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2:49 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

September 9th, 2011

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Three Wyoming residents who were witnesses of 9/11 still remember it vividly.
The unfolding horror of 9/11 remains vivid for Teton County residents, who were living in New York City at the time. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington shares the stories of three current Wyoming residents, who watched the surreal events of that day, first-hand.

University of Wyoming students responded to 9/11 by becoming more educated.
Wyomingites responded to the reverberations of the 9/11 attacks with a realization that America was no longer an untouchable superpower. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez found out that many young people have taken opportunities to learn about Middle Eastern issues and Islam.

Students discuss what it is like to grow up in the 9/11 decade.
For many students entering college now, 9/11 is a less visceral memory than for their older siblings and parents. At the same time, 9/11 is touted as the formative event of their entire generation. Some have normalized it, some commemorate it, and others have enlisted in the military out of a sense of duty. Irina Zhorov reports.

A decade after 9/11 Wyoming’s military continues to grow.
Shortly after 9-11 the numbers of those joining the military in Wyoming surged and ten years later those numbers continue to grow. The Wyoming National guard has people who want to join on waiting lists, even with the knowledge that most of them will be deployed at some point. Shortly after 9-11 some states saw fewer people interested in serving, but that has never been the case in Wyoming. Bob Beck reports.

Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis is among those assaulting the Clean Water Act in an effort to allow states enforcement power.
As the Clean Water Act approaches its 40th birthday, supporters say it is under assault, and point to House members like Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis, who has called for the E-P-A to relinquish key enforcement powers to the states. Patrick Terpstra picks up the story on the Clean Water Act from Washington.

Clean Coal research is beginning to show results.

Since 2007 Wyoming’s Clean Coal Technology Fund has poured 31 million dollars into developing more advanced and cleaner ways of burning coal. Now, the first wave of this research is beginning to show results. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Kathryn Flagg reports, these new technologies face some significant hurdles before they make the leap from the lab to the power plant.

The former University of Wyoming Cross Country coach remembers the 8.
Shortly after midnight on September 16th, on highway 287 near Laramie, eight University of Wyoming cross country runners were killed when their vehicle was hit head on by a drunk driver. Jim Sanchez was cross country coach of the mens and womens teams that year, and he spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Tristan Ahtone about what happened after the crash.

The father of a UW cross country runner who was killed by a drunk driver fights for stronger driving under the influence laws.
One of the runners who died was Douglas Resident Shane Shatto. Since that time his father Kerry Shatto has been dedicated to the effort of enhancing driving under the influence laws. He tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck that he found out that his son died early one Sunday morning.