Rock Springs

Open Spaces
5:53 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Clark Stith Discusses His Run For Secretary Of State

Rock Springs Republican Clark Stith is one of four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Secretary of State.  Stith practices business law and is on the Rock Springs City Council.  He is also the former chairman of the Sweetwater County Republican Party.  Stith tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck that one thing he’d like to do is streamline the office.

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9:34 am
Tue June 10, 2014

New Ammonia Plant Approved In Rock Springs

The new ammonia plant will be built 4 miles outside of Rock Springs

The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council has approved a plan for a new ammonia plant about four miles outside Rock Springs.  Simplot currently operates a phosphorous fertilizer plant on the site, and ammonia is one of the raw materials they need for production.  With the cost of shipping it long distances by rail, Simplot decided to start producing their own.   

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6:49 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Green River Trumpeter Swan Populations Soar

Credit Trupeter Swan society

Trumpeter swan numbers rose dramatically this year on the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge near Rock Springs.  This winter, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department conducted an aerial survey of the refuge and counted over 300 trumpeter swans wintering there.

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Station Activities
2:32 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Funding For Statewide WPM Infrastructure Upgrades And Replacements Sought From State

As part of the UW request to the Wyoming legislature, WPM requested $2.5 million in the 2014 legislative session for critical infrastructure upgrades and replacements. WPM operates sites throughout the state.  Many of them are operating on equipment far past its useful time.  The most critical sites serve Laramie/Cheyenne and Rock Springs. 

“Wyoming Public Radio” is a state treasure.  Every Wyomingite should be able to access on ratio the public programming it provides, as well as critical emergency broadcasts,” says Christina Kuzmych, WPM General Manager.

8:41 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Revisting The Lincoln Highway's Mid-Century Roadside Gems

Springs Motel, Rock Springs WY
Credit Erin Dorbin
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5:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

"No Drunks, No Nothin'!": Checking In At The Springs Motel

Springs Motel owner, Irma Gillespie
Erin Dorbin

America's first transcontinental roadway, the Lincoln Highway, turned 100 this year. To celebrate, we’re visiting a few one-of-a-kind stops along the route in Wyoming. Producer Erin Dorbin sent this postcard from Rock Springs.

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5:38 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Advocacy group questions conditions at wild horse corral

Horses in BLM corral in Rock Springs
Credit Carol Walker

A wild horse advocacy group says conditions at a facility near Rock Springs are inadequate.

The Bureau of Land Management removes thousands of wild horses from public lands each year. Some are placed in temporary corrals in Rock Springs, until the agency can find a permanent home for them.

Ginger Katherens with the Cloud Foundation says the corral has almost no shelter, so the horses are subjected to “bitter cold and battering wind.” She acknowledges that wild horses always live outside, but she says this is different.

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Open Spaces
2:53 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Rock Springs still working to fix sink holes created decades ago by coal mines

John Marushak, in his house on D Street in 1967
Credit Johnson and Fermelia Co., Inc.

More than 50 years ago residents of Rock Springs were shocked to learn that many of their houses, schools, and churches were in danger. The coal mines built underneath the town were beginning to collapse due to neglect and some environmental factors. It’s called subsidence and it’s happening in older mining towns all over the West. Wyoming Public Radio’s Amanda Le Claire has more on how the city is dealing with the problem now.

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10:54 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Rock Springs prepares for National High School Finals Rodeo

The city of Rock Springs is busy getting ready to host the National High School Finals Rodeo for the second year in a row.

Organizers say this year’s event will include students from 43 states as well as from high schools in Canada and Australia. Chad Banks is the marketing director for the Sweetwater Events Complex.  He says while last year’s event was a big success for the community, there’s still some room for improvement.

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5:58 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Vast new lithium discovery near Rock Springs could meet entire domestic need

A drilling rig operates near Rock Springs as part of a recent carbon dioxide storage site characterization project led by the University of Wyoming’s Carbon Management Institute. Project researchers discovered a vast new lithium resource in the underground brines of the Rock Springs Uplift.

Researchers with the University of Wyoming’s Carbon Management Institute have discovered a vast underground deposit of lithium in Southwest Wyoming. Researchers were taking deep samples in the Rock Springs Uplift to study how the state might store its oil and gas emissions when they discovered the reserve. They say it could hold up to 150 times more lithium than the nation’s current largest producer in Silver Peak, Nevada.

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5:46 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

DEQ installs air quality monitors in Casper, Rock Springs

The Department of Environmental Quality has installed air quality monitors in Casper and Rock Springs.

DEQ Spokesman Keith Guille says they want to find out what pollutants are in the air, and whether they’re occurring at levels that are hazardous to public health.

“It’s important to get a baseline of right now what we’re seeing for air quality,” Guille said. “And then also if we do find some issues, obviously we need to start looking into what may be leading into higher levels of certain constituents.”

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Best of Wyoming
12:48 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Weidner Wildlife Museum – Rock Springs

Weidner Wildlife Museum

The Weidner Wildlife Museum opened in September 2002 and houses nearly 125 species of wildlife collected worldwide.  This fascinating display of mounted wildlife entertains and educates visitors, excites hunters and often motivates interest in the conservation of outdoor resources. The wildlife in the museum was donated to Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs by residents, Roger A. and Jeanne A Weidner.  Education is the most important reason that the museum displays mounted wildlife.  The Wildlife Museum is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Best of Wyoming
9:23 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Welcome to Listeners in Rock Springs!

Wyoming Public Media

I first visited Rock Springs last summer and got a wonderful history of the city from out hosts, Mike and Lynne Chadey.  They touted the history of Rock Springs, and pointed out some of the landmarks that helped shape the area’s culture.  I was struck by the diversity found in Rock Springs, and enjoyed hearing about the abundance of ethnic influences.  My stay in Rock Springs included a visit to Western Wyoming Community College and a tour of the majestic facilities built for the enhancement of education for students in the area.    Granted, this was a short stay in Rock Springs, but it lef

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Best of Wyoming
3:29 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area – 30 Miles from Rock Springs

Ashley National Forest

The Flaming Gorge NRA is located in the northeast corner of Utah and the southwest corner of Wyoming. It is South of I-80, between Green River and Rock Springs, Wyoming and extends into the Uintah Mountains towards Vernal, Utah. The area is a mixture of climate, topography, and recreation opportunities well suited to a variety of summer and winter interests.

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Best of Wyoming
1:16 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Rock Springs Historical Museum

Rock Springs Historical Museum

The Rock Springs Historical Museum is housed in the original Rock Springs City Hall. The building was built in 1894 at an original cost of $28,200.  The funds for the construction did not come from the ever present Union Pacific Coal Company and Railroad, but from revenues collected in the issuing of liquor licenses.  The building is built from native sandstone and boasts an impressive 14-foot foundation that was made necessary by the presence of "quicksand" at the site.

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Best of Wyoming
9:30 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Community Fine Arts Center – Rock Springs

Community Fine Arts Center

The Community Fine Arts Center houses a collection of over 600 original American paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures owned by Sweetwater County School District # 1. Artists represented in the collection include Norman Rockwell, Grandma Moses, Forrest Moses, Loren McGiver, Elliott Orr, Edward Chavez, Paul Horiuchi, Ilya Bolotowsky, Raphael Soyer, and Rufino Tamayo. Paintings by well known Wyoming, Western, and local artists are also on display. The collection continues to grow through purchases and donations.

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Best of Wyoming
11:04 am
Tue September 4, 2012

WWCC Art Gallery - Rock Springs

WWCC Art Gallery

The Western Wyoming College Art Gallery is located at 2500 College Drive in Rock Springs, as you enter the main entrance to the building.   It is an adjunct to the Art Program at the college and serves to introduce students and the greater community to new concepts in materials’ use or ideas of contemporary visual investigation.