Natrona County http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en 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 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 Bar None, The Town Of Bar Nunn Sees Fastest Growth http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/bar-none-town-bar-nunn-sees-fastest-growth <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wyoming population&nbsp;is continuing to grow,&nbsp;increasing by one percent in 2013.&nbsp; That’s according to a new report by the Department of Information and Administration. &nbsp;Senior economist Amy Bittner&nbsp;says migration to cities in the energy-rich central part of the state accounted for&nbsp;most&nbsp;of the growth. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:29:27 +0000 Melodie Edwards 58714 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Bar None, The Town Of Bar Nunn Sees Fastest Growth 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 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 WY's Congressional lawmakers urge feds to fund Payments in Lieu of Taxes program http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wys-congressional-lawmakers-urge-feds-fund-payments-lieu-taxes-program <p>In a letter signed by 16 senators and himself, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi has asked the federal Committee on Appropriations to continue funding the Payments in Lieu of Taxes – or PILT - program. The program contributes money to counties with federal lands within their borders. The payments help make up for what counties lose by not being able to collect taxes on those lands.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 01:58:53 +0000 Irina Zhorov 51737 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WY's Congressional lawmakers urge feds to fund Payments in Lieu of Taxes program Gastroenteritis breaks out in Natrona County, Health Dept. investigates local restaurant http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gastroenteritis-breaks-out-natrona-county-health-dept-investigates-local-restaurant <p>The Natrona County health department is investigating and outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness, often known as the “stomach flu.”<br><br>State epidemiologist Tracy Murphy says several people who have reported the problem had eaten at the same Casper restaurant, but he declined to name the restaurant until the county has wrapped up its investigation. Murphy says it it’s premature to blame the outbreak on food poisoning.<br> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:32:39 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33987 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gastroenteritis breaks out in Natrona County, Health Dept. investigates local restaurant Counties could face high costs with unregulated subdivisions http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/counties-could-face-high-costs-unregulated-subdivisions <p>A conservation group is urging Wyoming counties to be cautious with subdivisions, because the overall costs might be more than the county anticipated.&nbsp;</p><p>John Heyneman with the Sonoran Institute in Wyoming prepared a report for the Natrona County Commissioners, which says good prior planning and partnerships with city officials can help save counties money.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 00:36:31 +0000 Bob Beck 29589 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Counties could face high costs with unregulated subdivisions Natrona County plans to revolutionize education system http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/natrona-county-plans-revolutionize-education-system <p>As most know, school reform is far from novel.&nbsp; It has been a catch word for many years.&nbsp; But at a time when Casper was looking a building a new high school, school officials thought that a new approach in education should be part of new construction.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports…</p> Sat, 21 Apr 2012 00:53:03 +0000 Bob Beck 22896 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Natrona County plans to revolutionize education system