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4:59 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Web-based news service keeps a close eye on Fremont County

County10.com Editor Ernie Over (left) and Pitch Engine CEO Jason Kintzler sit in Over’s office at the Pitch Engine headquarters in Lander. County 10 offers hyper-local, to-the-minute news updates about happenings in Fremont County.
Rebecca Martinez
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4:53 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Wyomingite and National Geographic writer will speak at UW

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Noted Wyoming author Mark Jenkins is currently writing stories for National Geographic.  He will be discussing a recent article called the Healing Fields, the legacy of war and the search for Miss Landmine Cambodia during a lecture in Laramie on February 27ths at five in the UW classroom building.  Jenkins will also make some additional appearances in the state.  He talks with Bob Beck.

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4:51 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Citizens Compromise to Cut Trillions from Federal Deficit

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INTRO: Can citizens do what Congress cannot? That was the challenge put to Teton County residents by the Concord Coalition, a non-partisan group that aims to raise public awareness about the federal deficit. The coalition invited citizens to play Congress for a day to cut the federal deficit and move the nation closer to a balanced budget. Rebecca Huntington has more.

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7:20 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

February 10th, 2012

Engineer Yulong Zhang shows off a vial of pure methanol in the board room at the Western Research Institute, with Vijay Sethi (left) and Thomas Barton (center).
Methanol Vial/ credit: Rebecca Martinez
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6:06 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Company proposes boosting Wyoming’s energy economy with coal-to-oil plant

Methanol Vial/ credit: Rebecca MartinezCaption: Engineer Yulong Zhang shows off a vial of pure methanol in the board room at the Western Research Institute, with Vijay Sethi (left) and Thomas Barton (center).
Irina Zhorov

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The town of Medicine Bow is currently planning for a DKRW proposed coal to liquids conversion facility. The plant would be a financial boom for the state and bring jobs to the county. But this isn’t the first time Wyoming is looking into a project that would add value to its coal so it’s undergoing close scrutiny.

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6:03 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

The science of Syngas

The Western Research Institute in Laramie allows scientists to experiment with turning fossil fuels into synthetic liquid fuel
Western Research Institute/credit: Rebecca Martinez

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DKRW Advanced Fuels has licensed technology from GE and Exxon-Mobil to transform coal into gasoline at a proposed plant in Medicine Bow. But theirs is just one system of creating liquid fuel. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez spoke with some experts about how synthetic gas, or syngas, is made.

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5:58 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Coal-to-oil raises long-term environmental questions despite plans to capture CO2

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As we’ve just heard, existing coal-to-liquids plants emit a lot of greenhouse gases. But the proposed Medicine Bow plant is being touted as exceptionally green. Still, environmentalists have concerns about the plant’s effect on air quality and water reserves. And even if this plant is comparatively eco-friendly, future facilities may not have any incentive to follow suit.

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5:56 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Energy Journalist weighs in on DKRW

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The Editor and Chief of the on-line publication WyoFile has been busying covering the D-K-R-W project since it was first proposed.  Dustin Bleizeffer has also written about other clean coal projects and he says this one actually might come to fruition.

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5:47 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Medicine Bow readies for a boom

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5:42 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Medicine Bow residents warily optimistic about proposed DKRW plant

Sara Hossaini

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Most residents we spoke with seem to be excited about the opportunities DKRW could bring. Wyoming Public Radio's Sara Hossaini heard from some of them.

TONI GEORGE: My name is Toni George, owner of JB stop and shop in Medicine Bow, Wyoming. I’m very much for it.   

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5:27 pm
Sat January 28, 2012

Wyoming plans to use carrot, not stick, to reduce workplace deaths

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Wyoming has one of the highest rates of workplace fatalities in the nation. Recently, the state epidemiologist issued a report looking at why that’s the case and making recommendations about what should be done. Workers’ rights advocates are pushing for tougher penalties for companies that violate safety regulations. But for now, it seems the state plans to take a softer approach. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.

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5:25 pm
Sat January 28, 2012

The Coal Industry discusses the reasons for its positive safety record

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While the Oil and Gas industry has had a number of workplace fatalities, that has not been the case in Wyoming’s Coal Industry. Tim McCreary is Safety Manager for the Thunder Basin Coal Company.  He tells Bob Beck workplace safety is a focus.

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4:27 pm
Sat January 28, 2012

UW Forensics lab investigates human history from found remains

UW forensics researchers believe this to be the skeleton of a man named Cy Williams, who was shot outside Fort Laramie in the late 1800s.
Tristan Ahtone

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It’s been said that dead men tell no tales, but in the forensic anthropology lab at the University of Wyoming, researchers are proving otherwise. Over the winter, Wyoming Public Radio’s Tristan Ahtone paid a visit to the lab, and he brings us this report on what happens when you find a body in the state, and the process on how scientists identify those remains.

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8:17 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Green River teaches manners to prevent bullying

Students made anti-bullying posters to hang on the walls at Lincoln Middle School.
Willow Belden
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8:12 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

BULLYING: Powell

Students at Powell Middle School are encouraged to fill out one of these hot pink forms if they see or are victimized by bullying.
Rebecca Martinez

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