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Wyoming looked pretty different 50 million years ago. It was tropical, with lots of trees and wet, humid conditions. Scientists know this because of the many fossils found from this time period in the Green River Formation in Southwest Wyoming.

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This Friday and Saturday, the little town of Riverside, Wyoming will see its population balloon from 50 to 1500. WHAT Fest has seen steady growth since moving to Riverside from Cody, five years ago.

This year’s music festival features more than 30 bands, mostly from around Wyoming. But there are also bands from Colorado and several national touring acts performing this weekend, including The Black Lillies and The Lonesome Heroes.

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The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial this year, and already 2016 is on track to break records for the number of visitors at national parks in Wyoming. But if you can’t make it to a national park this summer, there’s a new way to see one right from your computer or smartphone.

More Than Just Parks is a project by brothers Will and Jim Pattiz, who have set out to document every national park with its own short film. Each video is a few minutes long and features time lapse photography of landscapes and wildlife.

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As the National Park Service celebrates 100 years, a photographer says Yellowstone National Park is succeeding at preserving its wild landscape.

Bradly Boner spent three summers in Yellowstone re-photographing more than a hundred photos taken in 1871. The original shots are from a survey expedition to what would become Yellowstone National Park. And Boner says nearly a century and a half later, the landscape remains remarkably intact.

Atlanta Blues Rock Band Dr. Izzy On Morning Music

Jul 22, 2016
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Dr. Izzy Band recorded live on 7/22/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.  

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This summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival celebrates 10 years with music director and conductor Donald Runnicles. As he tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer, the festival features a lineup of rising young stars as guest soloists with the orchestra.

Wyoming Public Radio’s first broadcast of the Festival Orchestra is tonight, immediately following coverage of the Republican National Convention.

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On Tuesday, Governor Matt Mead named Eugene Gagliano the 8th poet laureate of Wyoming. Gagliano is a retired elementary school teacher and is known for his collaborative and entertaining presentations for schools and libraries across the state. Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen spoke with him about the honor.

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When someone gets sick, it can be difficult to know what to do for them. Should you bring flowers, food, a card? Jackson resident Kathleen Neiley is providing an answer to that question and employing rural women around the state with her new business Full Circle.

Quilts. The company creates custom, group funded t-shirt quilts for cancer patients, and its workforce will be made up of women in rural areas of Wyoming. Neiley told Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard the idea came from her own experiences.

HumaNature Broadcast Special #2

Jul 8, 2016
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A special edition of HumaNature formatted for air: a man utters a curse that comes true, a stint at a dinosaur quarry challenges a woman’s scientific certainty, a woman runs across the country alone and finds the good in others along the way, and a river guide’s first river trip goes horribly, hilariously wrong. 

Story 1: Man vs. Machine

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A documentary following the first year of business for an innovative greenhouse in Jackson is one of ten finalists in a nationwide film competition.

The film, called “Hearts of Glass,” details the challenges of the Vertical Harvest greenhouse through its first year of “vertical farming,” a process that grows produce by stacking it on top of each other instead of side by side. Vertical Harvest also hires disabled people in the community to help grow the produce.

    

A retreat for amateur and professional musicians from around the world is coming to the University of Wyoming next week. The Whole Musician retreat helps musicians reconnect with the sense of wonder and creativity that they felt when they first began playing. Whole Musician team member Megan Lanz said to accomplish this, workshops focus on self-awareness.

Art Fair Jackson Hole

The annual Art Fair Jackson Hole is expanding as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. For the first time, the Art Association of Jackson Hole has contracted with an event planner to organize the fair. Erika Bossi’s goal is to broaden the fair’s audience.

“We’re making it more of an event this summer, so that we’re any number of different people to the art fair,” she said.

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It wasn’t until the 1980’s that kayakers successfully descended the Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River in northwest Wyoming, one of the wildest rivers in the U.S. But it was also around then that the state of Wyoming drew up plans to dam the canyon. A new documentary called Our Local Epic by kayakers Will Taggart and Aaron Pruzan explore how the Clark’s Fork became Wyoming's first wild and scenic river.

Sharon Martinson

CORRECTION: In the audio of this story, as in a previous Web version, musician Jalan Crossland suggests making a cake by using an Altoids tin and wiring it to a car battery. Crossland now says he was joking. To be clear: This should not be attempted. Short-circuiting a car battery can cause the battery to overheat and potentially explode.

For many Americans, summer means road trips. So Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer checked in with a couple of touring musicians for some pro-tips you can use the next time you hit the open road.

Wyoming Art Party

The Wyoming Art Party is holding four free art workshops to prepare for Laramie’s upcoming Jubilee Days parade. Adrienne Vetter is a local artist and one of the event’s organizers. She says the workshops fit the Art Party’s mission to help community members express their inner creativity.

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The Wyoming Independent Music Initiative will feature nine Laramie bands in a free concert Saturday, June 25. WIMI is a broad initiative by the Wyoming Arts Council to grow the state’s live music scene.

Luke Bell Returns To Wyoming In Debut Album

Jun 18, 2016
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In 1914 John Woody started a Wyoming phone company that is now known as Union Wireless. These days it’s a multi-million dollar corporation and one of the state’s great success stories.

Author Terry Del Bene has written a book about the company called A Phone Where The Buffalo Roamed. He explains why this phone company survived for over 100 years while others have faltered. 

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In stories of the American Revolution, the Civil War, and westward expansion, the lives and roles of women often go untold.

Laramie Author Jennie Lawrence is aiming to change that a bit, with her new book Soap Suds Row: The Bold Lives of Army Laundresses 1802 – 1876. Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard sat down for a conversation with the author about the secret lives of laundresses.

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Grady Kirkpatrick talked to acclaimed singer-songwriter James McMurtry ahead of his June 11, 2016 show at the Cowboy Saloon in Laramie.

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A new mural is being painted in downtown Gillette this week. It will replace a deteriorating older mural.

A mustachioed cowboy painted by Gillette mural artist Harvey Jackson in 1999 is fading and cracking. It will be replaced with a collaborative piece. AVA Community Art Center is bringing in Denver artist Partick McGirr—a Gillette native—to help 15 to 20 kids create a new collage mural. Sarah Ferguson is on AVA’s board of directors. She says the new mural is about community pride expressed through the kids’ art.

Award Winning Poet Discusses Her New Book

Jun 10, 2016
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Laramie Poet Lori Howe has a new book coming out called Voices at Twilight. It’s a book of poems, photographs, and historic essays about the ghost towns of Wyoming’s southern corridor. She joins Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck and reads excerpts from that book. 

Lori Howe will be on tour this month as a Think Wyoming, Wyoming Humanities Council roads scholar teaching free creative writing workshops on the subject of Water in Wyoming. 

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Ernest Hemingway is almost as famous for places he lived and visited—like Paris and Spain—as he is for his writing. Now, an article in Big Sky Magazine reveals Hemingway’s Wyoming connections. The article’s author, Darla Worden, became a Hemingway fan while attending high school in Sheridan. As she told Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer, the Sheridan area has its own Hemingway connection.

A Wyoming children’s author showcased her book at the Casper Art Walk last week.

Karen Cotton signed her book “Vedauwoo: Hidden Faces in Mysterious Places” at Wind City Books. The book features pictures of wildlife and rock formations at Vedauwoo. Many of those formations – like Turtle Rock - are named after what they resemble. That’s what originally piqued Cotton’s interest.

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A celebrated concert pianist will offer a public performance at Casper College on Friday. He’s the featured artist at this year’s Wyoming Music Teachers Association conference.

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The Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra has extended the contract of its conductor. William Intriligator will remain the orchestra’s Music Director and Conductor through 2022. Intriligator is currently in his eighth season with the orchestra. His current contract was set to expire next year.

Adrienne Vetter

A provocative collection of digitally altered historical photographs has a closing reception in Pinedale this weekend. Artists Colleen Friday and Adrienne Vetter create digitally altered historical images inspired by their own upbringings.

Wyoming Americana Band The Two Tracks On Morning Music

May 19, 2016
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The Two Tracks recorded live on 5/19/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

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For many years, the University of Wyoming choir programs have been recognized as among the best in the country.

Since 2008 Doctor Nicole Lamartine has been the Director of Choral activities and she’s so highly thought of that she conducts and give seminars around the world and she’s a highly regarded singer in her own right. But she also has a hidden talent as a weight lifter.

A power lifter to be exact and a pretty good one, for instance, she currently holds the world back squat record after squatting 265 pounds.

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A new memoir tells the story of youthful rebellion in Rock Springs. Writer J.J. Anselmi recalls growing up in the hardscrabble mining town on a steady diet of drugs, vandalism, heavy metal, and tattoos. But this story of teenage angst also explores Rock Springs’ history.

As a teenager, J.J. Anselmi covered his body with tattoos of his favorite bands: Metallica, Pantera, Black Sabbath. They represented the anger he felt growing up. But a few years later, Anselmi began having his tattoos surgically cut from his skin.

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