Wyoming Public Radio presents a rare performance and interview with Jonathan Richman ahead of his show at the historic Hynds Building in Cheyenne Tuesday night, June 24. Grady Kirkpatrick will talk with Mr. Richman about his music spanning from the early 70’s with the band the Modern Lovers through today. Tune in at 11:15am, only on Morning Music.
Longtime Wyoming state senator John Schiffer passed away Wednesday at the age of 68. Schiffer, a Republican, had represented District 22 in Sheridan and Johnson counties since 1993. He was diagnosed with liver cancer last month.
State Treasurer Mark Gordon was Schiffer’s long-time friend and business partner. He says the state lost one its best advocates.
“Completely selfless, wanted to make sure the best thing for Wyoming would happen," Gordon says. "It didn’t matter if he got the credit.”
A wild horse sanctuary has been proposed on a 900-acre ranch outside Lander with hopes of providing a haven for as many as 250 horses. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Sarah Beckwith says the agency would pay the sanctuary, just as it does private landowners in the mid-West who adopt horses. The perk is that sanctuaries provide an opportunity for education.
Join Grady Kirkpatrick on Morning Music Friday, June 20, at 11:15am for a conversation with Wyoming troubadour Jalan Crossland and bass player/vocalist Shaun Kelly. They'll play selections from and talk about the Jalan Crossland new release "No Cause For Despair", his seventh album.
Women in the United States have been fighting for equal wage rights since the early 1900s. In 1963 the government passed the Equal Pay Act, which aimed to abolish wage disparity based on sex. But the act excluded professional careers. Starting in 1971, Marilynn Deiss juggled work as the Executive Director of the Wyoming Board of Pharmacy and as a single mother. She tells her daughter, Debra Swedberg, how gender discrimination affected her life.
U.S. Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN) introduced a bill Wednesday to address the backlog of trail maintenance in the National Forest Trail system.
One year ago, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released the results of a study showing that just one-fourth of Forest Service trails were maintained to the agency’s standards, and that the trail maintenance backlog exceeded $314 million—plus $210 million in annual maintenance.
Loon populations in Wyoming have dropped to only 14 pairs and are the rarest nesting bird in the state, according to an initiative by the Biodiversity Research Institute based in Gorham, Maine.
The birds nest mainly in the northwest parts of Wyoming. Executive Director David Evers says loons need large lakes with islands for safe nesting. The initiative—known as “Restore the Call”—will use several innovative strategies to help loons feel less threatened. One way is nesting rafts.
After meeting with its actuaries, the Wyoming Retirement System learned it’s doing better than expected. That’s thanks to the legislature’s increases to the state’s contributions to the fund, and investment returns that came in above projections. Executive Director Ruth Ryerson says the long term outlook for the retirement fund is excellent.
“Pretty much, every plan is projected in 30 years or less to be 100 percent funded. And that’s the goal. That means you have every dollar you need to meet every liability you have.”
Wyoming Public Media is opening the position of Director of Engineering and Technology. Shane Toven, long-time Director of Engineering at WPM, has taken a new position as Editor of Radio Magazine. He will remain with WPM in a part-time capacity.
This position offers a rare opportunity to work with a state network and travel throughout Wyoming, one of the most beautiful states in the union. The network is financially strong, and recently received a $1 million state appropriation for infrastructure upgrades.