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5:09 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

A Casper Family Changes Careers To Make Alcohol

Backwards Distilling bottles.
Bob Beck

Many people have ideas for small businesses, but not many of them quit their day jobs to try something unique, especially when it’s something they know little about.  But that’s exactly what the Pollock family of Casper did in starting Backwards Distilling Company

“My son’s an absinth drinker and absinth is hard to come by and he and she were talking…why don’t we just make some make some…and then we all looked at each other and we all stopped and went hmmm.”

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Open Spaces
3:47 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

How America's Original Horse Was Saved By A Wyoming Family

Spanish Mustangs on the Cayuse Ranch running in the late day sunlight.
Dan Hayward

This was almost the year of the thoroughbred horse, with California Chrome's run for the elusive Triple Crown. But here's the story of a smaller, scrappier horse that overcame long odds with the help of a Wyoming family. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer has this postcard from a visit with the Spanish Mustang.

Living history comes thundering over the ridge. This is America’s original horse.

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Single Shot Live
2:52 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

David Wiatrolik: Wishful Thinking

Credit Micah Schweizer

Fresh off the 2014 release of ‘Dave and the Gin Mill Gypsies’, Laramie guitarist, singer, and songwriter David Wiatrolik assembles a stripped down trio (Dana Robertson, drums and Luke Woodbury, bass) to perform live at the WPM studios.

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Arts
8:00 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Big Horn Mountain Festival Celebrates 10 Years Of American Roots Music

The Big Horn Mountain Festival in Buffalo celebrates ten years of roots, bluegrass and Americana music at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, July 11 through 13. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer asked one of the organizers, Paul Jarvis, to remember the festival’s early years.

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Spoken Words
10:18 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Two Poems By Kate Northrop

Kate Northrop

Kate Northrop teaches in the Department of English at the University of Wyoming. She earned a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. Kate recently received the 2014 Jeannette Haien Ballard Writers Award. Her most recent collections of poems, Clean, was published in 2011 by Persea Books.

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Open Spaces
4:49 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Yellowstone Celebrates The Renovation Of Its Oldest Lodge

Yellowstone's Lake Hotel
Credit yellowstonenationalparklodges.com

Yellowstone Park is celebrating completion of a two year, 29 million dollar renovation of its oldest lodge: Lake Hotel. Now all of the Lake Hotel’s redecorated rooms are ready for guest now. Penny Preston reports people worked through two bitter winters to complete the project.

In 1889, 27 years before there was a National Park Service, construction began on Lake Hotel.  It is Yellowstone’s oldest.  Two years ago, reconstruction started.

“The old hotel had been touched pretty harshly over the years.

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Open Spaces
3:48 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Rare Mammoth Site Excavated In Douglas

Mammoth Rib Bone.
Melodie Edwards

In 1986, a large mammoth rib bone was found jutting out of the bank of a creek a few miles from Douglas.  The state archaeologist, Dr. George Frison, did a hasty 4-day excavation at the time.  But a thorough excavation has never been done because the land owners weren’t interested in hosting an archaeology dig on their property.  That left archaeologists with a big question--was LaPrele Creek a mammoth kill site?  But recently the land sold and archaeologists have finally been allowed to dig. 

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Single Shot Live
3:11 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

The Copoetics: Here, Hear!

Credit Anna Rader

This Sioux Falls, SD duo is putting the finishing touches on a new album, which includes this song.

Arts
6:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Summer Theatre Takes World War II Show On The Road

For the first time, Laramie’s Snowy Range Summer Theatre is doing a touring show. ‘Swingtime Canteen’ is in Laramie June 19-21 and 26-28 (opening night is free to the public). In between, the show will travel to Riverton on June 22, Rock Springs on June 23, Lander on June 24, and Dubois on June 25. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer spoke with the director, Leigh Selting.

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Open Spaces
3:53 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Fifth Annual Hyart Film Festival Promises Laughs

Sunrise at the Hyart Theatre.
Credit Jason Zeller

The fifth annual Hyart Film Festival is scheduled for next weekend, June 19-21, at the historic Hyart Theater in Lovell. The festival has culled 160 entries from around the world down to just under 50 films—comedies, drama, sci-fi, horror, and kids movies. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer called the festival’s Creative Guru, Jason Zeller, to find out what movies made the cut.

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Arts
4:32 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Laramie Mural Project Celebrates Tenth Public Artwork

Artist Lindsey Olson paints her ‘windsock’ trout.
Credit Rebecca Golden

The Laramie Mural Project will celebrate its tenth public artwork with an outdoor party on Friday, June 13. The Mural Project is collaboration between artists, the University of Wyoming Art Museum and the Laramie Main Street Alliance. Since 2011, it has decorated the sides of downtown buildings with images ranging from migrant farm workers to prairie dogs. 

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Single Shot Live
2:25 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Cory McDaniel: Took My Money

Amy Gieske and Cory McDaniel.
Credit facebook.com/CoryPMcdanielMusic

Casper's Cory McDaniel (guitar) and Amy Gieske (bass) play one from the new record, The Tremors.

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Open Spaces
5:50 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Interview With Adventure Cyclist Mike McCoy

Credit motherearthnews.com

The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route is the longest off-pavement cycling route in the world. It runs from Mexico to Canada, paralleling the Continental Divide. We're joined now by one of the people who created the route and who just published a guide book for it.

His name is Mike McCoy, and he live in Victor, Idaho. McCoy says the idea for the route grew out of the work he was doing with the Adventure Cycling Association.

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Open Spaces
5:07 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

A New Standard? Jackson Singer Adds A New Song To The Jazz Repertoire

Nicole Madison
Credit thejazznetworkworldwide.com

A new album by Jackson Hole jazz singer Nicole Madison jazzes up a '60s pop song and gives it a place among classic jazz standards. The album’s name—‘In My Life’—comes from a song written by the Beatles. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer reached Nicole Madison at home.

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Open Spaces
5:21 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Wyoming's Bike Friendly Rating Has Dropped

Credit Wyoming Pathways

Wyoming’s ranking as a bike friendly state continues to drop. The state ranks 36th after ranking 33rd last year and 11th in 2010.  The loss of stature has concerned that Director of Wyoming Pathways…Tim Young.  He’s been speaking with the Wyoming Department of Transportation about the issue.  He joins us to discuss the report.

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Single Shot Live
1:36 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Steve Frame: Fourteen Hours

Credit Micah Schweizer

Steve Frame and his fellow Western Rebel Jim Halsey, aka Jimmy Harper, perform a song written for workers in the western oil fields.

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Arts
3:23 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

From Gunshots To Good Times: Stories From The Stagecoach Bar

Credit JenTen Productions

The Stagecoach Bar in Wilson has kept Jackson Hole fed, watered, and entertained since 1942. The historic bar is home to cowboys, hippies, and the famous Stagecoach Band, which has played every Sunday night for over 40 years.

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Open Spaces
12:29 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Casper Geowives Celebrate 60 Years

Joanie Dunlap and Liz King have been friends and members of Geowives for decades.
Irina Zhorov

Sixty years ago a group of women in Casper whose husbands were always leaving them for long shifts out on the oil patch got together to commiserate and lunch. The group became known as the Geowives - wives of geologists - and it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary this spring. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov attended the Geowives’ monthly luncheon and has this story. 

IRINA ZHOROV: Bette Faust is one of the charter members of the Geowives, and a Wyoming native who came to Casper in the 1950s.

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Open Spaces
4:47 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

6th Annual Cheyenne Film Festival Is Set To Begin

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The 6th annual Cheyenne International Film Festival kicks off Tuesday.  Alan O’Hashi runs the event and he joins us to tell us what is in store.

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Open Spaces
4:09 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

'How To Be A Man': Author Explores Western Gender Identity

Credit Tamara Linse

Author Tamara Linse grew up on ranch in northern Wyoming. She channels that experience in a new collection of short stories, ‘How to Be a Man.’ As Linse explains to Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer, the stories grew out of her own struggles with identity and gender.

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Arts
12:59 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

How The West Was Fun: Documentary Screening And Dance Party

Credit Credit JenTen Productions

JenTen Productions documentary film on The Stagecoach Bar in Wilson, Wyoming is playing in Sheridan at the WYO Theater on May 24th at 6:30 PM.

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Single Shot Live
12:18 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Steep Canyon Rangers: Come Dance

Credit www.steepcanyon.com

WPM’s Ranch Breakfast show recently had a visit from the Grammy Award-winning bluegrass sextet the Steep Canyon Rangers. Here’s a live performance of an original song from their newest album, Tell The Ones I Love.

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Arts
3:10 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Music, Illustrated: Wyoming Symphony Teams With Artist For Season Finale

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra in Casper has teamed up with an illustrator for this weekend’s season finale concert. Igor Stravinsky’s 'Petrouchka' was originally written as a ballet about the story of a young puppet brought to life by a wizard. Wyoming Symphony music director and conductor Matthew Savery will tell the audience the story and have the orchestra demonstrate how the music replicates human movement.

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Arts
4:34 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 Arrives In Cheyenne

Big Boy 4014 en route to Cheyenne.
Dan Hayward

Big Boy No. 4014 was delivered to Union Pacific in December 1941. The locomotive was retired in December 1961, having traveled 1,031,205 miles in its 20 years in service.

The journey of Big Boy is complete! Watch the arrival in Cheyenne below.

Single Shot Live
4:23 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Mosey West: The King and Queen of L.A.

Credit Anna Rader

Mosey West, based in Fort Collins, Colorado, plays a song from their newest EP, ‘Bermuda.’

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News
5:43 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Historic Steam Engine Returns To Wyoming

Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014

One of the World’s largest steam locomotives is traveling across Wyoming this week.  Union Pacific’s Big Boy number 4014 is being moved to Cheyenne for restoration. UP spokesman Mark Davis says 25 so called Big Boys were once used to carry heavy loads over mountains. This one was built in 1941.

“It’s a 132 feet long and weighs about 1.2 million pounds.  They were a heavy load locomotive.”

Davis says the locomotive will arrive in Laramie around eight tonight. There will a public ceremony in Cheyenne tomorrow at 1 PM.

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Arts
4:58 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Summer 2014 Festivals

tetonvalleyfoundation.org

Now until August 31, take a photo of you (and your friends) at a Wyoming music festival, use the hashtag and post it to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We'll collect all of the photos taken this summer and feature them on our website!

June 7: Hiwater Hoedown at The Yard. Saratoga, WY: www.facebook.com/theyardsaratoga

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Open Spaces
3:59 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Coalition Seeks To Provide Continental Divide Trail’s Viewshed

The Continental Divide Trail is a 3,000-mile path that stretches from Canada to Mexico, passing through Wyoming and several other states. It was designated a National Scenic Trail in the 1970s, meaning that a mile-wide corridor is protected, for the entire length of the trail.

But the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, which maintains the trail, says the trail still faces threats from nearby development. We’re joined now by the Coalition’s director, Teresa Martinez. She says protecting the trail’s view shed is particularly crucial in Wyoming.

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