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10:05 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Avalanche Center to Skiers, Snowmobilers: 'Friend Me'

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HOST INTRO: The Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center has a new friends group that aims to raise the center's profile and to enhance fund-raising from private donors. The center will also soon be looking for even more friends on Facebook. It's all part of an effort to prevent tragedies in the backcountry. Rebecca Huntington has more.

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10:00 am
Mon December 19, 2011

U-W Quarterback Brett Smith gets pumped for the New Mexico Bowl.

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One of the biggest reasons for the success of the 8-4 Wyoming Cowboys football team is the surprising play of its freshman Quarterback Brett Smith.  Smith was named a freshman All American and will lead Wyoming against Temple in Saturday’s New Mexico bowl.  He tells Bob Beck that it is hard to believe that as a freshman that he will be starting in a bowl game.

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9:58 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Wyoming parents create an App to ease road trips with the kids

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This week, a new iPhone app came out which lets you search for child-related amenities when you’re on the road. Jen Sieve-Hicks of Buffalo is one of the app’s creators. She says the app gives parents a lot more information than they would get from a Google search.

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9:32 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Author Ron Franscell discusses his two newest books

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Award winning author and Wyoming native Ron Franscell has been busy with a couple of books.  One is the critically acclaimed book called The Sourtoe Cocktail Club and the other is a fun book called the Crime Buffs Guide to the Outlaw Rockies.  He joins Bob Beck in the studio.

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9:30 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Reality TV show aims to draw young people to hunting

Kyle Thomas, 14, and his mom, Mary Billier, pose with an elk Kyle killed at Wagonhound Ranch near Douglas. A TV crew recorded his experience for an upcoming reality show called “Call of the Wild” intended to entice young people to take up hunting.

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HOST INTRO: Each year, fewer and fewer Americans go hunting. That trend worries the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, because they get the bulk of their funding from hunters. So they’re beefing up their efforts to recruit new hunters. The latest plan is to recruit kids through a reality TV show. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.

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9:26 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Eagle Feathers: Religious items as contraband in Indian Country

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INTRO: Most U.S. religions have no problem carrying out their spiritual exercises. But, for Native Americans in Wyoming and elsewhere, practicing traditional religious ceremonies isn't so simple: They can be heavily regulated by federal authorities, especially when it comes to the use of sacred items like eagle feathers. Wyoming Public Radio’s Tristan Ahtone reports.

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2:51 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Game and Fish release big horn sheep in the Seminoe Mountains

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In December of 2009, armed with a better knowledge base thanks to research, the Wyoming Game and Fish department released some Big Horn Sheep from Utah and Oregon into the Seminoe Mountains north of Sinclair. The goal was to establish a thriving herd after numerous attempts at re-establishing Big Horn Sheep in the area failed for years, but this time things may have changed.

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2:05 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

An Interview with Wyoming Entertainers Pete and Lynne Simpson

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Pete and Lynne Simpson grew up across the street from one other in Cody. Pete eventually left town for the Navy, and Lynne went to New York to become an actress. But one Christmas, the two saw each other back home in Cody. That led to a whirlwind thirteen day courtship and 51 years of marriage. The couple talked to Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone about falling in love.

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1:58 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

March 11th, 2011

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4:25 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

The Grand Teton Music Festival turns 50

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The Grand Teton Music Festival debuted 50 years ago, and has grown into one of the most respected summer concert series in the nation. The orchestra is made up of all-star musicians from around the world, and it’s a staple in Jackson Hole. And some believe it is one of the best kept secrets in the country.

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12:09 pm
Sat December 10, 2011

Laramie’s L-G-B-T-Q community celebrates the Pink Prom.

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Laramie, Wyoming bears a painful heritage when it comes to gay rights for its residents. Yet it recently hosted its first Pink Prom – a prom for the LGBTQ community and their allies – and participated in the international staging of Standing on Ceremony, plays about marriage equality. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports on the changing attitudes.

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12:05 pm
Sat December 10, 2011

Sheep ranchers: “The best of times… the worst of times”

Riverton rancher Pierre Carricaburu examines sheep before fall shearing.
Rebecca Martinez

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With soaring lamb and wool prices, raising sheep has recently become more lucrative than ever for Wyoming ranchers. Even with the payoff, raising sheep is a tough job, and poses the same challenges it has for thousands of years… And the number of sheep ranchers in Wyoming has been on the decline for years. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez reports.

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