March 31st, 2017

Mar 31, 2017

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Disagreement Over Trump Climate Agenda

Wyoming's congressional delegation is thrilled with the executive order President Trump signed to unwind President Obama’s climate change initiatives. Correspondent Matt Laslo has the story from Washington on how some in their party aren’t happy with the effort to roll back America’s role in combating global warming. 

BLM Officials Discuss Future Of Coal Now That Ban Is Lifted

Coal country was celebrating this week when President Trump lifted a coal moratorium signed into law by the Obama Administration 14 months ago. But now the question is whether coal companies will even decide to expand their production in states like Wyoming. With the price of natural gas so low, coal has been having a hard time competing. But if and when companies do expand, their first stop is the Bureau of Land Management to submit an application. Right now BLM has 11 applications, but all but one was submitted over ten years ago. Melodie Edwards sat down with BLM spokesman Brad Purdy and Solid Minerals Chief Brenda Newman to talk about whether they expect to see more now that the coal pause is over.

Equipment Tax Exemption Gives Wyoming Manufacturing A Boost

The Wyoming legislature passed legislation this session to extend the sunset for that provides a manufacturing machinery sales tax exemption. It turns out this is a big deal for manufacturers. The legislature pushed the sunset on the tax back ten years. The Alliance of Wyoming manufacturers urged lawmakers to pass the legislation and their chief lobbyist Bob Jensen joins me to discuss the importance of the new law.

The One Who Takes Care Of Children: How A Crow Woman Survived Boarding School

As a child on Montana's Crow Reservation, Peggy White Well Known Buffalo was taken from her home, put on a bus (the first she had ever seen) and sent to a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school out of state. She was punished for speaking her language, and for following traditional Crow spiritual practices. We meet her in the edition of Mountain West voices with Clay Scott.

School Districts Forced To Make Hard Choices About Cuts

During the last legislative Session, Wyoming educators asked the legislature to use reserves to cover the deficit, but instead they stuck them with a $34 million funding reduction.Wyoming Public Radio’s education reporter, Tennessee Watson, went out to see how three neighboring districts are dealing.  

30 Women Accuse Casper Police Department Of Mishandling Sexual Assaults Cases

In the last year, over 30 women have approached the Casper City Council to express their frustration with how the Casper Police Department dealt with their sexual assault cases. The women allege that their cases were either mishandled or neglected by law enforcement. Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen reports.

Sheridan Woman Discusses World War II Voices

Sheridan resident Val Burgess has put a lot of miles on her car speaking to schools and others about the experiences of World War two vets and Prisoners of War. Burgess is finishing up another round of talks next month. Her talks have helped students learn about those who served in the war. She explains how she became an oral historian.