May 11th, 2018

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Bipartisan Water Legislation Could Be Good For Wyoming

Wyoming U.S. Senator John Barrasso helped craft a sweeping bipartisan bill that could go a long way to deal with Wyoming water issues. Washington Correspondent Matt Laslo has the story on how proponents are hopeful it may be one of the few pieces of legislation to actually pass this election year. 

Increased Geyser Activity Raises Concern For Yellowstone's Future

Abnormal activity in Yellowstone National Park has some people thinking the end of the world is near. In the past two months, Steamboat Geyser has erupted four times. This is highly unusual for the geyser which unlike Old Faithful can go years between eruptions. Some believe this means the super volcano that sits beneath Yellowstone will erupt next. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska reports on whether doomsday is really upon us.

The Rocky Mountains Have Ticks. Scientists Want To Know What Viruses They’re Carrying

When it comes to ticks, people tend to think of the east coast and Lyme disease. But we have ticks, too -- well into the Rocky Mountains. Rae Ellen Bichell went out with a couple of tick scientists in Rocky Mountain National Park to check for bugs and the rare but nasty viruses they could be carrying.

Wyoming Families Face Steep Child Care Costs

In honor of Mother’s Day, and with Father’s Day right around the corner, children, young and old, will pause to thank their parents for the sacrifices they’ve made. Across the country, childcare is one of the biggest expenses families face. It can cost more to put an infant in daycare than it costs to send an 18-year-old to college. Wyoming Public Radio’s Tennessee Watson spoke with Linda Barton from the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance about access to childcare in the state.

Wind River Tribes Collaborate To Combat Violence Against Women

Earlier this spring, the two tribes on the Wind River Reservation adopted a new law to help them combat violence against women. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards reports, for the first time, the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho will even be able to prosecute crimes committed by non-Natives.

Faces Behind The Fires: Fish Biologist

Fire experts say this season could be big for wildfires in our region. Our Mountain West New Bureau takes you behind the scenes with stories about the people who protect our communities, land and wildlife during wildlfire season. 

This story is about the people who rush into the smoke not to save people or structures, but … animals.  

Despite Doctor Shortage, Refugee Physicians Face Big Hurdles To Practicing

If you’re looking for a new primary care doctor in states like Idaho or Wyoming, good luck. Our region has some of the worst doctor shortages in the country. But did you know there are physicians out there that could help -- but can’t practice?  Amanda Peacher met with two refugee doctors from Iraq who are going through the arduous process to get an American doctors license. 

Scientists Discover Unlikely Solution To Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions

Mountain West states like Wyoming and Montana are high risk for wildlife-vehicle collisions. These accidents result in expensive damages and sometimes even death for both wildlife and drivers. One group of scientists found an unlikely solution.

How A 50 Million Year Old Fossil Could Shed Light On The Origins Of Certain Mammals

A fossil uncovered in 2016 could help shed light on the evolution of rhinos and tapirs - a kind of tall, furry pig with a long snout. The 50-million-year-old mammal was found on a state-leased quarry in southwest Wyoming's Green River formation. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim reports the fossil is now being prepared for research.