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10:32 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Green River Will Return Train Depot Funds To State

Green River Train Depot.
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Green River will return $1 million it got from the state to renovate its historic Union Pacific train depot.

The community received a $1 million grant through the Wyoming Business Council, but those funds were contingent upon the city raising the other $2 million needed to complete the project.

The Business Council denied a two-year extension to come up with the funds. Green River City Councilwoman Lisa Mays says they had little choice but to give the money back.

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Sports
6:50 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Cowboys Get Ready For Air Force

The Wyoming Cowboys football team will open Mountain West Conference play  against Air Force and its vaunted option attack. 

Under the option the Quarterback can run the ball, pitch it to a running back, hand it off, or fake the run and throw it. It’s an unusual offense that teams rarely use and Wyoming Head Coach Craig Bohl says that make it difficult to defend.

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News
3:31 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

WYDOT To Begin Construction On Cheyenne "Quiet Zone"

Construction will begin Wednesday in Cheyenne on a new quiet zone at West Lincolnway and Southwest Drive’s railroad crossing, where train noise will be kept to a minimum. The area around the intersection is home to several hotels and motels. New railroad crossing gates and a barrier wall will block cars from sneaking around the shut gates and across the tracks.

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Natural Resources & Energy
3:22 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Bureau Of Land Management Announce Controlled Burns In Southwest Region

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The Bureau of Land Management has announced it will be lighting controlled burns in Southwest Wyoming. The target area includes more than 7,000 acres around Iron Mountain, Middle Canyon, and Montgomery pasture. Spokesperson Shelley Gregory says the controlled burn should actually make the area less prone to wild fires.

“A lot of areas are in need of burns because natural fires have not come through there in a while to maintain the balance. And so the BLM is just going in to restore that balance.”

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Wyoming Stories: Podcast
12:16 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Wyoming Stories Podcast #11

Stories about getting into trouble.

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Natural Resources & Energy
11:40 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Forum Highlights Risks Of Owning Land Near Energy Development

Glenrock residents are invited to attend a forum next week that will address the impacts of the oil and gas industry on landowners. The two key speakers for the event will be a private property attorney and a Wyoming resident who was evacuated from her land because of an oil blowout. They will discuss the development of the oil industry around Glenrock, as well as risks to nearby landowners such as emissions, spills, evacuations, and the devaluing of property in the area.

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Wyoming Stories
9:48 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Three Brothers Get Into Mischief

Bob, Frank, and Bert Johnson

Frank, Bert, and Bob Johnson grew up on the A—1 ranch outside of Elk Mountain. The three brothers recount their stories of childhood trouble-making on the ranch and in the school house.

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Topic of the Week
2:40 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

What Wyoming places and experiences are on your bucket list?

What Wyoming places and experiences are on your bucket list?

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Sports
9:57 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Bohl Era Is Set To Start

The much anticipated Craig Bohl coaching era begins Saturday (today) as the Wyoming Cowboys football team hosts Montana.

The Grizzlies are led by Senior Quarterback Jordan Johnson and Bohl says they will be difficult to stop. 

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News
9:57 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Pastor Admits To Shooting Himself

An investigation into the shooting of a Centennial pastor has concluded that the so called victim turned the gun on himself. According to Albany County Undersheriff Rob Debree says misdemeanor charges have been filed against 44 year old Dennis Lynn Davis for a false report.

Debree says that eight deputies were sent to investigate a burglary and shooting at the Centennial Valley Community Church on Tuesday evening. Davis says he was shot by a burglar during a struggle. He was airlifted to the hospital.  

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News
2:37 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

UW Receives Help For Casper And Cheyenne Family Practice Programs

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. 

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.                

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News
2:30 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Holocaust Survivor Is Dismayed

A Holocaust survivor says efforts to stop people from committing atrocities against others still has a long ways to go. 

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.   Schloss has worked hard on causes aimed at reducing prejudice and bigotry. Her goal has been to prevent events like the Holocaust.

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Natural Resources & Energy
11:49 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Addressing The Decline Of Mule Deer

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. 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.

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Behind The Scenes
8:01 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Pinedale Meet-And-Greet Friday, August 29th

Wyoming Public Media's General Manager Christina Kuzmych will be in Pinedale for a meet and greet Friday August 29th.

She looks forward to a casual chat with listeners in the Rock Rabbit Coffee Shop from 10-11:30 a.m. This is an opportunity to meet listeners, hear concerns and compliments, and to get to know the people of Pinedale.

If you're in the area, please drop in and say hello!

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Culture
2:49 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

What Are The Most Common Mispronunciations Of Places In Wyoming?

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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?

We asked listeners to help make a list of commonly mispronounced Wyoming places. Below are the results! If you have a favorite word you think should be listed, tell us in the comments below and use the hashtag #wyowords on Twitter.

Gros Ventre (Grow-vont) Gros Ventre River, Mountains, and Wilderness. Visitors to Wyoming often pronounce the name as (Gross-vent-ree).

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News
9:11 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Governor Appoints UW Science Task Force

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The University of Wyoming is looking to upgrade its science programs in an effort to become a top-tier research University.

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.

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News
7:12 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Wyoming Lottery First Day Sales Strong

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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.

Jon Clontz is the CEO of the Lottery Corporation. He said the day’s sales exceeded his expectations.

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News
5:52 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Cheyenne Population Growth Forces Some Students Out Of Their Neighborhood Schools

School bus.
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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. 

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News
5:02 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Group Hopes To Bring Attention To Cancer

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.   

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Sports
4:54 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Kirkegaard Is Ready To Lead The Pokes

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.   

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.

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Natural Resources & Energy
4:17 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Checkerboard Horse Roundup Delayed By Lawsuit

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.”  

In 2013, a state court decision ordered all horses—as many as 950—to be rounded up from the patchwork of private and public property adjacent to Adobe Town in the Red Desert after a judge ruled that private landowners had a right to request the horses be removed from their property.

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Behind The Scenes
3:28 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Sheridan Meet-And-Greet

Christina Kuzmych and Micah Schweizer with Ace Young at Java Moon in Sheridan.

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.

Topic of the Week
10:38 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Should police departments acquire and adapt surplus military vehicles and equipment for use at home?

Should police departments acquire and adapt surplus military vehicles and equipment for use at home?

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Wyoming Stories
9:09 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Stem Cell Transplant Transforms A Life

Val Burgess

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.

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Open Spaces
5:23 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Landowners Connect To Negotiate With Pipeline Companies

Credit Hiland Crude, LLC.

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.

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Open Spaces
5:08 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Why Is It So Hard To Study The Public Health Effects Of Oil And Gas Development?

Fracking the Bakken Shale Formation in North Dakota.
Credit Joshua Doubek, Wikimedia Commons

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.

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.

But the industry has taken off so quickly that scientific research about those impacts - which is timely, costly, and complex - is playing catch up.

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Open Spaces
5:00 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

First-Aid Approach Tackles Mental Health Stigmas

Citizens put together a puzzle to test how well they remember the steps to offering mental health first aid.
Credit Rebecca Huntington

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.

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.

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Open Spaces
4:52 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Ukrainian Ballerina Brings Message Of Peace

Olga Aru demonstrates a stretch during a masterclass in Casper.
Caroline Ballard

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.

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Open Spaces
4:40 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Revamped Cowboys Look To Improve

Wyoming Cowboys during football practice.
Credit Bob Beck

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. 

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