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February 18, 2011

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Wyoming Pushes For Repeal Of Federal Health Care
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the Health Care Act, the Senate didn't and Wyoming's delegation is a big fan of repealing the act. From Washington, Elizabeth Wynne Johnson explains what's next with this controversial law.

Wyoming 211
As of this week, Wyoming has a 2-1-1 line. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick asked Wyoming 2-1-1 Manager Monique Ruby to explain what function that line will serve, and how it will benefit people in the state.

Wildlife on the Wind Wildlife on the Wind
In 1978, Bruce Smith was hired for an unusual job. The Wind River Indian Reservation's Shoshone and Arapaho tribes had recently decided they needed to do something about shrinking game populations. They needed a biologist to take on the daunting task of surveying wildlife and creating a management plan for the 2 point 2 million acre swath of land in central Wyoming. That's comparable to the size of Yellowstone National Park. Smith spent four years working on the reservation, and he chronicles that experience in his new book, "Wildlife on the Wind." He was the first wildlife biologist to work on the reservation, and he says that when he began, there were no existing records. Bruce Smith talks with Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick about his book "Wildlife on the Wind."

Drilling In The Upper Hoback River Drainage Rattles Citizens
Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production plans to drill 136 gas wells from 17 well pads. But those opposed say they have concerns, and have already brought them to Governor Matt Mead. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck talks with Dan Smitherman, from the group Citizens for the Wyoming Range, and Dan Bailey, a resident who lives near several of the proposed drilling sites.

Love And Race In Indian Country
According to census data, Native Americans intermarry at higher rates than any other group in the country, and have done so for decades. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone reports that what the census numbers don't mention is that a couples children may come into conflict with strict, tribal membership criteria as well as federal regulations.

Joe Legerski And The Wyoming Cowgirls
In an otherwise dismal year for major sports teams at the University of Wyoming, once again, the Wyoming Cowgirls basketball squad stands out. The team is on its way to another 20 win season and is in the mix for the Mountain West Conference title, which is surprising since the squad lost two key players from last year's team. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck speaks with Cowgirls Head Coach Joe Legerski to discuss the team that has gone to postseason four of the last five years

Wyoming Works To Diversify Economy
When legislators were campaigning last year many said the top issue on the lips of citizens was job creation. This year the legislative session has been dominated by social issues, still economic development has been there in the background. It turns out that past work by the legislature may dovetail with new legislation as the state continues to try to diversify its economy. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports.

Where The Buffalo Roam
These are good days for bison ranchers. Prices have climbed over the last year, more and more ranchers are starting to graze bison where they once had cattle, or they're jumping into the bison business with both feet. Bison are undoubtedly a western icon - there's the silhouette on the state flag, and the mental image of the vast herds that once streamed across the prairie - but, for the most part, modern bison are livestock. Wyoming Public Radios Molly Messick reports on bison - both past and present.