2:19 am
Tue July 15, 2008

Wyoming's Senators Embroiled in Medicare Controversy

Wyoming – Both Wyoming Senators are ignoring doctors' orders. They oppose a bill that stops a payment cut to physicians who treat Medicare patients. They argue it hurts seniors in rural Wyoming who pay for private plans with federal dollars. Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington.

2:17 am
Tue July 15, 2008

New Foundation Aims to Connect People with Health Insurance

Wyoming – The CoverMe Foundation's Alec Shea set up shop in Laramie after starting his organization in Kentucky. The foundation walks people through government applications for services, and helps to make sure they don't fall through the cracks. An Elsa Partan interview.

2:16 am
Tue July 15, 2008

Lander Celebrates Climbing and Remembers Three Who Died

Wyoming – In three years, three distinguished rock climbers from Lander have died. The deaths have shaken this small town's climbing community. At this week's Lander climbing festival, people are weighing the risks of climbing against the joy of doing a sport they love. Elsa Partan reports.

2:12 am
Tue July 15, 2008

Western Governors Take the Lead on Energy Policy

Wyoming – From finding ways to protect wildlife corridors to setting their own energy agenda, Western Governors say that it may be up to them to protect their states and drive new energy policy. Bob Beck reports.

2:11 am
Tue July 15, 2008

EPA Changes Air Quality Rules for National Parks

Wyoming – The Environmental Protection Agency is tweaking its regulations on air quality in National Parks. Critics say the agency is giving utility companies an easier pass to build more coal-fired power plants .many powered by Wyoming coal. Yanmei Xie has the story from Washington.

2:09 am
Tue July 15, 2008

In the Headlines: The Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse and the Wolverine

Wyoming – Conservation groups are threatening to sue over the federal government's decision not to protect these animals in Wyoming under the Endangered Species Act. Peter O'Dowd talks to Rebecca Huntington, a freelance reporter in Jackson, and Brodie Farquhar, the managing editor of the Wyoming Business Report in Casper.

2:07 am
Tue July 15, 2008

An Artist Works with Saplings to Create Sculptures

Wyoming – Sculptures have been popping up around Laramie this summer. One of them is the work of Patrick Dougherty. For the last 25 years, he's been weaving together tree saplings to create sculptures. They bring to mind all kinds of things that are made out of sticks: from nests to haystacks. This week he collected saplings and willows from a willing ranch near Centennial, Wyoming.

2:06 am
Tue July 15, 2008

A longtime Laramie Resident with Aspirations to be a Queen

Wyoming – Carol Loyer and her daughter Anne Brande are fourth-generation western photographers involved in Ludwig Photo in Laramie. They recently stepped into the Storycorps booth to talk about Carol's childhood in Laramie. From age 5, she wanted to be the Jubilee queen at the Jubilee Days Parade.

WPR News
12:09 am
Tue July 15, 2008

Wyo. Audubon Opposes Grouse Farm Idea

Laramie, Wyo. – The Director of Wyoming Audubon is coming out strongly against a proposal to create private bird farms in the state to raise Sage Grouse for release.

Brian Rutledge says there is a good chance that such a plan could actually do more harm then good, since those involved in the effort could disturb current mating grounds.

As a veteran wildlife biologist, Rutledge worries that the proposal could set the birds up for disease and other problems.

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WPR News
11:18 am
Mon July 14, 2008

Volunteer Ranks Shrinking in Energy Boom Areas

Laramie, Wyo – Economic conditions in Wyoming may be limiting the state's pool of volunteer workers.

Serve Wyoming's Executive Director Rachel Chadderdon says there is evidence that volunteer workers are hard to come by in energy-impacted areas where anyone who wants a high-paying job can find one.

"We are working in Pinedale right now on a pilot project there to increase volunteerism there because we have heard that a lot of the people who were volunteering have gone to work," she said.

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