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5:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Altitude Chophouse And Brewery Is Keeping The Pub In Public Radio

Altitude Head Brewer Jared Long brings out sample beer for the WPM staff to try.
Pamela Ten Eyck

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News
2:54 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Gay Marriage Would Bring Millions To Wyoming, Study Claims

Credit Sushiesque via Flickr

A new study claims that Wyoming is missing out on millions of dollars of lost business by not legalizing same sex marriage.

The study comes from the Williams Institute, a think tank housed at the University of California Los Angeles. It claims that Wyoming would see over two million dollars in new revenues in the first few years after gay marriage is legalized.

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Topic of the Week
11:17 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Is it time for Wyoming to drop the death penalty? Why or why not?

Is it time for Wyoming to drop the death penalty?  Why or why not?

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News
6:58 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Illegal Wastewater Dumping Grows

As oil production continues to boom in the Powder River Basin, illegal wastewater dumping is a growing problem. Kodiak Oilfield in Converse County was recently cited for illegally dumping produced water, one of 14 water violations in the state so far this year.

Oil fields typically produce about twice as much water as they do oil – water that is high in sodium content and contains hydrocarbons. Dumping this water into streams, rivers, or fields could interfere with natural habitat, soil, and water quality.

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Spoken Words
2:59 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Four Poems By Jeff Tatay

Jeff Tatay

Jeff Tatay is an MFA in Creative Writing candidate at University of Wyoming. His writing and photography is inspired by the biological and natural world and his investigation of environment and place. His poetry has appeared in Arsenic Lobster, Clare Literary Journal, Indigo Rising Magazine, Obsession Literary Magazine, and other publications.

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News
2:32 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

University Of Wyoming Celebrates Anniversary Of The Fall Of Berlin Wall

A mock Berlin Wall on the University of Wyoming campus.
Credit Jordan Giese

Students at the University of Wyoming have put up a mock-up of the Berlin Wall on campus to mark the 25th anniversary of its fall. The wall will be ceremoniously torn down on Thursday.

Associate political science professor Stephanie Anderson has been working closely with the German Embassy on the project.

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Wyoming Minute
1:53 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Animal Forms Bring Stone And Bronze To Life

Legislative
4:37 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Committee Endorses Death By Firing Squad

Wyoming’s Joint Judiciary Legislative Committee has voted to support a bill that would allow for execution by firing squad, but voted down an attempt to abolish the death penalty altogether. 

States nationwide are being forced to find alternatives to executions now that drugs for lethal injections are hard to come by. Abolishing the death penalty altogether generated considerable debate. Baggs Senator Larry Hicks says the death penalty provides justice for victims. 

But Laramie Representative Cathy Connolly says the issue is greater than that.

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Wyoming Minute
4:02 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

The Wyoming Forest's Tiny Enemy

Arts
3:35 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Art Imitates Nature At Jackson Fundraiser

Courtesy of the National Museum of Wildlife Art

Every fall, the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson holds an annual fund-raising show that gives art collectors a chance to rub shoulders with high-caliber wildlife artists.

Partygoers, dressed in everything from cocktail gowns to cowboy  hats, are sipping drinks while admiring paintings and sculptures created by one hundred premiere wildlife artists. Bettina Whyte, a museum trustee, is among those admiring the art.

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Open Spaces
3:13 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Getting To The Core Of Common Core

The Education Forum panel: Amy Edmonds, Jayne Wingate, Aaron Schrank, Kathy Vetter, and Mark Stock.
Diana Denison

Wyoming Public Media's Education Reporter, Aaron Schrank, moderated a discussion on Common Core issues in Wyoming on September 10, 2014. Panelists included University of Wyoming Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership Mark Stock, Wyoming Education Association President Kathy Vetter, Wyoming Liberty Group's Amy Edmonds and Cheyenne South High School Math Teacher Jayne Wingate.

You can watch the forum on Wyoming PBS on September 29 at 8:00pm, September 30 at 1:00pm and on October 5 at 11:00am.

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News
12:59 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Lynx Designated As Threatened Species In Contiguous US

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service has designated the Canada lynx as threatened with extinction in the Continental United States. It has also reduced its critical habitat.

The Canada lynx is one of the few native cats in North America. Its habitat is specific to thick boreal forests that accumulate deep snow and are home to the lynx’s favorite food, snowshoe hare. It has enormous paws that it uses to traverse deep snow and elude predators with smaller feet. 

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News
8:15 am
Fri September 12, 2014

New Financial Agreement Brings Magpul To Cheyenne For Less Money

The Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board just approved a new agreement that brings a gun ammunitions company to Cheyenne for fewer tax dollars.

The previous agreement was a grant/loan combination of $13 million. The new agreement would be an $8.3 million grant, some of which the company would pay back. 

That’s because of a new plan that would house the company in preexisting facilities.

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News
7:57 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Project To Burn Deep Coal Gets Green Light

Linc Energy has drilled 44 monitoring wells at its test site near Wright, Wyoming.
Credit Stephanie Joyce

The federal government has given its blessing for an underground coal gasification (UCG) test project in Wyoming. UCG involves gasifying --  basically, incompletely burning -- coal seams deep underground to produce syngas, which can be converted to diesel and other liquid fuels. Linc Energy’s project needed Environmental Protection Agency approval because it will pollute an aquifer (the company says it will restore the aquifer to its original quality after the test burn).

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Arts
6:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Artificial Intelligence Movie Probes Emotional Intelligence

A movie that was filmed and produced in Laramie premiers on the big screen tonight at the Gryphon Theatre. London Homer-Wambeam wrote and shot ‘Project Cora’ while he was still in high school. He’s now a freshman at the University of Wyoming, and he stopped by our studios to talk about his Artificial Intelligence romance movie with Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer.

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News
11:40 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Consultants Say Wyomingites Want Appointed Schools Chief

Most Wyomingites would like to see the State Superintendent of Public Instruction become an appointed position, rather than an elected one. That’s according to a consulting group hired by lawmakers to conduct a statewide survey on education governance.

The Maryland-based consulting group, Cross & Joftus conducted in-depth interviews with education stakeholders and launched an online survey for public input. Nearly 60 percent of survey respondents and 75 percent of interviewees believed a shift to an appointed schools chief would be a good move.

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Legislative
5:11 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Police May Need Warrants For Drones

A Wyoming legislative committee has voted to support a bill that would require law enforcement to get warrants to use drones to gather evidence in criminal cases. The Wyoming Liberty Group and Wyoming ACLU are both strong supporters of the bill. ACLU Director Linda Burt said restrictions are appropriate.

“These can be very intrusive means of searches with drones, they can be very small, and they can go into your homes without your knowledge, so we think it’s very important that there should be a warrant for any searches with drones.”

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Wyoming Minute
4:01 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Wyoming Is Home To A Rare Mountain Snail

Wyoming Minute
3:59 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Seeing The West Through New Eyes

Wyoming Minute
3:32 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Land For 25 Cents: Homesteading In Wyoming

Wyoming Minute
3:17 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

What Can You See In Wyoming's Night Sky?

Wyoming Minute
2:52 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Did You Know Evanston, Wyoming Had A Chinatown?

News
9:14 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Commission Postpones Decision On Drilling Buffer

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On Tuesday, Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission got its first glimpse at a rule that would increase the buffer between houses and drilling. They postponed any final action on the so-called setback rule until next month, but there was plenty of discussion. Ben Storrow of the Casper Star-Tribune covered the Commission’s meeting and joined Wyoming Public Radio’s energy reporter, Stephanie Joyce, to talk about it.

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News
7:06 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Wild Horse Roundup Will Be Allowed To Move Forward

The U.S. tenth circuit court of appeals has overruled wild horse advocates and will allow the roundup of nearly 800 wild horses in southwest Wyoming. The Bureau of Land Management will round up the horses in an area where private, state, and federal lands intermingle. 

The Rock Springs grazing association had demanded the roundup because they say the horses are depleting resources from other wildlife and livestock in the area. 

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