Jordan Harper

News Student Intern

Originally from Chester County, PA, Jordan Harper comes to us by way of the South Carolina Low-Country and Coastal Carolina University. He is a junior majoring in journalism and hopes to one day become a reporter. When not in the office or in the classroom, Jordan enjoys the occasional yoga session and playing rugby with the University's club team. A life long NPR listener and avid WPR fan since first landing in Laramie, Harper begrudgingly admitted to being somewhat star-struck upon his first tour of Laramie's WPR facility.


Wyoming Stories
11:02 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Making A Difference In The Lives Of Students

Teffany Fegler
Credit Micah Schweizer

Teffany Fegler coordinates the University of Wyoming’s  Student Educational Opportunity Center in Ethete, WY. The daughter of two educators, she continues her family's legacy by helping students achieve the dream of going to college.

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Wyoming Stories
1:47 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Pam Spencer-Hockett Recaptures The Pioneer Spirit

Pam Spencer-Hockett
Credit Micah Schweizer

Pam Spencer-Hockett was one of Wyoming's first woman architects. The cabin she built with her husband in Atlantic City ties into her family's pioneer heritage.

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5:10 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Wyoming volleyball ends season on high note

Credit Bob Beck

After a slow start, the University of Wyoming volley ball team went on a strong run and finished with a seven match win streak.  The Cowgirls struggled adjusting to first year Head Coach Chad Callihan, but once things clicked the team opened some eyes. 

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5:46 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Cowboys wrestling team looks to continue early season success

The University of Wyoming wrestling team is undefeated after its close win over Boise State last week.

The Pokes have also competed in two open tournaments this month, both times producing at least six champions.

Wyoming is currently the top ranked team in the conference.

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5:56 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Jackson Hole High School to host Model UN conference

This month Jackson Hole High School will host the annual Teton County Model United Nations conference. Student participants from across Wyoming and Idaho will research and debate pressing global issues, including security and human rights.

Sheridan High School social studies teacher, Andrew Metcalf, says that the model UN not only helps deepen students’ education, but might also open doors for them in the future.

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7:48 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Grizzlies in Yellowstone doing well, study finds

A study on the Yellowstone area’s grizzly bear population shows that the number of bears is steadily increasing and so far the animals have an adequate food supply.

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is responsible for coordinating grizzly bear recovery efforts across agencies in the continental U.S. and Canada. The organization’s Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee submitted the report.

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7:26 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Department of Education seeks educators to provide feedback

The Wyoming Department of Education is putting together a board of teachers to offer advice on several education issues. They’re looking for feedback on teacher training options, classroom needs and potential policy changes.

Chief Strategy Officer for the Department of Education, Leighton Thomas says teachers have valuable firsthand knowledge of the conditions, strengths and needs of the state’s schools.

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6:38 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Cowboys move on with new Defensive Coordinator

University of Wyoming Defensive-Line coach, Jamar Cain, has been promoted to Defensive Coordinator after this week’s firing of former coordinator, Chris Tormey.

The Pokes defense has been underwhelming this year. Ranked number 105 in total defense out of 123 teams in the NCAA, UW has given up over 50 points a game during the last two weeks.

Head Coach Dave Christensen says that firing Tormey was hard, but gives his team the best chance to win going forward.

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Casper DDA
6:21 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Casper business owners to vote on Downtown Development Authority

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Casper business owners will vote on whether to renew a tax on downtown businesses to fund the Downtown Development Authority.

 The Downtown Development Authority, or DDA, is run by several business owners in Casper with the goal of improving the city’s downtown area and attracting customers to businesses.

 City Councilman Bob Hopkins says the DDA provides important services.

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7:55 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Wyoming Dementia Care receives grant from national organization

The nonprofit organization Wyoming Dementia Care received a five thousand dollar grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America last week.

Wyoming Dementia Care provides cost-free social support and information to dementia sufferers, their families, and their caregivers.

Carol Crump with WDC says that the organization’s most popular service is a series of support groups for caregivers, who are often the dementia sufferer’s family.

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Truck nets
5:10 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

WYDOT considers safety nets for truckers

Wyoming’s Department of Transportation is planning to install a pair of CatchNET systems on Teton Pass, west of Wilson.

 CatchNET systems are sets of metal netting which bring runaway vehicles to a safe stop.

 The only CatchNET currently installed in Wyoming has proved successful. The six drivers who've used it walked away from the incidents unharmed, while those who didn't died or were seriously injured.  

But WyoDOT spokeswoman Stephanie Harsha says convincing truckers that the nets work can be challenging.

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6:23 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Improvements made to Wyoming anti-smoking programs

Wyomingites who want to quit tobacco have new tools available to them.

Wyoming Department of Health has partnered with National Jewish Health, a Denver hospital specializing in respiratory health, to beef up the Cowboy state’s tobacco cessation program.

The health department already offers nicotine patches and gum, coaching, and some financial help to cover smoking-cessation drugs. Now, it also offers counseling for pregnant tobacco users and people who chew.

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Student Veterans
5:32 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

UW will provide financial aid for student veterans

The University of Wyoming has solidified plans to provide financial aid to student veterans affected by the government shutdown.

Spokesman Chad Baldwin says UW has decided to assess each vet’s case individually, and will pay for tuition, university fees and on-campus housing expenses during the shutdown and hope for federal reimbursement later.

Baldwin says that the university is committed to providing this support because of a sense of responsibility towards student veterans.

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5:46 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Casper Police Department uses texts and apps to stop crime

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The Casper Police Department is using a new approach to get crime tips.  The department has added a text message reporting system and smartphone app crime reporting services.

People can now send a text message to a special number with Casper as the first word of their message followed by the information they’d like to report. If the user has an Apple or Android smartphone, they can download the TipSubmit app to report crime. The app offers users the option to send pictures and G.P.S information to police.

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historic preservation
6:16 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Historic sites might need erosion protection

An environmental consulting firm is considering anti-erosion measures for a pair of historical sites east of Gillette.

 This summer, the Bureau of Reclamation hired S.W.C.A, formerly Steven W. Carothers and Associates, to map and collect samples at archeological sites near Keyhole Reservoir which had suffered water damage in 2011. The bureau feared the sites are vulnerable to erosion.

 S.W.C.A Field Director Andrew Owens says the historical sites were home to early cattle ranchers and Native Americans, respectively.

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6:13 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Closed parks ticket unlawful visitors

Trespassing citations have been issued to several people attempting to enter Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks since the federal government shutdown closed the parks.

 Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash says that the park is running on minimal staff, with hundreds of employees furloughed due to the shutdown.

 “We have just over a hundred national park service employees on duty on any given day during this shutdown” explains Nash “Across 2.2 million acres mind you, and hundreds of miles of road.”

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9:06 am
Tue October 8, 2013

University will cover costs for student vets during government shutdown

University of Wyoming President Bob Sternberg says that veterans attending U.W. will not see their educations interrupted due to a lack of funding caused by the government shutdown.

U.W.’s director of institutional communications, Chad Baldwin, says that the university will delay billing veterans for now, but hopes to recoup costs from the federal government later.

Baldwin says university president Bob Sternberg is committed to aiding the over 400 currently enrolled veterans because of a sense of responsibility to student vets.

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6:09 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Attorney General pushes for regulations on electronic cigarettes

An e-cigarette designed to resemble a regular cigarette.
Credit Jakemaheu / Wikimedia

Wyoming’s Attorney General recently advocated for new regulation of electronic cigarettes in a letter sent to the Food and Drug Administration. No federal regulations currently exist for electronic cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, are personal vaporizer devices that heat a flavored nicotine solution which the user then inhales.

 Clyde Hutchins of the state Attorney General’s office says Wyoming already prohibits the sale of e-cigs to minors.

He says more people are turning to the product, however.

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visitor center
5:47 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Yellowstone overhauls visitor center near Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park
Credit Wesley Fryer / Flickr - Creative Commons

Yellowstone National Park has begun a series of renovations on the Albright Visitor Center and Museum at Mammoth Hot Springs, near the north entrance to the park.

The building’s upgrades will include a steel frame to protect the building from the area’s seismic activity and accessibility improvements for disabled park visitors. The finished facility will also include new museum exhibits, a book store and a back-country permit office.

Park spokeswoman Amy Bartlett says that visitors will still be able to access all necessary help during construction.

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7:19 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Casper to improve safety and accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians

The Metropolitan Planning Committee for the city of Casper and surrounding areas is looking to make roads safer and more accessible for cyclists and pedestrians and is inviting the public to contribute ideas and comments.

The proposed plans include the creation of new walking and biking paths, the extension of existing paths, painting bike lanes on roadways, improving signage, and revising intersection markings. Project analyst, David Hough, says in addition to safety, the project’s goal is to make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to get where they’re going.

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5:22 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

New ads meant to deter drunk driving

The Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving kicked-off a new anti-drunk-driving ad campaign this week, featuring print, radio and television ads that tell the story of the eight University of Wyoming Cross-country runners who were killed by a drunk driver south of Laramie in 2001.

Their deaths marked the single most fatal drunk driving accident in state history.

Council Co-chair and Natrona County District Attorney, Mike Blonigen says that the campaign can be summed up by the final line of its print ad: “Drunk driving kills; Stop driving drunk.”

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4:53 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Teton County passes hold on new cell phone tower applications

Teton County Commissioners have passed a hold on applications for new cell phone towers in the county.

Commission chair Paul Vogelheim says the hold is meant to provide time for the county to update their land use regulations in what he described as “a balancing act”.

Vogelheim says that the county will look into several creative solutions to help meet the county’s service needs while leaving scenic views and landscapes undisturbed.

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7:05 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Prince of Monaco to visit Cody

Prince Albert II of Monaco will be visiting Cody, Wyoming this week.

Thursday Marks the 100th Anniversary of Prince Albert I’s trip to Wyoming, during which he hunted and camped with Buffalo Bill Cody.

During his visit, the prince will be presenting the inaugural Camp Monaco prize to Dr. Arthur Middleton and Joe Riis to fund their study of the area’s elk migration. The grant is provided by the University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute, the Prince Albert Foundation’s United States branch, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

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cell towers
6:08 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Teton County considers a hold on new cell towers

Credit Scott Beale / Creative Commons

Teton County's commissioners are seeking new regulations on cell phone towers in the county due to concerns that new towers could impede scenic views.


In the meantime, they’re considering a moratorium on all applications for new towers.


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4:23 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

UW's Greek community is growing in numbers

Fraternities and sororities at the University of Wyoming are seeing an upswing in membership numbers.

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8:18 am
Mon September 9, 2013

37 acres added to Bridger-Teton National Forest

The Bridger-Teton National Forest, with the help of the Conservation Fund, has added a 37-acre parcel of land acquired from the Jackson Hole Land Trust, protecting the land indefinitely.

The parcel, known as Poison Creek, lies about 15 miles south of Jackson and is considered an important winter habitat for bighorn sheep, elk and mule deer in the area.

Conservation Fund Wyoming director, Luke Lynch, says that there are a plethora of benefits to the state and the land in this deal.

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6:48 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Cowboys football helps Laramie businesses

According to the Laramie main street alliance’s executive director, Trey Sherwood, business owners in retail and food services look forward to the football season’s home games to boost Laramie’s foot traffic and the overall number of people walking through their doors.

“We see the most feedback from our restaurants in terms of them being busy for either lunch or dinner, depending on what time the game is.”, says Sherwood. 

She also says that bars see their business pick up the most on the nights after home games. 

Workplace deaths
6:27 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Workplace deaths in Wyoming increase

There were 35 workplace fatalities in the state last year, according to a report released by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. That’s up from 32 in 2011.

 The deadliest occupations were in the “trade, transport and utilities” category, with 12 fatalities, followed by jobs in the “natural resources and mining” category, which had 10 deaths.

 Almost half of all work place fatalities were the result of what the report called “transportation incidents.” 

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6:42 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Community Foundation of Jackson Hole nears a milestone

A fundraising event organized by the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole hopes to raise $9.1 million this year. Old Bill’s Fun Run is in its 17th year and if this year’s goal is met its all-time fundraising total will hit the one-hundred million dollar mark.

Businesses and private donors contribute the money, which the Foundation awards as grants to non-profit organizations in Teton County.

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3:09 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

UW senior looks forward to big season

Senior free safety, Marqueston Huff, wants to be a team leader for the Wyoming football team this year.  As a defensive back, he has made 122 tackles, deflected ten passes and taken four interceptions. Not to mention scoring two touchdowns for the Cowboys.

Huff has also weathered all of the Cowboys’ ups and downs since 2010.  The team has won each Border War rivalry game against Colorado State since he arrived in Laramie, but he’s also suffered through a bowl game loss and two losing seasons. 

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