February 7th, 2014

Feb 7, 2014

Federal Courts’ Distance From Wind River Reservation A Hardship

Major crimes committed on the Wind River Indian Reservation end up in federal court. But federal courthouses in Wyoming are really far from the reservation, which leads to logistical, constitutional, and social problems. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports.  

Author Blames Drugs for Matthew Shepard Murder

The common story behind the murder of Matthew Shepard is that he was targeted in Laramie’s fireside bar because he was gay and was the victim of a robbery.  Law enforcement authorities say that Shepard was driven to the edge of Laramie and tied to a fence by Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney.  He was then pistol whipped and left for dead.  But for years some say there was more to the crime then that and author Steve Jimenez has explored those rumors.  His book called “The Book of Matt.  Hidden Truths about the murder of Matthew Shepard” paints a different narrative.

Law Professor Discusses Report Claiming Federal Coal Lease System ‘Out Of Date’

Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov spoke with professor of law at the University of Colorado Law School, Mark Squillace. He’s been concerned for years that BLM undervalues federal coal and says the American people are missing out on a lot of revenue because of it.   

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to be Featured on American Experience

On Tuesday the latest PBS American Experience will explore the lives of the famous western Outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  Writer and Director John Maggio looks closely into their lives.

Outdoor Enthusiasts Lock Horns Over Emerging Sport of Snow Biking

If you’ve been out snow shoeing or cross country skiing this winter, you may have noticed bicycle tire marks on the trails. That’s because of a new sport called snow biking. It’s gaining popularity fast, and cyclists and bike shops are thrilled. But some skiers feel the bikes present safety risks. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.

Conversation Expert Says It’s Important To Have A Plan

On Thursday acclaimed author and speaker Debra Fine will appear at the University of Wyoming Ballroom at 4:30  discussing the art of a conversation.  Fine is a former engineer and the founder of the company called The Fine Art of Small Talk.

StoryCorps:  Pete Simpson Discusses His Parents And Growing Up Near Heart Mountain

This summer, Story Corps set up a booth in Cheyenne to record Wyomingites interviewing one another and sharing their stories. Today, we hear from two members of one of Wyoming’s most famous families.  Milward Simpson, the grandson of former Governor and U.S. Senator Milward Simpson, interviews his father Pete Simpson, a noted historian, educator, Republican nominee for Governor, and former legislator.  They begin their conversation talking about Pete’s parents.