December 20th, 2013
Following the resignation of Bob Sternberg, Dick McGinity has taken over reins at the University of Wyoming as Interim President. McGinity was simply a faculty member at UW until Sternberg promoted him to be part of the administration and now he’s running the show. Among his first duties is getting UW priorities through the legislature. He tells Bob Beck that includes pay raises.
We've all heard stories about businesses that start in a garage or on the back of a cocktail napkin. But it takes a lot more than a great idea and some elbow grease to build a business from scratch. So a new Jackson program, called the Start-Up Institute, is running a business boot camp for entrepreneurs. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington has more.
The U.S. cow herd is small right now because of the extended drought that’s plagued large swathes of the country. But though dry conditions have driven ranchers to sell off animals they would have otherwise kept, the decreasing size of the national herd is a trend decades in the making. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports on how livestock producers in Wyoming are turning out more meat with fewer animals.
Skiing has been a popular pastime in the West for decades, but with climate change, the future of the sport is in question. Porter Fox is the features editor at Powder magazine and the author of DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow. Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce spoke with Fox about his new book, and what’s in store for Wyoming.
We’re joined now by Mark Jenkins of Laramie. He recently went to a remote area in Asia for a story for National Geographic. He speaks with Willow Belden.
Over half of Wyoming’s nursing home residents currently have moderate to severe dementia…and that number is expected to rise steeply in coming years. By 2020, there may be as many as 13,000 people who are experiencing serious memory loss in Wyoming. And there’s not enough space for all them in Wyoming’s nursing homes. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards reports.
Recently Governor Matt Mead made it clear that he does not support using federal dollars to expand Medicaid services for Wyoming’s poor. State Democratic Party Chairman Pete Gosar tells Bob Beck that’s the wrong move.
The geology museum at the University of Wyoming recently re-opened after a long remodel. One of the features unveiled is a new fossil preparation lab. This lab offers U-W students, museum visitors, and the community a variety of opportunities to learn more about fossil prep. Wyoming Public Radio’s Chelsea Biondolillo has more.
Classic dances like the Jitterbug, the Charleston, and the Lindy Hop are being revived at a community swing dance series in Laramie. Swingin’ Around Town started this summer as a way to rekindle social dance. It now happens on the first and third Friday of every month at Blossom Yoga in downtown Laramie, and Lindy Hop lessons start in January at the Laramie Recreation Center. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer spoke with Swingin’ Around Town co-founders Kevin Bretting and Charles Fournier.