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Open Spaces
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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Wyoming Stories
9:55 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Rough And Tumble Casper, Forming Unlikely Friendships At A POW Camp

Casper, looking southwest toward Standard Refinery, approx 1920.
Credit wyomingtalesandtrails.com

Dick Sedar grew up in Casper, in a working-class neighborhood called “the Sandbar.” His parents emigrated from Croatia in the early 1920’s to seek work in the coal and oil industries. Dick was one of 16 children and tells the story of his childhood in Casper.

One of Dick’s Sedar’s brothers, Mike, worked in the Douglas Prisoner of War camp during World War II.  Dick remembers his brother’s experience working with the prisoners, and the lasting friendships he made.

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News
7:19 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Military Surplus Vehicles Make Their Way To Wyoming

Credit credit DJ Lein via Flickr

As military activity in Iraq and Afghanistan has wound down, military armored vehicles have been making their way back home.

Big Horn County and the cities of Cheyenne and Casper have all received heavily armored vehicles designed to protect soldiers from mines and rocket attacks in the Middle East.

“Our new [armored vehicle] can protect us against rifle rounds. Whereas our old [civilian armored vehicle] couldn’t,” says Cheyenne Police Department spokesperson Dan Long.

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Wyoming Stories
11:05 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Wyoming Stories: A Personal Experience Of The Gender Wage Gap

Marilynn Deiss and Debra Swedberg

Women in the United States have been fighting for equal wage rights since the early 1900s.  In 1963 the government passed the Equal Pay Act, which aimed to abolish wage disparity based on sex.  But the act excluded professional careers.  Starting in 1971, Marilynn Deiss juggled work as the Executive Director of the Wyoming Board of Pharmacy and as a single mother.  She tells her daughter, Debra Swedberg, how gender discrimination affected her life.

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Open Spaces
4:33 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Social Service Providers Provide Care To A Growing Population Of Military Vets

Sheridan VA.
Credit Bob Beck

Returning from military service back into so called normal society continues to be a challenge for many veterans.  It doesn’t help if they have difficulty getting Veterans Administration Services.  In Wyoming, the two VA hospitals have been criticized for the amount of time veterans need to wait to get care.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports that social service providers say they are trying to provide adequate services to a growing population of vets. 

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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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Testimonials
1:42 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Gretchen Wheeler - Casper WY

My name is Gretchen Wheeler, this is Casper Wyoming. I probably really became addicted about four years ago. I listen to it every single morning coming to work and every single evening going home. I just love the special interest stories that they have on it, I love the little tidbits.

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News
5:16 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Cyclist Deaths Highlight Rider Dangers

'Bicyclists use extreme caution' sign.
Credit Richard Masoner via Flickr Creative Commons

Two Wyoming bicyclists have been killed in the past several days, spurring calls from Wyoming’s cycling community for increased rider awareness and safety legislation.

On Friday, Matthew Harker, 39, died of brain trauma—one day after he was struck by an SUV in Casper.

On Saturday, 65-year-old Larry Hurst of Sheridan was killed after he and his wife were struck by a vehicle in on U.S. Highway 87 in Sheridan. His wife, Sarah, was critically injured in the crash and taken to a hospital in Billings.

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Open Spaces
4:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Wyoming Seniors Say ‘So Long’ To High School

Graduates at Riverton High School line up to receive their diplomas.
Credit Aaron Schrank

Graduation season is here. Commencement ceremonies around the state mark the start of a new chapter for many of Wyoming’s high school seniors. Wyoming Public Radio’s Aaron Schrank caught up with the class of 2014 to see how they feel about the big day—and the future.

It’s the last hurrah for graduating seniors at Casper’s Kelly Walsh High School. The Casper Events Center is packed, and the graduates are in high spirits.

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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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News
5:09 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Tornado Touches Down On Casper Mountain

Credit via National Weather Service

A tornado that touched down on Casper Mountain Friday afternoon caught forecasters by surprise. Trevor LaVoie, with the National Weather Service, says the storm systems moving through Natrona County today didn’t show any signs of producing tornadoes.

“These types of storms are more general thunderstorms in nature," LaVoie says. "We’re not really seeing a lot of heavy rain, they’re short-lived, and their depth is relatively shallow. They’re only about 15,000 feet thick.”

The tornado wasn’t visible on radar, but it was reported by numerous observers.

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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
5:03 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Casper Facing Shortage In Homes

Credit Jordan Giese

As the Oil City Casper has seen its fate is closely tied with the energy industry and the recent boom in production is seeing Casper's population expand at an astounding rate. One thing not expanding fast enough however is affordable housing. Wyoming Public Radio's Jordan Giese reports.

JORDAN GIESE: Despite new commercial development one thing in Casper you'll struggle to find are for-sale and rent signs. With all the new energy work, people have poured into Casper, sometimes leaving little for the residents already there.

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Wyoming Stories
11:12 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Wyoming Stories: An Outside Perspective On Wyoming

Gretchen Wheeler
Credit Casper College

Gretchen Wheeler grew up in Nebraska and moved to Wyoming to teach in the Communications Department at Casper College.  As a “non-native” Wyomingite, Gretchen shares her observations of the cultural differences between Wyoming and Nebraska.

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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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Open Spaces
3:09 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Casper To Offer Permanent Housing Program For Chronically Homeless

Since 2010, homelessness has gone down in most places in the U.S., but not in Wyoming. A national report found that in 2013 Wyoming had nearly a thousand homeless people, up 64-percent in that time. About a quarter of those people are chronically homeless. Now, Casper wants to try a program focused on helping those individuals. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports.

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Station Activities
2:30 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Travelers Between Casper and Buffalo Can Now Enjoy Uninterrupted WPM Service

Shane Toven, Wyoming Public Media’s Director of Engineering, at the Kaycee tower.
Credit Shane Toven

WPM completed installation of a new transmitter and antenna near Kaycee that bridges the stretch of Interstate 25 between Casper and Buffalo.  The new signal provides a good amount of overlap with the 91.3 signal from Casper and fades where the 90.5 Buffalo signal begins.  A number of new areas between the 90.5 Buffalo and 90.9 Gillette signals along Interstate 90 are also now covered.

“The new signal, 88.7 KUWK, improves listening in an area that historically has suffered weak coverage” says Shane Toven, WPM Director of Engineering. 

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Arts
5:14 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

'Rat Pack Of Opera' Returns to Wyoming

Tenors Un Limited
Credit Tenors Un Limited

The trio Tenors Un Limited bills itself as ‘the Rat Pack of Opera.’ The group is starting the New Year with just four U.S. concerts before continuing the tour in the U.K., where they’re based. Two of those American engagements are in Wyoming, as Paul Martin explains to Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer.

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Single Shot Live
2:44 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Spencer Bohren: Borrowed Time

Because this was recorded during WPR’s fall pledge drive, we have thoughtfully edited out the talking. Enjoy the music of Casper-born, New Orleans-residing Spencer Bohren—guilt-free!

News
5:17 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Encana breaks ground on water treatment facility

Encana broke ground today on a treatment facility for produced water -- the contaminated water that's pulled up along with oil in the drilling process. The Neptune Water Treatment Facility will sit outside of Casper and serve the Moneta Divide field, which currently has about 300 wells but could eventually have more than 4-thousand. The facility will treat some of the produced water from current wells. A controversial plan to inject wastewater into the Madison Aquifer is another water disposal method Encana plans to use in the field.

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Casper DDA
6:21 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Casper business owners to vote on Downtown Development Authority

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Casper business owners will vote on whether to renew a tax on downtown businesses to fund the Downtown Development Authority.

 The Downtown Development Authority, or DDA, is run by several business owners in Casper with the goal of improving the city’s downtown area and attracting customers to businesses.

 City Councilman Bob Hopkins says the DDA provides important services.

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Open Spaces
3:37 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

“Cowboys and East Indians” author Nina McConigley shares about her own life as an Indian American

Nina McConigley

Nina McConigley is a lecturer in the University of Wyoming’s English Department. Her new book is a collection of short stories called Cowboys and East Indians.

Her book tells the stories of a variety of Indian characters living in Wyoming, and explores what, often, reads as an unusual combination. McConigley’s father is an Irish-born petroleum geologist, and her mother, Nimi McConigley, was the first Indian-born person to serve in the Wyoming Legislature.  Nina tells Rebecca Martinez she grew up in Casper.

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crime
5:46 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Casper Police Department uses texts and apps to stop crime

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The Casper Police Department is using a new approach to get crime tips.  The department has added a text message reporting system and smartphone app crime reporting services.

People can now send a text message to a special number with Casper as the first word of their message followed by the information they’d like to report. If the user has an Apple or Android smartphone, they can download the TipSubmit app to report crime. The app offers users the option to send pictures and G.P.S information to police.

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Casper Storm
5:47 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Early winter storm causes extensive damage in Casper

Thomas Leighton clears branches and tree limbs from the street in central Casper, Wyo. on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. A major storm dumped heavy, wet snow over Wyoming, bringing down trees and power lines along the way.
Credit Dan Cepeda, Casper Star-Tribune / AP Photo

WEB: branches down    Casper was hard hit by last week’s early winter storm. The heavy snow felled many branches around the city, causing extensive damage. Assistant Public Services Director for the City of Casper, Peter Meyers, says branch cleanup will likely continue for the next several weeks.

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News
7:19 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Casper to improve safety and accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians

The Metropolitan Planning Committee for the city of Casper and surrounding areas is looking to make roads safer and more accessible for cyclists and pedestrians and is inviting the public to contribute ideas and comments.

The proposed plans include the creation of new walking and biking paths, the extension of existing paths, painting bike lanes on roadways, improving signage, and revising intersection markings. Project analyst, David Hough, says in addition to safety, the project’s goal is to make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to get where they’re going.

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News
3:40 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Smoking ban advocates sue over Casper petition

Smoking ban advocates in Casper are suing to demand a recount of a petition challenging the city's new weakened regulations.

The co-leader of Keep Casper Smoke Free, Kim Holloway, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Natrona County.

The city says the group failed to collect enough signatures on their petition calling for a referendum on the ban. But Holloway says the signatures of up to 95 people were wrongly thrown out.

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News
5:54 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Casper Mayor welcomes local baby boom

The maternity ward at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper is seeing a baby boom.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported this week that 123 babies were born in July -- the most in a single month in the last 27 years. Nurses said the influx of energy jobs has been drawing young families to the area.

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News
4:46 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

More help sought for wildfire southeast of Casper

Conditions are favorable for firefighters trying to corral one of Wyoming's first significant wildfires this year.

The 300-acre wildfire is burning in a remote area 15 miles southeast of Casper, not far from Muddy Mountain. Lighting is believed to have started the fire sometime last weekend.

The fire has burned about 300 acres of mixed pine, grass and sagebrush.

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Open Spaces
1:56 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Wyoming gears up for adventure race

Credit Photo courtesy of Cowboy Tough Adventure Race

In July, Wyoming enters the world of adventure racing when the state hosts the Cameco and City of Casper Cowboy Tough Adventure Race.  It’s a 3 ½-day race across the state that begins on July 18th. 

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News
5:46 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Casper smoking ban repealed

The Casper City Council repealed the smoking ban for bars and private clubs yesterday, despite opposition from the mayor and some council members.

The Casper Star Tribune reports that the amended ordinance will likely take effect by the end of next week.

Several bar and club owners had objected to the ban, saying they were losing business to establishments in neighboring communities which don’t have smoking bans.

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