wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en New Campaign Tells Candidates That Land Conservation Is A Non-Partisan Issue http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-campaign-tells-candidates-land-conservation-non-partisan-issue <p><span class="yiv9404962239" id="yui_3_16_0_1_1406220098374_112459" style="font-size: 10pt;">The Center for Western Priorities has started a new campaign to show political candidates how important land conservation is to voters.</span></p><p><span class="yiv9404962239" style="font-size: 10pt;">The campaign is called “Winning the West” and includes paid advertisements, a website, and a series of public events across several western states.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:59:27 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 61898 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Campaign Tells Candidates That Land Conservation Is A Non-Partisan Issue Wyoming Becoming More Ethnically Diverse...Slowly http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-becoming-more-ethnically-diverseslowly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The face of Wyoming is changing, slowly but steadily, according to Wyoming’s Principal Economist Wenlin Liu, who says the state will continue to see ethnic diversity as people move here&nbsp;to work. There has been a 17-percent increase in&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">all</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;ethnic groups between 2010 and 2013.&nbsp;Meanwhile, white population growth was only a little over one percent.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:56:33 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61789 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Becoming More Ethnically Diverse...Slowly A New Perspective: Courage And Passion In Photography http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-perspective-courage-and-passion-photography <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="330" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98839998?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="575"></iframe></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:27:28 +0000 Jennifer Tennican 61775 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Town Up For Sale http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-town-sale <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-6ec5ed8b-63ca-4808-564b-5a8ca13b1b47" style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">A small town in </span></span><span id="docs-internal-guid-6ec5ed8b-63d0-dd2a-4276-a50fe3c636a0" style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">northeastern </span></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; vertical-a Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:22:28 +0000 Miles Bryan 61751 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Town Up For Sale Dakota Dave Hull: The Long Drive Home http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/dakota-dave-hull-long-drive-home <p><strong><a href="http://dakotadavehull.com/" target="_blank">Dakota Dave Hull</a></strong> is one of America’s premier finger-style guitarists. Based in Minnesota, Dakota Dave logs a lot of miles touring, so here’s a composition that fades out like the highway receding in the rear-view mirror.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159682796&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:27:58 +0000 Ben Slater, Micah Schweizer & Anna Rader 61637 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Dakota Dave Hull: The Long Drive Home Mead Negotiating For Wyoming Medicaid Expansion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-negotiating-wyoming-medicaid-expansion <p>Governor Matt Mead may be changing his mind when it comes to expanding Medicaid services for low income people in the state. After publicly rejecting the notion of Medicaid expansion late last year, the governor says he is negotiating in good faith with the federal department of Health and Human Services to develop a Wyoming specific Medicaid expansion plan.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:00:33 +0000 Bob Beck 61632 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Negotiating For Wyoming Medicaid Expansion Wyoming Construction Workers Are In Short Supply http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-construction-workers-are-short-supply <p></p><p>Last week we told you about how the cost of building a new high school in Rawlins is running millions of dollars more than was expected. Costs are up because construction companies can’t find enough workers in Wyoming. And it isn’t easy to bring them in from out of state.</p><p>Jeremy Smith is the Business Manager for Sheridan’s School District One in Ranchester. I met him on a beautiful morning in Northern Wyoming, and he’s excited to show me the new Tongue River Elementary school--or at least the the rolling pasture where the school should be.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:24:25 +0000 Miles Bryan 61551 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Construction Workers Are In Short Supply Latinos At Higher Risk For Workplace Injury http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/latinos-higher-risk-workplace-injury <p>Too many jobs, not enough bodies. That’s the dilemma of many Wyoming construction companies these days that can’t keep up with the building demands of the state’s energy boom. An influx of Latino workers are moving to Wyoming to take up the slack. And national figures show that Hispanics lead the nation in fatal injuries. And with Wyoming having one of the worst records for workplace fatalities, the question is: are Latinos putting themselves in the line of fire?&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:07:30 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61550 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Latinos At Higher Risk For Workplace Injury Pete Illoway Is A Candidate For Secretary Of State http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pete-illoway-candidate-secretary-state <p>Pete Illoway has a background in working for both the U-S and State Department of Agriculture, Wycon Chemical Company, Coastal Chem, Inc. and the economic development operation Cheyenne Leads. He is currently a consultant and lobbyist. Illoway was a state representative from 1998 to 2012.&nbsp;</p><p>During that time he chaired a committee that worked closely with the Secretary of State’s office. He joins Bob Beck.</p><p>Learn more about <strong><a href="https://www.peteilloway.com/" target="_blank">Pete Illoway. </a></strong></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:00:40 +0000 Bob Beck 61549 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pete Illoway Is A Candidate For Secretary Of State Former Navy Commander Seeks State Superintendent Nomination http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/former-navy-commander-seeks-state-superintendent-nomination <p>Three Republicans are seeking the nomination for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. One of them is Bill Winney. He is a retired Naval Officer who wants to bring that leadership experience to help run the state department of education. In the Navy he trained a number of people and says training and education were a key part of his career.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:37:19 +0000 Bob Beck 61547 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Former Navy Commander Seeks State Superintendent Nomination Artists Trace U.S.-Mexico Border Through Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/artists-trace-us-mexico-border-through-wyoming <p>A group of artists marking 1821 border between the United States and Mexico traveled through Wyoming over the weekend.</p><p>Marcos Ramirez and David Taylor are the artists behind the project, called ‘Delimitations.’ It aims to trace the original, 2,300-mile border between the U.S. and Mexico.</p><p>That historic border runs through Medicine Bow National Forest here in Wyoming.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:41:07 +0000 Miles Bryan 61443 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Artists Trace U.S.-Mexico Border Through Wyoming Community And Camaraderie: Tap Dancing Your Way To Happiness http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/community-and-camaraderie-tap-dancing-your-way-happiness <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="330" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98857271?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="575"></iframe></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:43:58 +0000 Jennifer Tennican 61427 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tribes And State Collaborate To Tell Wind River Reservation History http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tribes-and-state-collaborate-tell-wind-river-reservation-history <p>In coming years, visitors to Wyoming’s Wind River Indian Reservation will see new historical perspectives on roadside signs and markers. That’s the proposed outcome of the new Wind River Interpretive Plan. It's believed to be the first such collaboration between tribes and state government on a reservation-wide interpretive plan.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:34:49 +0000 Micah Schweizer 61301 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tribes And State Collaborate To Tell Wind River Reservation History National Groups Push For Climate Science In Classroom http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/national-groups-push-climate-science-classroom <p>A coalition of science advocacy groups have launched what they’re calling a <a href="http://climatesciencerights.org/">Climate Science Bill of Rights</a> to push for climate change to be taught in schools around the country. The campaign says all students deserve to explore the causes and consequences of climate change, free from political interference.</p><p>The groups behind the bill include Climate Parents, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the National Center for Science Education and the Alliance for Climate Education.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:09:28 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61263 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org National Groups Push For Climate Science In Classroom A Plan of Firsts: Lander Resource Management Plan Tackles Big Picture http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/plan-firsts-lander-resource-management-plan-tackles-big-picture <p>The clock is ticking about whether to list the greater sage grouse as an endangered species.&nbsp; Such a listing could all but shut down mineral development in the bird’s habitat.&nbsp; The state has already tackled sage grouse protections.&nbsp; Now it’s the federal government’s turn.&nbsp; It’s been 30 years since the Lander Resource Management Plan was revised.&nbsp; And so the Bureau of Land Management took the opportunity to put more protections in place for the grouse while they were at it.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:04:33 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61211 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Plan of Firsts: Lander Resource Management Plan Tackles Big Picture Clark Stith Discusses His Run For Secretary Of State http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/clark-stith-discusses-his-run-secretary-state <p>Rock Springs Republican Clark Stith is one of four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Secretary of State.&nbsp; Stith practices business law and is on the Rock Springs City Council.&nbsp; He is also the former chairman of the Sweetwater County Republican Party.&nbsp; Stith tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck that one thing he’d like to do is streamline the office.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:53:22 +0000 Bob Beck 61210 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Clark Stith Discusses His Run For Secretary Of State Booming Oil And Gas Production Taxes Pipeline Network http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/booming-oil-and-gas-production-taxes-pipeline-network <p>In the first quarter of 2014, the United States surpassed both Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. It already hit that mark for natural gas late last year. All of that oil and gas has to be transported from the fields where it’s drilled to refineries and processing plants, and most of that is done by pipeline, but the nation’s pipeline infrastructure isn’t currently up to the task.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:47:03 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 61209 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Booming Oil And Gas Production Taxes Pipeline Network School Construction Faces Current Labor Shortage, Future Revenue Decline http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/school-construction-faces-current-labor-shortage-future-revenue-decline <p>It’s a tense public meeting in Rawlins. School District officials here recently learned that the latest contractor bid to build a new Rawlins High School is $7 million dollars over budget. Carbon County School District 1 Superintendent Fletcher Turcato says Rawlins isn’t interested in making cuts.</p><p>“Four months ago, we were within budget—and because of a bidding climate, now they want us to continue to take money out of this project,” Turcato said. “That’s not going to happen. The Board said it’s not going to happen. We’re not going to do that to the people of Rawlins.”</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:28:06 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61208 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org School Construction Faces Current Labor Shortage, Future Revenue Decline A Casper Family Changes Careers To Make Alcohol http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/casper-family-changes-careers-make-alcohol <p>Many people have ideas for small businesses, but not many of them quit their day jobs to try something unique, especially when it’s something they know little about. But that’s exactly what the Pollock<strong> </strong>family of Casper did in starting <strong><a href="http://backwardsdistilling.com/" target="_blank">Backwards Distilling Company</a></strong>.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>“My son’s an absinth drinker and absinth is hard to come by and he and she were talking… why don’t we just make some make some… and then we all looked at each other and we all stopped and went hmmm.”</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:09:33 +0000 Bob Beck 61207 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Casper Family Changes Careers To Make Alcohol How America's Original Horse Was Saved By A Wyoming Family http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/how-americas-original-horse-was-saved-wyoming-family <p>This was almost the year of the thoroughbred horse, with California Chrome's run for the elusive Triple Crown. But here's the story of a smaller, scrappier horse that overcame long odds with the help of a Wyoming family. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer has this postcard from a visit with the <a href="http://www.spanishmustangfoundation.org/" target="_blank">Spanish Mustang</a>.</p><p>Living history comes thundering over the ridge. This is America’s original horse.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:47:21 +0000 Micah Schweizer 61167 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org How America's Original Horse Was Saved By A Wyoming Family David Wiatrolik: Wishful Thinking http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/david-wiatrolik-wishful-thinking <p>Fresh off the 2014 release of ‘<strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/GinMillGypsies/timeline">Dave and the Gin Mill Gypsies</a></strong>’, Laramie guitarist, singer, and songwriter David Wiatrolik assembles a stripped down trio (Dana Robertson, drums and Luke Woodbury, bass) to perform live at the WPM studios.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:52:03 +0000 Micah Schweizer, Ben Slater & Anna Rader 61196 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org David Wiatrolik: Wishful Thinking What's the most under reported issue in the state? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/whats-most-under-reported-issue-state <p>What's the most under reported issue in the state?&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wpmnpr-community-discussion-rules">WPM/NPR Community Discussion Rules</a></strong></p><p>By contributing your comment, you consent to the possibility of having it read on the air.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:24:50 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 61166 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org What's the most under reported issue in the state? All The World’s A Stage: Play Taps Into Personal And Global Experiences http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/all-world-s-stage-play-taps-personal-and-global-experiences <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="330" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98861477?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="575"></iframe></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Tennican 60951 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Learning To Play: Musical Pursuits And A Childhood Wish http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/learning-play-musical-pursuits-and-childhood-wish <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="330" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98888705?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="575"></iframe></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:20:29 +0000 Jennifer Tennican 60731 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Coal Versus The Courts http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-coal-versus-courts <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. &nbsp;</p><p>Like most all things here in Washington these days, the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of the EPA is being read along party lines. But Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi says it’s not just partisanship. He says your opinion also hinges on where you’re reading.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:05:21 +0000 Matt Laslo 60530 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Coal Versus The Courts Wyoming Does Not Officially Track Health Impacts From Energy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-does-not-officially-track-health-impacts-energy <p>As energy development increases across the country many states are starting to look into whether or not it would be a good idea to set up data bases to track possible health impacts directly attributed to energy development.&nbsp; Colorado has developed an extensive system within its Department of Health to track and investigate health care impacts.&nbsp; The State of Wyoming has not developed such a data base. Doctor Tracy Murphy is the state epidemiologist. He says the Department of Health rare fields calls of that nature.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:55:44 +0000 Bob Beck 60529 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Does Not Officially Track Health Impacts From Energy Wyoming Still Has Long Term Care Issues http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-still-has-long-term-care-issues <p>Wyoming ranks 16<sup>th</sup> in the nation when it comes to meeting the long term health care needs of older residents.&nbsp; The ranking comes from a comprehensive state by state scorecard developed by AARP, the Commonwealth fund, and SCAN foundation.&nbsp;</p><p>In Wyoming unpaid family caregivers provide the bulk of care for older Wyoming residents, in part because long term care is unaffordable for most middle income families.&nbsp; AARP Wyoming’s Associate Director Tim Lockwood says things aren’t all that bad in the state, but they could be better.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:39:03 +0000 Bob Beck 60527 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Still Has Long Term Care Issues Yellowstone Celebrates The Renovation Of Its Oldest Lodge http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/yellowstone-celebrates-renovation-its-oldest-lodge <p>Yellowstone Park is celebrating completion of a two year, 29 million dollar renovation of its oldest lodge: Lake Hotel. Now all of the Lake Hotel’s redecorated rooms are ready for guest now. Penny Preston reports people worked through two bitter winters to complete the project.</p><p>In 1889, 27 years before there was a National Park Service, construction began on Lake Hotel.&nbsp; It is Yellowstone’s oldest.&nbsp; Two years ago, reconstruction started.</p><p>“The old hotel had been touched pretty harshly over the years.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:49:43 +0000 Penny Preston 60522 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Yellowstone Celebrates The Renovation Of Its Oldest Lodge David Shelles - Cheyenne WY http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/david-shelles-cheyenne-wy <p></p><p>My name is David Shelles and I live here in Cheyenne, Wyoming. When I moved from Davenport, Iowa to Laramie, Wyoming in December of 2008, of course I had the privilege of driving Interstate 80 across Iowa and Nebraska. On the second day of my trip, I crossed the border from Nebraska into Wyoming at Pinebluffs and of course I started messing with the radio and it stopped on 91.9 and I heard Pat Gabriel's voice and that's actually kind of when I knew I was back home.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:28:35 +0000 Anna Rader 60389 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org David Shelles - Cheyenne WY 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