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Natural Resources & Energy
5:52 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

GAO: Exporting Crude Oil Would Cut Gas Prices

Credit Rebecca Martinez / Wyoming Public Media

Lifting the ban on crude oil exports would lead to lower gas prices and more oil production in the US, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

US oil exports were banned after the Arab oil embargo of the 1970s. With increasing domestic oil production, industry has said the ban is outdated and has been asking Congress to lift it. University of Wyoming economics professor Charles Mason says especially with falling global oil prices, that would help Wyoming producers.

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Natural Resources & Energy
5:39 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Fatality At Peabody Mine Second This Year

A miner was killed at Peabody Energy's North Antelope Rochelle coal mine in the Powder River Basin over the weekend, according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration. An agency spokesperson told SNL Energy the miner was a contractor and that his or her haul truck went over a highwall.

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News
3:57 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Same Sex Marriage Starts Tomorrow At 10am

County clerks all across Wyoming should begin issuing same sex marriage licenses Tuesday morning.

This comes after Wyoming’s Attorney General said the state would not appeal last week’s federal court ruling that overturned Wyoming’s same sex marriage ban.

Cheyenne resident AJ McDaniel plans to get his marriage license as soon as he can. He says he had a wedding party last week.

“And we did the whole wedding ceremony and the church and reception for all our friends and family. So now we are just really excited to make it legal.”

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Wyoming Stories
10:04 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Children Teaching Children on a Johnson County Ranch

Dollie Iberlin and Margo Brown
Credit Rebecca Huntington

Dollie Iberlin gives new meaning to the phrase “student teacher” as she recalls her first teaching job, educating two students just a few years younger than herself on a Johnson County ranch. While teaching at the ranch, Iberlin also weathered one of the most famous and daunting blizzards in Wyoming history. Iberlin shares stories about that fun and fateful year with her daughter, Margo Brown.

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Best of Wyoming
8:37 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Wyoming Public Media Photo Contest – 2014

Wyoming through listeners’ eyes!

Enter the Wyoming Public Media Photo Contest (October 20-October 27)!

Post your Wyoming photos for a chance to have your snapshot featured on the Wyoming Public Media web site and note cards as well as other media for the station.

Choose one of the categories below

1.     Wyoming’s Nature – Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer

2.     Wyoming’s People

3.     Only in Wyoming

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News
3:56 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

UPDATED: Judge Strikes Down Wyoming's Same Sex Marriage Ban, Mead Won't Appeal

A federal judge has overturned Wyoming’s ban on same sex marriage.

The court has ordered that Wyoming must begin issuing same sex marriage licenses, but it has stayed that order until next Thursday, or until the State decides not to appeal the ruling.

“I’ve reached out to the State Attorney General’s office and asked them if they would file a notice with the court indicating they don’t intend to appeal,” says James Lyman, an attorney with the plaintiffs. “If they do not appeal the order will go into effect immediately. I have not yet received a response from them.”

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Politics
9:21 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Gosar Charges That Mead Has Not Provided Leadership

During a debate last night in Riverton, Democratic candidate for Governor Pete Gosar said that governor Matt Mead has lacked leadership. Gosar pointed to the failure to expand Medicaid among other things.

“We have gambled with our economy on one commodities price, the price of oil. And as we benefited as it went up it is now at 80 dollars and looking to go further south. I hope that the governor has a plan. I look at education policy,  under this governor’s term we have stopped teaching science in our schools.”

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Politics
9:11 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Superintendent Candidates Spar Over Common Core

Candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction agree on several issues, but Democrat Mike Ceballos says his experience as a CEO of QWEST gives him the edge, while Republican Jillian Balow says her background as a classroom teacher makes her the best choice. 

One key difference is over the Common Core education standards which were adopted by Wyoming, but are now under fire. Ceballos says he’s a strong supporter of the standards, but charges that Balow has waffled.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Judge Delays Same Sex Marriage Decision

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On Thursday, a federal court in Casper heard arguments on whether Wyoming needed to start issuing same sex marriage licenses. The courtroom was packed, but the hearing only went on for about an hour.

Federal Judge Scott Skavdahl heard same sex marriage advocates argue that because the 10th circuit court in Denver ruled earlier that same sex marriage bans were unconstitutional Wyoming needed to allow same sex marriage immediately.

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Wyoming Stories
9:44 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Wyoming Stories: A Time When The Physical Education Department Separated Men And Women

Donna Marburger
Credit Adrian Shirk

Donna Marburger was a student at the University of Wyoming in the 1950’s. Her major was physical education. In the physical education department, there was a men’s department and a women’s department. Judy Knight from the Laramie Plains Museum asks Donna how she felt about having men and women trained differently.

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News
9:08 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Jackson Entrepreneur Earns Spot On Time's 25 Most Influential Teens Of 2014

Courtesy Megan Grassell.

Wyoming teen Megan Grassell was listed as one Time’s 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014 this week, joining the ranks of Malia Obama and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai. She spoke with Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard about her success.

With the help of a kickstarter campaign that raised $42-thousand dollars, Grassell created her own company. Yellowberry makes training bras for pre-teen and teenage girls. Grassell, 19, was inspired after taking her younger sister shopping for her first bra. All of the training bras she tried on were padded and mature-looking. 

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Arts
6:43 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Best-Selling Author Karen Abbott Brings Forgotten Female Spies To Light

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The book “Liar Temptress Soldier Spy” was released last month by Harper Collins. It follows four Civil War spies – and all of them are women. Karen Abbott, the book’s author and historian, spoke yesterday at the Teton County Public Library and will be leading a workshop in Nonfiction writing today. Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard spoke with Abbott about her book, and how she discovered the lives of these women.

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Natural Resources & Energy
9:55 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Interior Secretary Praises Sage Grouse Conservation Efforts

The U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, praised sage grouse conservation efforts in Wyoming during a tour of a ranch outside of Pinedale on Wednesday. The Bousman Ranch is one of nine in Wyoming that have agreed to work with the Fish and Wildlife Service on sage grouse conservation. During the tour Secretary Jewell learned about the ranch’s new strategies for protecting the grouse, such as converting windmill water tanks to solar to eliminate perches for the grouse’s predators like hawks and ravens.

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News
3:44 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Gay People Can Still Be Legally Fired In Wyoming

Same-sex marriage will probably soon be legal here in Wyoming. But gay people can still be fired simply for being gay.

While Wyoming has laws that prohibit employment discrimination based on age, sex, race, or national origin, the state has nothing on the books preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation. Laramie Representative Cathy Connolly has been leading the charge to change that. She says Wyoming’s equal employment opportunity office, which deals with workplace discrimination, can’t accept complaints dealing with sexual orientation.

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News
3:39 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Wyoming Lottery Meeting And Beating Expectations

Credit Wyoming Lottery

The Wyoming Lottery says its first month of sales went better than expected. Wyoming Lottery CEO Jon Clontz says the group expected to make about $1.2 million, but brought in about $1.8 million in its first month selling tickets, which began August 24th.

The lottery uses no state money for its operation. Clontz says the group has to pay back a $3 million private loan before any money reaches local governments.

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News
1:58 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Uptick In Reported Social Media Stalking Cases At UW

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The University of Wyoming has seen a rise in the use of social media for stalking purposes. That includes things like using Facebook and Twitter to gather personal information, and track someone’s real life whereabouts.

UW Police Chief Mike Samp says the university has seen around four reported incidents of stalking where victims were threatened or harassed by their online perpetrators since the beginning of September. There were 10 reported stalking incidents during all of last academic year.

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Topic of the Week
1:54 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

What do you think of the proposed amendment allowing nonresidents to serve on UW Board of Trustees?

What do you think of the proposed constitutional amendment allowing people who live out of state to serve on the UW Board of Trustees?

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News
10:56 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Speaker Discusses UN Declaration Of The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples

Credit Dawn Ballou

Thanks to the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People, Native American tribes now have more legal tools than ever before. That’s according to a speaker at a conference on Monday hosted by the University of Wyoming American Indian Studies Program.

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Wyoming Stories
9:23 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Kit Carson, The Famous Trapper

Kit Carson
Credit legendsofamerica.com

John Farr tells the story of Kit Carson, who was a famous trapper and explorer in the 1800s.  John C. Fremont hired Carson on his expedition as a guide, and together they mapped and explored the American West.

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Politics
9:02 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Hardy Questions Enzi's Bipartisanship In Senate Debate

U.S. Senate Candidate Charlie Hardy

In a televised debate Monday night among Wyoming candidates for U.S. Senate, Democratic challenger Charlie Hardy questioned Republican incumbent Senator Mike Enzi's ability to work with lawmakers outside his own party.

"Senator Enzi prides himself on working across the aisle. For example, working with Senator Ted Kennedy. But I really believe he hasn't realized that Ted Kennedy died about five years ago. He did work a lot across the aisle, but now being known as the second most conservative senator in congress, that I do not see as of value," said Hardy.

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Natural Resources & Energy
4:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

INSIDE ENERGY: Oil Engineering Boom: Plenty Of Students, Not Enough Teachers

Colorado School of Mines petroleum engineering professor Carrie McClelland helps one of her smaller seminar classes work through a group project.
Dan Boyce

For Colorado School of Mines petroleum engineering professor Carrie McClelland, teaching a  seminar of 45 students seems like a bit of relief. Normally her class sizes are closer to 80 or 90.

“It makes it difficult to make sure that they’re still getting a great education,” she said.

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Wyoming Stories
9:51 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Wyoming Stories: The Power Of Art And Nature

Dawn Trask

Dawn grew up in the cabin her father built outside of Saratoga. She shared her childhood with her family, the surrounding wildlife, and the friends she found in the Indian reservations where her father was a teacher. Dawn grew up drawing and painting, and she later worked as an artist-in-schools for rural communities in Wyoming and South Dakota. Dawn reflects on the role that nature played in her ability to express herself creatively.

Visit Dawn’s gallery website.

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Open Spaces
4:44 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Coalition Of Superintendents Says Lack Of Inflation Adjustments Has Left Wyoming Schools Underfunded

Wyoming Capitol.
Credit Jimmy Emerson, Flickr Commons

This week, 9 school district superintendents met with Governor Mead to contend that the state has underfunded its K-12 schools. While Wyoming ranks near the top of the pack when it comes to per-student funding, this coalition of districts says that funding has not been properly adjusted for inflation each year—and the shortages have meant cutting crucial programs in some districts. But some lawmakers say it’s more complicated than that.

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Open Spaces
4:33 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Mead And Gosar Discuss The Wyoming Economy

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead is seeking his second term in office and one of the things he is touting is growth in business and the state’s overall economy. Democratic challenger Pete Gosar admits that on paper the economy looks good, but he says it lacks diversity and says if you aren’t working in the energy sector…things might not be so great. Bob Beck spoke with both candidates about the economy and has this report.

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Open Spaces
4:27 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Democrat Charlie Hardy Says It's Time For A Change

Credit Charlie Hardy

The Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate says the first words out of his mouth were Mommy, Daddy, and eminent domain. Charlie Hardy says he’s always had an interest in politics and in helping the poor. He did this as a former Roman Catholic Priest and he wants to do this as the next U.S. Senator. He speaks with Bob Beck.

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Open Spaces
4:19 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Native Bacteria Used To Clean-Up Uranium Mines

Senior Scientist Jim Clay on a foggy day at Smith-Highland Uranium Mine near Douglas, WY.
Credit Melodie Edwards

There are currently over 4,000 abandoned uranium mines in remote corners of the US. Out of sight, but for people living nearby, not out of mind. Uranium produces radon, which is known to cause lung cancer. In 2012, uranium was found in the tap water on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Many say the time has come to clean up the mess. But that could cost billions. The Obama Administration is tackling the job by pushing for new fees on mining companies, but the industry says they’re too punishing. Now, new research could make uranium clean-up significantly cheaper.

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Open Spaces
4:07 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Silent Witness Ceremony Gives Voice To Victims Of Domestic Violence

Sonny and Laurie Pulver hold the Silent Witness silhouette of Sonny's sister, who was killed in 1999.
Credit Caroline Ballard

Hundreds of people gathered in Laramie earlier this month in memory of victims of Domestic Abuse. Since 1985 over 60 people have been killed in Wyoming in instances of domestic violence, and each year the Silent Witness Ceremony and March pays remembrance.

As a bagpipe plays at the head of a column of people, Sonny and Laurie Pulver hold wooden silhouette between the two of them as they march through the streets of Laramie.

“We’re carrying my husband’s sister’s silhouette. She was killed New Year’s Eve of 1999,” says Laurie.

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