Rebecca Martinez

Reporter

Phone: 307-766-2405
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Rebecca Martinez is a general assignment reporter and host for Wyoming Public Radio. Recent features include Yellowstone warding visitors off wildlife after four people in the area were killed by grizzly bears (picked up by NPR) and one covering efforts by the Northern Arapaho Tribe to preserve its language on the Wind River Indian Reservation, (part was re-aired on National Native News). She regularly reports on agriculture and environmental issues, focusing especially on waste management and water quality. Rebecca reported a story featured in a PRNDI-award-winning episode of Open Spaces in 2011. She edited other PRNDI-award winning stories.

After earning her B.A. in Journalism and Media Design at James Madison University, Rebecca worked as a production and editorial assistant at NPR headquarters in Washington D.C., where she produced pieces and wrote scripts for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Tell Me More. She arranged and scripted interviews for ME and ATC during the 2008 Presidential Election Season and helped organized live coverage on Super Tuesday in New York City.

Rebecca has reported pieces for NPR, APM’s Marketplace,  the BBC/PRI’s The World, National Native News, WAMU-FM in Washington, D.C. and the CBC. Before coming to Wyoming Public Radio, Rebecca moved to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, where she covered the agriculture, environment and community beats at the News Leader, a century-old newspaper in Staunton. She continued audio reporting by producing Soundslides videos for the newspaper’s web site. Much of her reporting focused on the cattle industry, water and soil quality issues, and the effects of environmental legislation on farmers.

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Open Spaces
4:03 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Wyoming counties struggle to cover the cost of following federal landfill rules

A cell at Powell’s landfill has reached its highest level before it will be closed and capped next fall.
Rebecca Martinez
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News
4:47 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Buffalo H.S. coach resigns after distributing offensive document

A Buffalo High School football coach who resigned after distributing offensive handouts to his players will stay on as a guidance counselor.

Head Coach Pat Lynch, who led the team to two state football championships, was placed on administrative leave after handing out “hurt feelings reports” to his players this fall.

The forms enabled players to report problems, but also asked why they were reporting the offense. The options included “I am a queer,” and “I am a little bitch.” The form offered “a blanky” and P-M-S medication as consolation.

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Open Spaces
2:49 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

September 9th, 2011

Open Spaces
2:41 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

August 26th, 2011

Coach Resigns
5:32 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Buffalo H.S. coach resigns after distributing offensive document

A Buffalo High School football coach who resigned after distributing offensive handouts to his players will stay on as a guidance counselor.

Head Coach Pat Lynch, who led the team to two state football championships, was placed on administrative leave after handing out “hurt feelings reports” to his players this fall.

The forms enabled players to report problems, but also asked why they were reporting the offense. The options included “I am a queer,” and “I am a little bitch.” The form offered “a blanky” and P-M-S medication as consolation.

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News
6:13 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

BLM Seeks Input On Pinedale Anticline Reclamation

Ted Wood - High Country News

The Bureau of Land Management wants public input about how to reclaim land in the Pinedale Anticline that has been disrupted by energy development projects.

Next month, the BLM’s Pinedale Anticline Working Group – or PAWG –will discuss developers’ plans for improving air quality in the area by their March deadline. Members will also brainstorm for ways to reclaim disrupted mule deer habitat in the area.

Shane DeForest is the Pinedale Field Manager for the BLM. He says there’s a lot to consider in land restoration, including plant species, size and location.

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News
6:25 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Teton area Lawmakers Blast Education Committees Adjustments

Teton County lawmakers are balking at a cost-of-living adjustment the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Education Committee has initially approved for school districts across the state.

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Open Spaces
11:50 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Online farmers market provides supplemental market for local products

As cold weather sends farmers markets into hibernation, there's one that's picking back up after a summer lull. The Triple Crown Commodities Cooperative serves four counties in Southeastern Wyoming without needing a city block to set up in. This farmers market allows farmers to sell local products to customers online. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Martinez has more

News
5:34 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Wyoming's Niobrara shale is producing less than hoped

Wells drilled in the Wyoming part of the Niobrara Shale are producing less than half the amount of oil that wells in Colorado are producing. That’s according to Wyoming Oil and Gas Supervisor Tom Doll, who discussed the matter with lawmakers late last week.  However, Bruce Hinchey of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming isn’t discouraged. He said the eastern Wyoming drilling site has a lot of potential –they just have to figure out exactly how to tap into it.  “It’s not a play where you just go out and punch a hole and you’ve got a big oil well.

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Labor Day Patrol
3:49 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

All state troopers on patrol for Labor Day Weekend

Wyoming Highway Patrol

 For those of you planning a road trip this Labor Day weekend, here's a reminder to buckle up and mind the speed limit.
 Sgt. Stephen Townsend of the Wyoming Highway Patrol says troopers will be out in full-force until Tuesday.

"Yeah with the increased folks out on the road, it's just to make sure everyone has a safe weekend. We want to reduce injuries out on the highway and, most importantly, save lives."

Townsend says all troopers, with limited exceptions, will be required to work this weekend.

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