Jordan Giese

News Student Intern

Jordan Giese is a political science major currently working on his bachelor's degree. He has lived in Wyoming all his life but has a focus on both local issues and international stories. He moved to Laramie just last year rediscovering Wyoming and all it has to offer in landspaces, opportunities and people. He has listened to WPR for years and is thrilled to contribute to an important state service and NPR.

When he is not writing for WPR or his classes Jordan enjoys reading history, news from around the world and collecting typewriters. He hopes to remain in the state but also hopes to work for public radio in the future.

Open Spaces
5:27 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

May 16th, 2014

Wyo. Lawmakers Reject New Climate Change Report 

The White House is painting a dire picture for every region in the nation - including here at home - if action isn’t taken to combat climate change. But Matt Laslo reports from Washington that Wyoming’s Republican senators still aren’t buying it.

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Open Spaces
5:03 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Casper Facing Shortage In Homes

Credit Jordan Giese

As the Oil City Casper has seen its fate is closely tied with the energy industry and the recent boom in production is seeing Casper's population expand at an astounding rate. One thing not expanding fast enough however is affordable housing. Wyoming Public Radio's Jordan Giese reports.

JORDAN GIESE: Despite new commercial development one thing in Casper you'll struggle to find are for-sale and rent signs. With all the new energy work, people have poured into Casper, sometimes leaving little for the residents already there.

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News
6:10 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Bird Refuge Plans Get Support From BP

Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge outside of Casper could see improvements to its Steamboat Lake facilities. BP is funding an initial planning phase that could expand the refuge for both wildlife and the public.

Director of Science at Audubon Rockies, Alison Holloran, says Steamboat could see more reeds and water flora planted in its shallows to create more habitat for birds. Signs and a viewing platform could be installed as well to allow residents close views of Wyoming's nesting and migratory bird populations.

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News
6:27 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Local Commercial To Feature Al Simpson Supporting Marriage Equality

Former U.S. Senator Al Simpson is appearing is a commercial in support of marriage equality, which is airing across Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.

Wyoming currently does not allow same sex marriage. Simpson not only supports gay marriage but also says same-sex couples should be treated the same as heterosexual couples, when it comes to having or adopting children.

“I have seen the most dysfunctional children come out of a union of a man and wife that I have yet to observe out of a same sex couple," Simpson says.

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News
6:50 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Landslide Potential Prompts Evacuation In Jackson

The areas in red have previously been identified as potential landslides zones by the Wyoming Geological Survey.
Credit Wyoming Geological Survey

Update 04/09 20:30 

City officials have now ordered an evacuation of the area. For the most up-to-date information, visit the city's website.

Original post:

Jackson emergency services have issued an evacuation advisory for an area in the northwest part of town because of concerns over landslides

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News
9:06 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Homes In Wooded Areas Hinder Wildfire Fighting Efforts

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Yale forestry researchers say wildfires are getting larger and costlier across the nation. Jude Bayham who spoke at the University of Wyoming Wednesday says that the more development that occurs in wild areas, the more complex wildfires become.  

He says the Rocky Mountain region has seen an increase in such homes and it costs more to protect them when a wildfire breaks out. Homes built in wildlands have a direct impact on a wildfire’s cost and size.

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News
3:56 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

UW Considers Raising Tuition

University of Wyoming President Dick McGinity is proposing that UW raise tuition and fees in the next academic year. In a recent letter McGinity proposed that the university increase tuition by four percent and student fees by $91. This would mean a rise in full time resident tuition by $211 to $4,615.

UW Vice President of Government and Communication affairs Chris Boswell says though that the University has several options in the future to help with rising costs of utilities, building maintenance and supplies.

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News
8:15 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Salmon Research In The Northwest Could Help Wyoming Fish

A study by several University of Wyoming researchers on salmon spawning in the Pacific Northwest could help pacific fish populations as well as Wyoming trout numbers. Clifford Riebe is an assistant professor in UW's Geology Department and helped author the study.

The report says certain kinds of riverbeds help salmon spawning and since trout and salmon are closely related Riebe says managers in both areas could use the data to grow fish populations.

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News
5:53 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Wyoming Voters Prefer Mixed Approach To Energy

According to a new report, Wyoming voters are more likely to vote for candidates who support using public lands for more than just oil and gas development.

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News
7:14 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Solar Industry Grows In Wyoming

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The number of jobs in Wyoming related to solar energy has increased by almost 600 percent in just over a year. That's according to a report from the Solar Foundation. The report shows that out of 340 solar-related jobs in the state, 290 of them were added since 2012.

Ten solar energy companies are operating in the state. But Bruce Parkinson with UW's School of Energy Resources says many of the installed systems are privately owned and off the grid.

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News
4:51 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Lawmaker Proposes Plan To Fund Substance Abuse Prevention

The Wyoming state legislature may consider a bill that would divert funds from the alcohol tax to programs that provide treatment for substance abuse.

It’s estimated that alcohol abuse costs the state 843 million dollars a year.

Casper representative Bunky Loucks is sponsoring the bill. He says the bill would ta

ke 15 percent of the funds raised from alcohol tax, or roughly two million dollars and give it to the Wyoming Department of Health to help combat substance abuse.

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News
7:10 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

UW Graduate And Olympian Expects American To Do Well In Sochi

A former Wyoming Olympian and University of Wyoming Graduate will be serving as a U.S. Representative for the February Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.  Sarah Konrad graduated from U.W. with a PhD in Glaciology in 2001 and went on to qualify in cross country skiing and the Biathlon at the 2006 games in Torino, Italy.  Konrad currently works at U.W. as the Associate Director of Wyoming’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

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