Many programs on the University of Wyoming campus are facing budget cuts, but there are those who believe that academics is suffering more than it should. That’s especially when compared to athletics. In public forums several faculty and staff members say they want athletics de-emphasized at the University. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck took a look at the athletic department budget and has this report.
Overcrowding in homes on the Wind River Reservation is a real problem. In the early 2000’s, the number of homes with more than six people living in them grew by almost 10 percent there. And the reason is, there just aren’t enough houses on the reservation. And as Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards reports as part of her series on the reservation housing shortage, there are a lot of hurdles for how housing developments are funded.
The National Park Service celebrated its 100th year of existence recently. Now the beloved federal agency is trying to figure out how to make it through the next century, while protecting the national parks “unimpaired for future generations”. Penny Preston reports some are concerned new funding sources may put corporate logos in the parks.
Yellowstone has seen extreme fire danger this summer, and crews are using everything at their disposal to manage them. Fighting wildfires increasingly relies on new technology like drones and a web program that traces every lightning strike in real time. But in the Black Hills of Northeastern Wyoming, the most basic of technology is still relied on...The human eye. Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen visited some of the few remaining fire lookout towers in the state.
Bankruptcies and layoffs plague the coal industry from West Virginia to Wyoming. But in one place -- on the Northern Plains -- coal’s still alive and well. That’s in North Dakota, where power plants burn a different kind of coal than in other parts of the United States. And coal still provides 75 percent of the state’s electricity needs. Yet even the industry there feels mounting pressure. Inside Energy’s Amy Sisk has more.
Donald Trump is wooing energy-state voters by promising a presidency that will champion coal, promote drilling and free frackers from federal regulations limiting oil and gas development. As StateImpact journalist Joe Wertz reports for Inside Energy, oil-state influencers are helping shape the platform of the Republican presidential candidate
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has energy whisperers with roots in fossil fuel country as well. Trevor Houser grew up in coal-rich Wyoming. He's part of a small team behind Clinton’s energy strategy. Inside Energy’s Leigh Paterson spoke with Houser about crafting energy policy in the middle of an energy bust.
The University of Wyoming is kicking off another school year, and with it comes a new season of visiting performers through the school’s Cultural Programs. Janelle Fletcher is the Director of Fine Arts Outreach & Cultural Programs, and she joined me to preview some of the fall season acts.