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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.
Credit Lori Iverson/USFWS via Flickr Creative Commons

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
Credit Kimon Berlin via Flickr Creative Commons

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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9:13 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Mead Visits Washington To Promote Coal Exports

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead talks with Millennium Bulk Terminals general manager Bob Steward about the loading dock at the proposed coal export terminal site in Longview, Washington.
Credit Cassandra Profita / OPB

A controversial coal export terminal proposed for this Columbia River town has a big supporter from Wyoming.

Governor Matt Mead was in Longview Tuesday to tour the old aluminum smelter where the The Millennium Bulk coal export terminal would move up to 44 million tons a year of Wyoming coal off trains and onto ships bound for Asia.

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News
5:16 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

2 Wyoming Cities Receive EPA Grants

Green River’s train depot will soon become a community center, thanks to a $200,000 grant from Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA ‘Brownfield Funds’ are given to communities to clean up contaminated industrial sites and develop them for community use. 

Misty Springer is the grant specialist for Green River.  She says big plans are in store for the train depot. “It’s quite exciting,” she says  “It will be used hopefully we’ll have perhaps a restaurant there.  There’ll be community gathering spaces, spots for incubator businesses and hopefully space for artists.”

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3:28 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Sheridan Receives EPA Grant

The city of Sheridan has received a $400,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the north end of its downtown.  The money will pay to assess several contaminated sites including an abandoned rail yard, sawmill and fuel storage areas that many see as slowing economic growth. 

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News
12:28 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

How Will New EPA Rules Affect You? It's Complicated

A newly announced crackdown on carbon emissions raises lots of questions.
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The Obama administration said Monday that it intends to aggressively reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, or greenhouse gas pollution, produced in the United States. To boost these ambitions, the White House will partner with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce varying rules state-by-state to be carried out by power plants that produce the gases.

If successfully implemented, the regulations will deliver a 30 percent decrease in carbon emissions by 2030.

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News
6:20 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

New Rule Aims To Cut Carbon Emissions By 30 Percent

Jim Bridger Power Plant near Rock Springs, Wyoming

In an effort to curb climate change, the Obama administration has proposed a rule to cut carbon emissions from electricity generation by 30 percent. The rule is the first to target power plants, the nation’s largest carbon emitters.

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5:16 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Cyclist Deaths Highlight Rider Dangers

'Bicyclists use extreme caution' sign.
Credit Richard Masoner via Flickr Creative Commons

Two Wyoming bicyclists have been killed in the past several days, spurring calls from Wyoming’s cycling community for increased rider awareness and safety legislation.

On Friday, Matthew Harker, 39, died of brain trauma—one day after he was struck by an SUV in Casper.

On Saturday, 65-year-old Larry Hurst of Sheridan was killed after he and his wife were struck by a vehicle in on U.S. Highway 87 in Sheridan. His wife, Sarah, was critically injured in the crash and taken to a hospital in Billings.

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Elections
4:17 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Hill Officially Runs For Governor

Credit Cindy Hill Superintendent

State Superintendent Cindy Hill says if she is elected governor she will push good government measures to make it easier for the public to get documents, she also plans to address conflicts of interest that she sees in government.   

Hill will run as a Republican.  She said that she got into the race because she said Governor Matt Mead exceeded his authority of governor when he signed the law that removed her as the head of the Department of Education. 

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Wyoming Stories
4:14 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Joan Paige On Her Grandfather, The Battle Of Milk Creek, And ‘Ladies of the Night’

Joan Paige
Credit Micah Schweizer

Joan Paige’s family has lived in the Equality State for almost as long as it’s existed. In 1889, her grandfather, John Mahoney, was stationed just outside of Rawlins at Fort Steele. In this story, she tells of circumstances that brought him west, and the dubious nature of late-19th century frontier towns.

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Topic of the Week
10:52 am
Mon June 2, 2014

What are your thoughts on the Obama administration's new rules targeting power plant emissions?

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Open Spaces
5:21 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Wyoming's Bike Friendly Rating Has Dropped

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Wyoming’s ranking as a bike friendly state continues to drop. The state ranks 36th after ranking 33rd last year and 11th in 2010.  The loss of stature has concerned that Director of Wyoming Pathways…Tim Young.  He’s been speaking with the Wyoming Department of Transportation about the issue.  He joins us to discuss the report.

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Open Spaces
4:52 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

New Greenhouse Gas Regulations Target Power Plants

Jim Bridger coal fired power plant, Sweetwater County, Rock Springs Wyoming.
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The predicted effects of continuing to pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at current rates range from dramatic sea level rise to extreme weather to famine and drought. Power plants are among the largest carbon dioxide emitters, and on June 2, the Obama administration is scheduled to release new rules regulating those emissions. Utilities and trade groups are already warning those rules will have some dire consequences of their own.

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Open Spaces
4:45 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Texas Coal Plant May Be Environmental Game Changer

Construction on a coal-fired power plant equipped with Carbon Capture and Storage technology, or CCS is expected to begin here in Penwell, Texas this year. One of two such plants in the U.S., the other is in Kemper, Mississippi.
Jason Lewis - U.S. Dep't of Energy

New EPA rules aimed at cutting carbon emissions are expected to be unveiled June 2nd. Coal generates nearly half of this country’s electricity and is the largest source of air pollution. The new rules are expected to spur the use of clean coal technology. At least that’s the hope of both the coal industry and some environmental groups.

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Open Spaces
4:35 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Superintendent Hill On Distance Learning And Graduation Rates

After some legal wrangling, State Superintendent Cindy Hill is back in charge of Wyoming Education.  As the school year wraps up, Superintendent Hill joins us to discuss a number of topics.  The first deals with distance…or online education.  She recently attended a graduation of students who graduated from a virtual school. Hill embraces various uses of technology in the classroom.

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Open Spaces
4:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Wyoming Seniors Say ‘So Long’ To High School

Graduates at Riverton High School line up to receive their diplomas.
Credit Aaron Schrank

Graduation season is here. Commencement ceremonies around the state mark the start of a new chapter for many of Wyoming’s high school seniors. Wyoming Public Radio’s Aaron Schrank caught up with the class of 2014 to see how they feel about the big day—and the future.

It’s the last hurrah for graduating seniors at Casper’s Kelly Walsh High School. The Casper Events Center is packed, and the graduates are in high spirits.

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Open Spaces
4:21 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Xanterra Changes Will Impact Cody Tourism

Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone.
Credit Penny Preston

Yellowstone National Park lost two hundred cabins this spring. They were part of the park’s largest lodging complex. No, it’s not in the Old Faithful area, nor Mammoth. Penny Preston reports it’s in Canyon Village, where the park’s biggest hotel once stood.

PENNY PRESTON:  The Canyon Hotel was Yellowstone’s largest, from 1910, until 1960. It was created by Old Faithful Inn architect Robert Reamer. 

ROBERT REAMER:  “My parents used to like to go up there and have dinner.”

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Open Spaces
4:13 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Shift To Carbon Use Marks New Frontier In Fight Against Climate Change

Scientists at the Western Research Institute in Laramie, Wyoming are looking for new ways to use carbon dioxide.
Stephanie Joyce

The Obama administration wants states to cutback on carbon emissions, but doing that has always been a thorny problem. While carbon is a byproduct of almost everything we do, capturing and storing it is expensive. For years, the goal has been to figure out how to make that process cheaper, but more recent efforts take a different approach, with the focus shifting from storing carbon to using it.

On a recent spring morning, Karen Wawrousek led a tour of her lab at the Western Research Institute, on the outskirts of Laramie.

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Open Spaces
3:56 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Climate Change Effects On Wyoming Agriculture

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In the next half century, scientists are predicting more extreme weather for Wyoming with bigger winter storms and hotter, dryer summers.  That’s according to the latest National Climate Assessment out this month. Wyoming’s farmers and ranchers are skeptical about climate change, but some of them have been forced to adjust their methods of production. 

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News
7:02 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Wyoming Requests Waiver From No Child Left Behind Tutoring Provision

City Year corps member tutoring a middle school student
Credit Andy Dean via Flickr Creative Commons

The Wyoming Department of Education wants federal officials to allow schools labeled as "needing improvement" to provide tutoring and remedial help to students.

Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, schools that need improvement—based on state assessments—are not allowed to provide tutoring, forcing students to turn to outside providers.

Brent Young is Assistant Director of Instruction at Laramie County School District 1. He says allowing struggling schools to provide these services is positive.

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News
4:59 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Dept. Of Ed Wants Citizens To Help With Science Standards

The Wyoming Department of Education is urging citizens to serve on a science standards review committee.  

Previous science standards generated controversy because they addressed subjects like climate change and evolution. The Department is attempting to get more public involvement in developing a new set of standards.  State Superintendent Cindy Hill says that too few citizens were invited to participate last time.           

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Single Shot Live
1:36 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Steve Frame: Fourteen Hours

Credit Micah Schweizer

Steve Frame and his fellow Western Rebel Jim Halsey, aka Jimmy Harper, perform a song written for workers in the western oil fields.

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News
2:17 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Summer-Like Temperatures Cause More Flooding

Several residents have been asked to evacuate their homes in Wood’s Landing because an access road was flooded by the rising Laramie River.  And residents in the towns of Saratoga and Encampment are on alert for evacuations, as high snow melt floods the North Platte River.  Flooding in Park and Fremont Counties has not led to evacuations, but officials are wary of rainfall this weekend.  

Kathi Metzler is the Emergency Management Coordinator in Fremont County where she’s monitoring the Wind River.

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Wyoming Stories
11:55 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Wyoming Stories Podcast #8

In honor of glorious springtime, stories about love.

Subscribe to the Wyoming Stories podcast here.

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News
7:24 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Wyoming Considering Firing Squads For Executions

Lethal injection table
Credit Ken Piorkowski via Flickr Creative Commons

Wyoming lawmakers are considering changing state law to allow firing squads in the execution of condemned convicts.

A similar bill failed introduction in the state Senate, but after Wyoming Department of Corrections Director Bob Lampert testified before the legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee, the committee asked staff to draft a bill allowing firing squads—which they’ll consider at their next meeting in July.

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5:12 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Laramie And North Platte Rivers Under Flood Warning

Specialist David Hendricks, of Cheyenne, Wyo. tosses a sandbag on the line between the North Platte River and the Riviera Hotel in Saratoga, Wyo., May 25.
Credit SFC McGuire

Flooding may lead to evacuations in some Wyoming communities this week. Rapid snowmelt and heavy rain have brought the North Platte and Laramie rivers to flood levels.  Kelly Ruiz with Wyoming Homeland Security says Saratoga, on the west side of the Snowy Range, will be hardest hit.

“Right now, the National Weather Service is predicting that the North Platte River at Saratoga, they’re predicting it to be at 10.58 on Friday.  And that’s a record level of water.  The previous record was set in 2011 at 10.49.”

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Wyoming Stories
2:32 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Home(school) On The Range

Shasta Wigginton
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Evanston native Shasta Wigginton talks about what it was like to be homeschooled and how the experience shaped her views on education.

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Topic of the Week
2:12 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

What's the most pressing education issue in Wyoming?

What is the most pressing education issue in Wyoming? 

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