1:02 pm
Mon May 18, 2009

Cities and counties try to cut back

Wyoming – This is the season when cities and counties must set their budgets for the coming fiscal year, which starts July first. With the downturn in the economy, revenue from the state and other sources is down, and the budgeting process won't be easy. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay hosts this Reporters Roundtable, joined by Riverton Ranger Publisher Steve Peck, Jackson Hole News and Guide co-editor Angus Thuermer, and Wyoming Tribune Eagle city and county reporter Jodi Rogstad.

1:00 pm
Mon May 18, 2009

Tourism in the down economy

Wyoming – Earlier this spring, tourism groups from Cheyenne to Cody were expressing concern that the economy could hurt Wyoming's summer tourism season. Add to that, a poll this week found that fewer Americans are planning to vacation this summer. Still, there are glimmers of hope. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck has this story.

12:54 pm
Mon May 18, 2009

New trails in Teton National Park

Wyoming – Next week, Grand Teton National Park plans to open the first section of a much discussed Pathways project. That first leg is eight miles of paved Pathways from Dornan's to Jenny Lake. Some people are concerned about the trails while others are anxiously awaiting their arrival. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck spoke to Jackie Skaggs of Grand Teton National Park.

12:53 pm
Mon May 18, 2009

Health services on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation

Wyoming – The federally run Indian Health Service has been so chronically mismanaged and under-funded that many tribes are taking control of their own health care. One facility in Coeur d'Alene is succeeding, in part, because it opens its doors to non-Indians too. Amanda Loder reports.

12:51 pm
Mon May 18, 2009

Wind River casinos keep growing

Wyoming – It has been almost three and a half years since Las Vegas style gambling first started on the Wind River Reservation. In that short amount of time, four casinos have opened and employment has grown from about sixty people to over 600. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports that so far the positives of the casinos far outweigh the negatives.

12:49 pm
Mon May 18, 2009

The University of Wyoming's one Iraqi student

Wyoming – There is one Iraqi student at the University of Wyoming - just one. His name is Ali Hamodi, and he's 21 year's old. Ali grew up in a middle-class suburb in western Baghdad, which, after the invasion in 2003, became one of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods. Ali endured the violence for two years before good luck, a good friend, and a series of letters paved him a road to Laramie. Wyoming Public Radio's Addie Goss reports.

WPR News
10:41 am
Mon May 18, 2009

Rawlins prison hires more guards in weak economy

Cheyenne, WY – Recent tough economic times and the evaporation of jobs in Wyoming's energy industry have made working at the state prison in Rawlins a more attractive proposition.

The Wyoming Department of Corrections reports that it only has 21 vacancies at the Rawlins prison. Officials say they expect to fill those from a class of cadets currently in training.

In late 2007, the prison had nearly 100 vacant correctional officer positions.

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WPR News
10:24 am
Mon May 18, 2009

Stimulus dollars may go to juvenile detention centers

Laramie, WY – Governor Freudenthal wants to spend federal stimulus money on juvenile detention facilities around Wyoming. Gary Hartman advises the Governor on juvenile justice issues. He says the Governor wants to use stimulus funding to help build a new juvenile detention facility in Casper and expand the current facilities in Rock Springs and Cheyenne.

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WPR News
10:10 am
Mon May 18, 2009

EPA chief visits Wyoming this week

Laramie, Wyoming – The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is coming to Wyoming. Lisa Jackson will tour a wind farm outside of Cheyenne, see the natural gas fields near Pinedale and visit a coal mine in the Powder River Basin.

Governor Dave Freudenthal says he invited Jackson so she could get familiar with the Rocky Mountain West. He said he believes that "the dialogue with EPA would be better if her repertoire of experiences included site visits to things like western coal mines and oil and gas development sites."

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