News http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Pastor Admits To Shooting Himself http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pastor-admits-shooting-himself <div style="margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span dir="ltr"><font color="#500050" face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:13pt;">An investigation into the shooting of a Centennial pastor has concluded that the so called victim turned the gun on himself. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:57:57 +0000 Melodie Edwards 63490 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pastor Admits To Shooting Himself UW Receives Help For Casper And Cheyenne Family Practice Programs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-receives-help-casper-and-cheyenne-family-practice-programs <p>The University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency programs in Casper and Cheyenne have received an important new federal designation that will help both the programs and patients.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>UW Health Sciences Dean Joe Steiner says it will mean enhanced Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and better recruitment and retention of doctors—and will allow the programs to serve more patients.<strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:37:13 +0000 Bob Beck 63479 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Receives Help For Casper And Cheyenne Family Practice Programs Holocaust Survivor Is Dismayed http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/holocaust-survivor-dismayed <p>A Holocaust survivor says efforts to stop people from committing atrocities against others still has a long ways to go.&nbsp;</p><p>Eva Schloss and her family were held in the Auschwitz Concentration camp during World War Two and her father and brother died there. Schloss plans to speak about her experiences Thursday night in Jackson.&nbsp;&nbsp; Schloss has worked hard on causes aimed at reducing prejudice and bigotry. Her goal has been to prevent events like the Holocaust.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:30:25 +0000 Bob Beck 63478 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Holocaust Survivor Is Dismayed Addressing The Decline Of Mule Deer http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/addressing-decline-mule-deer <p>Earlier this month, a panel of biologists, hunters, ranchers and government agencies convened in Daniel to discuss the reasons for the continued drop in mule deer numbers. There were once over 500,000 mule deer in Wyoming but the population has plummeted to around 375,000.&nbsp;Wyoming Game and Fish wildlife coordinator Daryl Lutz was at the summit and he says it will take landscape-wide thinking to stop the decline.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:49:40 +0000 Melodie Edwards 63459 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Addressing The Decline Of Mule Deer Pinedale Meet-And-Greet Friday, August 29th http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pinedale-meet-and-greet-friday-august-29th <div class="aboveUnitContent"><div class="userContentWrapper"><div class="_wk"><p><a data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=538938216143906" href="https://www.facebook.com/WyomingPublicMedia" id="js_14">Wyoming Public Media</a>'s General Manager Christina Kuzmych will be in Pinedale for a meet and greet Friday August 29th.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:01:29 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 63450 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pinedale Meet-And-Greet Friday, August 29th What Are The Most Common Mispronunciations Of Places In Wyoming? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/what-are-most-common-mispronunciations-places-wyoming <p>It's all happened to us one time or another. Mispronouncing words. Now...how about trying to correctly say a city, county, or landmark in the Equality state? Our new Morning Edition host <a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/people/caroline-ballard">Caroline Ballard </a>(who hails from New York) inspired us to create this post. During one of her reports, she was corrected by a listener on Estes Park which she pronounced rhyming with Testes.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:49:20 +0000 Anna Rader 63427 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org What Are The Most Common Mispronunciations Of Places In Wyoming? Governor Appoints UW Science Task Force http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-appoints-uw-science-task-force <p>The University of Wyoming is looking to upgrade its science programs in an effort to become a top-tier research University.</p><p>Last week Governor Matt Mead appointed a task force to look into steps the University of Wyoming can take to raise the caliber of its science programs.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:11:32 +0000 Caroline Ballard 63403 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor Appoints UW Science Task Force Wyoming Lottery First Day Sales Strong http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-lottery-first-day-sales-strong <div class="_rp_K3 ms-font-weight-regular ms-font-color-neutralDark rpHighlightAllClass rpHighlightBodyClass" id="Item.MessageUniqueBody" role="button" style="" tabindex="0"><div><div><div><p>The first Powerball and MegaMillions tickets were sold in the state Sunday. The Wyoming Lottery Corporation – or WyoLotto - reported nearly $200,000 in sales on its opening day. Natrona County sold the most tickets of any Wyoming county, taking in about $36,000.</p><p>Jon Clontz is the CEO of the Lottery Corporation. He said the day’s sales exceeded his expectations.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:12:04 +0000 Caroline Ballard 63400 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Lottery First Day Sales Strong Cheyenne Population Growth Forces Some Students Out Of Their Neighborhood Schools http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cheyenne-population-growth-forces-some-students-out-their-neighborhood-schools <p>Tuesday was the first day of school for students in Wyoming’s largest school district—Laramie County School District One. But rapid population growth in parts of Cheyenne means some students can’t attend the schools in their neighborhoods.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:52:33 +0000 Aaron Schrank 63383 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Cheyenne Population Growth Forces Some Students Out Of Their Neighborhood Schools Group Hopes To Bring Attention To Cancer http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/group-hopes-bring-attention-cancer <p>University of Wyoming Athletics, the American Cancer Society, Wyoming Community Foundation, and Cameco resources kicked off the Cameco Teams for Dreams partnership that is attempting to fight cancer through prevention.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:02:08 +0000 Bob Beck 63335 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Group Hopes To Bring Attention To Cancer Kirkegaard Is Ready To Lead The Pokes http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/kirkegaard-ready-lead-pokes <p>When the Wyoming Cowboys football team plays Saturday, the Pokes will have a new starting quarterback. While Colby Kirkegaard has played in several games…it will be a new experience for him to be start the season as the number one quarterback.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Coaches say that Kirkegaard has played with a lot of poise during fall camp and they hope that continues. While he is excited about being the starter, Kirkegaard says he doesn’t feel any pressure, because it will be a team effort.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:54:34 +0000 Bob Beck 63334 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Kirkegaard Is Ready To Lead The Pokes Checkerboard Horse Roundup Delayed By Lawsuit http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/checkerboard-horse-roundup-delayed-lawsuit <p>A court decision has sided with a wild horse advocacy group, delaying a wild horse roundup that was scheduled to take place last week in an area near Rock Spring’s known as “The Checkerboard.” &nbsp;</p><p>In 2013, a state court decision ordered all horses—as many as 950—to be rounded up from the&nbsp;patchwork of private and public property adjacent to Adobe Town in the Red Desert&nbsp;after a judge ruled that private landowners had a right to request the horses be removed from their property.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:17:20 +0000 Melodie Edwards 63331 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Checkerboard Horse Roundup Delayed By Lawsuit Sheridan Meet-And-Greet http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sheridan-meet-and-greet <p>The Meet-and-Greet is a WPR tradition that takes the General Manger out of the office and into Wyoming’s cities and towns to meet with listeners and hear their thoughts. Often other WPR staff members traveling through the state on assignments join in the fun and add to the conversation.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:28:38 +0000 Christina Kuzmych 63322 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sheridan Meet-And-Greet Should police departments acquire and adapt surplus military vehicles and equipment for use at home? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/should-police-departments-acquire-and-adapt-surplus-military-vehicles-and-equipment-use-home <p>Should police departments acquire and adapt surplus military vehicles and equipment for use at home?</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wpmnpr-community-discussion-rules">WPM/NPR Community Discussion Rules</a></strong></p><p>By contributing your comment, you consent to the possibility of having it read on the air.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:38:11 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 63307 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Should police departments acquire and adapt surplus military vehicles and equipment for use at home? Stem Cell Transplant Transforms A Life http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/stem-cell-transplant-transforms-life <p>Val and Jerry Burgess are residents of Sheridan. In this story, Val asks her husband to reflect on his experience receiving a stem cell transplant.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:09:03 +0000 Adrian Shirk 63304 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Stem Cell Transplant Transforms A Life 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 Powder River Basin Coal Producers To Increase Exports To Asia http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/powder-river-basin-coal-producers-increase-exports-asia <p>The Port of Vancouver approved plans Thursday to build a nearly $14 million-dollar terminal to ship coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming to Asian markets.</p><p>The decision came just days after state regulators in Oregon rejected a proposal for such a terminal amid opposition from fisherman and environmentalists.</p><p>Coal producers in the Powder River Basin have been looking to sell more coal to Asia, but these ambitions have been restricted by limited port capacity on the West Coast.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:09:22 +0000 Aaron Schrank 63216 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Powder River Basin Coal Producers To Increase Exports To Asia 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" Wyoming Unemployment Rises http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-unemployment-rises <p>Wyoming’s unemployment rate rose 0.4 percent in July. It’s a statistically significant jump, but Tom Gallagher, with the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, said this rise in unemployment could actually indicate positive growth for the economy, and may not mean people are losing their jobs.</p><p>People who have stopped actively looking for work are not counted in unemployment statistics. Gallagher said a spike in unemployment rates could mean those workers have started up their job searches again.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:47:34 +0000 Caroline Ballard 63194 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Unemployment Rises Mead Continues Working On Medicaid Expansion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-continues-working-medicaid-expansion <p>Wyoming Governor Matt Mead says he continues working with federal officials to craft a Medicaid expansion plan for Wyoming.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Mead says that he’s concerned that the federal government will not be able to afford the program, but he says it could help people in the state and so he is moving forward with a good faith effort.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:24:04 +0000 Bob Beck 63171 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Continues Working On Medicaid Expansion Cheri Steinmetz Snags Goshen County House Seat http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cheri-steinmetz-snags-goshen-county-house-seat <p>Goshen County representative Matt Teeters lost his legislative seat in Tuesday’s primary election. His challenger, Cheri Steinmetz, says she won because Teeters didn’t recognize how important constitutional rights are to his constituents.</p><p>“One of the biggest issues for our country is people want to make sure that their constitutional rights are protected. They see a lot of overreach at the federal level, and some at the state level as well.”</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:13:20 +0000 Melodie Edwards 63151 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Cheri Steinmetz Snags Goshen County House Seat Scorecard Gives Lander Management Plan Low Grade http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/scorecard-gives-lander-management-plan-low-grade <p>Next year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife will decide whether or not to list the greater sage grouse as an endangered species, and a new scorecard released by a coalition of wildlife advocacy groups says the&nbsp;Bureau of Land Management’s&nbsp;new Lander Resource Plan has failed to do enough to keep the bird off that list.</p><p>Policy Advisor Steven Holmer&nbsp;is&nbsp;with the American Bird Conservancy, one of six groups behind the new scorecard.&nbsp;He&nbsp;says a team of national scientists was tasked&nbsp;with&nbsp;setting standards for the best way to protect the grouse.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:28:32 +0000 Melodie Edwards 63148 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Scorecard Gives Lander Management Plan Low Grade