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April 15th, 2011

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A listing of today's stories:

A government shutdown could have caused tourism woes
Relief is the feeling among tourism businesses in Teton County after congress and President Obama narrowly averted a government shutdown. Even though this is a slow season business owners trying to claw their way out of the recession say every booking counts. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington reports on what some of the ripple effects of a shutdown might have been for businesses and for visitors.

Wyoming lawmakers look at social security
In Congress' fight over how to cut the federal budget, Social Security has stayed out of the fray, until now. From Washington, Elizabeth Wynne Johnson looks at where Wyoming lawmakers are on the issue.

"Arapaho Journeys" documents life on the Wind River Reservation
Sara Wiles arrived in Lander in 1973 to take a job as a social worker on the Wind River Reservation. However, while on the job, she began taking photographs of people and places, and 28 years later, she's put together a book containing her photos. It's called Arapaho Journeys, and will be released in May. Tristan Ahtone spoke with Wiles about her work, and we began by discussing the difficulties of gaining access to Native communities that are traditionally closed, and why they tend to shy away from outsiders.

One group fends off winter with a game of soccer
All winter long, when snow and ice cling to the ground in Laramie, as many as seventy University of Wyoming students, faculty, and staff gathered at night to play the sport they love. It's a diverse group, an ensemble of characters from all over the world, drawn together by their commitment to soccer. Colorado native David Ludwin is one of those players, and he has this story about the "the beautiful game."

The Wyoming Jewish community celebrates Passover
Passover begins Monday, and like other places in the world, Wyoming Jews will be celebrating the holiday here. I spoke with Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn of Jackson about the upcoming festivities and what it means to the Jewish Community here in the state.

An effort to engage more women in Wyoming leadership

The Wyoming Women's foundation and the Wyoming Women's legislative caucus are involved in a joint effort to get women more engaged in the state's leadership positions. Two workshops have been scheduled in order to accomplish this task. Richelle Keinath is the director of the Women's foundation.

The surprising life of the American Crow

There aren't too many animals in Wyoming that can outsmart humans. But there is one. You probably see it everyday, and it most likely knows more about you than you think. Wyoming Public Radio's Kelly Herbinson brings us this latest piece in her intermittent series on Wyoming animals. The surprising life of the American Crow.

Game and Fish release big horn sheep in the Seminoe Mountains
In December of 2009, armed with a better knowledge base thanks to research, the Wyoming Game and Fish department released some Big Horn Sheep from Utah and Oregon into the Seminoe Mountains north of Sinclair. The goal was to establish a thriving herd after numerous attempts at re-establishing Big Horn Sheep in the area failed for years, but this time things may have changed.

A venture into the 23rd annual Wyoming Taxidermy Competition
The call of nature echoes rather lamely from a stuffed elk or kudu, and that can only mean one thing: It's the 23rd annual Wyoming Taxidermy Competition.

An essay by Tiffany Holmquist Bishop on growing up in small town Wyoming
Laramie Author and Shoshoni native Tiffany Holmquist Bishop makes her Open Spaces debut and gives a little insight of what it is like to grow up in a small Wyoming town.