Open Spaces http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en July 18th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/july-18th-2014 <p></p><p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-mead-seeks-second-term">Governor Mead Seeks Second Term</a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="http://http://meadforgovernor.com/" target="_blank">Governor Matt Mead </a></strong>is seeking his second term in office. The governor is facing Cheyenne Businessman and Doctor Taylor Haynes and Superintendent Cindy Hill in the Republican primary. Mead spoke with Bob Beck. They begin by discussing some of the challenges facing the state.<a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-mead-seeks-second-term"> </a></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:38:50 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Bob Beck, Melodie Edwards & Miles Bryan 61553 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org July 18th, 2014 Governor Mead Seeks Second Term http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-mead-seeks-second-term <p><strong><a href="http://http://meadforgovernor.com/" target="_blank">Governor Matt Mead </a></strong>is seeking his second term in office. The governor is facing Cheyenne Businessman and Doctor Taylor Haynes and Superintendent Cindy Hill in the Republican primary. Mead spoke with Bob Beck. They begin by discussing some of the challenges facing the state.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:31:08 +0000 Bob Beck 61552 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor Mead Seeks Second Term 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 Wyoming Music Teachers Find Community At UW Summer Program http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-music-teachers-find-community-uw-summer-program <p>It’s before 8 o’ clock in the morning, and there’s a surprising amount of noise coming from a basement classroom in UW’s library.</p><p>Inside is a group of about 25 sitting in a circle, playing instruments or humming along. For most of the year, these people are music educators teaching in schools all over Wyoming. But in the summer, they’re students themselves—in a UW summer master’s program. Today, they’re learning a melody by ear.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:49:49 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61548 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Music Teachers Find Community At UW Summer Program 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 July 11th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/july-11th-2014 <p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/federal-highway-money-remains-risk" target="_blank">Federal Highway Money Remains At Risk</a></strong></p><p>The federal pot of money that’s supposed to keep local roads and bridges intact may soon be empty, yet lawmakers on Capitol Hill are miles apart from each other. It remains unclear if they’ll be able to bridge the gulf. Matt Laslo reports from Washington on how the Wyoming delegation is weighing in on the debate that’s sucking the air out of Washington this summer.</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:50:42 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Bob Beck, Matt Laslo, Melodie Edwards, Micah Schweizer, Miles Bryan & Stephanie Joyce 61214 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org July 11th, 2014 Federal Highway Money Remains At Risk http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/federal-highway-money-remains-risk <p>The federal pot of money that’s supposed to keep local roads and bridges intact may soon be empty, yet lawmakers on Capitol Hill are miles apart from each other. It remains unclear if they’ll be able to bridge the gulf. Matt Laslo reports from Washington on how the Wyoming delegation is weighing in on the debate that’s sucking the air out of Washington this summer.</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:41:14 +0000 Matt Laslo 61213 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Federal Highway Money Remains At Risk Wyoming Highway Patrol Struggles To Attract Recruits http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-highway-patrol-struggles-attract-recruits <p>It’s not unusual for some employers in Wyoming to have a hard time finding enough workers. That can be a headache for business owners, but lately it’s the cause of some public safety concern as well. The Wyoming Highway Patrol is down almost twenty percent of its officers, and it is struggling to attract new ones.</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:18:06 +0000 Miles Bryan 61212 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Highway Patrol Struggles To Attract Recruits 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 June 27th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/june-27th-2014 <p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-coal-versus-courts">Wyoming Coal Versus The Courts </a></strong></p><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.</p><p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-does-not-officially-track-health-impacts-energy">Wyoming Does Not Officially Track Health Impacts From Energy</a></strong></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:15:28 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Bob Beck, Dan Boyce, Erin Jones & Melodie Edwards & Penny Preston 60531 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org June 27th, 2014 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 Public Opinion On Gay Marriage Shifting In Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/public-opinion-gay-marriage-shifting-wyoming <p></p><p>Public opinion in Wyoming has radically shifted toward legalizing same sex marriage in the last decade.&nbsp; Bills, both legalizing and banning, have been introduced in the state legislature. But nothing has passed.&nbsp; And lawmakers are slow to acknowledge the shift in public opinion. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Erin Jones reports, the legislature might not be where the change happens.</p><p></p><p>ERIN JONES: State Representative Matt Greene grew up without gay marriage on his mind.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:46:25 +0000 Erin Jones 60528 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Public Opinion On Gay Marriage Shifting In Wyoming 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 Privacy Concerns Swirl Around Statewide Student Database http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/privacy-concerns-swirl-around-statewide-student-database <p></p><p>Nationwide, including Wyoming, states are working to build huge databases that can track students from preschool all the way into the workforce. In the brave new world of big data, the thought is—more information means smarter education policy decisions and improved learning. But some parents worry that these systems will go too far.</p><p>At Laramie County Community College, a classroom full of people is talking about control groups and independent variables. It’s not as exciting as it sounds, but it is important.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:16:19 +0000 Aaron Schrank 60526 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Privacy Concerns Swirl Around Statewide Student Database Montana Crude Rail Routes Revealed http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/montana-crude-rail-routes-revealed <p></p><p>A dozen or more trains carrying crude oil from the Bakken region are moving across northern Montana every week, skirting the edge of Glacier National Park. More trains -- far fewer in number - pass through populated regions farther south.</p><p>Governor Steve Bullock <a href="https://www.evernote.com/shard/s427/sh/fa657b90-491c-440b-9670-a792fbbe03f9/657798dcee45540426d7e03fc504df94" target="_blank">released the route information this week</a>, making Montana the latest state after Washington to buck railroads’ requests to keep the information out of public hands.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:51:33 +0000 Dan Boyce & Inside Energy 60523 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Montana Crude Rail Routes Revealed 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 Rare Mammoth Site Excavated In Douglas http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/rare-mammoth-site-excavated-douglas <p>In 1986, a large mammoth rib bone was found jutting out of the bank of a creek a few miles from Douglas.&nbsp; The state archaeologist, Dr. George Frison, did a hasty 4-day excavation at the time.&nbsp; But a thorough excavation has never been done because the land owners weren’t interested in hosting an archaeology dig on their property.&nbsp; That left archaeologists with a big question--was LaPrele Creek a mammoth kill site?&nbsp; But recently the land sold and archaeologists have finally been allowed to dig.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:48:30 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60519 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Rare Mammoth Site Excavated In Douglas June 13th, 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/june-13th-2014 <p></p><p><strong><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramie-county-sees-surge-oil-and-gas-development">Laramie County Sees Surge In Oil And Gas </a><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramie-county-sees-surge-oil-and-gas-development">Development</a></strong></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:19:54 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Bob Beck, Grace Hood, Melodie Edwards, Micah Schweizer, Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 59816 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org June 13th, 2014 Laramie County Sees Surge In Oil And Gas Development http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramie-county-sees-surge-oil-and-gas-development <p>For years, southeastern Wyoming has been expecting an oil boom that’s never arrived. Just across the border in Colorado, drilling has reached breakneck pace, but Wyoming has been relatively quiet -- until now. The discovery of a new, more promising oil reserve has led to a surge of interest in oil and gas development in Laramie County over the last few months.</p><p>In May of 2013, oil and gas companies applied for nine permits to drill in Laramie County. In May of 2014, companies applied for 132.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:08:01 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 59815 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Laramie County Sees Surge In Oil And Gas Development Crude Oil By Rail: On The Rise In Colorado And Everywhere http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/crude-oil-rail-rise-colorado-and-everywhere <p>The transport of crude oil by rail has spiked dramatically in recent years. <a href="https://www.aar.org/newsandevents/Freight-Rail-Traffic/Pages/2014-03-13-railtraffic.aspx#.U5dOtPldU1J">From 2012 to 2013 the amount carried</a> by the country's major freight railroads increased nearly 75 percent, according to the American Association of Railroads.&nbsp;&nbsp;Even though crude oil accounted for just over 1 percent of overall rail traffic last year, there's growing public concern about the potential oil spills and other hazards.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:58:25 +0000 Grace Hood & Inside Energy 59811 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Crude Oil By Rail: On The Rise In Colorado And Everywhere Rep. Lummis Says It Has Been An Interesting Week In The U.S. House http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/rep-lummis-says-it-has-been-interesting-week-us-house <p></p><p>If you think having candidates stopping by your home can get annoying, Wyoming U-S Representative Cynthia Lummis feels your pain. Following the primary election loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Lummis is being bombarded by those interested in that job and other leadership jobs that may come free after Cantor's replacement is chosen. Lummis told Bob Beck that the internal campaigning is something to watch.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:50:10 +0000 Bob Beck 59810 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Rep. Lummis Says It Has Been An Interesting Week In The U.S. House Floods On Rise: Earlier Run-Offs Present Challenge To Water Storage http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/floods-rise-earlier-run-offs-present-challenge-water-storage <p>This spring, rivers were overflowing banks all over the state.&nbsp; Some rivers saw record—or near-record—flood stages.&nbsp; The Laramie River hit its second highest flood level on record, and that’s only four years after its highest on record in 2010.&nbsp; But floods aren’t all sandbagging and property damage: they also mean plenty of water for the long dry summer ahead.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:41:25 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59809 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Floods On Rise: Earlier Run-Offs Present Challenge To Water Storage