I Love Wyoming Public Radio
1:14 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Thomas Johnson - Cheyenne WY

Wyoming Public Radio is the communication Web that Unites people in Wyoming (WUW).

Thomas B. Johnson, P.E.

Open Spaces
3:57 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

In This Class, Being A Good Parent Means Being A Good Dad

David Simpson and his family.
Credit Miles Bryan

Building a stable life without much money or job skills is hard by yourself. Doing it with kids is much, much harder. State governments across the country recognize this fact, and have responded with assistance programs for single and low income parents. But they’re almost always just for moms. Since 2008 Wyoming has been bucking that trend with Dads Making a Difference, a Cheyenne program that teaches dads job skills, and parenting skills too. I visited a class during orientation week.

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Open Spaces
4:52 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

In Wyoming, Public Data Is Heading To The Cloud

Engineer Courtney Thompson at the future home of Wyoming's state data.
Credit Miles Bryan

Outsourcing government functions to private companies has long been a popular idea here in Wyoming. Now the state is leading the nation in taking that trend into the digital age. Wyoming will soon transfer much of its public data to the care of private companies, which will host it on the internet. State officials say this so called “cloud” hosting is cheaper and more efficient than state owned data centers. But putting all that public data in corporate hands has some privacy advocates nervous.

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8:42 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Filmmakers Sprint To The Finish In Cheyenne's Fast Filmmaking Festival

Production teams wait for the competition briefs at Cheyenne's Plains Hotel.

Friday is the kickoff for Cheyenne’s Fast Filmmaking Festival. It gives contestants two weeks to film and produce a film highlighting one of the capital city’s historic landmarks. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer spoke with festival producer Alan O’Hashi.

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I Love Wyoming Public Radio
4:43 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Jordan Evans - Cheyenne WY

Jordan Evans with his wife Sarah and their new baby Olivia.
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8:15 am
Fri September 12, 2014

New Financial Agreement Brings Magpul To Cheyenne For Less Money

The Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board just approved a new agreement that brings a gun ammunitions company to Cheyenne for fewer tax dollars.

The previous agreement was a grant/loan combination of $13 million. The new agreement would be an $8.3 million grant, some of which the company would pay back. 

That’s because of a new plan that would house the company in preexisting facilities.

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3:31 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

WYDOT To Begin Construction On Cheyenne "Quiet Zone"

Construction will begin Wednesday in Cheyenne on a new quiet zone at West Lincolnway and Southwest Drive’s railroad crossing, where train noise will be kept to a minimum. The area around the intersection is home to several hotels and motels. New railroad crossing gates and a barrier wall will block cars from sneaking around the shut gates and across the tracks.

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2:37 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

UW Receives Help For Casper And Cheyenne Family Practice Programs

The University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency programs in Casper and Cheyenne have received an important new federal designation that will help both the programs and patients. 

UW Health Sciences Dean Joe Steiner says it will mean enhanced Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and better recruitment and retention of doctors—and will allow the programs to serve more patients.                

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5:52 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Cheyenne Population Growth Forces Some Students Out Of Their Neighborhood Schools

School bus.
Credit Via Tsuji via Flickr Creative Commons

Tuesday was the first day of school for students in Wyoming’s largest school district—Laramie County School District One. But rapid population growth in parts of Cheyenne means some students can’t attend the schools in their neighborhoods. 

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Open Spaces
4:05 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

In Cheyenne, Police Adapt Surplus Military Vehicles For Use At Home

Cheyenne SWAT members setting up cones for driver's training.
Miles Bryan

One of the most riveting images that has emerged out of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri is of civilian police officers using military vehicles for crowd control. For years, the Department of Defense has distributed equipment and vehicles to law enforcement offices all across the country, including some in Wyoming. I rode along with the Cheyenne SWAT team as they trained with their new military vehicle.

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10:01 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Candidates Spar Over Funding For Local Communities

Credit Curtis Cronn via Flickr

The State Loan and Investment Board distributes state funds throughout Wyoming. It came up during the Republican primary debate for Secretary of State last night. And it brought some sharp words.

The question was whether the board was doing enough for small Wyoming communities far from Cheyenne.

Ed Buchanan said yes, funds were being distributed evenly, while Clark Stith suggested the board would benefit from a candidate hailing from Western Wyoming

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1:32 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Great Lakes Loses Partnership With Frontier

Credit Aero Icarus via Flickr

Great Lakes Airlines will be losing a partnership with the national Frontier Airlines. That’s the latest in a series of setbacks Wyoming’s only airline has suffered recently.

Under the partnership, Frontier has been marketing and selling tickets for Great Lakes. That practice, called “code sharing,” will come to an end.

Riverton airport manager Paul Griffin says the change means people flying Great Lakes are going to have more to worry about when they transfer to Frontier.

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Open Spaces
4:13 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Ed Murray Is A Candidate For Secretary Of State

Ed Murray is the last of four Republican candidates for Secretary of State. Murray is a long time Cheyenne businessman who says he is new blood with a lot of passion.

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Open Spaces
3:57 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

In Cheyenne, A Small Change Creates Big Problems For City's Carless

The new WYDOT ID Service building is off the highway, without a sidewalk.
Credit Miles Bryan

Last April Cheyenne’s WYDOT ID Services moved into a new building. Its bigger than the old one, with more staff and faster lines. But it’s also a few miles out of town. There isn’t an easy way to walk there, and, unlike the old building, it’s not connected by bus service. The move probably isn’t a big deal for most Cheyenne residents. But it’s had an outsized effect on some in the city.

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4:01 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Retailers Announced For Wyoming Lottery

Credit WyoLotto

WyoLotto released its list of the approved retailers on Tuesday. Starting August 24th, people won’t have to travel across state lines to buy tickets. Convenience stores, gas stations, grocery stores, bars and restaurants across the state will sell Powerball and MegaMillions Tickets, making it the 44th state to do so.

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2:34 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Data Center Expansion Opens In Cheyenne

Credit Sean Ellis via Flickr

A Data Center celebrated the grand opening of its massive expansion Wednesday in Cheyenne.

Green House spokesperson Wendy Fox says Wyoming’s cool climate allows the data center to regulate its temperature only using the outside air.

Green House spokesperson Wendy Fox says Wyoming’s cool climate makes it uniquely suited to the data center’s needs.

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4:30 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Cheyenne Regional To Cut 17 Million In Next Two Years

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The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center will try to cut seventeen million dollars from its budget over the next two years.

"We are seeing decreased revenues coming from Medicare," says Jason Schenefield, Chief Operating Officer for Cheyenne Regional, as to why the cuts are necessary. "And things such as that which is really having us, along with hospitals around the country, trying to find ways of saving costs with declined revenues."

Schenefield also says decreased inpatient admissions is causing declining revenues.

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8:45 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Pine Bluffs Recovery Center May Close For Lack Of Funds

Credit Jasperdo via Flickr

The Chrysalis house is an addiction treatment center in Pine Bluffs with a unique mission: it provides a home for recovering women and their children.

But the program doesn’t have enough money to stay open much longer.

“We really have been very devoted to the program which is why we took on that financial risk a long time ago,” says Dr. David Birney, Executive Director of Cheyenne’s Peak Wellness Center, which operates the Chrysalis house. “At this point there just aren’t sufficient funds to support it.”

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4:48 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Funnel Cloud Prompts Cheyenne Tornado Warning

A view of Wednesday's funnel cloud from I-80, West of Cheyenne.
Credit Aaron Schrank/WPR

A funnel cloud prompted a brief tornado warning in Cheyenne on Wednesday.The National Weather Service sounded the alarm at about 2 p.m., soon after the funnel dropped down from a small thunderstorm in the high country west of town. Minutes later, the funnel dissipated without touching down - though not before several people snapped photos of the twister and posted the images online. The storm caused nothing worse than some light rain in the capital city. Sheriff's officials say no damage was reported.

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2:28 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

David Shelles - Cheyenne WY

Credit Micah Schweizer

My name is David Shelles and I live here in Cheyenne, Wyoming. When I moved from Davenport, Iowa to Laramie, Wyoming in December of 2008, of course I had the privilege of driving Interstate 80 across Iowa and Nebraska.

On the second day of my trip, I crossed the border from Nebraska into Wyoming at Pinebluffs and of course I started messing with the radio and it stopped on 91.9 and I heard Pat Gabriel's voice and that's actually kind of when I knew I was back home.

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1:41 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Jonathan Richman Live On Morning Music

Wyoming Public Radio presents a rare performance and interview with Jonathan Richman ahead of his show at the historic Hynds Building in Cheyenne Tuesday night, June 24.  Grady Kirkpatrick will talk with Mr. Richman about his music spanning from the early 70’s with the band the Modern Lovers through today. Tune in at 11:15am, only on Morning Music.

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Wyoming Stories
9:51 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Wyoming Stories: A Future Legislator's Childhood Trip To Cheyenne

Dan Kinneman
Credit Micah Schweizer

Dan Kinneman is from Rawlins. His father was one of Wyoming’s longest-serving legislators. In this story, Kinneman—himself a former legislator—describes a childhood visit to Cheyenne during a treacherous winter.

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Open Spaces
4:47 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

6th Annual Cheyenne Film Festival Is Set To Begin


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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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.

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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Open Spaces
3:39 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Wyoming Courts Adjust To Accommodate Non-English Speaking Clients

Cheyenne Court House

Wyoming is a largely rural state with limited diversity. But as the population grows and the state attracts all sorts of newcomers. Wyoming is learning to accommodate the changing population. One of the areas where the state is making headway is interpretation services in its courts. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports.

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6:59 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Ed Murray Announces Run For Secretary Of State

A Cheyenne businessman is the fifth Republican to announce his candidacy for Secretary of State.  Ed Murray owns a real estate and investment company and wants to use his business experience to update the office of Secretary of State.  Among his goals are to make the position more business friendly.                      

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8:04 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Public Transit Use Way Up In Wyoming

A new report by the American Public Transportation Program shows that public transit use across the nation is on the rise, including in Wyoming.  Jackson racked up its largest ridership ever this winter. Ridership on Cheyenne buses has increased as well. Joe Dougherty is director of the Cheyenne Transit Program. He says ridership has increased about 10 percent a year since 2006 to a high of almost 300,000 people in 2013.  Dougherty says seniors and those with disabilities use the system regularly, and so do others.

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Single Shot Live
2:17 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Sleeping Cranes: New Brides

Credit Anna Rader

An example of Cheyenne-based Sleeping Cranes’ fragile, poetic music.

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Station Activities
10:39 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Wyoming Public Media's 2014 Forum On Coal Will Air On Open Spaces

Credit Department of Energy EIA

The WPM Forum on Coal, a moderated discussion about the challenges coal is currently facing politically, economically and environmentally, how that could impact Wyoming in the future, and ways the state is innovating to keep coal relevant, will air on Open Spaces. WPM guests included Wyoming Treasurer Mark Gordon, Rocky Mountain Power VP Rita Meyer and Clean Energy Action co-founder Leslie Glustrom. The forum was held February 26, at 7pm, in front of a live audience at the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne will rebroadcast on Open Spaces Friday Feb.

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