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October 21st, 2011

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A listing of today's stories:

Enzi leads efforts to overhaul No Child Left Behind
Last night the U.S. Senate Education committee sent to the full Senate a major revision of the education law called No Child Left Behind.  Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi has for years been at the forefront of the effort to overhaul the federal law. The Wyoming Republican has worked closely with Iowa Democrat, Senator Tom Harkin, to find common ground on ways to improve it.   Elizabeth Wynne Johnson gives us a snapshot of the work that went into reforming the legislation this week.

UW president discusses K-12 education in Wyoming
K-12 education reform has the interest of University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan, who joins Bob Beck to talk about that and other subjects.  Buchanan says the work legislative committees are doing will benefit the state.

Officials stop hunters to track wildlife diseases and populations
If you’ve been driving around on the weekends, chances are you’ve seen signs by the side of the road telling all hunters to stop. The signs are pointing out check stations, where officials from the Department of Game and Fish look at hunters’ licenses … and examine the game they’ve killed. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden visited a check station near Centennial in southeastern Wyoming and reports that the hunters are being stopped mostly to collect scientific data.

Wildlife biologist and author Bruce Smith discusses Wyoming’s elk feeding program
One of the more controversial programs in Wyoming involves feeding Elk on the National Elk Refuge.  Longtime U-S Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist Bruce Smith worked at the refuge for many years.  He’s written a book on his experience called Where Elk Roam, conservation and Biopolitics of our National Elk heard.  He says the feeding program is unusual…

Tribal officials fear uranium contamination could be causing cancer clusters on Wind River Reservation
Last year, the Department of Energy released well monitoring data from the Wind River Reservation. What they found was that uranium levels in a number of their wells had spiked up to 100 times the legal limit. But while the data points to the fact that there may be a serious problem with the area, it's nothing new: residents in the area have been complaining of health problems for years, and now both the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes, as well as a truckload of other federal agencies, are trying to figure out what's going on, and what to do next. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone reports.

Wyoming’s new uranium mines reduce environmental risks, uranium specialist says
Two uranium mines are operating in Wyoming, and several more licenses are in the works. But Bob Gregory, the uranium specialist at the Wyoming State Geological Survey, says the new mines use a completely different technology than their older counterparts.

Online farmers market provides supplemental market for local products
As cold weather sends farmers markets into hibernation, there’s one that’s picking back up after a summer lull. The Triple Crown Commodities Cooperative serves four counties in Southeastern Wyoming without needing a city block to set up in. This farmers market allows farmers to sell local products to  customers online. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez has more

Star basketball coach seeks to reverse Cowboys’ losing streak
If you said that the Wyoming Cowboys basketball team has struggled in recent years, that would be a bit of an understatement.  After back to back 10 win and 21 loss seasons, a change was needed.  So, Wyoming went to its past and hired Larry Shyatt.  Shyatt coached one year at Wyoming and took a team that had struggled in previous years… to a 19-9 record and the postseason.  As most fans know, Shyatt then left to Coach at Clemson and later became the top assistant and two time National Champion Florida.  Shyatt was always troubled that he left a job unfinished at Wyoming and decided to come back.  Practice is underway and despite losing his top scorer from a year ago, Shyatt believes he can build a winner….