News http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Wyoming Falls In Child Well-Being Rankings http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-falls-child-well-being-rankings <p>Wyoming has dropped several spots in its ranking in a national report on children’s well-being.</p><p>The 2014 Kids Count Index ranked Wyoming 19<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;in the country, down from 15th last year. The report weighs several factors. Wyoming earned a sixth place ranking for children’s economic well-being, but ranked 45<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;in health.</p><p>Some of the factors contributing to that low ranking include rates of teen alcohol abuse, the number of children without health insurance, and the number of babies born underweight.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:56:18 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61752 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Falls In Child Well-Being Rankings Wyoming Town Up For Sale http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-town-sale <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-6ec5ed8b-63ca-4808-564b-5a8ca13b1b47" style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">A small town in </span></span><span id="docs-internal-guid-6ec5ed8b-63d0-dd2a-4276-a50fe3c636a0" style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">northeastern </span></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; vertical-a Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:22:28 +0000 Miles Bryan 61751 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Town Up For Sale Wyoming Energy Export Forum http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-energy-export-forum <p>Stephanie Joyce, Wyoming Public Media's Energy &amp; Natural Resources Reporter, will moderate a discussion on Wyoming's raw commodity exports, primarily focused on coal and natural gas. Speakers with a diversity of perspectives will be invited to participate in the conversation.<br /><br />Panelists include Dr. Roger Coupal, UW Professor of Agricultural &amp; Applied Economics, Shawn Reese, CEO of the Wyoming Business Council, and Wyoming Representative Thomas Lubnau, House District H31 (tentative).</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:01:37 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 61691 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Energy Export Forum UW College Of Education Responds To Criticism http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-college-education-responds-criticism <p>The University of Wyoming’s College of Education is taking issue with complaints made about the quality of its graduates.</p><p>Last week, at a UW Trustees’ meeting, Governor Mead’s education policy adviser Mary Kay Hill said that the most qualified K-12 teachers in the state “are not coming from UW.”</p><p>She pointed to a 2011 report that shows nearly 70 percent of new school district hires in Wyoming came from institutions outside of the state. That’s up from 50 percent in 2000.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:30:36 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61687 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW College Of Education Responds To Criticism H.L. Hix: The Seasons, In Verse http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hl-hix-seasons-verse <p><a href="http://hlhix.com/index.htm" target="_blank">H. L. Hix</a> teaches in the Philosophy Department at the University of Wyoming.&nbsp; His most recent poetry collection is <em>As Much As, If Not More Than</em> (Etruscan Press, 2014); the poems recorded here are from his book <em>First Fire, Then Birds</em> (Etruscan Press, 2010). Hix has been recognized with an NEA Fellowship, the Grolier Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and the Peregrine Smith Award. His poems have been translated into Spanish, Russian, Urdu, and other languages.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:46:06 +0000 H.L. Hix 61682 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org H.L. Hix: The Seasons, In Verse 2015 Appropriations Bill Passes House http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/2015-appropriations-bill-passes-house <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations has approved a budget for the Interior and Environment for 2015, and Wyoming Representative Cynthia Lummis says, if passed into law, the bill would have a huge impact on Western states like Wyoming.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:39:20 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61661 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 2015 Appropriations Bill Passes House Family From Staten Island Visits Wyoming Public Media http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/family-staten-island-visits-wyoming-public-media <p>The Kass family from Staten Island, NY are WPR members and part of the "Greater Cowboy Diaspora."</p><p>They visited Wyoming Public Media in July on their summer trip.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:37:39 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 61657 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Family From Staten Island Visits Wyoming Public Media Dakota Dave Hull: The Long Drive Home http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/dakota-dave-hull-long-drive-home <p><strong><a href="http://dakotadavehull.com/" target="_blank">Dakota Dave Hull</a></strong> is one of America’s premier finger-style guitarists. Based in Minnesota, Dakota Dave logs a lot of miles touring, so here’s a composition that fades out like the highway receding in the rear-view mirror.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159682796&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:27:58 +0000 Ben Slater, Micah Schweizer & Anna Rader 61637 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Dakota Dave Hull: The Long Drive Home Mead Negotiating For Wyoming Medicaid Expansion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-negotiating-wyoming-medicaid-expansion <p>Governor Matt Mead may be changing his mind when it comes to expanding Medicaid services for low income people in the state. After publicly rejecting the notion of Medicaid expansion late last year, the governor says he is negotiating in good faith with the federal department of Health and Human Services to develop a Wyoming specific Medicaid expansion plan.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:00:33 +0000 Bob Beck 61632 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Negotiating For Wyoming Medicaid Expansion Wyoming Stories: She'd Rather Ride A Horse http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-shed-rather-ride-horse <p></p><p>Alice Fales lives in Cody, WY. She recalls fond memories of the role horses played in her youth and riding a horse to school.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:05:25 +0000 Wayne Thomas 61625 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: She'd Rather Ride A Horse Wyoming Officials Will Not Oppose Primary Fundraising For Third Parties http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-officials-will-not-oppose-primary-fundraising-third-parties <p>The State of Wyoming will not oppose third party candidates raising money during the primary season.</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-8500d5b6-596b-9358-5322-eda35556f04c">Current state law says those candidates cannot raise money until after the primary.</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-8500d5b6-596b-9358-5322-eda35556f04c">That law was challenged in federal court last month by Jennifer Young, Secretary of State Candidate for the Constitution party. </span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:02:36 +0000 Miles Bryan 61624 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Officials Will Not Oppose Primary Fundraising For Third Parties State Fines Denver-Based Sugar Company http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-fines-denver-based-sugar-company <p>Wyoming regulatory officials have cited Denver-based Western Sugar Cooperative for hazards at its Torrington and Lovell facilities.</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-7b0a8a7d-5967-6be5-74d1-2ebe30889005">The department of Workforce Services and Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the company almost two hundred thousand dollars. The fines were for inadequate safety standards and failure to guard equipment, among other problems.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:54:54 +0000 Miles Bryan 61623 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State Fines Denver-Based Sugar Company 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 Latino Workplace Safety http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/latino-workplace-safety <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 Latino Workplace Safety 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 Laramie Considers E-smoking Regulations http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramie-considers-e-smoking-regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Laramie City Council is discussing whether or not it wants to regulate e-cigarettes. They have held one informational meeting so far, and are expected to decide in the coming weeks whether or not to add vaporizing and electronic cigarettes to the citywide public smoking ban or to develop a separate ordinance.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:49:19 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 61527 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Laramie Considers E-smoking Regulations Wyoming Stories: Love, Just Not Quite At First Sight http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-love-just-not-quite-first-sight <p></p><p>Pat and Phyllis McKee both grew up in ranching families in Elk Mountain. As kids, they avoided each other, but that didn't stop a whirlwind romance when they got older. They were married in 1990 and have three daughters.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:24:30 +0000 Esther Seville 61518 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: Love, Just Not Quite At First Sight Computer Error Means More Hunting Licenses Available For Sale http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/computer-error-means-more-hunting-licenses-available-sale <p>A computer error has left the Wyoming Game and Fish with nearly 700 leftover hunting licenses. The agency reported today that the error only affected a small percentage of online sales.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jennifer </span>Doering<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;with Game and Fish says that website visitors who attempted to reserve group licenses didn’t see a confirmation screen after making their purchase. The result was that many people thought their sale had not gone through—so they tried again.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:56:14 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 61502 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Computer Error Means More Hunting Licenses Available For Sale Artists Trace U.S.-Mexico Border Through Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/artists-trace-us-mexico-border-through-wyoming <p>A group of artists marking 1821 border between the United States and Mexico traveled through Wyoming over the weekend.</p><p>Marcos Ramirez and David Taylor are the artists behind the project, called ‘Delimitations.’ It aims to trace the original, 2,300-mile border between the U.S. and Mexico.</p><p>That historic border runs through Medicine Bow National Forest here in Wyoming.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:41:07 +0000 Miles Bryan 61443 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Artists Trace U.S.-Mexico Border Through Wyoming Cheyenne Group Seeks To Lift Backyard Chicken Ban http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cheyenne-group-seeks-lift-backyard-chicken-ban <p>A group in Cheyenne hopes to reverse a city ordinance that bans backyard chickens in the city limits. The group calls itself CLUCK, which stands for Cheyenne Local Urban Chicken Keepers. They have scheduled meetings with Cheyenne city council to write a new ordinance to allow as many as four hens to be kept.&nbsp; Laramie County horticulturalist Catherine Wissner is working with the group. She says the fresh eggs and garden compost that chickens provide is great.&nbsp; But they also make wonderful pets.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:23:17 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61442 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Cheyenne Group Seeks To Lift Backyard Chicken Ban State Lawmakers Want More Dialogue With UW http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-lawmakers-want-more-dialogue-uw <p>Wyoming state legislators want more communication and coordination with the University of Wyoming.</p><p>The UW Board of Trustees met with several House and Senate members in Casper this week to discuss the relationship between the Legislature and the school. Senate President Tony Ross says the meeting was a good first step, but lawmakers need to play a bigger role in the future.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:10:10 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61432 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State Lawmakers Want More Dialogue With UW Community And Camaraderie: Tap Dancing Your Way To Happiness http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/community-and-camaraderie-tap-dancing-your-way-happiness <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="330" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98857271?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="575"></iframe></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:43:58 +0000 Jennifer Tennican 61427 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Proposed Fishing Regulations Would Relax Rules http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/proposed-fishing-regulations-would-relax-rules <p>Thanks to a bill passed in the last budget session, it may soon be legal to use artificial light and out-of-state live bait when fishing in&nbsp;Wyoming.&nbsp; Dave Zafft with Wyoming Game and Fish says its long been against the rules to use lights to draw fish to the lure.&nbsp; Now it could be allowed for nearly all&nbsp;kinds&nbsp;of fishing.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:46:45 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61419 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Proposed Fishing Regulations Would Relax Rules UW Professor Publishes Research On Creative Thinking In Robots http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-professor-publishes-research-creative-thinking-robots <p>University of Wyoming Computer Science Professor Jeff Clune saw his research published this week showing that robots’ problem-solving skills can be improved by encouraging ‘creative thinking’ in artificial intelligence.</p><p>The research was accepted in ‘Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference,’ a peer-reviewed publication.</p><p>The robots Clune and his team experimented with were rewarded when they ‘had ideas’ they never had before—basically when their simulated neurons displayed new patterns.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:25:50 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61412 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Professor Publishes Research On Creative Thinking In Robots Wyoming School Discipline Data Shows Racial Disparities http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-school-discipline-data-shows-racial-disparities-0 <p>Students who identified as racial minorities received a greater number of the state’s out-of-school suspensions in the last school year, according to Wyoming Department of Education data.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:00:35 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61327 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming School Discipline Data Shows Racial Disparities Tribes And State Collaborate To Tell Wind River Reservation History http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tribes-and-state-collaborate-tell-wind-river-reservation-history <p>In coming years, visitors to Wyoming’s Wind River Indian Reservation will see new historical perspectives on roadside signs and markers. That’s the proposed outcome of the new Wind River Interpretive Plan. It's believed to be the first such collaboration between tribes and state government on a reservation-wide interpretive plan.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:34:49 +0000 Micah Schweizer 61301 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tribes And State Collaborate To Tell Wind River Reservation History