Erin Jones http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en 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 Public Opinion On Gay Marriage Shifting In Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/public-opinion-gay-marriage-shifting-wyoming <p></p><p>Public opinion in Wyoming has radically shifted toward legalizing same sex marriage in the last decade.&nbsp; Bills, both legalizing and banning, have been introduced in the state legislature. But nothing has passed.&nbsp; And lawmakers are slow to acknowledge the shift in public opinion. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Erin Jones reports, the legislature might not be where the change happens.</p><p></p><p>ERIN JONES: State Representative Matt Greene grew up without gay marriage on his mind.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:46:25 +0000 Erin Jones 60528 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Public Opinion On Gay Marriage Shifting In Wyoming Just Over 1,000 Homeless People In Wyoming, State Survey Says http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/just-over-1000-homeless-people-wyoming-state-survey-says <p>There are just over a thousand homeless people in Wyoming, according to the state's annual survey.&nbsp;That's about the same as last year. On the day&nbsp;of the survey, around eighty percent of those people were in shelters.&nbsp; The other twenty percent were living outside or in a place not meant for human habitation, like a car or an abandoned building.</p><p>Most were in Cheyenne, Casper, and Gillette, with a rising homeless population in Laramie.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 03 May 2014 00:37:38 +0000 Erin Jones 57758 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Just Over 1,000 Homeless People In Wyoming, State Survey Says New Director For Jackson Conservation Group http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-director-jackson-conservation-group <p></p><p>A Wyoming conservation group is celebrating its 35<sup>th</sup> anniversary this year with a new director.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:17:11 +0000 Erin Jones 56996 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Director For Jackson Conservation Group Controversial Change In University Of Wyoming Curriculum http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/controversial-change-university-wyoming-curriculum <p>A change in University of Wyoming course requirements is causing controversy among faculty and students.</p><p>The change affects the general education curriculum of the entire university.&nbsp; Students seeking a bachelor’s degree have to take the courses required under this program.</p><p>The new requirements are scheduled to take effect in the Fall of 2015.&nbsp; It eliminates diversity, global awareness, and foreign language requirements from the required undergraduate curriculum.&nbsp; It also reduces science and math requirements.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:07:30 +0000 Erin Jones 56319 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Controversial Change In University Of Wyoming Curriculum Surge in Crude Oil Production http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/surge-crude-oil-production <p>Wyoming&nbsp;crude oil production is on the upswing.</p><p></p><p>The state&nbsp;produced more crude oil last year than it has in any year since 1999.&nbsp; That's in line with a&nbsp;nationwide trend; last year the country produced more crude oil than it has in any year since&nbsp;1989.</p><p>State geologist Tom Drean says the increase can be&nbsp;attributed to more drilling activity in&nbsp;unconventional plays like shale and&nbsp;tight sands, made possible because of technologies like fracking,&nbsp;and horizontal and extended reach drilling.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:51:35 +0000 Erin Jones 55311 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Surge in Crude Oil Production March 7th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/march-7th-2014 <p><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lawmakers-reflect-2014-legislative-session" target="_blank"><strong>Lawmakers Reflect On The 2014 Legislative Session</strong></a></p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 00:13:08 +0000 Bob Beck, Erin Jones, Irina Zhorov, Matt Laslo, Micah Schweizer & Willow Belden 55020 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org March 7th, 2014 Capitol Onlookers Say Budget Session Was Fast, Controversial http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/capitol-onlookers-say-budget-session-was-fast-controversial <p>We just heard legislators discussing some of the issues of the past session, but we also chatted with some who attended the session.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio intern Erin Jones got some reaction from a variety of onlookers.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:56:11 +0000 Erin Jones 55018 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Capitol Onlookers Say Budget Session Was Fast, Controversial Alternative Schools Bill Passes Wyoming Senate http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/alternative-schools-bill-passes-wyoming-senate <p>A bill that would make it easier for alternative schools to be created across the state has received final approval by the Wyoming Senate.&nbsp; Alternative schools, such as charter schools, attempt to address the special needs of students that may not be successful in more traditional schools.&nbsp; Under current Wyoming law, it is very difficult to create alternative schools.&nbsp; The bill will change that.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:45:25 +0000 Erin Jones 54664 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Alternative Schools Bill Passes Wyoming Senate 24/7 Sobriety Bill Passes General File http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/247-sobriety-bill-passes-general-file <p>The 24/7 Sobriety Program Bill has passed general file in the Wyoming Senate.</p><p></p><p>The bill would create the option for people who have been arrested for substance abuse misdemeanors to be tested regularly for drug or alcohol use instead of staying in jail.&nbsp;&nbsp; If the offender fails to complete or pass a test, he or she would be arrested and appear in front of a judge.&nbsp;</p><p>The program would mainly be funded by fees paid up-front by the offenders themselves.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:46:59 +0000 Erin Jones 54326 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 24/7 Sobriety Bill Passes General File Wyoming Youth Fishing Challenge Growing In Popularity http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-youth-fishing-challenge-growing-popularity <p>The Game and Fish Department says its Youth Fishing Challenge program is growing quickly and gaining popularity statewide.</p><p>The program sets up goals for kids to expand their fishing skills.&nbsp; Challenges center on catching native species of fish and learning about types of habitat.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:21:38 +0000 Erin Jones 54071 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Youth Fishing Challenge Growing In Popularity 24/7 Sobriety Program Bill To Be Considered In Wyoming Legislature http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/247-sobriety-program-bill-be-considered-wyoming-legislature <p>Under the program, individuals who are awaiting trials or hearings for alcohol-related misdemeanors would be released from jail provided they agree to a once- or twice-a-day sobriety test.&nbsp; Judges may also order the individuals participate in the program after adjudication.</p><p>Jackson Representative Keith Gingery says that South Dakota piloted the 24/7 Sobriety Program.&nbsp; He says when a group of legislators went to Rapid City to see the program first hand, they saw a line of people waiting for their turn at an intoximeter.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:25:40 +0000 Erin Jones 53802 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 24/7 Sobriety Program Bill To Be Considered In Wyoming Legislature CMS Launches Rural Healthcare Demonstration Project http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cms-launches-rural-healthcare-demonstration-project <p>In an effort to increase medical services to rural communities, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are now accepting applications for the Frontier Community Health Integration Project (F-CHIP).</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:42:58 +0000 Erin Jones 53679 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org CMS Launches Rural Healthcare Demonstration Project Good News For Wyoming As The Farm Bill Moves Forward http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/good-news-wyoming-farm-bill-moves-forward <p>The Wyoming Farm Bureau says as Congress puts final touches on the Farm Bill it has good things for Wyoming.</p><p>If signed into law, the bill would continue the Environmental Program Incentive Program, which is funding that provides incentives for farmers and ranchers to implement sound conservation practices and help protect resources.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The bill would also provide disaster relief to agricultural producers who have been impacted by severe weather, such as loss of stock from blizzards.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:15:46 +0000 Erin Jones 53511 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Good News For Wyoming As The Farm Bill Moves Forward PILT Funding Restored as Part of Farm Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pilt-funding-restored-part-farm-bill <p>The Farm Bill that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday included a one-year extension of payments in lieu of taxes, or PILT.</p><p></p><p>PILT is money received by counties with federal public land. &nbsp;The Federal government does not pay property taxes and PILT funds are used to make up for that lack of revenue. The Wyoming County Commissioners Association says the extension is good news for Wyoming.</p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 00:09:57 +0000 Erin Jones 53385 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org PILT Funding Restored as Part of Farm Bill Laramie Leads State in Downtown Renovation Projects http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramie-leads-state-downtown-renovation-projects <p>The Wyoming Main Street Alliance says Laramie easily led the state in the number of downtown renovation projects and public improvement projects last year.</p><p>The group says the average number of renovation projects in 2013 in major Wyoming downtowns was about 15.&nbsp; Laramie had 46.</p><p>Main Street works to revitalize cities by preserving their historical characters.&nbsp; Each year they track new businesses, jobs, and projects that improve downtowns.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:47:52 +0000 Erin Jones 52998 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Laramie Leads State in Downtown Renovation Projects