casper http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en UW Receives Help For Casper And Cheyenne Family Practice Programs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-receives-help-casper-and-cheyenne-family-practice-programs <p>The University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency programs in Casper and Cheyenne have received an important new federal designation that will help both the programs and patients.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>UW Health Sciences Dean Joe Steiner says it will mean enhanced Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and better recruitment and retention of doctors—and will allow the programs to serve more patients.<strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:37:13 +0000 Bob Beck 63479 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Receives Help For Casper And Cheyenne Family Practice Programs Wild West Renactors Claim They Were Duped In Political Ad http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wild-west-renactors-claim-they-were-duped-political-ad <p>Two men who appeared in a political advertisement say they were tricked into attacking candidates for Casper City Council.</p><p>Cecil Harris and Wilbur Yankey are part of the Bessemer Vigilance Committee, a Casper-area group that dresses in Old West clothing and stages mocks shootouts with 19th century firearms.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:31:02 +0000 Miles Bryan 62884 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wild West Renactors Claim They Were Duped In Political Ad People With Disabilities Facing Changes In Employment Options http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/people-disabilities-facing-changes-employment-options <p>In late July President Obama signed the Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Act. The bill is designed to get people with disabilities working in commercial businesses, and get them out of service provider owned companies, known as “sheltered workshops.” State officials here in Wyoming are on board with these changes, but some providers say closing sheltered workshops will leave people with disabilities with few options.</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:53:52 +0000 Miles Bryan 62231 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org People With Disabilities Facing Changes In Employment Options Casper The Friendly City?: Resident Input Fuels Rebranding Effort http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/casper-friendly-city-resident-input-fuels-rebranding-effort <p>The city of Casper is looking to upgrade its image and raise its profile as a tourist destination. And it’s taking special care to make sure the people of Casper are behind the city’s new brand.&nbsp;</p><p>Last year, the city hired Casper-based firm AdBay to create a re-branding campaign for $80,000. Since then, they’ve been in research mode. Creative Director Shawk Houck says asking Casperites what they think gives their city personality has been key to the process.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:00:47 +0000 Aaron Schrank 62178 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Casper The Friendly City?: Resident Input Fuels Rebranding Effort Casper, WY To Host Total Solar Eclipse Event In 2017 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/casper-wy-host-total-solar-eclipse-event-2017 <p>The city of Casper will become the national headquarters for a rare total solar eclipse in the summer of 2017.&nbsp;The event is expected to temporarily&nbsp;double the city’s population. That’s because Casper will be in the middle of the path of the moon’s shadow, which will enter the US in Oregon, cut a swath across the width of the country, exiting in South Carolina.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:07:39 +0000 Melodie Edwards 62169 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Casper, WY To Host Total Solar Eclipse Event In 2017 Debit Card Scammers Target Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/debit-card-scammers-target-wyoming <p>Riverton, Casper, and Lander have all seen a wave of prepaid debit card scams in the last few days.</p><p>Green Dot Visa cards are debit cards that can be loaded with cash at a convenience store.</p><p>Riverton Police Captain Eric Murphy says citizens have been asked to use Green Dot cards to send money to scammers pretending to be representatives of big cash prizes like Publishers Clearing House, or the IRS.</p><p>“One local lady here in town had paid $28,000 worth of Green Dot cards to these people.”</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:59:26 +0000 Miles Bryan 62113 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Debit Card Scammers Target Wyoming 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 Wyoming Stories: Rough And Tumble Casper, Forming Unlikely Friendships At A POW Camp http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-rough-and-tumble-casper-forming-unlikely-friendships-pow-camp <p>Dick Sedar grew up in Casper, in a working-class neighborhood called “the Sandbar.” His parents emigrated from Croatia in the early 1920’s to seek work in the coal and oil industries. Dick was one of 16 children and tells the story of his childhood in Casper.</p><p></p><p>One of Dick’s Sedar’s brothers, Mike, worked in the Douglas Prisoner of War camp during World War II.&nbsp; Dick remembers his brother’s experience working with the prisoners, and the lasting friendships he made.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:55:38 +0000 Cordelia Zars & Micah Schweizer 60714 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: Rough And Tumble Casper, Forming Unlikely Friendships At A POW Camp Military Surplus Vehicles Make Their Way To Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/military-surplus-vehicles-make-their-way-wyoming <p>As military activity in Iraq and Afghanistan has wound down, military armored vehicles have been making their way back home.</p><p>Big Horn County and the cities of Cheyenne and Casper have all received heavily armored vehicles designed to protect soldiers from mines and rocket attacks in the Middle East.</p><p>“Our new [armored vehicle] can protect us against rifle rounds. Whereas our old [civilian armored vehicle] couldn’t,” says Cheyenne Police Department spokesperson Dan Long.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 01:19:10 +0000 Miles Bryan 60414 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Military Surplus Vehicles Make Their Way To Wyoming Wyoming Stories: A Personal Experience Of The Gender Wage Gap http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-personal-experience-gender-wage-gap <p>Women in the United States have been fighting for equal wage rights since the early 1900s.&nbsp; In 1963 the government passed the Equal Pay Act, which aimed to abolish wage disparity based on sex.&nbsp; But the act excluded professional careers.&nbsp; Starting in 1971, Marilynn Deiss juggled work as the Executive Director of the Wyoming Board of Pharmacy and as a single mother.&nbsp; She tells her daughter, Debra Swedberg, how gender discrimination affected her life.</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:05:46 +0000 Cordelia Zars 60079 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: A Personal Experience Of The Gender Wage Gap Social Service Providers Provide Care To A Growing Population Of Military Vets http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/social-service-providers-provide-care-growing-population-military-vets <p></p><p>Returning from military service back into so called normal society continues to be a challenge for many veterans.&nbsp; It doesn’t help if they have difficulty getting Veterans Administration Services.&nbsp; In Wyoming, the two VA hospitals have been criticized for the amount of time veterans need to wait to get care.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports that social service providers say they <strong>are</strong> trying to provide adequate services to a growing population of vets.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:33:32 +0000 Bob Beck 59808 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Social Service Providers Provide Care To A Growing Population Of Military Vets Cory McDaniel: Took My Money http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cory-mcdaniel-took-my-money <p>Casper's <strong><a href="http://www.corypmcdaniel.com/" target="_blank">Cory McDaniel </a></strong>(guitar) and Amy Gieske (bass) play one from the new record, The Tremors.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153599477&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Ben Slater, Micah Schweizer & Anna Rader 59555 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Cory McDaniel: Took My Money Gretchen Wheeler - Casper WY http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gretchen-wheeler-casper-wy <p>My name is Gretchen Wheeler, this is Casper Wyoming. I probably really became addicted about four years ago. I listen to it every single morning coming to work and every single evening going home. I just love the special interest stories that they have on it, I love the little tidbits.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:42:35 +0000 Anna Rader 59397 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gretchen Wheeler - Casper WY Cyclist Deaths Highlight Rider Dangers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cyclist-deaths-highlight-rider-dangers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two Wyoming bicyclists have been killed in the past several days, spurring calls from Wyoming’s cycling community for increased rider awareness and safety legislation.</span></p><p>On Friday, Matthew&nbsp;Harker, 39, died of brain trauma—one day after he was struck by an SUV in Casper.</p><p>On Saturday, 65-year-old Larry Hurst of Sheridan was killed after he and his wife were struck by a vehicle in on U.S. Highway 87 in Sheridan. His wife, Sarah, was critically injured in the crash and taken to a hospital in Billings.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 23:16:36 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59246 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Cyclist Deaths Highlight Rider Dangers Wyoming Seniors Say ‘So Long’ To High School http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-seniors-say-so-long-high-school <p>Graduation season is here. Commencement ceremonies around the state mark the start of a new chapter for many of Wyoming’s high school seniors. Wyoming Public Radio’s Aaron Schrank caught up with the class of 2014 to see how they feel about the big day—and the future.</p><p></p><p>It’s the last hurrah for graduating seniors at Casper’s Kelly Walsh High School. The Casper Events Center is packed, and the graduates are in high spirits.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:31:52 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59127 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Seniors Say ‘So Long’ To High School Steve Frame: Fourteen Hours http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/steve-frame-fourteen-hours <p><strong><a href="http://steveframe.net/" target="_blank">Steve Frame</a></strong> and his fellow Western Rebel Jim Halsey, aka Jimmy Harper, perform a song written for workers in the western oil fields.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1FfhuiI-UBU" width="560"></iframe><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151882989&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 19:36:41 +0000 Micah Schweizer, Ben Slater & Anna Rader 59046 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Steve Frame: Fourteen Hours Tornado Touches Down On Casper Mountain http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tornado-touches-down-casper-mountain <p>A tornado that touched down on Casper Mountain Friday afternoon caught forecasters by surprise. Trevor LaVoie, with the National Weather Service, says the storm systems moving through Natrona County today didn’t show any signs of producing tornadoes.<br /><br />“These types of storms are more general thunderstorms in nature," LaVoie says. "We’re not really seeing a lot of heavy rain, they’re short-lived, and their depth is relatively shallow. They’re only about 15,000 feet thick.”<br /><br />The tornado wasn’t visible on radar, but it was reported by numerous observers.<br /> Fri, 23 May 2014 23:09:50 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 58789 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tornado Touches Down On Casper Mountain Casper Geowives Celebrate 60 Years http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/casper-geowives-celebrate-60-years <p>Sixty years ago a group of women in Casper whose husbands were always leaving them for long shifts out on the oil patch got together to commiserate and lunch. The group became known as the Geowives - wives of geologists - and it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary this spring. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov attended the Geowives’ monthly luncheon and has this story.&nbsp;</p><p>IRINA ZHOROV: Bette Faust is one of the charter members of the Geowives, and a Wyoming native who came to Casper in the 1950s.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 18:29:24 +0000 Irina Zhorov 58418 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Casper Geowives Celebrate 60 Years Casper Facing Shortage In Homes http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/casper-facing-shortage-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 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Casper Facing Shortage In Homes Wyoming Stories: An Outside Perspective On Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-outside-perspective-wyoming <p>Gretchen Wheeler grew up in Nebraska and moved to Wyoming to teach in the Communications Department at Casper College.&nbsp; As a “non-native” Wyomingite, Gretchen shares her observations of the cultural differences between Wyoming and Nebraska.</p><p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 17:12:31 +0000 Cordelia Zars & Micah Schweizer 58331 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: An Outside Perspective On Wyoming Music, Illustrated: Wyoming Symphony Teams With Artist For Season Finale http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/music-illustrated-wyoming-symphony-teams-artist-season-finale <p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingsymphony.org/" target="_blank">The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra</a></strong> in Casper has teamed up with an illustrator for this weekend’s season finale concert. Igor Stravinsky’s 'Petrouchka' was originally written as a ballet about the story of a young puppet brought to life by a wizard. Wyoming Symphony music director and conductor Matthew Savery will tell the audience the story and have the orchestra demonstrate how the music replicates human movement. Fri, 09 May 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Micah Schweizer 58065 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Music, Illustrated: Wyoming Symphony Teams With Artist For Season Finale Casper To Offer Permanent Housing Program For Chronically Homeless http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/casper-offer-permanent-housing-program-chronically-homeless <p>Since 2010, homelessness has gone down in most places in the U.S., but not in Wyoming. A national report found that in 2013 Wyoming had nearly a thousand homeless people, up 64-percent in that time. About a quarter of those people are chronically homeless. Now, Casper wants to try a program focused on helping those individuals. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:09:24 +0000 Irina Zhorov 57402 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Casper To Offer Permanent Housing Program For Chronically Homeless Travelers Between Casper and Buffalo Can Now Enjoy Uninterrupted WPM Service http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/travelers-between-casper-and-buffalo-can-now-enjoy-uninterrupted-wpm-service <p>WPM completed installation of a new transmitter and antenna near Kaycee that bridges the stretch of Interstate 25 between Casper and Buffalo.&nbsp; The new signal provides a good amount of overlap with the 91.3 signal from Casper and fades where the 90.5 Buffalo signal begins. &nbsp;A number of new areas between the 90.5 Buffalo and 90.9 Gillette signals along Interstate 90 are also now covered.</p><p>“The new signal, 88.7 KUWK, improves listening in an area that historically has suffered&nbsp;weak coverage” says Shane Toven, WPM Director of Engineering.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:30:42 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 53583 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Travelers Between Casper and Buffalo Can Now Enjoy Uninterrupted WPM Service 'Rat Pack Of Opera' Returns to Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/rat-pack-opera-returns-wyoming <p>The trio Tenors Un Limited bills itself as ‘the Rat Pack of Opera.’ The group is starting the New Year with just four U.S. concerts before continuing the tour in the U.K., where they’re based. Two of those American engagements are in Wyoming, as Paul Martin explains to Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:14:37 +0000 Micah Schweizer 52328 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 'Rat Pack Of Opera' Returns to Wyoming Spencer Bohren: Borrowed Time http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/spencer-bohren-borrowed-time <p>Because this was recorded during WPR’s fall pledge drive, we have thoughtfully edited out the talking. Enjoy the music of Casper-born, New Orleans-residing <strong><a href="http://www.spencerbohren.com/">Spencer Bohren</a></strong>—guilt-free!</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7XmqAO6Lk4&amp;feature=youtu.be</p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/122932219&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:44:27 +0000 Micah Schweizer, Anna Rader & Ben Slater 50701 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Spencer Bohren: Borrowed Time Encana breaks ground on water treatment facility http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/encana-breaks-ground-water-treatment-facility <p>Encana broke ground today on a&nbsp;treatment facility for produced water -- the contaminated water that's pulled up along with oil in the drilling process. The Neptune Water Treatment Facility will sit outside of Casper and serve the Moneta Divide field, which currently has about 300 wells but could eventually have more than 4-thousand. The facility will treat some of the produced water from current wells. A controversial plan to inject wastewater into the Madison Aquifer is another water disposal method Encana plans to use in the field.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 00:17:37 +0000 Irina Zhorov 49522 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Encana breaks ground on water treatment facility Casper business owners to vote on Downtown Development Authority http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/casper-business-owners-vote-downtown-development-authority <p></p> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 00:21:44 +0000 Jordan Harper 48958 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Casper business owners to vote on Downtown Development Authority “Cowboys and East Indians” author Nina McConigley shares about her own life as an Indian American http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cowboys-and-east-indians-author-nina-mcconigley-shares-about-her-own-life-indian-american <p></p><p>Nina McConigley is a lecturer in the University of Wyoming’s English Department. Her new book is a collection of short stories called Cowboys and East Indians.</p><p>Her book tells the stories of a variety of Indian characters living in Wyoming, and explores what, often, reads as an unusual combination. McConigley’s father is an Irish-born petroleum geologist, and her mother, Nimi McConigley, was the first Indian-born person to serve in the Wyoming Legislature.&nbsp; Nina tells Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Martinez she grew up in Casper.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:37:09 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 48944 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org “Cowboys and East Indians” author Nina McConigley shares about her own life as an Indian American Casper Police Department uses texts and apps to stop crime http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/casper-police-department-uses-texts-and-apps-stop-crime <p>The&nbsp;Casper Police Department&nbsp;is using a new approach to get crime tips.&nbsp; The department has added a text message reporting system&nbsp;and smartphone app crime reporting services.<br /><br />People can now send a text message&nbsp;to a special number with&nbsp;Casper as the first word of their message followed by the information they&rsquo;d like to report. If the user has an Apple or Android smartphone, they can download the TipSubmit app to report crime. The app offers users the option to send pictures and G.P.S information to police.<br /> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 23:46:20 +0000 Jordan Harper 48225 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Casper Police Department uses texts and apps to stop crime Early winter storm causes extensive damage in Casper http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/early-winter-storm-causes-extensive-damage-casper <p></p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 23:47:17 +0000 Irina Zhorov 48051 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Early winter storm causes extensive damage in Casper