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
4:19 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Wyoming Basketball legend Kenny Sailors to be inducted into Collegiate Hall of Fame

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Former Cowboys Basketball Star and purported creator of the jump shot will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Missouri this fall. At age 91, Sailors is the second Cowboy to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez spoke with him this week. He says a lot has changed since his days on the court.

News
5:53 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Conservation group wants stricter standards for oil shale research

The Bureau of Land Management has begun taking comment on its plan to open up 461-thousand acres of public land in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming for Oil Shale Research, Development, and Demonstration Leases.Oil shale development involves extracting a petroleum-substance called kerogen that can be cooked and potentially turned into a liquid fuel.Western Resource Advocates spoke out against the plan today.

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Open Spaces
5:34 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Civic initiative unites leaders across sectors

Leadership Wyoming participants Doran Fluckiger (left) and Dan Ewart (center) interview KOVE-AM broadcaster Joe Kenney of Lander about entrepreneurship.
Rebecca Martinez

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Since 1999, civic initiative called Leadership Wyoming has sought to connect the movers and shakers from the private, public and non-profit sectors statewide. Participants leave their jobs for a few days each month to learn about different issues in different communities across Wyoming. Recently, Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez tagged along on the group’s visit to Lander. She filed this report.

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News
6:16 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Wyoming ranks 21st among happiest states

Wyoming has dropped from the top 10 happiest states in America, according to the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index.

Gallup surveys Americans for their emotional and physical health, behaviors, work environments and nutrition and medical access.

Surrounding states, including Utah, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska –all made the top 10 list in 2011, but Wyoming has dropped to the middle of thepack at number 21.

Dan Witters leads analysis of the Well-being Index. He says emotional health and work environments in Wyoming have deteriorated in the past year.

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Water Pipeline
5:22 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Fed drop Flaming Gorge Pipeline application again

A federal agency has dismissed a permit application for a proposed project that sought to divert water from Western Wyoming to the southeastern portion of the stat and Colorado’s Front Range through a 500-mile pipeline.

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Open Spaces
5:39 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

February 17th, 2012

County10.com Editor Ernie Over (left) and Pitch Engine CEO Jason Kintzler sit in Over’s office at the Pitch Engine headquarters in Lander. County 10 offers hyper-local, to-the-minute news updates about happenings in Fremont County.
Rebecca Martinez
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Open Spaces
4:59 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Web-based news service keeps a close eye on Fremont County

County10.com Editor Ernie Over (left) and Pitch Engine CEO Jason Kintzler sit in Over’s office at the Pitch Engine headquarters in Lander. County 10 offers hyper-local, to-the-minute news updates about happenings in Fremont County.
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News
4:59 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

House Introduces Bill To Require Drug Testing For Public Assistance Recipients

The Wyoming house voted to introduce a bill that would require people applying for public assistance to submit to drug testing. If an applicant tests positive for controlled substances, his or her eligibility would be suspended.
Republican Sue Wallis of Recluse supported the bill. She says drug testing is a normal part of many jobs, so it’s fair to require it of people receiving state support.

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News
12:02 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Wolf Management Legislation Passes

The Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Interim Committee has passed a final draft of a wolf management plan. The state must maintain no fewer than 10 breeding pairs or a hundred individuals and would protect wolves in Yellowstone and the Wind River Reservation, designate them as trophy game in parts of the Western Mountains, and allow people to shoot them on sight in the remaining 85 percent of Wyoming.

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News
4:46 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Wind River Tribes Receive National Award

The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is honoring a youth program on the Wind River Reservation for its efforts to prevent substance abuse and the spread of HIV.

This is the first time a Native American group has received a Voices of Prevention award. The Wind River Tribal Youth Program offers a range of health and social programs to kids from the Northern Arapaho Tribe. 

Executive Director Donna Trosper says substance abuse is a big problem among young people in the area.

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Open Spaces
7:20 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

February 10th, 2012

Engineer Yulong Zhang shows off a vial of pure methanol in the board room at the Western Research Institute, with Vijay Sethi (left) and Thomas Barton (center).
Methanol Vial/ credit: Rebecca Martinez
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Open Spaces
6:03 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

The science of Syngas

The Western Research Institute in Laramie allows scientists to experiment with turning fossil fuels into synthetic liquid fuel
Western Research Institute/credit: Rebecca Martinez

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DKRW Advanced Fuels has licensed technology from GE and Exxon-Mobil to transform coal into gasoline at a proposed plant in Medicine Bow. But theirs is just one system of creating liquid fuel. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez spoke with some experts about how synthetic gas, or syngas, is made.

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News
4:44 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Zombie western director seeks humans and undead hordes

If you’ve got the stagger and the moan, a Wyoming film company is looking for you.

Bighorn Samurai Sinema will host auditions this month for extras and small roles in its upcoming zombie Western, “From the Trailer to the Grave.”

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Sugar Beets
5:12 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Sugar beets bounce back

The Western Sugar Cooperative’s Lovell facility is working day and night to process an unexpectedly abundant yield of sugar beets from this fall.

Wyoming beet farmers harvest their crops in October, and in a normal year, processing would wrap up about now. But super cooperative beets in 2011 were exceptionally large, yielding almost 29 tons of sugar per acre. That’s a two-and-a-half ton increase from the year before.

It’s a relief for Glen Reed, who raises sugar beets in Cody. He said an autumn cold snap in 2009 ruined about 40 percent of his crop.

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News
5:23 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Spring Film Series gets green light

Wyo Theater, Laramie
Laramie Film Society

The show will go on, says the Laramie Film Society. For weeks the group has been hawking pre-sale tickets for its annual Spring Film Series at the Wyo Theatre.

The series usually features artistic films, many of which are nominated for Academy Awards.  After years of poor attendance, the owners of the single-screen Wyo Theater threatened to cancel the series unless the group could sell 500 tickets by the Monday deadline. The group has sold more than twice that many.

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News
5:15 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Oil and gas jobs boosted Wyoming employment in second quarter

Despite faltering natural gas prices, the mining sector led all other Wyoming industries in job growth during the second quarter of 2011. That’s according to a report by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

Statewide employment grew by more than 2,000 jobs that quarter, and about a third of those came from oil and gas positions in Natrona County alone.

Department of Workforce Services Senior Economist David Bullard says that while natural gas prices dropped, other energy sectors kept busy, and had more jobs to fill.

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6:42 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

New BLM Plan Would Limit Public Land For Oil Shale Exploration And Research

The Bureau of Land Management has drastically cut the amount of land it plans to open up for oil shale and tar sands development in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.

The BLM’s 2008 environmental impact statement would have allowed 2 million acres to be open for Oil Shale Research, Development, and Demonstration Leases.

Conservation groups joined to sue the BLM for endangering wilderness lands and core sage-grouse habitat, and reached a settlement last year. As a result of that settlement the BLM released a new plan Friday that would open up only 461,000 acres to RD&D leases.

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News
6:40 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Scientists Study Climate Cores For Hints Of Climate Change

The Bighorn Mountains

An international team of scientists are studying earth core samples from the Bighorn Mountains to better understand climate change. Traces of natural substances leave hints about ancient climates in the rock.

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Natural Gas Station
5:53 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Legislative committee says UW natural gas station plan should go public

Sen. Phil Nicholas, Joint Appropriations Committee Chairman

A legislative committee has high hopes for the University of Wyoming’s proposed natural gas pump station.

U-W President Tom Buchanan asked the Joint Appropriations Committee for $1 million dollars to convert several university vehicles to run on natural gas, and to build a natural gas filling station in Laramie. He said the station would be open to university and state vehicles but not to the public.


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News
3:39 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

UW Employee Salary Increases May Be Parked

UW

University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan says employee salary increases might not be possible if the state legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee requires steep cuts in the university’s next biennial block grant.
U-W requested an additional $9.7 million dollars be allocated to give U-W employees a pay increase in its next budget. However, the J-A-C has asked state departments to make plans for two, five and eight percent budget cuts to cope with diminished state revenue from natural gas prices.

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Open Spaces
8:12 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

BULLYING: Powell

Students at Powell Middle School are encouraged to fill out one of these hot pink forms if they see or are victimized by bullying.
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News
6:22 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

WYDOT honored by DOT for Pinedale Initiative

A moose walks through the wildlife underpass at nugget canyon along US Highway 30 between Sage Junction and Kemmerer.
WYDOT

The Federal Highway Administration is honoring the Wyoming Department of Transportation this week. Today, the department received the Exemplary Ecosystem Initiative Award for its 9.7 million dollar project near Pinedale. WYDOT is building highway overpasses and underpasses that allow wildlife to safely cross major roadways.

WYDOT District Engineer John Eddins says many big game species migrate through the Pinedale area every year, and more than 130 animals end up being killed by motor vehicles. Eddins says this project should drastically reduce collisions and roadkill.

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News
5:46 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Wyoming DMV To Take Twice As Long

WYDOT

If you’re headed to the DMV for a new driver’s license, WYDOT recommends allowing extra time for your visit.

The federal Real-ID Act now requires states to verify more personal documents and to scan them before issuing a license. The measure is meant to prevent fraud and identity theft.

Don Edington works for WYDOT’s Driver Services program. He says renewing a license takes about 20 minutes –twice as long as it took before, and a new license can take more than 40 minutes.

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Open Spaces
12:08 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

December 16th, 2011

Open Spaces
12:04 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

December 9th, 2011

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