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7:28 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Wyoming Department Of Health Is Concerned About Measles Outbreaks

There is an increase in measles cases across the U-S and it has federal health officials worried. http://www.cdc.gov/measles/

They say measles is being transmitted by international travelers and is infecting those who do not have a measles vaccination.  Wyoming Department of Health spokesman Kim Deti said state officials are monitoring the situation.

“In Wyoming we haven’t had a case reported since 2010.  What seems to be different here than everywhere else?  Well, the real truth is…we’ve been lucky.”

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5:48 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

St. John's Medical Center Adds Surgeons

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St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson is hiring several new surgeons and doctors to join the public hospital’s physician group.  It will be the first time the hospital has directly employed surgeons. 

St. John’s CEO Lou Hochheiser says the new hires are needed to meet demand in the area.

“A year and a half ago, we had 4 and a half surgeons in this community,” Hochheiser said. “We have lost two and a half of those surgeons, leaving us with two. Therefore, it was the hospital’s responsibility to make sure that gap was filled.”

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4:08 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Colorado Ground Zero For Political Wars Over Fracking

A screenshot of an ad by the industry-funded group Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development.
Credit Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development

Political spending both for and against potential anti-fracking ballot measures is already washing over Colorado.

Colorado is quickly becoming ground zero for a political war over the future of hydraulic fracturing. Drill operations are pushing deeper into populated areas these days and some local governments and activists are supporting ballot measures that would give communities greater control over the industry.

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10:03 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Wyoming Regulators Evaluating EPA Carbon Rule

Jim Bridger Power Plant near Rock Springs, WY

In the week since the Obama administration unveiled new rules to curb carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants, Wyoming regulators have been digging in, trying to figure out exactly what they’ll mean for the Cowboy State. So far, they have more questions than answers.

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5:13 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

UW Hosts Veterans In Higher Education Conference

War Memorial Stadium at the University of Wyoming
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Higher education institutions from around Wyoming are working together to develop strategies to better serve military veterans on their campuses.

The first-of-its-kind, three-day conference features representatives from colleges and vocational schools statewide.  They say veterans returning to civilian life face challenges and have special needs—and entering into a higher education setting adds to that.

Conference organizer Marty Martinez is project coordinator at UW’s Veterans Services Center.  He says becoming a veteran-friendly school is easier said than done. 

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3:15 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

BLM And Citizens' Group Plan To Clean Up Rogers Canyon

Photo by Teri Lund

Rogers Canyon north of Laramie has long been a favorite destination for cyclists. But also for off-road vehicle riders, gun enthusiasts and people with a trunk full of garbage unwilling to pay the dump fee.  Conflicts between the groups have been mounting, and the Bureau of Land Management wants to set new guidelines to make the area safer and cleaner.  

The Rogers Canyon Coalition is working with the BLM to find a solution.  Coalition member Teri Lund says they’ve come up with a few ideas.

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1:20 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Group Calls For Overhaul Of Wyoming Trapping Laws

A local organization is calling for an overhaul of Wyoming’s trapping regulations, saying they haven't been updated since before the de-listing of wolves.

The group—called Wyoming Untrapped--says more people are setting traps since the de-listing of wolves, which are considered livestock predators. The increase has led to more pets caught in snares and leg holds. 

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9:34 am
Tue June 10, 2014

New Ammonia Plant Approved In Rock Springs

The new ammonia plant will be built 4 miles outside of Rock Springs

The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council has approved a plan for a new ammonia plant about four miles outside Rock Springs.  Simplot currently operates a phosphorous fertilizer plant on the site, and ammonia is one of the raw materials they need for production.  With the cost of shipping it long distances by rail, Simplot decided to start producing their own.   

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Single Shot Live
2:25 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Cory McDaniel: Took My Money

Amy Gieske and Cory McDaniel.
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Casper's Cory McDaniel (guitar) and Amy Gieske (bass) play one from the new record, The Tremors.

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Wyoming Stories
9:51 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Wyoming Stories: A Future Legislator's Childhood Trip To Cheyenne

Dan Kinneman
Credit Micah Schweizer

Dan Kinneman is from Rawlins. His father was one of Wyoming’s longest-serving legislators. In this story, Kinneman—himself a former legislator—describes a childhood visit to Cheyenne during a treacherous winter.

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Topic of the Week
8:49 am
Mon June 9, 2014

What do you want Wyoming legislative candidates to discuss during the campaign season?

What do you want Wyoming legislative candidates to discuss during the campaign season?

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6:54 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

State Promises Union Pacific Confidentiality For Crude Train Data

Credit Nat Hamilton/WHYY

In the wake of recent derailments and explosions of crude oil trains, state officials will start receiving information about when those trains are moving through their states. The federal Department of Transportation issued an emergency order in early May, requiring the railroads to share information with states about the routing of any shipments of Bakken crude oil over a million gallons. It goes into effect Saturday.

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Open Spaces
6:15 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

June 6th, 2014

Democrats Try To Improve Their Legislative Numbers 

Wyoming Democrats have been in the legislative minority for a long time, but it’s been really tough lately.  Only eight of the 60 Wyoming Representatives are Democrats and only four reside in the Senate.  While the party has hopes of grabbing a few more seats this year, there are not enough candidates to make serious gains.  The problem started back in 1991.

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Open Spaces
6:05 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Democrats Try To Improve Their Legislative Numbers

Credit Bob Beck

Wyoming Democrats have been in the legislative minority for a long time, but it’s been really tough lately.  Only eight of the 60 Wyoming Representatives are Democrats and only four reside in the Senate.  While the party has hopes of grabbing a few more seats this year, there are not enough candidates to make serious gains.  The problem started back in 1991. 

Former State Representative Matilda Hansen fondly remembers her days as a Democratic Lawmaker.  When she entered the House in 1975 she had a lot of friends in the room.

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Open Spaces
6:01 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

New Business Council CEO Is Optimistic

New CEO Shawn Reese.

Wyoming Business Council has hired Shawn Reese to take over as its CEO this month.  Reese replaces Bob Jensen who stepped down in March.  Reese worked for the business council for many years and recently has worked for Governor Matt Mead.  He tells Bob Beck that the state is making headway on diversifying the economy.

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Open Spaces
5:57 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Dropouts Get Second Chance At National Guard’s Cowboy Challenge Academy

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Nearly 1 in 5 Wyoming high school students drop out every year. Today, we take a look at a program that aims to find dropouts and get them back on track before it’s too late. And as Aaron Schrank reports, it’s run not by the state’s Education Department, but it’s Military Department.

SCHRANK: When Francisco Jovel dropped out of Pinedale High School last year, he was three years behind on class credits. He’d been in and out of the Wyoming Boys’ School in Worland for breaking and entering and theft. He was running out of options.

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Open Spaces
5:50 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Interview With Adventure Cyclist Mike McCoy

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The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route is the longest off-pavement cycling route in the world. It runs from Mexico to Canada, paralleling the Continental Divide. We're joined now by one of the people who created the route and who just published a guide book for it.

His name is Mike McCoy, and he live in Victor, Idaho. McCoy says the idea for the route grew out of the work he was doing with the Adventure Cycling Association.

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Open Spaces
5:38 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Wyoming's Congressional Delegation Believes New EPA Rules Will Devastate The Economy

This week the EPA unveiled a new rule to drastically cut carbon emissions from the nation's power plants. While Wyoming Republicans say it will devastate the economy, Matt Laslo reports from Washington that some experts say their outdated thinking has set the state back in the new energy economy. 

The White House isn't waiting around for this Congress to help it tackle climate change. The new EPA rule will require Wyoming to slash it's carbon emissions by 19 percent. Wyoming Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis says the state's energy producers are worried. 

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Open Spaces
5:28 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

EPA Carbon Regs Leave Wyoming Out In The Cold...Or Do They?

Coal coming from mines like the one pictured here in Gillete, Wyo., have been a significant source of revenue for the state.
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It didn't take long after the Obama administration unveiled new rules this week regulating carbon emissions from power plants for people to start naming winners and losers. Wyoming, the nation’s largest coal-producing state, and a huge coal consumer, was immediately billed as a loser.

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Open Spaces
5:19 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Wheatland Students Recognized For Potentially Lifesaving School Project

Miken Harnish, Christian Moody, Joey Madsen Haiden Moody, and Jacob Stafford pose with their project.
Courtesy Zach Gunter

When four 8th graders at Wheatland Middle School were asked to put their heads together to solve a real problem in their community, they thought back to the biggest crisis in recent memory—the quarter-mile-wide twister that touched down near their town in 2012. Jacob Stafford, Joey Madsen, Haiden Moody and Christian Moody remember the day the tornado very hit well. And it made an impression them, because it was just miles from their school.

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Open Spaces
5:07 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

A New Standard? Jackson Singer Adds A New Song To The Jazz Repertoire

Nicole Madison
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A new album by Jackson Hole jazz singer Nicole Madison jazzes up a '60s pop song and gives it a place among classic jazz standards. The album’s name—‘In My Life’—comes from a song written by the Beatles. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer reached Nicole Madison at home.

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Wyoming Stories
4:25 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Wyoming Stories: A Navy Tour Taught What Med School Didn't

Martin Ellbogen
Credit Micah Schweizer

Martin Ellbogen grew up in Worland, Wyoming. In high school he played basketball against the future Wyoming Senator Al Simpson. Once Ellbogen determined his career was not in basketball, he came to the University of Wyoming to study pre-med and finished his medical degree in Omaha. Ellbogen then joined the Navy as a doctor.  He shares memories of being a medical assistant on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. After his tour, Ellbogen moved to Casper to set up a general practice medical firm.  He retired in 1996, and sold the practice to his son.

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4:17 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Wyoming Reservoirs Brimming

Glendo Reservoir
Credit Roger Barber

Wyoming reservoirs have been spilling over with run-off from the heavy snowpack.  But Bureau of Reclamation area manager Coleman Smith says they’re doing their job—capturing flood waters to reduce damage downstream. 

He says when the flood waters hit Buffalo Bill Reservoir it was touch and go for a while.  “We were actually releasing 400,000 cubic feet a second out of--it was going through Cody—which is a tremendous amount of water.  And the Emergency Manager up there for Park County was keeping a close eye on it.”

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Behind The Scenes
3:43 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Colorado Bluegrass Band Thunder And Rain On Morning Music

Banjo player R.P. Oates, guitarist Erinn Lukes, and mandolin player Pete Weber pose after their live set on Morning Music.
Micah Schweizer

Golden, Colorado bluegrass band Thunder and Rain are known for their "Mountain Made Colorado Country" music. Three of the five band members, guitarist and vocalist Erinn Lukes, mandolin player Pete Weber, and banjo player and vocalist R.P. Oates stopped by Wyoming Public Media on June 6. They played a live set on Morning Music ahead of their show on June 7 in Woods Landing.

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7:17 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

UW Gets A Big Gift From Hess Corporation

Tom Botts, Gov. Matt Mead and Greg Hill announce the additional $4.3 million gift outside of UW's Engineering Building in Laramie Thursday.
Credit Aaron Schrank/WPR

Hess Corporation President Greg Hill joined Gov. Matt Mead at The University of Wyoming Thursday to announce the company’s plan to donate $4.3 million more to help build UW’s new energy and engineering research complex.

Hess has now committed a total of $10 million to the university, $8.7 million of which will be matched by state funds.

The gifts support the High Bay Research Facility, which will be used for large-scale experiments and research aimed at tapping ‘unconventional reservoirs.’

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Testimonials
1:42 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Gretchen Wheeler - Casper WY

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.

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9:20 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Governor's Office Begins Narrowing Water Strategy

There are more than fifty potential projects being considered for inclusion in Wyoming’s Water Strategy. The strategy, which is being spearheaded by Governor Matt Mead, is intended to guide state investment in water development, management and conservation. The list of projects was developed through of a series of statewide public hearings and covers everything from building dams to clouding seeding to developing better public water databases.

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7:02 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Fixing Jackson Slide Will Cost Millions

A herd of elk gather near East Gros Ventre Butte, a hillside west of the National Elk Refuge.
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A private consultant presented preliminary options for a more permanent fix to a creeping landslide in Jackson at a Town Council meeting yesterday. 

The Town of Jackson has hired Oregon-based consultant George Machan to come up with options for stopping the slow-moving landslide on Jackson's East Gros Ventre Butte. Although the earth movement has slowed to less than half an inch per week, town officials want to reinforce the slope to prevent future problems.

The options have price tags ranging from eight million to thirty million dollars. 

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5:16 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Contractor Dies At North Antelope Rochelle Mine

North Antelope Rochelle Mine
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A contractor died at Peabody Coal's North Antelope Rochelle Mine in the Powder River Basin early Wednesday morning.

The contractor, whose name hasn't been released, died inside a hydraulic scoria crusher around 6 a.m., according to Amy Louviere, a spokeswoman for the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

“The crusher apparently started up and it ultimately crushed the miner,” Loviere said. “That victim was airlifted to a nearby medical facility and he is deceased.”

Louviere says local MSHA officials are on the scene and will be conducting a thorough investigation.

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Wyoming Stories
11:25 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Abbie Taylor Remembers Music In The Mountains

Abbie Taylor

Abbie Taylor moved to Sheridan as a kid, when her father decided to take over the family business. Because of a lifelong disability Taylor developed a unique relationship to jukeboxes -- as well as the whole region where her father installed and repaired them.

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