Rebecca Huntington

Reporter

A multi-media journalist, Rebecca Huntington is a regular contributor to Wyoming Public Radio.  She has reported on a variety of topics ranging from the National Parks, wildlife, environment, health care, education and business.  She recently co-wrote the one-hour, high-definition documentary, The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads, which premiered in 2012. She also works at another hub for community interactions, the Teton County Library where she is a Communications and Digital Media Specialist. She reported for daily and weekly newspapers in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Wyoming for more than a decade before becoming a multi-media journalist. She completed a Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado in 2002. She has written and produced video news stories for the PBS series This American Land (thisamericanland.org) and for Assignment Earth, broadcast on Yahoo! News and NBC affiliates. In 2009, she traveled to Guatemala to produce a series of videos on sustainable agriculture, tourism and forestry and to Peru to report on the impacts of extractive industries on local communities.

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News
6:11 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Teton County gets fiber optic cables

Silver Star Communications has used federal stimulus money to add 120 miles of new fiber optic cable, which is benefiting businesses in Teton County.

Two federal grants paid 80 percent of the 15 million dollars it cost to run the cable over Teton and Togwotee Passes. But most consumers will have to pay to install the final leg to their homes or businesses. That could be expensive. But Silver Star’s Kim Billimoria says there is a potentially more affordable option on the horizon.

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News
6:54 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Wolf plan draws interest in Jackson

A Jackson meeting last night drew 70 people, who showed up to comment on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's latest plan to manage wolves.

It was the biggest turnout so far for eight meetings being held across the state to take comment on plans to cut wolf-hunting quotas. Rancher Glenn Taylor echoed the feelings of many ranchers and hunters in the room.   

"My message is, we need to manage the wolves.

Game and Fish is on the right track. Quota is not enough, but management is the key," said Taylor.

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News
4:58 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Hospital CEO Looks to Congress to Cut Health Care Costs

Credit St. John's Medical Center

St. John's Medical Center CEO Lou Hochheiser is presenting a series of public forums to help Teton County residents understand health care reform.

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ACA
9:09 am
Fri April 26, 2013

St. John's CEO explains implications of health care reform

Dr. Lou Hochheiser, CEO of St. John's Medical Center
Credit St. John's Medical Center

More than 90 people gathered this week at the Teton County Library in Jackson to hear St. John's Medical Center CEO Dr. Lou Hochheiser explain health care reform.

Hochheiser told the crowd that as part of health care reform the federal government would be cutting what it pays hospitals to treat Medicaid and Medicare patients by five-to-25 percent. He said the goal is to use some of those savings to pay for expanding Medicaid coverage... essentially, paying less per patient in order to cover more people.

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Open Spaces
4:05 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

UPSTARTS: Teton inventor patents magnetic twist on water bottles

Credit Rebecca Huntington

In our occasional series “Upstarts,” we profile Wyoming entrepreneurs. Today we take you to Teton County where we meet an entrepreneur who has invented a way to improve your water bottle. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington has more.

REBECCA HUNTINGTON: Like lots of inventions, Steve Kitto's started with a problem that needed fixing.

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News
5:22 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Jackson resident worries about the fiscal cliff

Paul Hansen is the regional director for the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan group that advocates reducing the nation's deficit. He travels across Wyoming and the West to convince people of the importance of reducing the national debt.

"Everywhere I go people get it... People understand that everything has to be on the table and people understand that we have compromise in order to solve this problem."

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Elections
6:40 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Jackson Council seat winner ran a paperless campaign

: Jim Stanford detests campaign yard signs. So when he decided to run for a seat on Jackson's Town Council he says he decided not to use them. The idea snowballed from there with Stanford deciding to run a paper-less campaign. In a competitive race, packed with qualified candidates, his unconventional approach worried campaign team members, including Amy McCarthy.

"I just wanted to make sure that as Jim went from door to door with so many people not being home that they knew that he had tried to stop by," McCarthy said.

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Elections
7:04 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Jackson approves two ballot issues and defeats one

Teton County voters resoundingly approved a 14-million-dollar tax
proposition to close the county's landfill. Hailey Morton, the top
vote-getter in the Jackson Town Council race, called the proposition a
no-brainer.

 "If it didn't come from the sales tax, from the
SPET tax, it would have had to come from property tax, which you know
whether that was from the general fund or raising property tax, I
think constituents realized that's not what they wanted to do."

Jim Stanford, who also won a seat on the Town Council, said the

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Elections
11:13 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Teton County propositions contribute to huge voter turnout

Teton County ran out of ballots at several polling stations tonight because of skyrocketing voter turnout.

Volunteer election judge Mike Gierau says there were almost 5,000 absentee ballots, in addition to massive amounts of people waiting in line to vote on election day.

“A lot of times you see people in a presidential year just vote for the top offices and then not really go on to the other side of the ballot. Today there was a lot of votes on the other side of the ballot, a lot of votes on those propositions we saw."

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Open Spaces
4:38 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

October 5, 2012

Wisconsin hunters set up camp above the Gros Ventre River, where they're pursuing deer but some Wyoming hunters are targeting wolves.
Jennifer Tennican

Wyoming's Wolf Hunt Begins

Nearly 3,000 hunters have purchased permits to target wolves in Wyoming's first regulated wolf hunt, which began on Monday. Conservation groups, meanwhile, are preparing to challenge Wyoming's approach in court. As of Thursday, hunters had reported killing six wolves since opening day. Rebecca Huntington has more.

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Open Spaces
4:05 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Wyoming's Wolf Hunt Begins

Wisconsin hunters set up camp above the Gros Ventre River, where they're pursuing deer but some Wyoming hunters are targeting wolves.
Jennifer Tennican

HOST INTRO: Nearly 3,000 hunters have purchased permits to target wolves in Wyoming's first regulated wolf hunt, which began on Monday. Conservation groups, meanwhile, are preparing to challenge Wyoming's approach in court. As of Thursday, hunters had reported killing six wolves since opening day. Rebecca Huntington has more.

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News
12:51 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Worries about wolf kills

Wyoming residents can now buy a permit to kill a wolf.  But in Teton County, they only need a permit if they're hunting north of Highway 22.  South of that highway, which bisects the county and crosses Teton Pass, anyone can kill a wolf, day or night, for free -- at least for the next two weeks.

That's because Wyoming's wolf management plan classifies wolves as trophy game north of the highway. Trophy game status means hunting is regulated and a permit is required. But south of the highway, wolves are deemed predators so those regulations don't apply.

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Wildfire
9:19 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Fire crews urge Jackson Hole residents to limit fuels around their homes

Smoke rises from the Horsethief Canyon Fire near Jackson.
Chris Figenshau Getty Images

Crews made steady progress over the weekend toward containing the thirty-three-hundred-acre fire threatening the town of Jackson. They also established protection measures for at-risk structures.

So far, nearly 800 buildings have been evaluated for protection, and bulldozers have constructed firebreaks to protect two subdivisions south of town.

Fire Operations Section Chief Allen Mitchell says residents can help by taking precautions around their homes.

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News
4:45 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Jackson fire crew shifts attention south

Rebecca Huntington

While crews have contained the northwest corner of a 3-thousand acre fire burning near the town of Jackson, a shift in winds this weekend could send the fire south toward some 60 homes in Teton County's Game Creek subdivision.

Operations Section Chief Allen Mitchell says residents can help by taking precautions around their homes.

We're only so many people. It would help us greatly if they got out, you know reduced some of that vegetation around their house, moved those woodpiles. There's a lot of stuff they can do to help us be successful."

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Wildfire
9:18 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Game Creek residents prepare for fire evacuation

A DC-10 air tanker drops its load of fire retardant as the the Horsethief Canyon Fire continues to burn near Jackson, Wyo., on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.
Jackson Hole News & Guide, Bradly J. Boner Associated Press

Last night, officials lifted an evacuation advisory for East Jackson after containing the northwestern corner of a wildfire burning behind Snow King Mountain.

Now, concern is shifting south of town to the Game Creek area where residents have been told to start planning for a possible evacuation.

Operations Section Chief Allen Mitchell directs tactical resources on the fire line.

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Open Spaces
4:58 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Dancers’ Workshop showcases Jackson talent nationwide

Artistic Director Babs Case in front of her art studio, where she finds inspiration for her choreography and teaching.
Rebecca Huntington

First started in 1971, Dancers' Workshop has been teaching dance in Jackson for more than four decades. Today, the non-profit dance school reaches nearly 500 students, from toddlers to adults. And the group brings dance into the lives of thousands of more people through its performances, including a series that presents world-renown companies from New York to San Francisco. But the school's audiences and students are not just in Jackson. Rebecca Huntington has more...

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Open Spaces
6:09 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

July 27, 2012

BAER Teams Check Extent of Damage After Wild-land Fires
Irina Zhorov

BAER Teams Check Extent of Damage After Wild-land Fires

The fire season came early to Wyoming this year. Usually, Wyoming doesn’t see its biggest fires until late July but already there have been 10 fires that have burned over 265-thousand acres of land. Wet weather and the efforts of thousands of firefighters have contained the larger blazes …So what happens after a fire? Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports.

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Open Spaces
5:31 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Health Care Experts: What The Affordable Care Act Could Mean for Wyoming

Host Intro: Healthcare experts gathered in Jackson this week to spell out what the Supreme Court ruling about the Affordable Care Act could mean for patients in Wyoming. Rebecca Huntington has more...

REBECCA HUNTINGTON: About a hundred people attended the talk, which was held in a classroom at St. John's Medical Center.

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News
10:19 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Jackson considers new rules for event permits

Jackson's Town Council is working on new rules to clarify the permitting process for allowing special events on the Town Square.  

Town attorney Audrey Cohen-Davis says the new rules were in the works before a pro-life ministry group proposed putting up a controversial anti-abortion display on the Town Square. The town stopped the group from showing graphic images of fetuses during a Boy Scout Expo on the Town Square, a move which the Wyoming Supreme Court said violated the group’s First Amendment rights.  

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News
7:19 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Jackson Town Council allows abortion display, but not during elk antler auction

Jackson Town Councilors voted Monday to allow a ten-by-eighty-foot display, which could include graphic images of fetuses, on the Town Square. Texas-based Operation Save America would be allowed to put up the anti-abortion display for four days in May. But the council denied the group's request to set it up on a Saturday during the Boy Scouts annual elk antler auction.

Councilors said the content was not the problem, but that the display would compete for space with the Boy Scouts' event.

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News
8:11 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Search and Rescue volunteer remembered as quiet hero

More than 400 people filled the Center for the Arts in Jackson on Tuesday to remember Teton County Search and Rescue volunteer Ray Shriver. The 63-year-old died after the helicopter he was riding in crashed on a rescue mission last week.

Search and Rescue Director Tim Ciocarlan described Shriver as a quiet hero, who was instrumental in organizing and training the county's volunteer rescue team.

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Open Spaces
4:51 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Citizens Compromise to Cut Trillions from Federal Deficit

Listen to the Story

INTRO: Can citizens do what Congress cannot? That was the challenge put to Teton County residents by the Concord Coalition, a non-partisan group that aims to raise public awareness about the federal deficit. The coalition invited citizens to play Congress for a day to cut the federal deficit and move the nation closer to a balanced budget. Rebecca Huntington has more.

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News
8:02 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Officials concerned about the expiring Wind Tax Credit

    An Aide to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, warned Wyoming government and industry officials yesterday (Tuesday) about the impact of expiring incentives for renewable energy projects.

Steve Black spoke at a meeting of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority in Jackson. He said both a grant program and a loan guarantee program for renewables have already expired.  He adds that a tax credit that encourages wind projects is due to expire this year. Black says now is not the time to tax an industry that's just getting off the ground.

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Open Spaces
10:05 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Avalanche Center to Skiers, Snowmobilers: 'Friend Me'

Listen to the story

HOST INTRO: The Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center has a new friends group that aims to raise the center's profile and to enhance fund-raising from private donors. The center will also soon be looking for even more friends on Facebook. It's all part of an effort to prevent tragedies in the backcountry. Rebecca Huntington has more.

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News
11:09 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Planning for Growth and Small-Town Character

Preserving wildlife is a top goal in Teton County's new plan for managing future development. But some local residents say planning for people also needs to be part of the deal.

Robbin Levy lives just down the street from Wilson Elementary School -- a distance her two kids could easily walk or bike. But before she goes to work, Levy drives them to school because it's too dangerous for them to cross Highway 22.

"School's right across the street," says Levy. "But it feels like it's miles away."

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