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7:48 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Film contest seeks to foster small-scale indie productions

The Wyoming Film Office is taking submissions for the annual Wyoming Short Film Contest.  To be eligible, films must be under fifteen minutes, shot in Wyoming, set in Wyoming, or include Wyoming as a character.  The winner will receive a $25,000 prize, for use on their next film shot in Wyoming.      

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Open Spaces
4:13 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Eugene’s Tasty Tea: Never too young for tea…or running a business

Eugene demonstrates how he makes his tea, in the WPR studio.
Credit Irina Zhorov

For our occasional series, Upstarts, we’re featuring entrepreneurs around the state. Our second featured businessman is Eugene Gerow-Mathew, of Eugene’s Tasty Teas, who makes organic teas and proves that you’re never too young to be an upstart.  

EUGENE GEROW-MATHEW: My name is Eugene, I’m currently the manager and owner of Eugene’s Tasty Tea Company.

ZHOROV: Eugene has been in business for about three years now. He makes specialty, organic teas.

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News
4:05 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

UW Geology Museum reopening

The University of Wyoming Geology Museum is reopening Saturday  after undergoing improvements and renovations. Most of the work was in the internal infrastructure, but Museum Manager Kelli Trujillo says some of the exhibits have been updated as well.    

“A brand new exhibit on the cretaceous of Wyoming, with some of our existing dinosaurs, some of the cast skulls, in new places and in new interpretations, and some murals and some new ways to look at some old stuff that we already had.”  

A grand opening ceremony is set for next Thursday at 3:30.

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News
7:15 am
Fri January 4, 2013

New funding for arts and culture in Wyoming

The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund has announced two new deadlines for grants to nonprofit and governmental organizations in Wyoming, the earlier of which is April 1st.

Fund Administrator Renee Bobee says the fund supports groups that enrich the state by providing essential cultural opportunities for residents in a variety of ways, including fairs and exhibitions, archaeological research, musical performances and historical preservation projects. Bobee says the grant can also help organizations to grow and develop.

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News
6:50 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Jackson Hole is expecting a big weekend

Jackson tourism officials are expecting a busy New Year’s holiday. 

The lodging barometer, which measures lodging bookings for the valley shows occupancy at 72-percent of full for the Saturday before New Year’s.  That’s up significantly from last year’s 59-percent and the 49-percent that was recorded in 2010.

Kate Foster of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce says the turnaround is based on a couple of things.

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News
6:57 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Long-time Albany County librarian retires

At the end of the month, Susan Simpson will retire from her post as Albany County Librarian. Simpson has worked in the state for more than three decades, and she says she’s proud of the Wyoming library system’s cooperative network.

“I was on a bus in Boston Massachusetts at a conference and I had my name tag on, and woman said to me, ‘Oh, you’re from Wyoming! I wish we did what you did!’ And I don’t remember where she was from, but it’s a very common response.”

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Open Spaces
4:06 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Wyoming's cowboy poets sing about the hunt

Hub Whitt, singer-song writer, hunter, Wyoming native
Credit Hub Whitt

Wyoming is still a frontier of sorts, a place where many continue to hunt in wide open spaces. And sometimes they sing about it, too. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that Julian Saporiti is collecting those cowboy poets’ songs to share with others.

ZHOROV: Julian Saporiti is not from Wyoming…

JULIAN SAPORITI: Like this how not-Wyoming or Western I am. I’ve never ridden a horse in my life. I’ve been on a pony ride going around in a circle in a grocery store parking lot when I was 6. That’s the extent of my cowboyisms.

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Open Spaces
4:25 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Wyoming archaeologist looks to Mongolia for clues about ancient local nomads

Todd Surovell working in Mongolia
Credit Sara Hossaini

A Wyoming Archaeologist’s work in Mongolia is shedding new light on the prehistoric people of the Rocky

Mountains. Wyoming Public Radio’s Sara Hossaini reports.

SARA HOSSAINI: University of Wyoming archaeologist Todd Surovell spends a lot of time thinking about how humans organize the space around us. In particular, our junk.

TODD SUROVELL: I don’t think archaeologists commonly portray themselves as studiers of trash, but that’s what we do. Ninety-nine percent of what we find in the archaeological record is refuse.

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Open Spaces
4:17 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Author Steve Horn talked about his book “Another Man’s Life”

We’re joined now by author Steve Horn. He lives between Laramie and Cheyenne, and earlier this year he published a novel called “Another Man’s Life.” The book tells the story of a Vietnam veteran from Wyoming after he returns home from the war. So Steve, without giving too much away, tell us about the story.

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Open Spaces
4:14 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Sue Castaneda discusses her new book about Cheyenne’s Hitching Post Inn

“The Hitching Post Inn: Wyoming’s Second Capital” is the story about an iconic hotel in Cheyenne that was home to legislators, lobbyists and others over the years.  That includes big name entertainers.  The main portion of the facility burned to the ground in 2010.  Sue Castaneda is the author and she says it was more than just a hotel.

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Open Spaces
4:07 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

UPSTARTS: Custom rifle maker builds luxury firearms, rides out the Recession

Nathan Heineke, 38, builds and repairs custom rifles at his shop in Laramie.
Credit Rebecca Martinez

Now we’ll play the first installation of a segment we’re calling “Upstarts”. It’s an occasional series where we profile Wyoming entrepreneurs and explore what makes them – and their businesses – tick. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez spoke with 38-year-old Nathan Heineke, owner of N.L. Heineke Incorporated, where he designs and builds upscale custom hunting rifles in Laramie. He started his business eight years ago, and business is good but, he says it could be a while before he starts to see a profit.

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Arts
4:28 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Wyoming Artist Profile - The Teka Brock Band

Country, bluegrass and southern rock group the Teka Brock Band, formed in 2008 and are currently living in Sheridan. They are venturing on tour to promote their newest album 307. Anna Rader produced this profile.

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Business
5:07 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Wyoming Whiskey: Retailers buy up first batch in 4 minutes

Credit Wyoming Whiskey

After four years aging in barrels, the first batch of Wyoming Whiskey sold out to distributors in only four minutes today.


Three-thousand cases of Wyoming Whiskey went on sale to state liquor license holders at 3:00 p.m. on the Wyoming Department of Revenue’s E-Liquor website. At 3:04, the website crashed because it experienced such heavy traffic. Of the state’s 1,250 retailers, only about 75 were able to purchase the whiskey.

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News
4:52 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Playing with food: Laramie carries on turkey curling tradition for charity

Members of the Clucker Chuckers chase a sliding turkey down the ice at Laramie’s annual turkey curling food drive to benefit local charities.
Rebecca Martinez

Curling has developed a competitive following in Laramie in recent years… but the age-old winter sport has developed a softer, sillier side once a year to benefit local charities. Wyoming Public Radio’s Senior Poultry correspondent Rebecca Martinez attended the town’s annual Turkey Curling tournament last weekend and filed this postcard.

 

REBECCA MARTINEZ: Turkey curling is ridiculous, in a really fun way.

(Ambi: “Yeah, baby!”) (Ambi: Curling sounds)

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Open Spaces
4:15 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Poem: “Devils Tower”

University of Wyoming PhD student, budding ecologist and writer Kristen Gunther reads her poem, “Devils  Tower.”

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News
5:56 am
Tue November 6, 2012

UW Students Help Re-Design Downtown Buffalo

Architectural Design Students at the University of Wyoming are helping to re-design Buffalo, Wyoming’s historic downtown. The focal point will be an antique carousel with a unique local flair. 

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Arts
2:37 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Wyoming Artist Profile - Patti Fiasco

Roots-rock band Patti Fiasco is based in Ft. Collins but members are from towns across Wyoming. Fronted by Alysia Kraft from Encampment, they combine classic country, soul, and rock 'n' roll. With their self-titled debut release and a growing fan base, there is no limit to Patti Fiasco's potential. Anna Rader produced this profile.

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Arts
5:44 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Wyoming Symphony Orchestra produces season's first concert Saturday

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra in Casper kicks off the season with a concert on Saturday.

Music Director Matthew Savery says they’ll be playing Paul Hindeman’s Symphonic Metamorphosis and a piece by an American composer named James Beckel, called Toccata for Orchestra.

“Both pieces are similar in that they’re really like concertos for orchestra – they really show of the virtuosic capabilities of an orchestra,” Savery said.

Later in the season, the orchestra will be collaborating with the Eugene Ballet Company to perform the ballet Swan Lake.

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Arts
2:13 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Wyoming Artist Profile - Chanman Roots Band

Jackson Hole based Chanman Roots Band, fronted by Peter “Chanman” Chandler, are driven by strong rhythms, horns and a positive vibe. The nine members from the Chanman Roots Band come from across the country and  combine reggae, rock, jazz, and more to their music. The band recorded and released its first CD New Uprising in 2011. Anna Rader produced this profile.

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Arts
9:45 am
Sat September 1, 2012

Morning Music on Wyoming Public Radio: Snowy Range Music Festival Kick-off

Dr. John, Bobby Rush, and Tommy Castro visit with Wyoming Public Media's Grady Kirkpatrick on Morning Music.

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Arts
2:08 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Wyoming Artist Profile - Jalan Crossland

Jalan Crossland

Wyoming and Ten Sleep based musician, Jalan Crossland has been playing music, touring both as a solo artist and with the Jalan Crossland band, for more than 20 years. He has recently released a new solo album, Portrait of a Fish. Anna Rader produced this profile.

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Arts
1:57 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Wyoming Artist Profile - Screen Door Porch

Screen Door Porch

Jackson based band Screen Door Porch, was formed by Seadar Rose and Aaron Davis in 2007. Their newest album Fate and the Fruit, follows up their 2010 self-titled debut. Anna Rader produced this profile.

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Arts
2:18 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Wyoming Artist Profile - One Ton Pig

One Ton Pig

Jackson based, Americana band One Ton Pig have just released a new self-titled album. Anna Rader produced this profile.

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Open Spaces
12:45 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

A new film portrays the history of a Jackson Hole bar

This month a movie will debut featuring an iconic bar in Jackson Hole.  It’s called The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads.  To many in the valley it is more than a bar.  For years it has featured live music on Sunday nights and has been the host to Cowboys and millionaires.  It’s been there for more than 70 years.  The premier will be June 27th at the Center for the Arts in Jackson.  Jennifer Tennican is the filmmaker and she joins Bob Beck.

Arts
12:13 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Wyoming Artist Profile - J. Shogren

Centennial based, Americana musician J. Shogren has just released a new album “God Bless These Crooked Little Songs.” Anna Rader produced this profile.

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Arts
3:00 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Wyoming Artist Profile - Gary Small

Sheridan based, Nammy award-winning musician Gary Small has  released a new record called "Hostiles and Renegades."  Anna Rader produced this profile.

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Arts
12:55 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

One Ton Pig recorded live

Jackson Hole bluegrass/Americana quintet One Ton Pig visited Wyoming Public Radio February 3, 2012 and performed live on Morning Music.

Arts
3:49 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Oscar winner from Cheyenne hopes to bring change in Pakistan

Film maker Daniel Junge, who grew up in Cheyenne, won an Oscar this week for his film “Saving Face.” It’s a documentary about the disturbing trend of Pakistani men throwing acid in the faces of women.

The film follows several victims, and even though some of them face ongoing threats from their attackers, Junge says they were eager to be filmed.

“These women want to be heard,” Junge said. “They’ve had this awful thing happen to them, and I think they saw the chance to tell their stories with our cameras.”

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Arts Building
3:15 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

UW dedicates new Visual Arts Building

The University of Wyoming's new Visual Arts Building has faculty and student studios, wood and metal shops, a gallery, and rooms dedicated to perform tasks more safely, including a safe place to spray paint.
Rebecca Martinez Wyoming Public Radio

By Sara Hossaini

The University of Wyoming dedicated its new Visual Arts building today.

Art student Beth Cochran loves the new art building, and points out a feature she’s particularly excited about while leading a tour.

“The lockers are brand new and we’re really, really excited. They’re really, really  nice,” Cochran says.

The Visual Arts building is huge, bright and energy efficient. The 79,000 square foot facility includes studios for faculty and staff, a gallery and brand new equipment.

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Arts
4:30 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Wyoming Artist Profile - Mike Dowling

Mike Dowling digs deep into the musical bag of American roots guitar. From bottleneck blues to vintage jazz and much more in between, Mike's musicality, depth, and mastery of the instrument translates fluently to flattop, archtop, and resonator guitars alike.

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