November 4th, 2011

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A listing of today's stories:

Regional drought blamed for Wyoming moose decline
Big game hunting is big business here in Wyoming, and almost nothing is off limits to hunters, ranging from bison to mountain lions to moose. But a dramatic drop in the state’s moose population is hurting people who make a living from big game. Wyoming Public Radio’s Tristan Ahtone reports the reasons for the decline are complicated.

BLM turns to birth control for managing wild horse herds
The Bureau of Land Management is rounding up thousands of wild horses in Wyoming this fall, in an attempt to reduce herd sizes. Right now, there’s not enough forage on the range for both wild horses and livestock. So, as it has been doing for many years, the BLM is seeking to bring down the horse numbers. In previous years, the agency done that by removing horses from the range permanently. More recently, they’ve been adding another method: birth control. New numbers indicate that the drug is working, though it has its drawbacks. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.

Jackson residents weigh in on plan for preserving open space, adding worker housing
In Teton County, planning often gets heated. A developer proposes a new subdivision or commercial space, and citizens come out to oppose it. Residents can be pretty clear about what kind of development they don't want to see. But the question Teton County and Town of Jackson officials are putting to the community in a series of workshops as part of a new comprehensive plan is: What kind of development do they want? Rebecca Huntington has more.

Federal grant spurs residential solar and wind energy in Wyoming
Wyoming received a federal grant to help people install residential renewable energy systems for their homes. With prices for things like solar and wind systems still high, and Wyoming power some of the cheapest in the country, it’s not always clear if these installations always make sense economically. But if you’re thinking long term, the investments do pay off. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports.

A conversation with Bill T. Jones: The social messages of dance
It’s hard to overstate the difference Bill T. Jones has made on dance.  Jones is recognized as a ground-breaking, multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer.  He is a Kennedy center honoree and has won a Tony award.  He is the co-founder and artistic director of the renowned Bill T. Jones Arnie Zane dance company.  This year, add the title of University of Wyoming Eminent Artist in Residence.  He and those connected with his dance company are training UW dancers to perform four of his works November  15th through the 19th.  Jones is also the focus of a PBS special this month called A Good Man.  Jones is noted not only for his innovation, but also for the social message that frequently is part of his performances.   When his career started, the goal was to take dance in a new direction.

Bill T. Jones brings new rigor to dance instruction at UW
University of Wyoming dance students are getting a unique opportunity this semester.  They are being trained by members of the world renowned Bill T. Jones dance company to perform four challenging works for an event called Continuous Momentum, which will be performed November 15th through the 19th at UW.  It will also tour the state in December.  The University is using funds from the excellence in education endowment to bring the trainers and Bill T. Jones himself to teach the students.  It is viewed as an extraordinary educational experience for the students.  Wyoming Public radio’s Bob Beck reports.

A conversation with Ira Glass: Behind the scenes at This American Life
Next week the host and creator of the public radio program This American Life will be in Laramie and will give a talk called Re-inventing Radio: An evening with Ira Glass.  Glass began his career with NPR as an intern in 1978 and later became a fixture on the network before debuting This American Life on Chicago’s public radio station WBEZ.  He’s noted for being an outstanding story teller, but he says that never came easy for him, and Glass says he spent a lot of time honing his craft.