wanted to settle down and have kids, so they hired foreign ranch hands with H-2A, or guest worker, visas to work on the ranch for $750 a month.<p>Peruvian shepherds on guest worker visas tend thousands of sheep in Wyoming, but they only make about half of what agricultural workers elsewhere are paid.<p>Under the U.S. Senate's newest immigration proposal, these guest workers would receive a special exemption from minimum wage rules. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 06:55:00 +0000 Sara Hossaini 42157 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Immigration Bill May Keep Wage Exemption For Foreign Herders May 31st, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/may-31st-2013 <p><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-missed-out-last-uranium-boom-planning-future"><strong>Wyoming missed out on last uranium boom, but planning for the future</strong></a></p><p>Wyoming Public Radio has for years reported that the state is on the verge of a uranium boom. It turns out the state missed the peak of that boom, and is now betting on slower, more conservative growth. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 23:09:34 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Luke Hammons, Rebecca Martinez, Sara Hossaini & Willow Belden & Clay Scott & LuLing Osofsky 41625 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org May 31st, 2013 Are foreign herders the black sheep of immigration reform? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/are-foreign-herders-black-sheep-immigration-reform <p>Debate over the immigration overhaul has found its way to the vast open spaces of Wyoming. Here, Peruvian guest workers on H2-A visas tend thousands of sheep. These shepherds&nbsp;make just $750 a month to be on the&nbsp;job around-the-clock, usually alone for months on end. That's around half of what&nbsp;<em>other</em>&nbsp;agricultural guestworkers make because sheep ranchers receive a special exemption from minimum wage requirements. Ranchers say it’s needed in order to save this small, struggling American industry. Fri, 31 May 2013 22:47:05 +0000 Sara Hossaini 41620 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Are foreign herders the black sheep of immigration reform? Wyoming sees an increase in its population rate http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-sees-increase-its-population-rate <p>Wyoming has the fourth fastest-growing population in the nation. That’s according to recent U.S. Census estimates from July 2011 to July 2012.</p><p>Statewide, Wyoming's numbers are up 1.6% after a couple years of slow growth following the&nbsp;recession. Senior State Economist&nbsp;Wenlin Liu says&nbsp;Wyoming is experiencing two types of growth.</p><p>"That 1.6 percent was over 9 thousand people," says Liu, "And that 9 thousand people, about 1/3 or 3,000 people, was from natural change."</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 23:50:42 +0000 Sara Hossaini 41368 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming sees an increase in its population rate National Parks Service Petitioned to Prohibit Wolf Hunting on its Wyoming lands http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/national-parks-service-petitioned-prohibit-wolf-hunting-its-wyoming-lands <p>It’s been eight months since gray wolves were removed from the endangered species list,&nbsp;but&nbsp;some are concerned that the Park Service has not taken necessary&nbsp;action to close&nbsp;a perceived&nbsp;loophole in&nbsp;legal&nbsp;protections for the animals within national park lands.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Specifically,&nbsp;they mean&nbsp;the potential hunting of gray wolves&nbsp;along&nbsp;the&nbsp;John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, which&nbsp;connects Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 11:33:21 +0000 Sara Hossaini 40859 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org National Parks Service Petitioned to Prohibit Wolf Hunting on its Wyoming lands UW offers its blueprint for future top-tier engineering program http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-offers-its-blueprint-future-top-tier-engineering-program <p>The University of Wyoming&nbsp;has sent&nbsp;Governor Matt Mead a blueprint&nbsp;to transform the College of Engineering and Applied Science into a top program nationwide.</p><p>In&nbsp;December, Governor Matt Mead’s Energy, Engineering and STEM Integration Task force released its report on&nbsp;how to&nbsp;turn&nbsp;the College of Engineering and Applied Science&nbsp;into&nbsp;a Tier One academic and research institution. Mead&nbsp;then&nbsp;asked UW to come up with,&nbsp;what Associate Provost Andrew Hansen calls,&nbsp;‘the dream’ vision for achieving that goal.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 00:41:48 +0000 Sara Hossaini 40537 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW offers its blueprint for future top-tier engineering program Medical fund started to help Wyoming wrestler http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/medical-fund-started-help-wyoming-wrestler <p>A fund has been established to help former University of Wyoming wrestler Michael Martinez cover medical costs.</p><p>Martinez was helping on his family’s ranch in Colorado when a gas leak caught fire in his field camper. He drove himself several miles to reach help and was airlifted to an Albuquerque hospital, where he was treated for burns to over 80 percent of his body.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 14:56:16 +0000 Sara Hossaini 40127 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Medical fund started to help Wyoming wrestler April 26th, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/april-26th-2013 <p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cost-substance-abuse-wyoming-higher-expected">Cost of substance abuse in Wyoming is higher than expected </a></strong><br>As it addressed issues concerning substance abuse, one thing the state never had were Wyoming specific numbers on the financial impact of substance abuse.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports that a recent study has found that the cost of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse is staggering.<br> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 23:06:02 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Rebecca Martinez, Sara Hossaini & Willow Belden 39929 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org April 26th, 2013 Wyoming women earn country's most disparate wages http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-women-earn-countrys-most-disparate-wages <p></p><p></p><p>Wyoming women are still bringing home the least income in the nation when compared with men. That’s according to a new study by the National Women’s Law Center.</p><p>According to 2011 data, Wyoming once again ranks fifty-first in the nation among all states and the District of Columbia when it comes to the wage gap between men and women. The study analyzed census data and found that women in Wyoming make only 66 cents for every dollar that men earn.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:54:17 +0000 Sara Hossaini 39026 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming women earn country's most disparate wages Farmers warned about prescribed burns http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/farmers-warned-about-prescribed-burns <p>It’s early in the season, but a few prescribed burns have&nbsp;already spread out of control.</p><p>Meterologist Chris Jones of the National Weather Service in Riverton says one recent case&nbsp;involved an effort to clear weeds along fence line. Wind spread the fire into a trash pile.</p><p>Fire fighters responded and no structures were damaged. But with warmer winds and last year’s drought and subsequent drier soil, Jones expects that more such fires could occur without proper preparation.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 00:48:49 +0000 Sara Hossaini 38333 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Farmers warned about prescribed burns Governor wants a preferred plan concerning drilling project http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-wants-preferred-plan-concerning-drilling-project <p>Governor Matt Mead is urging the Bureau of Land Management to select a preferred alternative plan for oil and gas development in Carbon and Sweetwater Counties.</p><p>The BLM’s 900-page Draft Environmental Impact Statement focuses on the proposed Continental Divide-Creston Natural Gas Development, or CD-C Project.&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Mead says the project could create thousands of jobs, but he wants to make sure it’s done right.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:44:52 +0000 Sara Hossaini 37847 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor wants a preferred plan concerning drilling project Senator Enzi says more budget cuts are needed http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senator-enzi-says-more-budget-cuts-are-needed <p>With federal departments already feeling the heat since across-the-board budget cuts took effect March 1<sup>st</sup>,&nbsp;Wyoming&nbsp;US Senator Mike Enzi says the mandatory cuts—known as the sequester—don’t go far enough.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:33:20 +0000 Sara Hossaini 37846 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senator Enzi says more budget cuts are needed Authorities to investigate new leads in the 1997 disappearance of Amy Wroe-Bechtel http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/authorities-investigate-new-leads-1997-disappearance-amy-wroe-bechtel <p></p><p></p><p>The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says it believes Dale&nbsp;Wayne&nbsp;Eaton, Wyoming’s only death row inmate, may have had a role in the 1997 disappearance of Lander woman, Amy Wroe-Bechtel. A former UW track star, Bechtel disappeared&nbsp;near a running trail on the Loop Road outside Lander.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 16:10:32 +0000 Sara Hossaini 37480 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Authorities to investigate new leads in the 1997 disappearance of Amy Wroe-Bechtel Despite improvement, report shows Wyoming still number two in juvenile incarceration http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/despite-improvement-report-shows-wyoming-still-number-two-juvenile-incarceration <p>Wyoming is locking up fewer young people than it did nearly 15 years ago according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. &nbsp;</p><p>The Foundation analyzed federal census data&nbsp;of incarcerated youth&nbsp;from 1995 to 2010. The results&nbsp;show a marked decrease of over 40% fewer youth in confinement across the country with no decrease in public safety. &nbsp;Wyoming’s rate is down by 12% since 1997.</p><p>KidsCount Director Marc Homer says while the new numbers are positive, the state is still lagging when it comes to implementing effective reform.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:55:48 +0000 Sara Hossaini 37363 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Despite improvement, report shows Wyoming still number two in juvenile incarceration February 22nd, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/february-22nd-2013 <p></p> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 00:05:34 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Rebecca Martinez, Willow Belden & Sara Hossaini 37082 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org February 22nd, 2013 Outdoor recreation is a big driver of Wyoming’s economy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/outdoor-recreation-big-driver-wyoming-s-economy <p>A new report from the Outdoor Industry Association quantifies the economic benefits of outdoor recreation in all fifty states. The study looked at direct spending, jobs, salaries and tax revenue.&nbsp;</p><p>Spokesperson Avery Stonich says the&nbsp;data demonstrates the value of outdoor recreation beyond the obvious&nbsp;–&nbsp;natural beauty and fun.</p><p>“Wyoming has a lot of really great recreation opportunities,” says Stonich, “this produces consumer spending to the tune of four and a half billion dollars every year that’s going directly into the state economy.”</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:00:16 +0000 Sara Hossaini 36829 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Outdoor recreation is a big driver of Wyoming’s economy Poll Shows Most Wyomingites Are Conservationists http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/poll-shows-most-wyomingites-are-conservationists <p>A poll conducted by Colorado College reveals that 73% of Wyoming voters think of themselves as conservationists.&nbsp;Program coordinator Brendan Boepple says polled residents also&nbsp;believe that public lands support the state’s economy and that they should not be sold to alleviate deficits.</p> Sat, 09 Feb 2013 01:27:27 +0000 Sara Hossaini 36439 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Poll Shows Most Wyomingites Are Conservationists WY Supreme Court sides with WY Sec. of State to remove term limits http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wy-supreme-court-sides-wy-sec-state-remove-term-limits <p>Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield has won a year-long law suit to remove term limits for most statewide elected officials. Nearly a decade ago, the Wyoming Supreme Court overturned a voter initiative that instituted term limits – but the reversal only applied to state legislators. Secretary of State Max Maxfield says he believed that term limits were also unconstitutional when it came to his own office, and those of other statewide elected officials. So, he waited until he was in this – his final term – to file suit as an individual.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:51:41 +0000 Sara Hossaini 36109 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WY Supreme Court sides with WY Sec. of State to remove term limits Accidental legal drug deaths are on the rise in Albany County http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/accidental-legal-drug-deaths-are-rise-albany-county <p>Albany County saw more prescription drug overdoses in the first three months of 2012 than in all of 2011.&nbsp;In fact, a third of non-natural and accidental deaths in Albany County last year can be linked to prescription drug overdoses, according to County Coroner Kathleen Vernon-Kubichek, nearly triple the amount seen in 2011.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 01:52:26 +0000 Sara Hossaini 35984 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Accidental legal drug deaths are on the rise in Albany County House committee kills "Katie's Law" http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/house-committee-kills-katies-law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Katie’s Law, a bill that would have allowed the state to collect DNA of people arrested for certain felonies will not move forward in the Wyoming House.</span></p><p>A committee voted 5-3 to kill the bill, which is named after a 22-year-old New Mexico resident whose killer was identified based on DNA matching. Proponents of the bill argued that DNA is the modern equivalent of a fingerprint.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:44:21 +0000 Sara Hossaini 35869 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org House committee kills "Katie's Law" House committee approved bill to allow concealed firearms into government meetings http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/house-committee-approved-bill-allow-concealed-firearms-government-meetings <p></p><p></p><p>L<span style="line-height: 1.5;">egislators have voted to advance two bills relating to guns in government meetings.</span></p><p>One that would allow people to carry concealed weapons into government meetings passed unanimously, after the committee agreed to strike a provision that would have required permission of the meeting’s presiding officer.</p><p>Former gun shop owner Maury Jones of Jackson Hole says concealed guns make government meetings safer.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:18:23 +0000 Sara Hossaini 35866 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org House committee approved bill to allow concealed firearms into government meetings 2012 was record year for suicides in Fremont County http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/2012-was-record-year-suicides-fremont-county <p></p><p></p><p>2012 saw nineteen suicides in Fremont County, an all-time high for the county, which county coroners say has the highest rate in the state.</p><p>Wyoming, in turn, has the highest rates in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A task force comprised of the county coroner, county prevention management, and the&nbsp;Northern Arapaho and&nbsp;Eastern Shoshone tribal health offices met last week and offered free prevention classes to the public at Wind River Casino this week.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 23:58:15 +0000 Sara Hossaini 35775 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 2012 was record year for suicides in Fremont County Mixed feelings in WY about extended federal Farm Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mixed-feelings-wy-about-extended-federal-farm-bill <p>The farm bill that has&nbsp;been in place&nbsp;for the last five years will be extended at least another nine months as part of a last minute provision under congress’s fiscal cliff package. Instead of a new five-year bill, certain aspects of the old bill will continue until September, like direct subsidies and the food assistance program, SNAP. The extension also offers assistance, including retroactively to last September, for certain programs many Wyomingites hold dear. Sat, 19 Jan 2013 00:17:56 +0000 Sara Hossaini 35452 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mixed feelings in WY about extended federal Farm Bill Mule deer with unusual rack dies http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mule-deer-unusual-rack-dies <div style="margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><font size="4" color="#222222" face="Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:14pt;">Park officials don’t normally send out press releases upon the natural death of a wild animal. But this case was different. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:40:40 +0000 Sara Hossaini 35215 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mule deer with unusual rack dies New funding for arts and culture in Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-funding-arts-and-culture-wyoming <p>The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund has announced two new deadlines for grants to nonprofit and governmental organizations in Wyoming, the&nbsp;earlier&nbsp;of which is April 1st.</p><p>Fund Administrator&nbsp;Renee Bobee says&nbsp;the fund supports groups that enrich the state by providing essential cultural opportunities for residents in a variety of ways, including fairs and exhibitions, archaeological research, musical performances and historical preservation&nbsp;projects. Bobee says the grant can also help organizations to grow and develop.</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 14:15:34 +0000 Sara Hossaini 34832 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New funding for arts and culture in Wyoming December 7th, 2012 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/december-7th-2012 <p></p><p><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/converse-county-oil-boom-draws-concerns-residents"><strong>Converse County oil boom draws concerns from residents</strong></a><br>In October, we reported that Chesapeake Energy had drilled a series of oil wells near Douglas, very close to people’s houses. Chesapeake says the area will likely continue to be a core drilling region. That has some area residents uneasy. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Sat, 08 Dec 2012 00:02:49 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Rebecca Martinez, Willow Belden & Sara Hossaini & Sara 33802 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org December 7th, 2012 Wyoming Business Council gives Laramie a record grant http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-business-council-gives-laramie-record-grant <p>The Wyoming Business Council voted to approve all five of its Business Ready Community Grants today/Thursday.&nbsp; Among them is a 5 point 4 million dollar grant to fund construction of a new data and technology park in Laramie.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 02:38:59 +0000 Sara Hossaini 33731 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Business Council gives Laramie a record grant EPA urges Carbon Monoxide awareness http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/epa-urges-carbon-monoxide-awareness <p>As winter approaches and temperatures dip, the Environmental Protection Agency is urging people to protect themselves against carbon monoxide poisoning.</p><p>Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and tricky to detect. But 400 Americans die from carbon monoxide poisoning each year, and 20,000 more are hospitalized.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 01:43:40 +0000 Sara Hossaini 33687 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org EPA urges Carbon Monoxide awareness Senator Enzi Hopes to Improve Carbon Capture Tax Credit Law http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senator-enzi-hopes-improve-carbon-capture-tax-credit-law <div style="background-color:white;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:0;"><br><p><span style="background-color:white;"><font color="#222222" size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt;">Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi is one of three U.S. legislators sponsoring a bill that would help ease the process for earning tax credits related to carbon capture. </span></font></span></p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:02:56 +0000 Sara Hossaini 33558 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senator Enzi Hopes to Improve Carbon Capture Tax Credit Law UW New Visual Arts Building - Laramie http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-new-visual-arts-building-laramie <p>The&nbsp;University of Wyoming dedicated its new Visual Arts building January 20, 2012.</p><p><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-dedicates-new-visual-arts-building">Read more</a></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 23:43:05 +0000 Sara Hossaini 33279 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW New Visual Arts Building - Laramie