Laramie, Wyo. – The State Epidemiologist says it is hard to tell if this will be a bad year for West Nile Virus. The virus is mosquito-borne, and Dr. Tracy Murphy says there are several variables that can affect the number of mosquitoes in Wyoming - among them, standing water.
Wyoming – Wyoming lawmakers are resisting President Obama's plans to promote energy independence and deal with climate change. Manuel Quinones (kin-YON-es) reports from Washington on the prospects of legislation passing this year.
Wyoming – The Obama Administration isn't only focusing on climate change legislation. It's also thinking about biofuels. Congress has mandated that the U.S. should be using at least 36 billion gallons of bio-based transportation fuels each year by 2022. The west hasn't been a big player in biofuels so far - but Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack tells Molly Messick that could change.
Wyoming – For decades parents of children with disabilities wanted their children to be educated in the same schools and classrooms as everyone else. They won that battle, but say that's not enough, they also want results. Because of that many parents of students with disabilities are paying particular attention, right now, to the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports.
Wyoming – Republican Jim McBride is hoping to be re-elected as State Superintendent of Public Instruction, but he faces three challengers in the August Primary. He recently sat down with Wyoming Public Radio News Director Bob Beck.
Colorado – This summer, we'll be airing a series of stories about renewable energy development in the west, and what stands in the way. Our first piece comes from Colorado station K-U-N-C. In southern Colorado, a battle over a proposed high voltage transmission line is dividing environmentalists and putting the future of large-scale solar power development in limbo. Kirk Siegler reports.
Wyoming – The collapse of the housing market is not just a suburban phenomenon. It is even having impacts on rural communities. In Teton County, Idaho, just over the mountains from Jackson Hole, many subdivisions were created during the boom. So many that some say it could take close to 300 years before there's enough demand to build on all of them. As Rebecca Huntington reports, now the county isn't thinking build, build, build. It's starting to think about sustainable growth.
Wyoming – Jamie Lisa Forbes grew up on a ranch in southeastern Wyoming, and her first novel draws from that experience. It's called "Unbroken," and it focuses on the relationship that grows between a multigenerational ranching family and a woman who comes to work as the hired hand on a ranch nearby. She tells Molly Messick about the sense of isolation that hangs over her story.