Open Spaces http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en WPM News Department Captures Multiple Awards http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wpm-news-department-captures-multiple-awards-0 <p>In 2013 WPM’s award-winning news department added several more plaques to its wall of awards.&nbsp; Led by veteran news director Bob Beck, the news team brought home awards in a variety of categories:</p><p>Best News Program:&nbsp; Open Spaces “The Uranium show.”</p><p>Best Investigative Story:&nbsp; Carbon Sink</p><p>Best Writing: &nbsp;Douglas residents fear flaring</p><p>Soft Feature:&nbsp; Carp can be composted&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:09:51 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 53577 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WPM News Department Captures Multiple Awards October 18th, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/october-18th-2013 <p></p><p><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/groundwater-testing-near-oil-and-gas-wells-how-much-data-enough"><strong><u>Groundwater testing near oil and gas wells: how much data is enough? </u></strong></a></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 22:36:21 +0000 Bob Beck, Willow Belden, Stephanie Joyce, Micah Schweizer & Irina Zhorov 48605 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org October 18th, 2013 Elephants in South Africa http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/elephants-south-africa <p>The idea for this story came about when I was reporting on efforts to develop a contraceptive for male coyotes. One of scientists I interviewed, a professor of zoology and physiology at the University of Wyoming, mentioned that wildlife managers in many game reserves in South Africa are using birth control to manage burgeoning elephant populations.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 22:44:25 +0000 Willow Belden 41989 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Elephants in South Africa May 31st, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/may-31st-2013 <p><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-missed-out-last-uranium-boom-planning-future"><strong>Wyoming missed out on last uranium boom, but planning for the future</strong></a></p><p>Wyoming Public Radio has for years reported that the state is on the verge of a uranium boom. It turns out the state missed the peak of that boom, and is now betting on slower, more conservative growth. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 23:09:34 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Luke Hammons, Rebecca Martinez, Sara Hossaini & Willow Belden & Clay Scott & LuLing Osofsky 41625 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org May 31st, 2013 May 10th, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/may-10th-2013 <p></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pollutants-detected-water-wells-sublette-county-s-gas-fields">Pollutants detected in water wells in Sublette County’s gas fields</a></strong><br>Sublette County has been in the news a lot because of its <em>air quality</em> problems, which largely stem from natural gas production. But there’s another issue too: Pollutants have been showing up in <em>water wells</em>. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 23:22:02 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Luke Hammons, Rebecca Martinez & Willow Belden & Amanda LeClaire 40608 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org May 10th, 2013 April 26th, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/april-26th-2013 <p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cost-substance-abuse-wyoming-higher-expected">Cost of substance abuse in Wyoming is higher than expected </a></strong><br>As it addressed issues concerning substance abuse, one thing the state never had were Wyoming specific numbers on the financial impact of substance abuse.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports that a recent study has found that the cost of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse is staggering.<br> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 23:06:02 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Rebecca Martinez, Sara Hossaini & Willow Belden 39929 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org April 26th, 2013 April 19th, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/april-19th-2013 <p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyomings-senators-help-defeat-gun-control">Wyoming's Senators Help Defeat Gun Control </a></strong><br>After weeks of intense lobbying on Capitol Hill gun control advocates suffered a stinging defeat this week…in part because of opposition from Wyoming’s two Republican senators. Matt Laslo reports from Washington.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 22:12:49 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Rebecca Martinez & Willow Belden 39580 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org April 19th, 2013 March 29th, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/march-29th-2013 <p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/flared-natural-gas-loss-state-taxes-and-royalties">Flared natural gas is a loss to the state in taxes and royalties </a></strong> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 22:24:32 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Rebecca Huntington, Rebecca Martinez & Willow Belden 38699 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org March 29th, 2013 March 15th, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/march-15th-2013 <p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/deq-releases-ozone-strategy-sublette-county">DEQ releases ozone strategy for Sublette County</a></strong><br>The Department of Environmental Quality has released a plan for tackling the ozone problem in Sublette County. Emissions from the energy industry there have combined to form a type of pollution called ozone, which can be a health hazard. Ozone levels have been so high that they violate federal standards, and the Environmental Protection Agency has given Wyoming three years to fix the problem.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:54:43 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Rebecca Martinez & Willow Belden 38070 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org March 15th, 2013 March 8th, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/march-8th-2013 <p></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-economist-anne-alexander-discusses-potential-effects-federal-sequester-wyoming">UW Economist Anne Alexander discusses the potential effects of the federal sequester on Wyoming</a></strong><br>One thing everyone is trying to get a grip on is how the federal sequester will impact Wyoming.&nbsp; Anne Alexander is an economist at the University of Wyoming.&nbsp; She joined Bob Beck in the studio to discuss this.</p> Sat, 09 Mar 2013 00:08:33 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Willow Belden, Rebecca Martinez & Luke Hammons 37760 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org March 8th, 2013 January 25th, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/january-25th-2013 <p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/some-legislators-say-superintendent-reform-overdue">Some Legislators say Superintendent reform is overdue </a></strong> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 22:47:58 +0000 Bob Beck & Irina Zhorov & Rebecca Martinez & Sara Hossaini & Willow Belden 35769 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org January 25th, 2013 January 11th, 2013 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/january-11th-2013 <p></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/rep-lummis-appointed-us-house-subcommittee-energy">Rep. Lummis appointed to US House Subcommittee on Energy </a></strong><br>Wyoming’s Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis has been appointed to chair the U.S. House of Representatives’ Science Subcommittee on Energy. The subcommittee will oversee energy research, development and demonstration projects. Lummis spoke with Rebecca Martinez from the Capitol press room in Cheyenne this week.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 23:51:19 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Rebecca Martinez & Willow Belden 35160 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org January 11th, 2013 December 14th, 2012 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/december-14th-2012 <p></p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 23:39:20 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Rebecca Martinez & Willow Belden 34088 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org December 14th, 2012 December 7th, 2012 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/december-7th-2012 <p></p><p><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/converse-county-oil-boom-draws-concerns-residents"><strong>Converse County oil boom draws concerns from residents</strong></a><br>In October, we reported that Chesapeake Energy had drilled a series of oil wells near Douglas, very close to people’s houses. Chesapeake says the area will likely continue to be a core drilling region. That has some area residents uneasy. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Sat, 08 Dec 2012 00:02:49 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Rebecca Martinez, Willow Belden & Sara Hossaini & Sara 33802 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org December 7th, 2012 Gambling addiction in Fremont County could be on rise, but not on radar http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gambling-addiction-fremont-county-could-be-rise-not-radar <p>HOST: There have been rumors that Fremont County is experiencing a rise in gambling addiction amongst its residents. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that whether the rumors are true or not is still unclear, but some services are popping up to address it regardless.</p><p>ZHOROV: The Wind River Hotel and Casino in Riverton is full of chirping slot machines, game tables, bright lights, and…gamblers.</p><p>There are differing opinions regarding how much good gaming has brought to the county and tribes. But there is also concern about gambling addictions.</p> Sat, 01 Dec 2012 00:10:50 +0000 Irina Zhorov 33507 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gambling addiction in Fremont County could be on rise, but not on radar Prevention Management Org.’s Rich Lindsey talks about alcohol, tobacco, and suicide in WY http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/prevention-management-org-s-rich-lindsey-talks-about-alcohol-tobacco-and-suicide-wy <p></p><p>Issues that include alcohol, tobacco and suicide are serious problems in Wyoming.&nbsp; In recent months Community prevention specialists in each county in the state have been compiling a needs assessment developed by the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center, or WYSAC.&nbsp; The specialists are trying to identify the extent of the problem in each of the three topic areas and the next step is to try and find some solutions.&nbsp; Rich Lindsey, who represents the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming says they picked those topic areas for a reason.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:50:15 +0000 Bob Beck 33505 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Prevention Management Org.’s Rich Lindsey talks about alcohol, tobacco, and suicide in WY Parents want a dual-language immersion program in Casper; one parent explains why http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/parents-want-dual-language-immersion-program-casper-one-parent-explains-why <p></p><p>A group of parents are trying to get dual-language immersion programs set up in Casper. They’d like two elementary schools to start these programs, and the focus would be on Spanish and Chinese.</p><p>Thea True-Wells is the parent who’s spearheading the effort. She joins me now to talk about it, along with Ann Tollefson, an outside consultant who has evaluated dual language programs in other states.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:39:25 +0000 Willow Belden 33503 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Parents want a dual-language immersion program in Casper; one parent explains why Jeffrey City Sheriff Deputy J.D. Darnell looks back on Jeffrey City during the boom and bust http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/jeffrey-city-sheriff-deputy-jd-darnell-looks-back-jeffrey-city-during-boom-and-bust <p>J.D. Darnell is a resident of Jeffrey City and has served as Sheriff's Deputy since the 1970s. The town is a lot quieter now than it was during the last uranium boom, which brought miners to the region, and plenty of excitement. That was all over by the mid-80s.Darnell looks back on Jeffrey City then, and now.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:31:15 +0000 Irina Zhorov 33502 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Jeffrey City Sheriff Deputy J.D. Darnell looks back on Jeffrey City during the boom and bust A poem about Jeffrey City by Lori Howe http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/poem-about-jeffrey-city-lori-howe <p>Jeffrey City might look like a lonely area to some, but it can also be inspirational.&nbsp; Laramie writer and poet Lori Howe shares her thoughts in this piece called Jeffrey City, Wyoming.</p><div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>To listen to the entire November 30, 2012 <strong>Wyoming Open Spaces </strong>program, please click<a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/november-30th-2012"> here</a>.</p></div></div></div></div><p></p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:27:05 +0000 Lori Howe 33501 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Laramie-based wildlife forensics lab uses DNA to solve poaching cases http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramie-based-wildlife-forensics-lab-uses-dna-solve-poaching-cases <p>INTRO: Each year, the Game and Fish Department discovers dozens of wildlife crimes in Wyoming. They range from hunting without a license, to killing an animal from the road. The department takes these infractions very seriously, and runs a cutting-edge wildlife forensics lab to investigate them. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow visited the lab and filed this report.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:17:24 +0000 Willow Belden 33500 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Laramie-based wildlife forensics lab uses DNA to solve poaching cases Black Dog Animal Rescue saves lives http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/black-dog-animal-rescue-saves-lives <p>Wyoming Animal Shelters are overcrowded and that means many pets get killed every year.&nbsp; But some organizations are taking an aggressive approach in trying to get more animals adopted and have fewer animals put to death.&nbsp; One of those is the Black Dog Animal Rescue in Cheyenne.&nbsp; The program involves a number of volunteers and a strong on-line and social media effort.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:12:16 +0000 Bob Beck 33496 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Black Dog Animal Rescue saves lives November 16th, 2012 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/november-16th-2012 <p></p><p><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/health-department-director-proposed-new-medicaid-idea"><strong>Health Department director proposed new Medicaid Idea&nbsp; </strong></a><br>One of the costs that continues to grow in Wyoming’s budget is the cost of Medicaid.&nbsp; Lawmakers were so distressed that they ordered the Department of Health to look for ways to control those costs. Department of Health Director Tom Forslund has proposed a plan to address the issue.&nbsp; But first he explains why those costs have gone up.</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 23:49:11 +0000 Bob Beck, Rebecca Martinez & Willow Belden 32935 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org November 16th, 2012 November 2nd, 2012 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/november-2nd-2012 <p></p><p><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/riverton-house-and-senate-debate-recap"><strong>Riverton House and Senate Debate Recap </strong></a><br>On Thursday night, candidates for U-S House and Senate gathered in Riverton for a set of debates. They answered questions ranging from how to address the Medicare shortfall … to their views on climate change and the energy industry. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck was one of the moderators … and he joins Willow Belden from Riverton to talk about the debate.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 22:10:39 +0000 Bob Beck, Irina Zhorov, Rebecca Martinez & Willow Belden 32282 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org November 2nd, 2012 October 5, 2012 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/october-5-2012 <p><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyomings-wolf-hunt-begins-0"><strong>Wyoming's Wolf Hunt Begins </strong></a></p><p>Nearly 3,000 hunters have purchased permits to target wolves in Wyoming's first regulated wolf hunt, which began on Monday. Conservation groups, meanwhile, are preparing to challenge Wyoming's approach in court. As of Thursday, hunters had reported killing six wolves since opening day. Rebecca Huntington has more.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 22:38:50 +0000 Bob Beck, Willow Belden, Rebecca Martinez & Rebecca Huntington & David Koch 31078 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org October 5, 2012 Wyoming's Wolf Hunt Begins http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyomings-wolf-hunt-begins-0 <p>HOST INTRO: Nearly 3,000 hunters have purchased permits to target wolves in Wyoming's first regulated wolf hunt, which began on Monday. Conservation groups, meanwhile, are preparing to challenge Wyoming's approach in court. As of Thursday, hunters had reported killing six wolves since opening day. Rebecca Huntington has more.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 22:05:07 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 31076 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming's Wolf Hunt Begins Forest Service studies the impacts of Beetle killed trees http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/forest-service-studies-impacts-beetle-killed-trees <p>INTRO:&nbsp; Throughout the west a natural process is being witnessed that in some areas has had devastating impacts. The Bark Beetle epidemic has affected millions of acres of forest and caused public officials to ponder what if anything can be done about it. Big Horn Radio Network’s David Koch reports that officials recently looked at the situation in northwest, Wyoming.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 21:54:18 +0000 David Koch 31075 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Forest Service studies the impacts of Beetle killed trees Incumbent US Rep. Cynthia Lummis talks about Medicare, AML funds http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/incumbent-us-rep-cynthia-lummis-talks-about-medicare-aml-funds <p>Rep. Cynthia Lummis is running for her third term in the US House of Representatives.&nbsp; Lummis is a fiscal conservative who is a member of the appropriations committee.&nbsp; She joins Bob Beck on the campaign trail.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 21:48:02 +0000 Bob Beck 31074 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Incumbent US Rep. Cynthia Lummis talks about Medicare, AML funds Conversation with Democratic Congressional Challenger Chris Henrichsen http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/conversation-democratic-congressional-challenger-chris-henrichsen <p>Democrat Chris Henrichsen is a political newcomer who teaches Political Science at Casper College.&nbsp; He is running against incumbent Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis to focus attention on working people and the middle class.&nbsp; Henrichsen is hoping to be the first Wyoming democrat in Congress since&nbsp; 1978.&nbsp; He is battling a lack of funding, against one of the wealthiest members of Congress.&nbsp; But Henrichsen hopes he views will give him a chance.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 21:38:53 +0000 Bob Beck 31071 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Conversation with Democratic Congressional Challenger Chris Henrichsen Northern Arapaho tribal entities work to preserve their language in the face of extinction http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/northern-arapaho-tribal-entities-work-preserve-their-language-face-extinction <p>HOST: The number of Northern Arapaho tribe members who speak their native language is dwindling. Tribal entities have been working for decades trying to preserve the language. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez reports that they’ve been having mixed success.</p><p>(Sound: kids speaking Arapaho)</p><p>REBECCA MARTINEZ: Tribal elder Alvena Oldman is the director of an Arapaho language immersion preschool in Ethete.</p><p>OLDMAN: Hinono’ Eitiino’ Oowu’. Arapaho Language Lodge.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 21:27:08 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 31070 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Northern Arapaho tribal entities work to preserve their language in the face of extinction Residents near Douglas fear becoming ‘another Pinedale or Pavillion’ http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/residents-near-douglas-fear-becoming-another-pinedale-or-pavillion <p>INTRO: This spring, an oil rig blew out near Douglas. Natural gas spewed into the air, and residents from a nearby neighborhood were evacuated for several days. Since the blowout, Chesapeake Energy has drilled several new wells around that same neighborhood, and residents have new concerns. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 21:20:51 +0000 Willow Belden 31069 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Residents near Douglas fear becoming ‘another Pinedale or Pavillion’