With President Obama heading out of office soon Wyoming lawmakers fear he’s preparing a slew of executive orders that could hurt the economy out west. Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.
Wyoming voters will be asked to support a constitutional amendment this November that will change the way the state treasurer can manage Wyoming’s rainy day accounts and endowments. Called Constitutional Amendment A, it will allow the state treasurer to invest that money in the equities market and the expectation is that it will help grow those funds. Some are concerned that this could put funds at risk, but State Treasurer Mark Gordon says the amendment would allow the Treasurer to manage these funds like the state currently manages to Permanent Mineral Trust fund. He joins us to discuss the proposal.
Larry Struempf is hoping to shock the world. The Laramie Libertarian is hoping to win the nod to become Wyoming’s next congressman. Struempf is a Wyoming native who has worked in the field of computer information systems for many years. He is running on a platform of less government and more civil liberties. He joins us to discuss some of the issues.
From the presidential debate stage to local town halls, what to do about lost mining jobs keeps coming up. On Colorado’s western slope, two candidates running for Congress are divided on the issue and are nearly matched in campaign contributions as election day approaches. Inside Energy’s Leigh Paterson reports.
High levels of ozone in western Wyoming have long been linked to oil and gas development. Now researchers nationwide are starting to look closer at the magnitude of those emissions and how they impact public health. Children with asthma are especially vulnerable. For Inside Energy, Anna Boiko-Weyrauch reports on what is known -- and what isn’t -- about the link between ozone, energy production and asthma.
The campaign season is heading into its last few weeks, and one of the bigger races in this state is the battle for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House Seat. Wyoming Public Radio News Director Bob Beck has been keeping tabs on that race and was a panelist for Thursday night’s debate.
Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard asked him five questions about that race.
According to demographers, small town America is in trouble. Populations are aging and shrinking, as young people leave for the big city. But that’s not the whole picture. In her new book, Julianne Couch draws on her own experience to paint a portrait of nine small towns in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Wyoming—specifically Centennial. The book is called The Small Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century. Julianne Couch spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer.