September 16th, 2016

Sep 16, 2016

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Many Reasons, One Cause In Pipeline Protest

Opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline continues to grow beyond its North Dakota roots, with solidarity protests on September 13 in dozens of cities across the country and the world.

Wyoming Community College Makes Third Expedition To Study Glacier's Retreat

For three years now, a few hardy souls at Central Wyoming College in Riverton have been making an expedition up to the Dinwoody Glacier in the Wind River Range to document how climate change is taking its toll on one of the state’s largest glaciers. This year, Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards made the trek in with them.

Colorado's Solar Gardens Put Renewables Within Reach For The Poor

For the poorest amongst us, paying every bill can be a struggle, including the power bill. Until now, solar power hasn’t really been a go-to option for those at the bottom. That’s despite the fact that solar has boomed nationwide and costs have fallen some 70% But that’s starting to change. Inside Energy’s Dan Boyce explains.

A Battle Over Bringing Local Renewables To Rural Electric Co-ops

In the 1930s, electric cooperatives brought electricity to the country’s most far-flung communities. They transformed rural economies. And in western Colorado, one co-op is again trying to spur economic development, partly by generating more of their electricity locally. But it’s started a high-stakes legal battle, pitting renewable energy advocates against traditional wholesale power providers. The case could help define the future of electricity generation in rural communities in Colorado, Wyoming and elsewhere. Cally Carswell reports for Inside Energy. 

Superintendent Jillian Balow Says Students Are Making Progress

Over the last several weeks we’ve gotten lots of information concerning testing of students.  Some were more positive than others. To get a full assessment of how students are doing we turn to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. It’s a busy time in education, next week an education committee will continue working on such reforms as distance education and how they will assess education in the future. Plus there is the issue of funding cuts. Superintendent Balow starts by saying that she’s mostly pleased with some of the test scores she’s seeing.  

Historic Dude Ranch Gets New Life As Preservation Training Center

In Grand Teton National Park, the White Grass Dude Ranch entertained visitors who came for mountain views and the chance to play cowboy for many years. It closed in 1985 and soon the ranch's cabins and lodge started falling apart once people stopped using them. That's how White Grass joined a backlog of some 27-thousand historic properties nationwide that the National Park Service couldn’t afford to maintain. But things have changed. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington attended a recent rope-cutting to celebrate the ranch's revival.

Listen As Former Governor Ed Herschler Tells A Joke

This week we have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of Wyoming Public Radio and in that time we’ve encountered some interesting characters, dignitaries, and just plain interesting folks.

One person that qualified for all three of those categories was former Governor Ed Herschler. Herschler was Wyoming’s only three term Governor…serving the state from 1975 until 1985. Governor Herschler was a long time friend of Wyoming Public Radio and he appeared on this station weeks before he died in 1990. I had a chance to record this speech given by Governor Herschler in Laramie towards the end of his time as governor. Herschler had a commanding presence and had an amazing sense of humor.  We played this clip as part of his obituary piece over 25 years ago.

Hunters Urged To Be Bear Aware

In the last week a bow hunter suffered numerous injuries after he was attacked by a bear. Game and Fish officials worry about such things at this time of year as more hunting seasons get underway. Tara Hodges from the Cody Game and Fish office explains that hunters need to be bear aware.  

From Pests To Puzzle Solvers, Scientists Study Laramie's Raccoons

When you think of raccoons, you may think of cute little creatures or maybe your neighborhood pest. But where do they live? Are they social? How smart are they?  The University of Wyoming Raccoon Project is setting out to answer those questions. Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard rode along with the team of scientists on one of their recent trapping days.