March 2nd, 2018

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To Some…Gun Bills Matter

This year the Wyoming legislature is dealing with a couple of pro-gun bills. So what else is new? It seems like lawmakers are discussing gun bills all the time, but supporters of the legislation say that’s because there are still self-defense and safety issues that need to be resolved. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.

How Can Schools Be Safer? Ask A School Counselor

When school shootings occur, the country collectively asks: what needs to happen to keep students safe? What does it take to identify students who are struggling and get them support? Wyoming Public Radio’s education reporter Tennessee Watson sat down with University of Wyoming Professor of Counseling Mary Alice Bruce and graduate student Ken Hilton to talk about how school counselors fit into the conversation about safe schools.

Laramie Works To Raise Millions To Buy Historic Ranch, Turn It Into Public Park

Last year, Governor Matt Mead assembled a task force to figure out how Wyoming’s bountiful outdoor recreation could boost the state’s economy. One way the group identified was to create more access to open space right on the outskirts of towns so local businesses could benefit. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards reports, now the community of Laramie is working to do just that.

Will A New Order By The Department of Interior Help Conserve Big Game Animal Migrations?

Wyoming and most of the Western landscape are part of big game animal migrations. Migratory herd of elk, deer, pronghorn, bison or bighorn sheep travel aggregated routes between their season ranges. Recently thanks to the research of scientists - including Arthur Middleton of the University of California, Berkeley, it has been found these corridors contain important stopover habitats where the animals rest and find food. So - if these routes are blocked it would stop these animals ability to recover after a winter season. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska asked Arthur Middleton whether a new order signed by the Secretary of Interior, Ryan Zinke, will actually help conserve these migration corridors.

Six Friends Walk Into Bank, Leave With One Solution For Affordable Housing

What do you get when three ranchers, a school teacher, a real estate agent, and one community development coordinator walk into a bank? In Guernsey, Wyoming--a possible solution to the affordable housing problem that’s plaguing the nation. Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen has more.

Air Service Bill Proposes A Ten Year Contract With A Carrier to Boost Air Service In Wyoming

As a small rural state, Wyoming isn’t a huge player in commercial air service but many want to change that. Currently a bill working its way through the legislature proposes a new subsidy program that could create more reliable air service. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska takes a look at what the new approach entails and what one community thinks about it.

Legislative Energy Discussions Revolve Around Taxes And Revenue

Energy is always an issue in Wyoming’s legislature… but this year the conversation revolves around money. Thirteen bills arose related to energy, with only four still moving through the system. If passed, the bills would impact wind development, oil and gas producers, and more. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim reports.  

Casper Author Tackles Intricacies Of Sexual Assault Reporting In New Young Adult Novel

What would you do if your best friend were sexually assaulted? That’s the question Casper author Kiersi Burkhart tackles in her new young adult novel “Honor Code” – where an allegation of sexual assault rocks “Edwards Academy” a prestigious private high school on the East Coast. Burkhart and I discussed the book and its message at her home in Casper, and she told me that up until recently she had been writing middle-grade books about horses.

Mead Hopes For Federal Assistance In Dealing With Opioids

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead was in Washington for the National Governors Association Meeting and the nations opioid crisis was a central focus. Washington Correspondent Matt Laslo caught up with him and has this story.