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3:51 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

The US Is A Top Destination For Music Students From China

UW piano student Jason Guo.
Credit University of Wyoming

Every year, nearly half a million Chinese students travel abroad to attend college. The U.S. is the most popular destination for these students—whose parents spend around $165,000 for an American education. Many of these students come to study Western classical music. And for the last decade or so, Chinese musicians have taken center stage in the world of classical music.

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3:38 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

PETA Announces "Dog In A Cage" Billboard For Laramie

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An animal rights group has announced plans to erect a billboard in the Laramie area that depicts a dog locked in a cage. This comes after the news that a child was allegedly kept in a cage in Albany County.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, plan to put up a billboard will read quote “no one belongs in a cage. Never crate your dog.”
PETA campaigner Matt Bruce says this case is a tragedy.

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Open Spaces
3:30 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

New Video Game Will Be Set In Wyoming Wilderness

Olly Moss, blog.camposanto.com

Picture this. You're a park ranger living in a watchtower in the Wyoming wilderness. No cellphone, no internet, no co-worker to keep you company. Your only human contact is with your boss on a handheld radio. But when unexpected events occur, you’re faced with exploring a wild and unknown environment…and that's where a new video game set in Wyoming begins.

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3:28 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Yellowstone Officials Worried By Personal Drone Use

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park have seen a growing number of people operating personal drones inside park territory.

Last week someone crashed their drone into Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic Hot Spring. Park spokesperson Al Nash says the park has struggled to recover the device.

“So far we haven’t been able to spot it. We are actually considering flying an authorized manned helicopter over it to see if we can spot it from the air.”

Last week an employee of Grand Teton issued a citation for drone use, a first for that park.

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Open Spaces
3:08 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Laramie Arts Program Opens A World Of Creativity To Students With Disabilities

Students at the Cooper Center for the Creative Arts participate in a dance class.
Credit Cordelia Zars

Dance class begins at 9 a.m. in the studio. The six students disappear and are replaced by dancing cowboys, swaying and lassoing to the beat of the song.

Instructor Kayc DeMaranville leads. She helps them coordinate their bodies to the rhythm. The students are lost in the music, spinning, kicking, waving their arms. Student Eric Petersen loves to dance. He says it makes his body feel “a little bit of good.”

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Business
4:40 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Analysis Shows Wyoming Is Most Mining-Dependent Economy

Credit Energy Information Administration

According to a recent analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, mining occupied approximately 35 percent of Wyoming’s GDP in 2013, up from around 29 percent in 2003. That makes Wyoming the most mining-dependent state in the country.

The increase comes despite calls from the Wyoming Business Council to diversify the state’s industries.

Wyoming Principal Economist Jim Robinson said that after concentrating on energy for so long, growth in areas outside energy is slow.

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News
6:56 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

100th Anniversary Of Arapaho Pack Trip To Be Held In Estes Park

Rocky Mountain National Park
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This weekend, the Northern Arapaho Tribe and Rocky Mountain National Park will celebrate the 100th anniversary of a historic pack trip through Estes Park with presentations and performances in Bond Park.

The 1914 trip was a collaboration between three tribal leaders from the Northern Arapaho and translators and historians from areas around the park. The tribal leaders shared place names, histories and stories with Oliver Toll who compiled them in a pamphlet which is still available at ranger stations today.

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News
6:17 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Report Finds No Problems With Pavillion Gas Wells

There’s no link between gas wells and groundwater contamination near Pavillion, according to a draft study out Wednesday from the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. It’s the first of three reports looking into what caused the contamination, which some blame on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The reviewers looked at the gas wells themselves to determine if they were leaking or otherwise damaged.

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4:46 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Rock Climber Struck By Lightning at Vedauwoo

A woman struck by lightning in the Vedauwoo Recreation Area near Laramie Tuesday afternoon is currently being hospitalized for injuries. Fire Chief Dan Johnson says the woman was climbing higher on the rocks than her six companions when a fast-moving storm descended. He says after the strike she was able to climb down on her own.

“She was able to come off the rocks to meet our ambulance crew down at the ground level so there was no type of a rock rescue or any kind of a rope rescue that needed to be done.”

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2:29 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Oil Producers Turn Attention To Powder River Basin

Oil well outside of Wright, Wyoming.
Credit Stephanie Joyce

Wyoming’s Powder River Basin is getting renewed attention from oil and gas companies. The region has been producing oil for decades, but now companies are looking to tap some of the Basin’s old reserves using new techniques, like horizontal drilling and fracking.

As analyst Raoul LeBlanc, with IHS Energy, explained in a video blog last week, his firm thinks the Basin could have as much potential as some of the much better-known plays in North Dakota and Texas.

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6:02 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Gay Marriage Supporters Urge Wyoming To Stop Defending Ban

Wyoming Equality Chairman Jeran Artery (right) and fiance Mike Bleakley (left) on the steps of the Capitol Building in Cheyenne.
Credit Aaron Schrank/WPR

Advocates for gay marriage in Wyoming delivered more than 2,300 signed petitions to the Capitol Tuesday, urging Governor Matt Mead and Attorney General Peter Michael to stop defending the state’s gay marriage ban in court.

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3:56 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

US Court Of Appeals Upholds Country Of Origin Labeling Laws

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Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously upheld the Country of Origin Labeling Law.

The law requires that packaged meat and poultry must have a label that clearly states the product’s country of origin. And it must detail how the animal was raised and slaughtered. The law also requires that muscle cuts of meat from animals slaughtered in different countries can’t be mixed in packaging.

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Single Shot Live
3:29 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Pierce Pettis: Little River Canyon

Wyoming Stories: Podcast
12:21 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Wyoming Stories Podcast #10

August in Wyoming: Stories of nature and wildlife. 

Subscribe to the Wyoming Stories podcast here.

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4:37 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Energy Lobby Ad Campaign Targets Endangered Species Act

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The energy industry lobbying organization Western Energy Alliance has begun an ad campaign to highlight the dangers of listing the greater sage grouse as an endangered species. 

The campaign includes radio and online advertisements that focus on the potential impacts that federal management of the sage grouse presents to Wyoming industry, agriculture, and tourism.

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News
4:25 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Wyoming Legislature Considers Strengthening State Poaching Laws

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The Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife, and Cultural Resources Interim Committee is holding a meeting in Thermopolis tomorrow/Tuesday to discuss two bills that would strengthen state poaching laws. The first bill would make it illegal to knowingly sell, barter, trade, or buy such animals. The second would specify fines based on the economic value of the poached animal.

Bruce Burns is the Committee’s Senate Chair. He said the legislature didn’t come up with the new guidelines on their own, but received input from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

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Open Spaces
12:28 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

In Wyoming, Coal Culture Runs Deep

Several members of Gillette's roller derby team are real coal miner's daughters.
Credit Leigh Paterson

Girls in clunky roller skates whizz past their coach. They're sweaty, rowdy, and covered in tattoos. Gillette's roller derby team proudly represents coal country, as does their name.

"We’re called the Coal Miner’s Daughters, number one because Loretta Lynn rocks!" Katie Buffington, president of the team, explained. "Number two because coal is the main source of income in the area. And we really wanted to get back to our roots, where we come from."

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News
10:48 am
Mon August 4, 2014

UW To Update Preservation Plan For Historic Buildings

Old Main, at the heart of the UW campus. Founded in 1886.
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The University of Wyoming is working to update its preservation plan for historic buildings on campus. The current preservation plan was written in 1999 and is now out of date since many buildings now qualify as historic that once did not.

With lots of construction and renovation taking place on campus, UW's Interim Director of Facilities Planning Larry Blake says new guidelines are necessary.

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10:24 am
Mon August 4, 2014

New Study Cites Top 131 Most Vulnerable WY Species

Wyoming Toad
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Wyoming's top 131 most vulnerable species are identified in a new study put together by the Nature Conservancy, Wyoming Game and Fish and the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database. Senior Zoologist Doug Keinath with the Diversity Database says the goal of the study was not to place blame, but instead to give the state a heads up before certain species require emergency rescue measures, the way the greater sage grouse has. 

He says the state should keep an especially close eye on amphibians.

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Topic of the Week
8:15 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Do you agree with the Wyoming Legislature's strategy of saving the budget surplus?

Do you agree with the Wyoming Legislature's strategy of saving the budget surplus, or is there something you'd like to see them spend it on?

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Open Spaces
6:05 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Doctor Taylor Haynes Seeks Nomination For Governor

Doctor Taylor Haynes is one of three Republicans seeking the nomination for Governor. Haynes has worked as an engineer, a rancher, and a Urologist. He currently operates a company that deals with health care. He is also a former University of Wyoming Trustee. He tells Bob Beck that one issue that got him into the race is the battles the state is having with the federal government. He says he wants negotiations and not lawsuits. 

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Open Spaces
5:54 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Leaky Barrels, German U-Boats And 2.6 Million Miles Of Pipe

Barrels were used in the early days of oil to move it from one place to another. Often, the barrels were loaded onto barges and floated down Pennsylvania's major rivers to refineries in Pittsburgh, where it was turned into kerosene.
Credit American Oil and Gas History Association

There’s an invisible network connecting every corner of the United States. Without it, cars wouldn’t start and lights wouldn’t turn on. At 2.6 million miles, if it were stretched out, it would reach around the Earth more than a hundred times. Chances are, you’ve never noticed it. The nation’s sprawling pipeline network is buried underground, out of sight and out of mind.

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Open Spaces
5:41 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Educator Sheryl Lain Seeks State Superintendent Nomination

Sheryl Lain has been a classroom teacher and has spent the last several years training teachers as an instructional leader. Lain is one of three Republicans seeking the party nomination for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Lain has spent the last three years working side by side with current Superintendent Cindy Hill. 

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Open Spaces
5:22 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Lawmakers Push UW To Focus On State Business

Royal Dutch Shell’s Tom Botts, Gov. Matt Mead and Hess Corporation President Greg Hill announce the additional $4.3 million gift outside of UW's Engineering Building in Laramie Thursday.
Credit Aaron Schrank

University of Wyoming trustees and the state’s top lawmakers are sitting around a table in Casper. On today’s agenda: the relationship between the Legislature and UW. Get-togethers like this mid-July meeting don’t happen often.

"This is the first time, and I’ve been around politics quite a while," says Senator Eli Bebout, who has spent more than 20 years in the Legislature. "Where we got with the Board of Trustees, the President and members of the leadership and other key legislators to talk about these things. It’s the way it should be."

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Open Spaces
5:01 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Ed Buchanan Is A Candidate For Secretary Of State

Ed Buchanan is one of four people running on the Republican Ballot for Secretary of State. Buchanan served in the Wyoming House of Representatives for a decade and served as Speaker of the House. He’s a former officer in the Air Force and is currently an attorney. He speaks with Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck.

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Open Spaces
4:53 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

People With Disabilities Facing Changes In Employment Options

Clay Carr working at NOCAP’s computer recycling center.
Miles Bryan

In late July President Obama signed the Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Act. The bill is designed to get people with disabilities working in commercial businesses, and get them out of service provider owned companies, known as “sheltered workshops.” State officials here in Wyoming are on board with these changes, but some providers say closing sheltered workshops will leave people with disabilities with few options.

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Open Spaces
4:42 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Teton Science Schools Summer Camp Builds Life-Long Bonds

Rebecca Huntington

What do butterflies, pikas and a challenge course have in common? They're all at the heart of the summer camp experience for teens in Kelly, Wyoming. Bordering Grand Teton National Park, Teton Science Schools offers a perfect setting for campers to study and appreciate nature. But as Rebecca Huntington reports students walk away with a lot more.

“Is this one lupine? Oh there's a painted lady, I think.”

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News
5:00 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Casper The Friendly City?: Resident Input Fuels Rebranding Effort

Casper Mountain.
Credit Josh Hallett via Flickr Creative Commons

The city of Casper is looking to upgrade its image and raise its profile as a tourist destination. And it’s taking special care to make sure the people of Casper are behind the city’s new brand. 

Last year, the city hired Casper-based firm AdBay to create a re-branding campaign for $80,000. Since then, they’ve been in research mode. Creative Director Shawk Houck says asking Casperites what they think gives their city personality has been key to the process.

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4:01 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Retailers Announced For Wyoming Lottery

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WyoLotto released its list of the approved retailers on Tuesday. Starting August 24th, people won’t have to travel across state lines to buy tickets. Convenience stores, gas stations, grocery stores, bars and restaurants across the state will sell Powerball and MegaMillions Tickets, making it the 44th state to do so.

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