Jordan Giese en May 16th, 2014 <p><strong><a href="" 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 May 16th, 2014 Casper Facing Shortage In Homes <p>As the Oil City Casper has seen its fate is closely tied with the energy industry and the recent boom in production is seeing Casper's population expand at an astounding rate. One thing not expanding fast enough however is affordable housing. Wyoming Public Radio's Jordan Giese reports.</p><p>JORDAN GIESE: Despite new commercial development one thing in Casper you'll struggle to find are for-sale and rent signs. With all the new energy work, people have poured into Casper, sometimes leaving little for the residents already there.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:03:12 +0000 Jordan Giese 58423 at Casper Facing Shortage In Homes Bird Refuge Plans Get Support From BP <p>Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge outside of Casper could see improvements to its Steamboat Lake facilities. BP is funding an initial planning phase that could expand the refuge for both wildlife and the public.</p><p>Director of Science at Audubon Rockies, Alison Holloran, says Steamboat could see more reeds and water flora&nbsp;planted in its shallows to create more habitat for birds. Signs and a viewing platform could be installed as well to allow residents close views of Wyoming's nesting and migratory bird populations.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:10:43 +0000 Jordan Giese 57290 at Bird Refuge Plans Get Support From BP Local Commercial To Feature Al Simpson Supporting Marriage Equality <p>Former U.S. Senator Al Simpson is appearing is a commercial in support of marriage equality, which is airing across Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.</p><p>Wyoming currently does not allow same sex marriage. Simpson not only supports gay marriage but also says same-sex couples should be treated the same as heterosexual couples, when it comes to having or adopting children.</p><p>“I have seen the most dysfunctional children come out of a union of a man and wife that I have yet to observe out of a same sex couple," Simpson says.</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:27:13 +0000 Jordan Giese 56720 at Local Commercial To Feature Al Simpson Supporting Marriage Equality Landslide Potential Prompts Evacuation In Jackson <p>Update 04/09 20:30&nbsp;</p><p>City officials have now ordered an evacuation of the area. For the most up-to-date information, visit the <a href="">city's website</a>.</p><p>Original post:</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jackson emergency services have issued an evacuation advisory for an area in the northwest part of town because of concerns over&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">landslides</a></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:50:31 +0000 Jordan Giese 56587 at Landslide Potential Prompts Evacuation In Jackson Homes In Wooded Areas Hinder Wildfire Fighting Efforts <p>Yale forestry researchers say wildfires are getting larger and costlier across the nation. Jude Bayham who spoke at the University of Wyoming&nbsp;Wednesday says that the more development that occurs in wild areas, the more complex wildfires become. &nbsp;</p><p>He says the Rocky Mountain region has seen an increase in such homes and it costs more to protect them when a wildfire breaks out. Homes built in wildlands have a direct impact on a wildfire’s cost and size.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:06:58 +0000 Jordan Giese 56280 at Homes In Wooded Areas Hinder Wildfire Fighting Efforts UW Considers Raising Tuition <p>University of Wyoming President Dick McGinity is proposing that UW raise tuition and fees in the next academic year. In a recent letter McGinity proposed that the university increase tuition by four percent and student fees by $91. This would mean a rise in full time resident tuition by&nbsp;$211 to $4,615.</p><p></p><p>UW Vice President of Government and Communication affairs Chris Boswell says though&nbsp;that the University has several options in the future to help with rising costs of utilities, building maintenance and supplies.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:56:10 +0000 Jordan Giese 55925 at UW Considers Raising Tuition Salmon Research In The Northwest Could Help Wyoming Fish <p>A study by several University of Wyoming researchers on salmon spawning in the Pacific Northwest could help pacific fish populations as well as Wyoming trout numbers. Clifford Riebe is an assistant professor in UW's Geology Department and helped author the study.</p><p>The report says certain kinds of riverbeds help salmon spawning and since trout and salmon are closely related Riebe says managers in both areas could use the data to grow fish populations.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:15:38 +0000 Jordan Giese 55432 at Salmon Research In The Northwest Could Help Wyoming Fish Wyoming Voters Prefer Mixed Approach To Energy <p>According to a new report, Wyoming voters are more likely to vote for candidates who support using public lands for more than just oil and gas development.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:53:17 +0000 Jordan Giese 54614 at Wyoming Voters Prefer Mixed Approach To Energy Solar Industry Grows In Wyoming <p>The number of jobs in Wyoming related to solar energy has increased by almost 600 percent in just over a year. That's according to a report from the Solar Foundation. The report shows that out of 340 solar-related jobs in the state, 290 of them were added since 2012.</p><p></p><p>Ten solar energy companies are operating in the state. But Bruce Parkinson with UW's School of Energy Resources says many of the installed systems are privately owned and off the grid.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:14:31 +0000 Jordan Giese 54463 at Solar Industry Grows In Wyoming Lawmaker Proposes Plan To Fund Substance Abuse Prevention <p>The Wyoming state legislature may consider a bill that would divert funds from the alcohol tax to programs that provide treatment for substance abuse.</p><p>It’s estimated that alcohol abuse costs the state 843 million dollars a year.</p><p>Casper representative Bunky Loucks is sponsoring the bill. He says the bill would ta</p><p></p><p>ke 15 percent of the funds raised from alcohol tax, or roughly two million dollars and give it to the Wyoming Department of Health to help combat substance abuse.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:51:27 +0000 Jordan Giese 53665 at Lawmaker Proposes Plan To Fund Substance Abuse Prevention UW Graduate And Olympian Expects American To Do Well In Sochi <p>A former Wyoming Olympian and University of Wyoming Graduate will be serving as a U.S. Representative for the February Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. &nbsp;Sarah Konrad graduated from U.W. with a PhD in Glaciology in 2001 and went on to qualify in cross country skiing and the Biathlon at the 2006 games in Torino, Italy.&nbsp; Konrad currently works at U.W. as the Associate Director of Wyoming’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.</p> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 02:10:29 +0000 Jordan Giese 53062 at UW Graduate And Olympian Expects American To Do Well In Sochi