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3:30 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Wyoming Pathways Asks Legislature To Make Roads Bike Friendly

Credit Ian Britton via Flickr

Correction: an earlier version of this story said that the Wyoming legislature passed a mandatory safe distance bill. It was introduced, but did not pass.  

A series of bicyclist fatalities on Wyoming roads this summer has one state group pushing for new safety laws.

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Natural Resources & Energy
10:36 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Wyoming Appeals Oregon Coal Export Decision

Map of Ambre Energy's planned Morrow Pacific terminal in Oregon.
Credit Ambre Energy

Wyoming isn’t only duking it out with Oregon on the football field this week. On Monday, the state filed an appeal of a recent decision by Oregon to deny permits for Ambre Energy’s proposed coal export terminal.

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Wyoming Stories
9:30 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Wyoming Stories: A Horse You Could Rely On

Gene Olmsted
Credit Wayne Thomas

Gene Olmsted lives in Powell. His memories of his horse, Ginger are always fresh on his mind, including a time Ginger helped him get home from school during a storm.

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Natural Resources & Energy
8:57 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Open Season Starts For Proposed Pipeline

There's a new pipeline project proposed from North Dakota to Oklahoma that would run through Wyoming. On Friday, Enterprise Product Partners LLC announced an "open season" for the Bakken-to-Cushing pipeline. Open seasons are a way to gauge interest and demand for a pipeline.

If built, the line would run from the Williston Basin in North Dakota, and would pass through oil plays in Eastern Wyoming and Northern Colorado. The line would end in the Cushing hub in Oklahoma, where oil is priced.

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Spoken Words
3:55 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Nina McConigley Reads From Her Forthcoming Novel

Nina McConigley

Nina McConigley teaches in the Honors Program at the University of Wyoming. She is the author of the story collection Cowboys and East Indians, winner of the 2014 PEN Open Book Award. This excerpt from the prologue of her forthcoming novel, The Call of Migratory Things, follows a family beginning in 1980’s Wyoming and goes back to pre-independence India. It is 1986, and teenagers Agatha Krishna and Georgie have murdered their uncle.

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News
3:31 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Wyoming Education Forum

Diana Denison

Listen Online! AIRS ON WPR: September 12 at 3:00pm, Repeats September 14 at 12pm. Listen online at wyomingpublicmedia.org.

AIRS ON Wyoming PBS: September 29 at 8:00pm, Repeats Tuesday 30 at 1:00pm and October 5 at 11:00am. wyomingpbs.org

Getting to the Core of the Common Core:

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News
11:45 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Sheridan County Zoning Amendment Helps Farmers

Brad Holliday's Moveable Chicken Coops
Credit Melodie Edwards

Last week, Sheridan County commissioners approved an amendment to planning and zoning rules that will give local farmers an edge on more direct sales to their customers. It will now be easier for them to put up farm stands and greenhouses on their property, as well as sell jams, salsas and other products made from their produce. Such activities either weren't allowed or required special permits in the past. Director Bill Benzel with Powder River Resource Council worked on the amendment.

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Spoken Words
10:08 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Two Poems By Abbie Johnson Taylor

Abbie Johnson Taylor

Sheridan writer Abbie Johnson Taylor reads two selections from her new collection, 'That's Life: New and Selected Poems'.

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Wyoming Stories
8:57 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Wyoming Stories: How To Get To School When You're Kicked Off The Bus

Clarabelle Barsness, from Powell.
Credit Wayne Thomas

Clarabelle Barsness lives in Powell. She remembers growing up on a farm in Cody and riding her horse to school—out of necessity.

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Arts
6:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

‘Ignite’ Event Wants To Fire Up Laramie

The Wyoming Humanities Council is staging its second annual Ignite Laramie event on Wednesday, September 10. The audience will hear roughly ten fast-paced mixed-media presentations. Speakers have five minutes to present their ideas, such as what it means to invest in local music, the fallacies in our everyday logic, or how to trust oneself to make hard decisions.

Organizer Jason Burge says the talks are centered on the idea of community.

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Open Spaces
5:36 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

September 5th, 2014

Wyoming Lawmakers Fight For Conservative Health Bill

During the last two elections Wyoming Republicans campaigned on repealing and replacing so-called Obamacare – but House Republicans have yet to vote on a replacement. Matt Laslo has a look from Washington on the debate dividing Republicans in Congress. 

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Open Spaces
5:14 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Wyoming Lawmakers Fight For Conservative Health Bill

During the last two elections Wyoming Republicans campaigned on repealing and replacing so-called Obamacare – but House Republicans have yet to vote on a replacement. Matt Laslo has a look from Washington on the debate dividing Republicans in Congress.

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Sports
5:10 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Wyoming Begins MWC Play Against Air Force

The Wyoming Cowboys look to remain unbeaten against one of their oldest rivals.   Air Force comes to Laramie Saturday night in the opener of the Mountain West Conference football season.   Cowboys Head Coach Craig Bohl  says Air Force was impressive in its 44 to 16 opening win over Nicholls State.     

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Open Spaces
5:03 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

If You Read Only One Story On Health And Fracking, Read This One

Anti-fracking activitists pose with "fracking flavoured" water outside the European Parliament. Image from Greensefa via Flickr, used with a Creative Commons Attribution License.
Credit C European Union 2012

If you live right next to a drilling rig, or your kids go to school beside a fracking site, or your county is suddenly littered with well pads  -- are there health risks? That’s a question that’s been asked from Pennsylvania to North Dakota, from Colorado to Texas as more and more people find themselves and their towns in the midst of an unprecedented energy boom.

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Open Spaces
4:57 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Wyoming Democrats Need To Overcome Obstacles

It’s been 8 years since Wyoming has elected a Democrat to statewide office. This year candidate for Governor Pete Gosar and Superintendent Candidate Mike Ceballos are hoping to break through. But it won’t be easy. The Executive Director of the Wyoming Democratic Party is Robin Van Ausdall. She’s worked on several campaigns in Colorado and she says Ceballos and Gosar and great candidates. 

"If people are willing to consider these candidates individually on their merits at least if not one will be elected."

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Open Spaces
4:48 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Democrat Pete Gosar Says The State Needs A Leader

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The Democratic Candidate for Governor is Pete Gosar. Gosar is a Pinedale native who is the former chairman of the state democratic party and he currently serves on the state board of education.

He is a state pilot, a former school teacher, and in college he was a star defensive player for the Wyoming Cowboys. Gosar has been critical of Governor Mead’s leadership when it comes to issues like Medicaid expansion and has accused Mead of playing politics with his decisions. He joins us to discuss some issues.

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News
4:48 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Wyoming Board Of Education Wants Schools Chief Selected By Appointment, Not Election

The Wyoming Board of Education supports making the state’s schools chief an appointed position instead of an elected one, as the Wyoming Constitution currently requires.

After hours of deliberation Thursday, all but one Board member voiced support for making such changes to the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Board was split on whether the Governor or the Board itself should be responsible for appointing a state Superintendent.

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Open Spaces
4:33 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Wyoming’s Prison Education Programs Help Keep Recidivism Rates Low

State Penitentiery, Rawlins Wyoming.
Credit Stuart and Jen Robertson via Flickr Creative Commons

Wyoming’s prison system boasts the second best recidivism rate in the country. Twenty-five percent of offenders in the state will return to prison for a parole violation or new crime—compared to 40 percent nationally. The Wyoming Department of Corrections credits its education programs—including a mandatory G.E.D course for all inmates without a high school degree— with keeping inmates from landing back behind bars.

Zach Fuhrer dropped out of high school at age 17 and had no intention of ever setting foot in another classroom.

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Open Spaces
4:33 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Wyoming Inmates Prepare For Life On The Outside

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Inmates at Wyoming’s Medium Security Correctional Institution will need more than classroom instruction to succeed after they’re released—and there are a number of programs inside Torrington that try and prepare prisoners for the world outside the prison’s walls.

Tim Well’s prerelease course at Torrington looks more like a high school classroom than a prison. An inspirational quote is written on the blackboard, along with a checklist--3 cover letters, 2 job applications, and a resume--all to be completed before graduation. Today’s lesson is about money and parenting.

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Open Spaces
4:24 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

PEN Open Book Award Gives Author Platform To Discuss Wyoming Immigrant Experiences

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Nina McConigley is the author of Cowboys and East Indians, and a recent winner of the PEN Open Book award. She joined Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard to discuss the award and said the news of her win took a little time to reach her.

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Open Spaces
4:22 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

UW American Heritage Center Looks At Immigration

University of Wyoming American Heritage Center
Credit Bob Beck

On September 18th and 19th the University of Wyoming American Heritage Center and a number of sponsors will be hosting what should be a fascinating symposium on Immigration. Leslie Waggener with the American Heritage Center explains the purpose of the symposium.

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Open Spaces
4:09 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Wyoming Wind Gridlock

High Plains Wind Farm near McFadden, Wyoming on a breezy summer day.
Credit Leigh Paterson

Wyoming has some of the most powerful wind in the country. So, earlier this month, a massive wind farm got the green light from the state. If the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project gets federal approval, it will become the largest in the country. But who’s buying all that wind power? Right now there is no way to get it out of Wyoming, to the other states that really need it. For Inside Energy, Leigh Paterson reports on why transmission gridlocks are keeping Wyoming wind at bay.

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News
3:59 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Wyoming's Obesity Rate Spikes

Obesity rates around the country are rising drastically, and Wyoming  is no different - that’s according to a new study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Around 27.8% of the adult population in Wyoming is obese, nearly double the rate 20 years ago.

Between 2012 and 2013, the state’s obesity rate rose 3.2%. That was one of the biggest spikes in the nation.

Joe Grandpre with the Wyoming Department of Health says the reasons for the state’s growing waistbands are simple.

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News
12:44 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Missing Hikers Found In Bighorn National Forest

A pair of hikers missing since last week in the Bighorn National Forest were found Wednesday—and have been released from the hospital in stable condition.

The couple didn’t return from their trip on time because one of the hikers had injured her leg.

Many search and rescue operations occur in Wyoming wilderness each year for hikers who get lost or injured.

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Natural Resources & Energy
7:49 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Draft Rule Proposes Increased Buffer Between Drilling And Homes

A pump jack sits in front of a house and a drilling rig behind it in a housing development in northern Colorado.
Credit Stephanie Joyce

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will get its first look at a draft rule for oil and gas well setbacks next week.

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Legislative
5:34 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Legislative Committee Will Consider Abolishing The Death Penalty

The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee will consider a bill next week in Laramie that could end up abolishing the state’s death penalty law. 

Currently states are having difficulty acquiring the chemicals to perform lethal injections, so the Judiciary Committee has been looking at other alternatives…including firing squads. But House Committee Chairman Keith Gingery says another alternative is to abolish the death penalty.

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Natural Resources & Energy
5:01 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Tenth Circuit Considers New Appeal to Block Wild Horse Roundup

Wild horse advocates continue fighting a planned roundup near the Red Desert.

The Bureau of Land Management plans to gather wild horses in a patchwork of public and private lands near Rock Springs called the Checkerboard. Nearby landowners who graze livestock have requested the horses’ removal.

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and others are suing the BLM to block the roundup. Last week, the BLM agreed to voluntarily delay the roundup until at least September 12th , as the Tenth Circuit Court considers an appeal to keep the horses where they are.

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I Love Wyoming Public Radio
3:03 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Dan Furphy, President And CEO Of The Laramie Chamber Business Alliance

Dan Furphy
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Natural Resources & Energy
2:58 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Cloud Peak Sells Stake In Export Mine

Decker coal mine
Credit Ambre Energy

Wyoming’s largest coal company is selling its stake in a Montana mine for less than its original asking price. In a deal announced Thursday, Cloud Peak will give up its 50 percent ownership of the Decker coal mine in exchange for Ambre Energy taking on $67 million in reclamation and lease bonding. The deal also promises Cloud Peak capacity at Ambre Energy’s proposed Millennium Bulk coal export terminal in Washington state.

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News
8:07 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Controversial Tax Up For Vote In Jackson

Jackson’s 2-percent lodging tax is up for a vote in November, and a new breakdown by Jackson Hole News&Guide shows 40-percent of lodging tax revenues go back to the county. Unlike Jackson’s 60-40 split, most towns only see about 10-percent of revenues from their lodging taxes – the rest going back into tourism.

The tax had been up for a vote ever since 1994, but had been continually struck down over fears it would hinder tourism. The measure finally passed in 2010 after promises of higher returns for the local economy. 

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