Open Spaces http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en August 22nd, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/august-22nd-2014 <div class="card-text"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/why-it-so-hard-study-public-health-effects-oil-and-gas-development">Why Is It So Hard To Study The Public Health Effects Of Oil And Gas Development?</a></strong></p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:47:20 +0000 Bob Beck, Caroline Ballard , Melodie Edwards, Micah Schweizer, Miles Bryan, Rebecca Huntington & Stephanie Joyce & Jordan Wirfs-Brock & Leigh Paterson 63228 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org August 22nd, 2014 Landowners Connect To Negotiate With Pipeline Companies http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/landowners-connect-negotiate-pipeline-companies <p>There’s a huge, mostly invisible web of pipelines crisscrossing the country that make it possible for our stoves to light and our cars to turn on. Those pipelines run from oil and gas producing regions to refineries and processing plants, crossing miles of private property along the way. The people whose land they cross don’t often benefit, but a new strategy may help.</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:23:07 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 63227 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Landowners Connect To Negotiate With Pipeline Companies Why Is It So Hard To Study The Public Health Effects Of Oil And Gas Development? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/why-it-so-hard-study-public-health-effects-oil-and-gas-development <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The current oil and gas boom, fueled by a technique called hydraulic fracturing, has opened massive shale gas and oil formations in states like Texas, Colorado, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania.</p><p>But unlike past booms, this time drilling is bumping right up against communities. With oil and gas development now at their doorsteps, people are worried about the health impacts.</p><p>But the industry has taken off so quickly that scientific research about those impacts - which is timely, costly, and complex - is playing catch up.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:08:29 +0000 Leigh Paterson & Jordan Wirfs-Brock 63226 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Why Is It So Hard To Study The Public Health Effects Of Oil And Gas Development? First-Aid Approach Tackles Mental Health Stigmas http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/first-aid-approach-tackles-mental-health-stigmas <p>Mental health. It's a topic that can be hard to talk about. So the National Council for Behavioral Health has taken a cue from successful CPR and first aid programs and designed a similar training to help everyday citizens know how to respond in a mental health crisis.</p><p>A half dozen Jackson community members are gathered in a classroom in the basement of St. John's Medical Center. Their instructor, Adam Williamson, has handed out poster-sized paper and markers and asked them to draw a picture of anxiety.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:00:20 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 63225 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org First-Aid Approach Tackles Mental Health Stigmas Ukrainian Ballerina Brings Message Of Peace http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/ukrainian-ballerina-brings-message-peace <p>For the last two weeks, Moscow Ballet soloist Olga Aru has been teaching ballet master classes at studios in Gillette and Casper. She now lives in Italy, but Aru was born in Donetsk, Ukraine – a disputed part of the country that has seen intense fighting. Her international touring has brought her close to conflict, as well. She was performing in Cairo when the 2011 Egyptian Revolution erupted. She sat down with Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard to talk about her experiences.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:52:20 +0000 Caroline Ballard 63224 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Ukrainian Ballerina Brings Message Of Peace Revamped Cowboys Look To Improve http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/revamped-cowboys-look-improve <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Wyoming Cowboys football season fell apart last year. The Cowboys finished with five wins and seven losses, but lost five of their last six games. After the season ended the Cowboys also lost their Coach, and watched their starting quarterback AND his backup leave the team. New Coach Craig Bohl had a lot of success coaching at North Dakota State where he won three National Championships in a division below Wyoming. The question is whether he and his coaching staff can turn things around in Laramie.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:40:19 +0000 Bob Beck 63223 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Revamped Cowboys Look To Improve Holocaust Survivor To Speak In Jackson http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/holocaust-survivor-speak-jackson <p></p><p></p><p>On August 28<sup>th</sup> Eva Schloss who is the step sister and childhood friend of Anne Frank will give a talk about her time in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. She will appear at the Center for the Arts in Jackson at 7 p.m. at an event hosted by the Chabad Jewish Center of Wyoming.&nbsp; She tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck about how she met Anne Frank.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:20:06 +0000 Bob Beck 63217 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Holocaust Survivor To Speak In Jackson In Cheyenne, Police Adapt Surplus Military Vehicles For Use At Home http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cheyenne-police-adapt-surplus-military-vehicles-use-home <p>One of the most riveting images that has emerged out of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri is of civilian police officers using military vehicles for crowd control. For years, the Department of Defense has distributed equipment and vehicles to law enforcement offices all across the country, including some in Wyoming. I rode along with the Cheyenne SWAT team as they trained with their new military vehicle.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:05:09 +0000 Miles Bryan 63215 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org In Cheyenne, Police Adapt Surplus Military Vehicles For Use At Home Conservation Program Brings Urban Teens to Heart Mountain http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/conservation-program-brings-urban-teens-heart-mountain <p>This summer, a Nature Conservancy Program called LEAF offered urban high schoolers the chance to live and work in the shadow of Heart Mountain north of Cody. The hope is to get the kids to love Wyoming so much they’ll come back for its colleges and its jobs in conservation. Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards has more.</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:03:27 +0000 Melodie Edwards 63214 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Conservation Program Brings Urban Teens to Heart Mountain Saints And Sinners: Artist Puts Halos On Drug Dealers In "Street Bible" http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/saints-and-sinners-artist-puts-halos-drug-dealers-street-bible <p>It was the Protestant reformer Martin Luther who proposed that we are simultaneously saints and sinners. <a href="http://www.aaronwallis.us/" target="_blank">Jackson artist Aaron Wallis</a> is illustrating the idea by placing drug dealers and gang leaders in the context of Christian iconography: putting halos around criminals' heads. The newest collection of illuminated manuscript prints in his Street Bible series opens August 29th at the Rose and the Pink Garter Theatre in Jackson. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:25:57 +0000 Micah Schweizer 63208 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Saints And Sinners: Artist Puts Halos On Drug Dealers In "Street Bible" August 15th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/august-15th-2014 <p></p><p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/jackson-seasonal-workers-struggle-find-affordable-housing">In Jackson, Seasonal Workers Struggle To Find Affordable Housing</a></strong></p><p>The town of Jackson has long struggled to find enough affordable housing for its seasonal workers. Right now, the average rental property there is going for 2800 dollars a month. &nbsp;But lately, the popularity of house sharing websites have transformed the housing problem into a housing crisis. And that’s got local business owners looking in new places for their for seasonal hires.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:16:07 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Bob Beck, Cordelia Zars, Melodie Edwards, Micah Schweizer, Miles Bryan & Stephanie Joyce & Penny Preston 62896 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org August 15th, 2014 In Jackson, Seasonal Workers Struggle To Find Affordable Housing http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/jackson-seasonal-workers-struggle-find-affordable-housing <p>The town of Jackson has long struggled to find enough affordable housing for its seasonal workers. Right now, the average rental property there is going for 2800 dollars a month. But lately, the popularity of house sharing websites have transformed the housing problem into a housing crisis. And that’s got local business owners looking in new places for their for seasonal hires.</p><p>It's midmorning at a campsite just outside of Jackson and Christen Johnson is setting up her camp stove for a cup of coffee before work--”it came with the van,” she tells me.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:04:42 +0000 Miles Bryan 62895 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org In Jackson, Seasonal Workers Struggle To Find Affordable Housing Low Turnout Could Be A Concern For Governor Mead http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/low-turnout-could-be-concern-governor-mead <p></p><p>Tuesday is Wyoming’s primary election and while it’s not that unusual for incumbent legislative candidates to have contested races, this year several top elected officials will also have to fend off challengers.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:56:18 +0000 Bob Beck 62894 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Low Turnout Could Be A Concern For Governor Mead Wyoming Looks To Exports For Energy Markets http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-looks-exports-energy-markets <p></p><p></p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:36:50 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 62893 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Looks To Exports For Energy Markets Wyoming Educators Look To Meet Demand For STEM Jobs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-educators-look-meet-demand-stem-jobs <p></p><p>As Wyoming teachers gear up for another school year, there’s more emphasis than ever on improving so-called STEM education in the state. STEM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Aaron Schrank reports, the number of jobs in these fields is rapidly rising in Wyoming, and the state’s education leaders are working together to prepare.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:12:05 +0000 Aaron Schrank 62892 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Educators Look To Meet Demand For STEM Jobs UW Aims To Preserve ‘Then’ And ‘Now’ With New Historic Preservation Plan http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-aims-preserve-then-and-now-new-historic-preservation-plan <p></p><p>Historic sandstone buildings, granite boulders, giant spruce trees: step onto the University of Wyoming campus, and you know where you are. As new construction projects begin, the University wants to make sure the designs adhere to its iconic image. To that end, the University is working with a team of architectural consultants to come up with guidelines for how to preserve its historic character.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:59:20 +0000 Cordelia Zars 62891 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Aims To Preserve ‘Then’ And ‘Now’ With New Historic Preservation Plan Yellowstone Super Volcano Even Bigger Than Previously Thought http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/yellowstone-super-volcano-even-bigger-previously-thought <p></p><p>Millions of people visit Yellowstone each year to see its geysers, fumaroles, hot springs, and mud pots. It's the largest concentration of thermal features in the world. The park sits on top of the world’s largest active volcano. Called the Super Volcano. Its most recent eruption was more than 600,000 years ago. All that remains is the top, or caldera.</p><p>When you come into the Park they’ll give you a map and it has an overlay of the caldera. It’s huge.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:56:27 +0000 Penny Preston 62890 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Yellowstone Super Volcano Even Bigger Than Previously Thought Steven Horn Explores Eugenics Movement In New Novel http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/steven-horn-explores-eugenics-movement-new-novel <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Wyoming author Steven Horn’s new novel <em>The Pumpkin Eater</em> is creating quite a stir in the world of brainy mystery literature. It recently won the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award in Mystery and Suspense. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards sat down with Horn to find out what it was about his plotline that’s keeping readers on the edge of their seat.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:18:42 +0000 Melodie Edwards 62888 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Steven Horn Explores Eugenics Movement In New Novel New Exhibit Presents Mash-up Of Work By 38 Wyoming Artists http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-exhibit-presents-mash-work-38-wyoming-artists <p><a href="http://www.wyomingartparty.com/" target="_blank">The Wyoming Art Party</a> is a new arts organization. No, we won’t be seeing Art Party candidates on the November ballot; think party, as in fun and festivities. The Wyoming Art Party’s inaugural event opens with a reception Friday, August 22 at a temporary gallery in Laramie. It’s a collaborative exhibit called ‘A Portrait of Wyoming.’ Laramie artists June Glasson and Meg Thompson are the founders of the Wyoming Art Party. They stopped by to explain the project to Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:03:37 +0000 Micah Schweizer 62885 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Exhibit Presents Mash-up Of Work By 38 Wyoming Artists As Pipelines Multiply, Pigs Are Paramount http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pipelines-multiply-pigs-are-paramount <p>The pipeline tool known as a pig is versatile. In the 1971 James Bond film <em>Diamonds Are Forever</em>, Bond used a pig to blow up a pipeline. In the 1987 Bond film <em>The Living Daylights</em>, defecting Soviet spy Georgi Koskov used a pig as an escape route. In the 1999 James Bond film <em>The World Is Not Enough</em>, a pig was used to smuggle a nuclear weapon.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/r0uP9zm22e8?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 02:13:00 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 62570 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org As Pipelines Multiply, Pigs Are Paramount August 8th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/august-8th-2014 <p></p><p></p><p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/washington-gridlock-hurting-educators-wyoming">Washington Gridlock Hurting Educators In Wyoming </a></strong></p><p>This summer there's been a big push by the nation's powerful teacher unions to completely revamp the nation's standardized tests mandated under No Child Left Behind and then revamped with the new Common Core standards. Wyoming Public Radio’s congressional reporter, Matt Laslo, has the story on how the state’s congressional delegation is fighting for the state’s interests on the issue.</p> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 01:15:39 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Anna Rader, Bob Beck, Cordelia Zars, Matt Laslo, Melodie Edwards, Miles Bryan, Rebecca Golden & Stephanie Joyce 62569 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org August 8th, 2014 Washington Gridlock Hurting Educators In Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/washington-gridlock-hurting-educators-wyoming <p>This summer there's been a big push by the nation's powerful teacher unions to completely revamp the nation's standardized tests mandated under No Child Left Behind and then revamped with the new Common Core standards. Wyoming Public Radio’s congressional reporter, Matt Laslo, has the story on how the state’s congressional delegation is fighting for the state’s interests on the issue.</p><p></p> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 00:53:22 +0000 Matt Laslo 62568 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Washington Gridlock Hurting Educators In Wyoming Former Educator Seeks State Superintendent Nomination http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/former-educator-seeks-state-superintendent-nomination <p>Jillian Balow is one of three Republican candidates running for the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Balow has worked for late Senator Craig Thomas and current Governor Matt Mead. For ten years she was a classroom teacher, she has worked for the State Department of Education, and currently she is with the Department of Family Services where her duties include early childhood education. She speaks with Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck.</p> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 00:45:41 +0000 Bob Beck 62564 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Former Educator Seeks State Superintendent Nomination High Number Of Tribal Candidates Running In Upcoming Primary http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/high-number-tribal-candidates-running-upcoming-primary <p></p><p></p><p>Over the years it's been a challenge to drum up political engagement on the Wind River Reservation. But things may be different this year with eight tribal members running for office in multiple parties. It's an unusually high number. Democratic Representative Patrick Goggles says it’s his theory that what has inspired so much political gusto is the shifting dynamic in the Republican Party. He says the politicizing of the right wing is happening everywhere, including Wind River.</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 22:25:36 +0000 Melodie Edwards 62563 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org High Number Of Tribal Candidates Running In Upcoming Primary Ed Murray Is A Candidate For Secretary Of State http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/ed-murray-candidate-secretary-state <p></p><p><strong><a href="http://edmurrayforwyoming.com/" target="_blank">Ed Murray</a></strong> is the last of four Republican candidates for Secretary of State. Murray is a long time Cheyenne businessman who says he is new blood with a lot of passion.</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 22:13:54 +0000 Bob Beck 62561 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Ed Murray Is A Candidate For Secretary Of State In Cheyenne, A Small Change Creates Big Problems For City's Carless http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cheyenne-small-change-creates-big-problems-citys-carless <p>Last April Cheyenne’s WYDOT ID Services moved into a new building. Its bigger than the old one, with more staff and faster lines. But it’s also a few miles out of town. There isn’t an easy way to walk there, and, unlike the old building, it’s not connected by bus service. The move probably isn’t a big deal for most Cheyenne residents. But it’s had an outsized effect on some in the city.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:57:53 +0000 Miles Bryan 62560 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org In Cheyenne, A Small Change Creates Big Problems For City's Carless The US Is A Top Destination For Music Students From China http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/us-top-destination-music-students-china <p>Every year, nearly half a million Chinese students travel abroad to attend college. The U.S. is the most popular destination for these students—whose parents spend around $165,000 for an American education. Many of these students come to study Western classical music. And for the last decade or so, Chinese musicians have taken center stage in the world of classical music.</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:51:08 +0000 Rebecca Golden 62559 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org The US Is A Top Destination For Music Students From China New Video Game Will Be Set In Wyoming Wilderness http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-video-game-will-be-set-wyoming-wilderness <p>Picture this. You're a park ranger living in a watchtower in the Wyoming wilderness. No cellphone, no internet, no co-worker to keep you company. Your only human contact is with your boss on a handheld radio. But when unexpected events occur, you’re faced with exploring a wild and unknown environment…and that's where a new video game set in Wyoming begins.</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:30:39 +0000 Anna Rader 62553 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Video Game Will Be Set In Wyoming Wilderness Laramie Arts Program Opens A World Of Creativity To Students With Disabilities http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramie-arts-program-opens-world-creativity-students-disabilities <p></p><p>Dance class begins at 9 a.m. in the studio. The six students disappear and are replaced by dancing cowboys, swaying and lassoing to the beat of the song.</p><p>Instructor Kayc DeMaranville leads. She helps them coordinate their bodies to the rhythm. The students are lost in the music, spinning, kicking, waving their arms. Student Eric Petersen loves to dance. He says it makes his body feel “a little bit of good.”</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:08:30 +0000 Cordelia Zars 62551 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Laramie Arts Program Opens A World Of Creativity To Students With Disabilities In Wyoming, Coal Culture Runs Deep http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-coal-culture-runs-deep <p>Girls in clunky roller skates whizz past their coach. They're sweaty, rowdy, and covered in tattoos. <a href="http://www.coalminersdaughters.com/">Gillette's roller derby team</a> proudly represents coal country, as does their name.</p><p>"We’re called the Coal Miner’s Daughters, number one because Loretta Lynn rocks!" Katie Buffington, president of the team, explained. "Number two because coal is the main source of income in the area. And we really wanted to get back to our roots, where we come from."</p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:28:00 +0000 Leigh Paterson 62318 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org In Wyoming, Coal Culture Runs Deep