A multi-media journalist, Rebecca Huntington is a regular contributor to Wyoming Public Radio.  She has reported on a variety of topics ranging from the National Parks, wildlife, environment, health care, education and business.  She recently co-wrote the one-hour, high-definition documentary, The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads, which premiered in 2012. She also works at another hub for community interactions, the Teton County Library where she is a Communications and Digital Media Specialist. She reported for daily and weekly newspapers in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Wyoming for more than a decade before becoming a multi-media journalist. She completed a Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado in 2002.

Irina Zhorov is a reporter for Wyoming Public Radio. She earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the University of Wyoming. In between, she worked as a photographer and writer for Philadelphia-area and national publications. Her professional interests revolve around environmental and energy reporting and she's reported on mining issues from Wyoming, Mexico, and Bolivia. She's been supported by the Dick and Lynn Cheney Grant for International Study, the Eleanor K. Kambouris Grant, and the Social Justice Research Center Research Grant for her work on Bolivian mining and Uzbek alpinism. Her work has appeared on Voice of America, National Native News, and in Indian Country Today, among other publications. 

Wyoming Public Media
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7:07 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Pavillion residents fear Encana could shirk cleanup duties through land sale

Residents of the town of Pavillion say a company called Legacy Reserves LP has entered an agreement to purchase natural gas properties in the area from the current owner, Encana. 

Representatives from Legacy Reserves did not return calls to confirm the sale, but according to their website,  the Midland, Texas-based company will purchase several properties in Freemont County, where Pavillion is located, for 45-million dollars.

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6:56 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Wyoming to adopt new oil and gas worker safety rules

Wyoming is adopting new safety rules for oil and gas drilling during a year in which accidents have killed five oil and gas workers in the state.

Wyoming consistently ranks among the most dangerous states for workers, largely due to accidents in the oil and gas industry.

Among other changes, the new rules prohibit smoking within 75 feet of a well bore and require rig workers to get annual fire extinguisher training.

A public hearing on the proposed rules is scheduled for Dec. 2 in Casper.

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6:52 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Local documentary about juvenile justice to air on PBS

A locally produced documentary on the state’s juvenile justice system will air on Wyoming PBS this Sunday.

Marc Homer is the kid’s count director at the Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance, and director of the film “Your Neighbor's Child”. He says the film, which was originally released a year ago, is aimed at spurring change in the state. But Homer says Wyoming still has the highest rate of juvenile incarceration in the U-S.

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6:42 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Northern Arapaho man loses bid to appeal ruling in infant death case

A Northern Arapaho man has lost another bid to challenge his conviction in the beating death of his infant daughter.

Andrew John Yellowbear Jr. is serving a life sentence in the death of 22-month-old Marcela Hope Yellowbear in 2004.

He had argued Wyoming lacked authority to prosecute him because the area of Riverton where Marcela died was legally part of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year declined to consider that argument.

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6:38 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Former Wyo. bishop faces another sex abuse suit

Another lawsuit alleging sexual abuse has been filed against the former Roman Catholic bishop of Wyoming.

A Missouri man says Joseph Hart abused him when he was a child at St. Regis Church in Kansas City between 1975 and 76. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday in Jackson County, Missouri.

Five other people have previously accused Hart of sexual abuse. Their lawsuits were settled in 2008 as part of a $10 million deal involving allegations against a total of 12 clergy members.
 

Arts
6:08 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Ira Glass Looks Forward To Visiting Wyoming

The Host and Creator of Public Radio’s This American Life says don’t be afraid to discuss story ideas with him when he comes to Laramie next week.  Ira Glass says he is excited about his first ever appearance in Wyoming and will discuss how he and his staff find compelling stories for the show and how each episode comes together.  Glass says that despite the popularity of the show, few people bother him with story ideas.

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6:17 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Wyoming Still Worst In The Nation For Working Women

Wyoming is the worst state in the country for women in the workforce. That’s according to a report in the Atlantic which takes into consideration women’s average wages, their percentage of the labor force and how much they earn relative to their skills and education levels.

Carma Corra with the Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues says one of the reasons women earn less than men is that they tend to hold different types of jobs.

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6:13 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

BLM Seeks Input On Pinedale Anticline Reclamation

Ted Wood - High Country News

The Bureau of Land Management wants public input about how to reclaim land in the Pinedale Anticline that has been disrupted by energy development projects.

Next month, the BLM’s Pinedale Anticline Working Group – or PAWG –will discuss developers’ plans for improving air quality in the area by their March deadline. Members will also brainstorm for ways to reclaim disrupted mule deer habitat in the area.

Shane DeForest is the Pinedale Field Manager for the BLM. He says there’s a lot to consider in land restoration, including plant species, size and location.

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