Tristan Ahtone

Reporter

Phone: 307-766-5064
Email: tahtone@uwyo.edu 

Tristan Ahtone is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. He’s also German and English and a few other dashes of Euro-mix (just to make things more interesting). Before becoming a reporter, Tristan held a number of exciting jobs, such as door-to-door salesman, delivery driver, telemarketer, air-conditioning repairman, secretary, janitor, busboy, and office clerk to name a few.

In 2006, Tristan graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. In 2008, he received a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the Columbia School of Journalism. After graduating with a masters in journalism Tristan worked with The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, National Native News, Frontline and NPR. Then the recession came and he moved to Hong Kong to teach English for a year, returned to New Mexico to teach a journalism course, and finally arrived at Wyoming Public Radio in August of 2010.

In his spare time, Tristan enjoys watching films, exotic travel, good food and strong drink - but dislikes going to bed, getting up, or being left alone, as he tends to get in trouble.

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Uranerz
5:17 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Uranium from Powder River Basin will be processed by Cameco

Uranium resin that Uranerz Energy Corporation is producing in the Powder River Basin by will now be turned to yellowcake by Cameco Resources – a subsidiary of the nation’s largest, publicly traded uranium company.

The agreement between the two companies was announced this week.

Derrick Iwanaka is a Uranerz spokesperson. He says the yellowcake will eventually be turned into fuel rods and sold to utility companies for nuclear power plants.

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News
6:27 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Rare earths processing plant planned in Wyoming

Many of today’s technologies are possible because of a special mineral group called rare earth elements. Currently, China produces about 97-percent of all rare earths consumed, but a global race is underway to produce more. The recent discovery of rare earths in the northwest corner of the state may make Wyoming a major player, and plans for a proposed processing plant may change the game even more for producers and consumers.

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News
6:38 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Sale of gas properties near Pavillion cancelled

In early November, a Texas-based company called Legacy Reserves LP announced that it would purchase oil and gas properties in Fremont County: primarily properties owned by Encana in the Pavillion area. Late last week, Legacy Reserves pulled out of the deal.

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News
8:15 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Sheridan educators could see costs for health care go up

Officials at Sheridan Memorial Hospital have been notified that the hospital could be downgraded from a tier one hospital to tier two by the Wyoming School Board Association Insurance Trust otherwise known as WSBAIT. The rating does not reflect the level of service provided by Sheridan Memorial, but rather reflects that educators covered by WSBAIT will now have to pay more out of pocket for services at the hospital than to hospitals rated tier one by the trust.

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LCCC President
6:46 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

LCCC elects Schaffer to become next president

Joe Schaffer is president-elect of Laramie County Community College.
LCCC

On January 17th, Joe Schaffer will become the new president of Laramie County Community College.

On Wednesday, the college's board of trustees unanimously voted to appoint Schaffer to the position. LCCC's Public Relations Director Lisa Murphy says the new partnership will help the college to continue moving forward.

"Dr. Schaffer is going to bring a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm, and a lot of intelligence. He knows the academic world, he knows the communication world, and he also knows how to integrate into the community."

News
8:46 am
Wed November 16, 2011

New data center to open in Cheyenne

Governor Matt Mead and other state officials are touting a new data center, which will be built in Cheyenne.

Green House data will build the $35 million facility, which will be 100-percent wind-powered.

Green House Data currently has a data center in Cheyenne. The company says grants and aid from the Wyoming Business Council were vital in choosing Wyoming as a home, and building a second center.

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Health Care
5:41 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Mead wants Supreme Court to rule quickly on health care act

Governor Matt Mead says he’s pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to review the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care reform plan.

 The court announced today that it would hear the challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

 Mead does not support the act, and says a quick decision will be good for opponents and supporters so that both the state and businesses can make the decisions they need in regard to health care.

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Yellowstone vital report
5:44 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Yellowstone releases natural resources management report

Yellowstone officials say the new report “Natural Resource Vital Signs” will help the park move from a reactive management position to one of future planning.

That’s according to park spokesman Dan Hottle, who says the data has given Yellowstone the opportunity to look at the ecological health of the park and impacts from a scientific perspective.

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News
4:55 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

EPA releases new Pavillion data

In 2008 the Environmental Protection Agency launched an investigation in the Pavillion area after residents complained of health problems and changes in the odor, taste and color of their well water. Last night, the EPA released new data from deep monitoring wells in the area. 

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News
4:53 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Mead: Pavillion contamination is concerning, but sale of Encana gas properties isn't

Over the years, Pavillion residents have complained about health problems, which they blame on oil and gas development in the area. Governor Matt Mead says he's keeping an eye on what happens at a public meeting over the situation tonight.

"I think everyone should be rightfully concerned about the Pavillion issue because we're not sure what's been going on out there," Mead said. "I know the EPA today is going to release some additional data that we're going to be eager to take a look at hopefully before any big conclusions are drawn one way or another."

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Open Spaces
4:20 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Regional drought blamed for Wyoming moose decline

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Big game hunting is big business here in Wyoming, and almost nothing is off limits to hunters, ranging from bison to mountain lions to moose. But a dramatic drop in the state’s moose population is hurting people who make a living from big game. Wyoming Public Radio’s Tristan Ahtone reports the reasons for the decline are complicated.

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Open Spaces
2:49 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

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2:41 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

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News
6:55 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Mead: Pavillion contamination is concerning, but sale of Encana gas properties isn't

Over the years, Pavillion residents have complained about health problems, which they blame on oil and gas development in the area. Governor Matt Mead says he's keeping an eye on what happens at a public meeting over the situation tonight.

"I think everyone should be rightfully concerned about the Pavillion issue because we're not sure what's been going on out there," Mead said. "I know the EPA today is going to release some additional data that we're going to be eager to take a look at hopefully before any big conclusions are drawn one way or another."

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Open Spaces
12:58 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Where Wyoming Law and Tribal Water Rights Collide: Confusion

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When it comes to water, Wyoming law has always been simple: whoever gets to the water first gets to use it. However, things start to get complicated when you add tribal water rights holders to the mix… and downright contentious when those tribes hope to use the resource for something other than agriculture. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone reports.

News
7:07 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Pavillion residents fear Encana could shirk cleanup duties through land sale

Residents of the town of Pavillion say a company called Legacy Reserves LP has entered an agreement to purchase natural gas properties in the area from the current owner, Encana. 

Representatives from Legacy Reserves did not return calls to confirm the sale, but according to their website,  the Midland, Texas-based company will purchase several properties in Freemont County, where Pavillion is located, for 45-million dollars.

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News
6:52 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Local documentary about juvenile justice to air on PBS

A locally produced documentary on the state’s juvenile justice system will air on Wyoming PBS this Sunday.

Marc Homer is the kid’s count director at the Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance, and director of the film “Your Neighbor's Child”. He says the film, which was originally released a year ago, is aimed at spurring change in the state. But Homer says Wyoming still has the highest rate of juvenile incarceration in the U-S.

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News
6:25 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Rising Temperatures In Wyoming May Be Linked To Greenhouse Gasses

University of Wyoming scientists say average temperatures in the state have risen three degrees over the last 30 years. And that could be attributed to greenhouses gasses caused by the burning of fossil fuels and the clearing of forests.

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Open Spaces
2:20 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Tribal officials fear uranium contamination could be causing cancer on Wind River Reservation

Last year, the Department of Energy released well monitoring data from the Wind River Reservation. What they found was that uranium levels in a number of their wells had spiked up to 100 times the legal limit. But while the data points to the fact that there may be a serious problem with the area, it's nothing new: residents in the area have been complaining of health problems for years, and now both the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes, as well as a truckload of other federal agencies, are trying to figure out what's going on, and what to do next.

August Unemployment
5:23 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Unemployment increases slightly in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, WY (wpr) - New numbers from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services show a slight increase in unemployment statistics in Wyoming for the month of August.

The state's unemployment rate rose from 5.7-percent in July to 5.8-percent in August. However, in August of 2010, unemployment in Wyoming stood at 6.3-percent.

The Department of Employment's Carola Cowan says the point-one-percent increase is not a statistically significant change.

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