Last month, a guest speaker was invited to promote abstinence until marriage in Teton County classrooms, but it was called off after some parents complained. Then, others objected to the cancellation. Weeks later, the community is urging its school board to clarify what’s appropriate. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Aaron Schrank reports, the episode shows just how controversial sex education can be—especially in a state without clear standards for how to teach it.
Donald Trump wasn’t the first choice of Wyoming’s congressional delegation, but now that he’s the presumed Republican nominee, they’re all embracing him in their own way. Matt Laslo reports from Washington on the debate in the GOP over their party’s controversial standard bearer.
The debate about whether or not humans are warming the planet is essentially over – ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that we are. But the debate over tactics, HOW to reduce our carbon emissions, is just starting to heat up. For Inside Energy, Amy Martin explains.
State Senator Leland Christensen is among the Republican candidates hoping to replace Congressman Cynthia Lummis in the U.S. House of Representatives. Lummis announced late last year that she would not seek re-election and it led to a surge of interest in her seat. Christensen has an extensive political background as both a Teton County Commissioner and a State Senator. Currently, he chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. He served as a law enforcement officer for 20 years and in the military for 15 years. Like many of the candidates, he told me he thinks the Obama administration has hurt Wyoming through regulations, especially the energy industry.
Energy towns like Gillette and Douglas, like so many others across the country, are changing under the pressure of persistently low prices for coal, oil, and gas. In North Dakota, an oil boomtown called Dickinson is a very different place than it was two years ago, when it was one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Since then, the price of oil has fallen by more than 50%. Nowhere are signs of the slowdown more visible than along Dickinson’s Highway 22. Inside Energy’s Emily Guerin went on a road trip and has this report.
How to get women interested in computer science is a question many universities are still grappling with. The University of Wyoming is doing pretty well in that area. Around 20 percent of its 283 computer science students are women – slightly higher than the national average. But, at least according to one Freshman, one thing that could make the field even more appealing to women, is creating an environment where it’s ok to admit what you don’t know. Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard reports.
For many years, the University of Wyoming choir programs have been recognized as among the best in the country. Since 2008 Doctor, Nicole Lamartine has been the Director of Choral activities and she’s so highly thought of that she conducts and give seminars around the world and she’s a highly regarded singer in her own right. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports…she also has a hidden talent.
A new memoir tells the story of youthful rebellion in Rock Springs. Writer J.J. Anselmi recalls growing up in the hardscrabble mining town on a steady diet of drugs, vandalism, heavy metal, and tattoos. But this story of teenage angst also explores Rock Springs’ history. Wyoming Public Radio’s Nathan Martin reports.