Noted Wyoming author Mark Jenkins is currently writing stories for National Geographic.Â 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.Â Jenkins will also make some additional appearances in the state.Â He talks with Bob Beck.
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.
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 isnâ€™t the first time Wyoming is looking into a project that would add value to its coal so itâ€™s undergoing close scrutiny.
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 Radioâ€™s Rebecca Martinez spoke with some experts about how synthetic gas, or syngas, is made.
As weâ€™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 plantâ€™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.
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.Â Dustin Bleizeffer has also written about other clean coal projects and he says this one actually might come to fruition.
Wyoming has one of the highest rates of workplace fatalities in the nation. Recently, the state epidemiologist issued a report looking at why thatâ€™s the case and making recommendations about what should be done. Workersâ€™ 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 Radioâ€™s Willow Belden reports.
While the Oil and Gas industry has had a number of workplace fatalities, that has not been the case in Wyomingâ€™s Coal Industry. Tim McCreary is Safety Manager for the Thunder Basin Coal Company.Â He tells Bob Beck workplace safety is a focus.
Itâ€™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 Radioâ€™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.