Chelsea Biondolillo http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Laramie Considers E-smoking Regulations http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramie-considers-e-smoking-regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Laramie City Council is discussing whether or not it wants to regulate e-cigarettes. They have held one informational meeting so far, and are expected to decide in the coming weeks whether or not to add vaporizing and electronic cigarettes to the citywide public smoking ban or to develop a separate ordinance.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:49:19 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 61527 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Laramie Considers E-smoking Regulations Computer Error Means More Hunting Licenses Available For Sale http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/computer-error-means-more-hunting-licenses-available-sale <p>A computer error has left the Wyoming Game and Fish with nearly 700 leftover hunting licenses. The agency reported today that the error only affected a small percentage of online sales.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jennifer </span>Doering<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;with Game and Fish says that website visitors who attempted to reserve group licenses didn’t see a confirmation screen after making their purchase. The result was that many people thought their sale had not gone through—so they tried again.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:56:14 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 61502 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Computer Error Means More Hunting Licenses Available For Sale Proposed Clean Water Act Change Causes Controversy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/proposed-clean-water-act-change-causes-controversy <p>Rhetoric is heating up in Wyoming over new proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency. Governor Matt Mead and Senator John Barrasso both claim it will have a huge impact on Wyoming farmers, ranchers and businesses and will give the EPA jurisdiction over more water than ever before.</p><p>But Professor Mark Squillace of the University of Colorado School of Law disagrees.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:50:44 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 61287 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Proposed Clean Water Act Change Causes Controversy Lake Owen Fire Update: 80% Contained http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lake-owen-fire-update-80-contained <p>The Lake Owen forest fire, in the Medicine Bow National Forest area, is now 80% contained the U.S. Forest&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">service reports.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The fire covers approximately 500 acres and has caused the evacuation of nearby campers. Residents along Fox Creek Road and in Woods Landing, </span>Jelm<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and Albany are still being urged to shelter in place. Three heavy air tankers and 150 personnel are currently working on the fire.</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:57:53 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 61054 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Lake Owen Fire Update: 80% Contained Economic Outlook For Wyoming Shows Moderate Growth http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/economic-outlook-wyoming-shows-moderate-growth <p>The June edition of <em>Wyoming Insight</em>, published by the Economic Analysis Division, shows positive growth in a number of areas across the state.&nbsp; The report tracks economic conditions in Wyoming.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State economist Jim Robinson is the author of the report.&nbsp; He says the revenue outlook for the state is consistent across both energy and business indexes.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:31:22 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 60755 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Economic Outlook For Wyoming Shows Moderate Growth UW Molecular Biology Professor Wins Pew Award http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-molecular-biology-professor-wins-pew-award <p>Assistant Professor Jay Gatlin has won the first Pew Scholar award for the campus.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gatlin was awarded the highly competitive research grant—which comes with 200 and 40 thousand dollars of research funding—based on his promising work in biomedical sciences.</span></p><p>“I study the cellular machinery,” Gatlin explained, “that’s responsible for separating the copies of DNA during cell division.”</p><p>This machinery is important, says Gatlin, because it might hold keys to new treatments for cancer—a disease marked by very rapid cell division.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:09:48 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 60719 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Molecular Biology Professor Wins Pew Award Mule Deer Migration Route Passes Through A Variety Of Agency Lands http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mule-deer-migration-route-passes-through-variety-agency-lands <p>A mule deer migration route between the Red Desert and Hoback may present unique challenges to agencies and landowners.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The route is used twice a year by up to 5-thousand migrating deer. Hall Sawyer, a research biologist with Western Ecosystem Technologies&nbsp;says the discovery is a big one.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:55:45 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 60715 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mule Deer Migration Route Passes Through A Variety Of Agency Lands Lander Land Use Plan Balances Community Priorities http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lander-land-use-plan-balances-community-priorities <p>The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a new plan for land use in the Wind River Basin today/Thursday<span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1403819800833_5376">, which supporters say balances the needs of industry, conservation, and recreation.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new Resource Management Plan is the result of a cooperative process involving federal, state, and local agencies as well as land owners and recreation enthusiasts.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:54:43 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 60476 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Lander Land Use Plan Balances Community Priorities Grants Available For Wyoming Public Transportation Projects http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/grants-available-wyoming-public-transportation-projects <p>Smaller Wyoming communities considering public transportation programs can get help from the Business Council starting in July.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While federal funds exist to support transportation programs, many towns and cities need help financing the pre-planning. Energy efficiency program manager Sherry Hughes says that there’s where these grants come in.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:54:07 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 60438 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Grants Available For Wyoming Public Transportation Projects Wyoming Roads To Get New 80 MPH Speed Limit http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-roads-get-new-80-mph-speed-limit <div class="yiv1481704802" id="yiv1481704802yui_3_16_0_1_1403629516956_25755" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif;"><div class="yiv1481704802" id="yui_3_16_0_1_1403710477460_15101" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt;"><span class="yiv1481704802" id="yui_3_16_0_1_1403710477460_15122" style="font-size: 10pt;">The&nbsp;</span><span class="yiv1481704802" id="yui_3_16_0_1_1403710477460_15100" style="font-size: 10pt;">new Wyoming 80 mile per hour speed limit will go into effect July first. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:14:39 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 60378 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Roads To Get New 80 MPH Speed Limit Chelsea Biondolillo: Three Short Essays On Dead Bugs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/chelsea-biondolillo-three-short-essays-dead-bugs <p>Chelsea Biondolillo is a prose writer living in Wyoming. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in <em>Shenandoah</em>, <em>River Teeth</em>, <em>Passages North</em>, <em>Hayden’s Ferry Review</em> and others. She has a master’s degree from the University of Wyoming in creative writing and environmental studies, and is currently working on a book about vultures.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:20:08 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 52409 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Chelsea Biondolillo: Three Short Essays On Dead Bugs December 20th, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/december-20th-2013 <p><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-interim-president-prepares-legislative-session" target="_blank"><strong>UW Interim President prepares for the Legislative Session</strong></a></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:32:58 +0000 Bob Beck, Chelsea Biondolillo, Irina Zhorov, Micah Schweizer, Rebecca Huntington, Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 51636 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org December 20th, 2013 New fossil prep lab at the geology museum offers opportunity for students and community http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-fossil-prep-lab-geology-museum-offers-opportunity-students-and-community <p>The geology museum at the University of Wyoming recently re-opened after a long remodel. One of the features unveiled is a new fossil preparation lab. This lab offers U-W students, museum visitors, and the community a variety of opportunities to learn more about fossil prep. Wyoming Public Radio’s Chelsea Biondolillo has more.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:33:47 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 51622 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New fossil prep lab at the geology museum offers opportunity for students and community Wyoming Stories: Food and friends on Christmas Day http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-food-and-friends-christmas-day <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This holiday season, the Wyoming Public Radio news team is sharing stories about memories and traditions that stand out to them. In this piece, reporter Chelsea Biondolillo tells us about her family's tradition of welcoming those without anywhere else to go.</em></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:05:32 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 51604 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: Food and friends on Christmas Day Americans dissatisfied with management of public lands http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/americans-dissatisfied-management-public-lands <p>Public lands are not a partisan issue, according to new research from the Center for American Progress, a think tank in Washington DC.</p><p></p><p>The center analyzed responses to a national parks and public lands survey conducted after the 2013 government shutdown.</p><p>Matt Lee-Ashley is a senior fellow with the center. He says that both preservation and management issues were key areas of voter dissatisfaction.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 00:10:33 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 50559 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Americans dissatisfied with management of public lands Award honors books on the outdoors http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/award-honors-books-outdoors <p>The National Outdoor Book Award winners were recently announced. The winning books all focus in one way or another on the outdoors.</p><p>Laramie resident and author Sophie Osborn has been a judge in the Natural History Literature category for the last five years. She loves the broad range of topics that the contest brings in, and the new voices she can discover in the entries.</p><p>“We have a very outdoorsy population in Wyoming, and for people like that, the National Outdoor Book Award provides a really diverse list of great books on interesting and relevant topics,” Osborn stated.</p> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 00:17:40 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 50315 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Award honors books on the outdoors Cloud seeding may continue in the Wind River Basin http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cloud-seeding-may-continue-wind-river-basin <p>Cloud seeding may become more than an experimental endeavor in Wyoming, if recent proposals from the Wyoming Water Development Office are approved in the next session.</p><p>Harry LaBonde of the Development Office says they are optimistic about the projects getting funded. “One of the projects considered last week was to take the ten generators in the Wind River range, and convert them from a scientific program to an operational program,” he stated.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:40:06 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 50132 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Cloud seeding may continue in the Wind River Basin Report shows wildlife refuges benefit communities http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-shows-wildlife-refuges-benefit-communities <p>According to a new report released by US Fish and Wildlife Services, Wyoming's wildlife refuges may be providing quite a bit of economic benefit to the state.</p><p></p><p>The report looked at nearly one hundred refuges across the country, including the Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuges in Wyoming. The report shows that these refuges brought in nearly half a million dollars to the surrounding area in 2011.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:39:53 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 49705 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report shows wildlife refuges benefit communities Avalanche risk at moderate for Western mountains http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/avalanche-risk-moderate-western-mountains <p></p><p>Avalanche season in Wyoming has begun, and the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center in Jackson raised the avalanche risk from low to moderate on Thursday afternoon.</p><p>Bob Comey, director of the avalanche center, says that early snow in September followed by dry, warmer weather in October has contributed to avalanche conditions. That warmer weather melted some, but not all of the early snow.</p><p>“It has become what we call a persistent weak layer, that has since been covered by quite a bit of new snow that fell in late October and early November,” Comey says.</p> Sat, 09 Nov 2013 00:15:30 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 49648 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Avalanche risk at moderate for Western mountains October 25th, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/october-25th-2013 <p><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/yellowstone-s-new-winter-use-rule-appeases-sportsmen-and-conservationists-alike"><strong>Yellowstone’s new winter use rule appeases sportsmen and conservationists alike </strong></a></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:19:32 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo, Irina Zhorov, Rebecca Martinez, Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 48952 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org October 25th, 2013 Wyoming Wine project creates new opportunities for academics and landowners to work together http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-wine-project-creates-new-opportunities-academics-and-landowners-work-together <p>Wyoming might not be the first choice for grape growers and aspiring vinters, but a group in Sheridan is working to change that. Professors, graduate and undergraduate students at UW and Sheridan College are using advanced techniques to identify traits in different grape varieties that make them well suited to Wyoming. Wyoming Public Radio’s Chelsea Biondolillo reports.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:48:20 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 48946 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Wine project creates new opportunities for academics and landowners to work together Grant awarded to study Wyoming bees http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/grant-awarded-study-wyoming-bees <p>The US Department of Agriculture has funded a grant for the University of Wyoming to study the business of beekeeping. The grant is just under $50,000 and will be used to study methods to maximize the economic impact of bee keeping in Wyoming.</p><p>Associate professor in agriculture and applied economics, Mariah Ehmke, was one of the researchers awarded the grant. She says that colony collapse disorder has contributed to declining honey bee numbers in the US, but that isn’t the only issue facing the beekeeping industry.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 00:27:16 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 48718 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Grant awarded to study Wyoming bees Urban deer still a problem in Thermopolis http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/urban-deer-still-problem-thermopolis <p>While deer numbers across the state of Wyoming may be down, Thermopolis has an urban deer population that seems to be holding close to steady and doing a lot of damage to yards and gardens.</p><p>For the third year in a row, the city has applied for and received a special permit from Wyoming Game and Fish that allows the police department to shoot a certain number of mule deer who have been calling Thermopolis home.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 01:13:14 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 48109 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Urban deer still a problem in Thermopolis Refuge may open for hunting http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/refuge-may-open-hunting <p>The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft management plan that would allow hunting on the Cokeville-Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, in Lincoln County.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Project leader Tom Koerner says the plan is an important step toward allowing more public access to the refuge.&nbsp;</p><p>“This particular action is just specifically for hunting. We do have plans for—we’re completing the Comprehensive Conservation Plan now that will allow all six of the priority public uses to take place on Cokeville.”</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:16:14 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 47449 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Refuge may open for hunting September 20th, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/september-20th-2013 <p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/natural-gas-producers-are-concerned-about-future">Natural Gas producers are concerned about the future </a></strong></p><p>More than 500 industry people gathered in Jackson this week for the 17<sup>th</sup> Annual Wyoming Oil and Gas Fair. Wyoming Public Radio’s energy and natural resources reporter, Stephanie Joyce was there, and she joins us now to talk about the event.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 22:49:14 +0000 Bob Beck, Chelsea Biondolillo, Irina Zhorov, Matt Laslo, Rebecca Martinez, Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 47260 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org September 20th, 2013 Roller derby offers women of Wyoming and sports fans something new http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/roller-derby-offers-women-wyoming-and-sports-fans-something-new <p>Modern roller derby is a contact sport that features two teams roller skating on a track, attempting to score by passing players of the opposing team. While the sport’s origins can be traced back to beginning of the 20<sup>th</sup> century, it was revived in the early 2000s in Texas…BY women and FOR women.</p><p>Since then, teams have started up all over the world. Wyoming has been a late adopter of the sport, but women here are making up for lost time.</p><p>[AMBI Sports announcer: “And she makes it through! That is a grand slam folks!]</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 22:18:55 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 47251 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Roller derby offers women of Wyoming and sports fans something new University of Wyoming will host Navajo poet http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/university-wyoming-will-host-navajo-poet <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sherwin Bitsui, an award winning writer and poet, will hold a&nbsp;reading&nbsp;at the University of Wyoming later this week. Bitsui grew up on the Navajo Reservation, and his poetry features themes of the natural world.</span></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:19:46 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 46824 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org University of Wyoming will host Navajo poet Snowy Range Music Festival’s future in Laramie uncertain http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/snowy-range-music-festival-s-future-laramie-uncertain <p>The Snowy Range Music Festival organizers are considering moving the festival to another city after low local ticket sales.</p><p>While sales for the fifth annual festival were up from last year, &nbsp;festival director Carl Gustafson says they were still lower than expected. While he would prefer to keep the show in Laramie, he’s not sure if that will be possible.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 23:46:54 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 46534 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Snowy Range Music Festival’s future in Laramie uncertain Slow job growth in Wyoming likely to last http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/slow-job-growth-wyoming-likely-last <p>Mining job losses in Wyoming at the end of 2012 have contributed to the lowest job and payroll growth in the state in over two years, despite modest economic growth overall.</p><p></p><p>David Bullard is a senior economist with the Wyoming Department of Workforce services. He says that the slight increases in tourism-related fields, such as accommodation and food service, are not making up for heavy losses elsewhere.</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 14:07:36 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 46274 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Hay production improves over last year http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hay-production-improves-over-last-year <p>Wyoming is reporting better hay production numbers than last year, but much of the state is still under-producing.</p><p>Last year, 2012, was one of the worst years for hay in Wyoming’s recent history, due to drought and sustained high temperatures. The news is better this year, with producers predicting a 4%increase in yield, thanks to better rainfall early snows.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:52:53 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 46162 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Hay production improves over last year