Melodie Edwards http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en International Climber's Festival Highlights Women http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/international-climbers-festival-highlights-women <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The International Climber’s Festival starts Wednesday, July 9 in Lander. Director Mandy Pohja says this is the 21<sup>st</sup> year for the rock climbing event and this year’s line-up is particularly&nbsp;strong.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:31:21 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61064 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org International Climber's Festival Highlights Women A Slow Start To Wyoming Growing Season http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/slow-start-wyoming-growing-season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A cool, wet spring has Wyoming’s growing season off to a sluggish start.&nbsp; Ken Hamilton with the Wyoming Farm Bureau says some crops—like corn and sugar beets—were planted as much as three weeks later than usual.&nbsp; He says hay production has also been hurt by all the precipitation.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:29:04 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60986 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Slow Start To Wyoming Growing Season Wyoming Worker's Compensation To Adopt Split Plan http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-workers-compensation-adopt-split-plan <p>If a proposed plan is adopted, employers in the state could face some significant changes to how worker’s compensation sets its premiums.&nbsp; Right now, Wyoming only factors in how&nbsp;severe&nbsp;a company’s claims are.&nbsp;&nbsp; This new system—called a split plan-- would hold companies accountable for both severity&nbsp;and frequency, as is the case in most states.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:40:50 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60929 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Worker's Compensation To Adopt Split Plan 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 Rare Mammoth Site Excavated In Douglas http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/rare-mammoth-site-excavated-douglas <p>In 1986, a large mammoth rib bone was found jutting out of the bank of a creek a few miles from Douglas.&nbsp; The state archaeologist, Dr. George Frison, did a hasty 4-day excavation at the time.&nbsp; But a thorough excavation has never been done because the land owners weren’t interested in hosting an archaeology dig on their property.&nbsp; That left archaeologists with a big question--was LaPrele Creek a mammoth kill site?&nbsp; But recently the land sold and archaeologists have finally been allowed to dig.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:48:30 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60519 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Rare Mammoth Site Excavated In Douglas Proposed Rule To Make Tribal Oil Pricing Fairer http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/proposed-rule-make-tribal-oil-pricing-fairer <p>The federal government is trying to create a better system for pricing oil and gas on Indian reservations. The Office of Natural Resource Revenue&nbsp;brought together government, tribes and the energy industry to write the new rule.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Claire Ware is the Director of the Shoshone-Arapahoe Tribes Minerals Compliance Program and sat on the committee.&nbsp; She says the old rules put tribes at a disadvantage. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:20:46 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60318 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Proposed Rule To Make Tribal Oil Pricing Fairer New Wild Horse Sanctuary Proposed In Lander http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-wild-horse-sanctuary-proposed-lander <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A wild horse sanctuary has been proposed on a 900-acre ranch outside Lander with hopes of providing a haven for as many as 250 horses.&nbsp; Bureau of Land Management spokesman Sarah Beckwith says the agency would pay the sanctuary, just as it does private landowners in the mid-West who adopt horses.&nbsp;The perk is that sanctuaries provide an opportunity for education.</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:39:47 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60118 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Wild Horse Sanctuary Proposed In Lander Loons Are Rarest Nesting Bird In Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/loons-are-rarest-nesting-bird-wyoming <p>Loon populations in Wyoming have dropped to only 14 pairs and are the rarest nesting bird in the state, according to an initiative by the Biodiversity Research Institute based in Gorham, Maine.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The birds nest mainly in the northwest parts of Wyoming.&nbsp; Executive Director David Evers says loons need large lakes with islands for safe nesting.&nbsp; The initiative—known as “Restore the Call”—will use several innovative strategies to help loons feel less threatened.&nbsp; One way is nesting rafts.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:59:44 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60044 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Loons Are Rarest Nesting Bird In Wyoming Wyoming's Retirement System Shows Improved Outlook http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyomings-retirement-system-shows-improved-outlook <p>After meeting with its actuaries, the Wyoming Retirement System&nbsp;learned&nbsp;it’s doing better than expected. That’s thanks to the legislature’s increases to the state’s contributions to the fund, and investment returns that came in above projections.&nbsp; Executive Director Ruth Ryerson says the long term outlook for the retirement fund is excellent.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:49:43 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60043 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming's Retirement System Shows Improved Outlook WY Workforce Services Never Inspected Lovell Plant http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wy-workforce-services-never-inspected-lovell-plant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite violations at sister plants, the Wyoming Department of Workforce Service never inspected a sugar beet plant in Lovell where an employee was killed in January. Western Sugar Cooperative's Torrington plant received 15 citations in 2013, including one for improper guard rails -- the same problem that led to the death of 28-year-old </span>Anfesa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Galaktionoff<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:03:49 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59989 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WY Workforce Services Never Inspected Lovell Plant USDA Pays To Turn Dead Trees Into Biofuel http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/usda-pays-turn-dead-trees-biofuel <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture starting a program that pays people to deliver dead trees to power plants that can convert them to biomass fuel.&nbsp; Large swaths of Wyoming’s forests have been killed by pine beetle infestations and some say they pose a fire danger. Todd Atkinson with the Farm Service Agency says he hopes money will give people the incentive to harvest from more remote areas.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:22:01 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59932 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org USDA Pays To Turn Dead Trees Into Biofuel Anti-Reservation Group Hosts Conference In Riverton http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/anti-reservation-group-hosts-conference-riverton <p>An organization that's working to end tribal sovereignty hosted a national conference in Riverton this weekend. The group is protesting the Environmental Protection Agency's recent decision that the city of Riverton falls within Wind River reservation boundaries.&nbsp;That has led to tensions between tribal members, the state, and Riverton.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The group--known as Citizens Equal Rights Alliance—posted on&nbsp;their website that it isn't fair that tribal members receive special status because it threatens the individual rights of all Americans.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:16:33 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59899 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Anti-Reservation Group Hosts Conference In Riverton 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 Floods On Rise: Earlier Run-Offs Present Challenge To Water Storage http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/floods-rise-earlier-run-offs-present-challenge-water-storage <p>This spring, rivers were overflowing banks all over the state.&nbsp; Some rivers saw record—or near-record—flood stages.&nbsp; The Laramie River hit its second highest flood level on record, and that’s only four years after its highest on record in 2010.&nbsp; But floods aren’t all sandbagging and property damage: they also mean plenty of water for the long dry summer ahead.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:41:25 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59809 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Floods On Rise: Earlier Run-Offs Present Challenge To Water Storage Eastern Shoshone Tribal Liaison Resigns http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/eastern-shoshone-tribal-liaison-resigns <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Eastern Shoshone tribal liaison&nbsp;has stepped down from her position, saying the governor and legislature were disrespectful to her,&nbsp;both&nbsp;as a woman and tribal member.&nbsp;But the Governor's office says she wasn't fulfilling her responsibility to mediate between the tribes and the state.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:33:07 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59767 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Eastern Shoshone Tribal Liaison Resigns BLM And Citizens' Group Plan To Clean Up Rogers Canyon http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/blm-and-citizens-group-plan-clean-rogers-canyon <p>Rogers Canyon north of Laramie has long been a favorite destination for cyclists. But also for off-road vehicle riders, gun enthusiasts and people with a trunk full of garbage unwilling to pay the dump fee.&nbsp; Conflicts between the groups have been mounting, and the Bureau of Land Management wants to set new guidelines to make the area safer and cleaner.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:15:34 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59615 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org BLM And Citizens' Group Plan To Clean Up Rogers Canyon Group Calls For Overhaul Of Wyoming Trapping Laws http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/group-calls-overhaul-wyoming-trapping-laws <p>A local organization is calling for an overhaul of Wyoming’s trapping regulations, saying they haven't been updated since before the de-listing of wolves.</p><p>The group—called Wyoming Untrapped--says more people are setting traps since the de-listing of wolves, which are considered livestock predators. The increase has led to more pets caught in snares and leg holds.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:20:05 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59598 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Group Calls For Overhaul Of Wyoming Trapping Laws New Ammonia Plant Approved In Rock Springs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-ammonia-plant-approved-rock-springs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council has approved a plan for a new ammonia plant about four miles outside Rock Springs.&nbsp; </span>Simplot<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> currently operates a phosphorous fertilizer plant on the site, and ammonia is one of the raw materials they need for production.&nbsp; With the cost of shipping it long distances by rail, </span>Simplot<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> decided to start producing their own. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:34:55 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59586 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Ammonia Plant Approved In Rock Springs Wyoming Reservoirs Brimming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-reservoirs-brimming <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wyoming reservoirs have been spilling over with run-off from the heavy snowpack.&nbsp; But Bureau of Reclamation area manager Coleman Smith says they’re doing their job—capturing flood waters to reduce damage downstream.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 22:17:02 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59471 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Reservoirs Brimming 2 Wyoming Cities Receive EPA Grants http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/2-wyoming-cities-receive-epa-grants <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Green River’s train depot will soon become a community center, thanks to a $200,000 grant from Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA ‘Brownfield Funds’ are given to communities to clean up contaminated industrial sites and develop them for community use.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 23:16:37 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59295 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 2 Wyoming Cities Receive EPA Grants Sheridan Receives EPA Grant http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sheridan-receives-epa-grant <p>The city of Sheridan has received a $400,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the north end of its downtown.&nbsp; The money will pay to assess several contaminated sites including an abandoned rail yard, sawmill and fuel storage areas that many see as slowing economic growth.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:28:39 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59288 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sheridan Receives EPA Grant 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 Climate Change Effects On Wyoming Agriculture http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/climate-change-effects-wyoming-agriculture <p>In the next half century, scientists are predicting more extreme weather for Wyoming with bigger winter storms and hotter, dryer summers.&nbsp; That’s according to the latest National Climate Assessment out this month. Wyoming’s farmers and ranchers are skeptical about climate change, but some of them have been forced to adjust their methods of production.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:56:45 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59121 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Climate Change Effects On Wyoming Agriculture Summer-Like Temperatures Cause More Flooding http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/summer-temperatures-cause-more-flooding <p>Several residents have been asked to evacuate their homes in Wood’s Landing because an access road was flooded by the rising Laramie River.&nbsp; And residents in the towns of Saratoga and Encampment are on alert for evacuations, as high snow melt floods the North Platte River.&nbsp; Flooding&nbsp;in Park&nbsp;and Fremont Counties has not led&nbsp;to evacuations, but officials are wary of rainfall this weekend.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 20:17:42 +0000 Melodie Edwards 58985 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Summer-Like Temperatures Cause More Flooding Laramie And North Platte Rivers Under Flood Warning http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramie-and-north-platte-rivers-under-flood-warning <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Flooding may lead to evacuations in some Wyoming communities&nbsp;this week. Rapid </span>snowmelt<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and heavy rain have brought the North Platte and Laramie rivers to flood levels.&nbsp; Kelly Ruiz with Wyoming Homeland Security says Saratoga, on the west side of the Snowy Range, will be hardest hit.</span></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 23:12:21 +0000 Melodie Edwards 58946 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Laramie And North Platte Rivers Under Flood Warning Mountain Passes Open In Time For Memorial Day http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mountain-passes-open-time-memorial-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All but one of Wyoming’s mountain pass highways will be&nbsp;open for&nbsp;Memorial Day weekend. &nbsp;The Wyoming Department of Transportation shuts down several of the state’s passes because of deep snow during winter months. &nbsp;Maintenance engineer Tim </span>McGary<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says it wasn't clear&nbsp;they would be able to get Snowy Range Pass between Centennial and Saratoga open in time.</span></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 20:49:11 +0000 Melodie Edwards 58780 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mountain Passes Open In Time For Memorial Day Bar None, The Town Of Bar Nunn Sees Fastest Growth http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/bar-none-town-bar-nunn-sees-fastest-growth <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wyoming population&nbsp;is continuing to grow,&nbsp;increasing by one percent in 2013.&nbsp; That’s according to a new report by the Department of Information and Administration. &nbsp;Senior economist Amy Bittner&nbsp;says migration to cities in the energy-rich central part of the state accounted for&nbsp;most&nbsp;of the growth. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:29:27 +0000 Melodie Edwards 58714 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Bar None, The Town Of Bar Nunn Sees Fastest Growth Coming Soon To A Convenience Store Near You: Wyoming Lottery Sets A Date http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/coming-soon-convenience-store-near-you-wyoming-lottery-sets-date <p>Wyoming is starting a state lottery and&nbsp;vendors interested in selling tickets can now start submitting applications.&nbsp;Brian Gamroth is&nbsp;Chairman of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation.&nbsp;He&nbsp;says they’ve set a firm date of August 24 to begin selling the tickets.&nbsp; “With the applications out now, our first retailers will be picked in the next five or six weeks.&nbsp; And machines will start going out, training will start…There’s a lot to get done in a short amount of time.”</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:10:07 +0000 Melodie Edwards 58690 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Coming Soon To A Convenience Store Near You: Wyoming Lottery Sets A Date New Fracking Project Proposed In Sage Grouse Country http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-fracking-project-proposed-sage-grouse-country <p>A 5000-well oil and gas project proposed for the Powder River Basin is drawing sharp criticism from a wildlife advocacy group. &nbsp;Erik Molvar with WildEarth Guardians says the drilling would take place right in the middle of critical sage grouse habitat.</p><p>“Well, the 5000 wells are projected in an area of over a million acres to the north of Douglas, stretching all the way up in the Thunder Basin National Grassland and including several core areas that have been proposed priority habitat for sage grouse,” Molvar says.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 23:54:52 +0000 Melodie Edwards 58604 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Fracking Project Proposed In Sage Grouse Country Wyoming Receives The Sixth Highest In Federal Funding http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-receives-sixth-highest-federal-funding <p>Contrary to its reputation as an independent state, Wyoming receives the sixth highest&nbsp;amount of federal financial aid of any state in the country -- almost 40 percent of state revenue -- &nbsp; according to the Tax Foundation.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 23:28:14 +0000 Melodie Edwards 58602 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Receives The Sixth Highest In Federal Funding