January 25th, 2013

Jan 25, 2013

Jackson Republican Keith Gingery speaks against SF 104.
Credit Bob Beck

Some Legislators say Superintendent reform is overdue
The Wyoming House of Representatives has joined the State Senate in passing a bill that would strip a number of powers from the State Superintendent and give them to a Governor appointed Director of Education.  The Superintendent would remain on state boards and commissions with the other four elected officials.  But the new Director would run the State Department of Education.  Top lawmakers crafted the legislation right before the legislative session; and many believe that the legislature is moving too quickly.  But some observers say the move is overdue.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports from Cheyenne

Laramie residents react to a bill that would create a governor-appointed Director of Education
As the bill that would take power away from the State Superintendent gains traction in the Legislature,Wyoming Public Radio’s Luke Hammons took to the streets in Laramie to ask the public what they think.

Wyoming moves ahead with Pediatric Cancer Program
A problem for children who are diagnosed with cancer in Wyoming is finding local care.  Treatment typically requires long drives to cities.  But Wyoming's Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is trying to change that.  The program has hired an Oncologist who specializes in pediatric care to come to Casper once a month to treat children.  Plans are underway to get more doctors involved in the effort.  The Pediatric Oncologist is Doctor John Dr. vanDoorninck. He joined Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck at the State Capital to discuss the program....

Sen. Enzi says Congress needs to make the most of the committee process
Wyoming’s Senior US Senator Mike Enzi is the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions… and also sits on the budget and finance committees. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez spoke with him about a number of issues the Senate will be facing this year. Enzi says he thinks Congress has been neglecting the role of committees, and that’s why it’s been harder to get things done.

Wyoming's Delegation reacts to the President
Wyoming’s congressional delegation isn’t happy with what they heard in President Obama’s second inaugural address. Matt Laslo reports from Washington the state’s three Republicans in Congress are already preparing to blunt what’s being both hailed and decried as a liberal second term agenda.

Air quality research seeks to find answers to Pinedale ozone problem
Sublette County violates federal air quality standards, because of high levels of ozone, or smog. The ozone forms when emissions from oil and gas development mix together, under certain weather conditions. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is responsible for fixing the problem, but there are a lot of unknowns about how ozone forms. Now, researchers at the University of Wyoming are trying to find some answers. We’re joined now by Rob Field. He’s an atmospheric scientist, and he’s been monitoring air quality in Sublette County for several years.

For UW’s School of Energy Resources, transparency about funding is key
The School of Energy Resources at the University of Wyoming is funded in large part with money from the energy industry. Other universities have gotten heat lately for not being open enough with their funding sources. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that some stakeholders are concerned about too much influence from energy at UW, but SER promises transparency.

Lander musher offers a glimpse into the world of dog sled racing
One of the world’s most competitive dog sled races is starting in Jackson tonight. The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog race will cover more than 400 miles, over the course of eight days. Joining us now to talk about the race – and about dog sledding in Wyoming – is Jerry Bath from Lander. He’s doing the race for the fifth year in a row. Bath says his dogs are bred for just this kind of event.

University of Wyoming Athletes earn highest GPAs in a decade
In the 2011-2012 academic year, UW athletes involved in NCAA sanctioned sports brought in an average GPA of 3.04. That’s the highest GPA in a decade, and it’s even higher than the general student body average. Wyoming Public Radio’s Sara Hossaini reports.