wyoming

News
6:14 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Officials say that Wyoming needs to do more to prevent child abuse

Wyoming is continuing to try and find ways to reduce child abuse in the state.  A new report shows that in 2012 there were 705 child abuse victims. 

Governor Matt Mead signed a proclamation Monday calling it Child Abuse Prevention month and added that the state can do a better job in preventing abuse.  Child Advocacy Centers of Wyoming Board President Lynn Huylar says awareness is a key.

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Open Spaces
3:59 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Wyoming develops state-wide suicide prevention initiative

Wyoming has one of the highest rates of suicide in the country … nearly twice the national average. Until recently, efforts at preventing suicide were left up to individual counties. But now, the state is trying a new tactic which they hope will save more lives. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.

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Open Spaces
3:56 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Losing two sons to suicide: A conversation with BJ Ayers

We’re joined now by BJ Ayers. Not one, but two of her sons killed themselves … and since then, she’s dedicated her life to trying to prevent suicide. She started the Grace for Two Brothers foundation and is now the suicide prevention coordinator for southeast Wyoming. Her son Brett was 19 when he died in 2005.

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Arts
2:03 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Summer 2013 Festivals

Aug. 30- Sep. 01- Snowy Range Music Festival featuring Leftover Salmon and Friends with Sam Bush, Keller Williams and Bill Payne, Canned Heat, Roy Rogers, Tab Benoit, BeauSoliel avec Michael Doucet, Reverend Peyton and His Big Damned Band, A.J. Croce,  Soul Rebels,  Susan Gibson,  Jay Shogren, Jalan Crossland,  Billy Branch & the Sons of the Blues,  the March Fourth Marching Band,  Blinddog Smokin' and more. Laramie WY

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Open Spaces
3:24 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Wyoming Social Workers play an important role

Social workers play a big role in Wyoming and the month of March honors their work. Kimberly Harper is the Executive Director of the National Association of Social workers.  She tells Bob Beck that like a lot of organizations, they are dealing with budget cuts.

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News
6:29 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Wyoming could see another drought this summer

The National Weather Service says spring temperatures and precipitation should be near normal in Wyoming.

But Forecaster Paul Skrbac says that trend might not continue for the rest of the year.

“As we get into summer it looks like the odds increase that it’ll be a little warmer than normal,” Skrbac says, “and potentially a little dryer than normal.”

Skrbac says there’s still a chance that temperatures and precipitation could be average this summer, but it doesn’t look likely.

News
6:29 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Wyoming could see another drought this summer

The National Weather Service says spring temperatures and precipitation should be near normal in Wyoming.

But Forecaster Paul Skrbac says that trend might not continue for the rest of the year.

“As we get into summer it looks like the odds increase that it’ll be a little warmer than normal,” Skrbac says, “and potentially a little dryer than normal.”

Skrbac says there’s still a chance that temperatures and precipitation could be average this summer, but it doesn’t look likely.

News
6:29 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Wyoming could see another drought this summer

The National Weather Service says spring temperatures and precipitation should be near normal in Wyoming.

But Forecaster Paul Skrbac says that trend might not continue for the rest of the year.

“As we get into summer it looks like the odds increase that it’ll be a little warmer than normal,” Skrbac says, “and potentially a little dryer than normal.”

Skrbac says there’s still a chance that temperatures and precipitation could be average this summer, but it doesn’t look likely.

Topic of the Week
8:35 am
Mon March 11, 2013

How do you think the federal sequestration will impact Wyoming?

How do you think the federal sequestration will impact Wyoming?

WPM/NPR Community Discussion Rules

Open Spaces
4:56 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

UW Economist Anne Alexander discusses the potential effects of the federal sequester on Wyoming

One thing everyone is trying to get a grip on is how the federal sequester will impact Wyoming.  Anne Alexander is an economist at the University of Wyoming.  She joined Bob Beck in the studio to discuss this.

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PBS Trains
9:13 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Documentary traces railroad construction, and Wyoming’s origin

A new documentary shows how the construction of the transcontinental railroad helped shape Wyoming into the place it is today.

Producer Tom Manning says the railroad is the reason that towns like Cheyenne, Laramie and Rock Springs exist.

“Without the transcontinental railroad going across Wyoming, of course, there would be no Wyoming,” Manning said. “You know, it was really quite a vast emptiness out there.”

The film will premiere on Wyoming PBS on Sunday, March 10th at 7 p.m.

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Open Spaces
4:32 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Freshman legislators reflect on their first legislative session as it near finale

For Wyoming’s lawmakers, the short legislative sessions are full of long days and myriad issues. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports that newly elected legislators have to learn a lot quickly, but they’re taking their knocks in stride.

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Open Spaces
5:16 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

UPSTARTS: Lander native’s software company develops far-reaching demand while working close to home.

Jason Kintzler is the founder and CEO of Pitch Engine, a publishing software company in Lander. He’s also the author of “The Great American Startup.
Credit Rebecca Martinez

In our occasional series “Upstarts,” we profile Wyoming entrepreneurs. There’s no shortage of self-starters in this state, many of whom build, grow or make things… But until recently, tech start-ups were almost unheard of in the Cowboy State. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez visited with Jason Kintzler, who founded the Pitch Engine software platform in his native Lander and authored the book, “The New American Start-Up.” She filed this report.

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Job Market
4:50 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Wyoming’s job market slows after boom

Wyoming’s economy is slowing down. That’s according to numbers from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

In the second quarter of 2012, job growth was up, especially in the construction sector. Employment increased in 18 Wyoming counties. At almost 1,700 new jobs, Natrona County led the state.

But Department Senior Economist David Bullard says the numbers for the third quarter of 2012 will show a different picture…

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Arts
3:49 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Elk Attack performed live on WPR’s Morning Music

Elk Attack performed live on WPR’s Morning Music

Open Spaces
4:09 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Another year of drought could spell disaster for ag community

Credit Photo courtesy the National Weather Service

Last year was the driest year Wyoming has seen in more than a century, and the dry spell has not let up. As a result, farmers and ranchers have had to make tough decisions and are deeply concerned about their livelihood for the coming year. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.

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Open Spaces
3:54 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

The La Taifas Quartet brings the music of Moldova to Wyoming

The La Taifas Quartet is celebrated in their home country of Moldova. They’ve been featured in the film The Other Europeans, a documentary highlighting the music of Eastern European communities that have emerged from Soviet domination but which remain relatively unknown to Americans. The nonprofit Worlds of Music is sponsoring the La Taifas Quartet’s tour across Wyoming, and they’ve recently performed in Evanston, Lyman, Thermopolis and Powell with upcoming shows scheduled in Buffalo and Laramie.

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Open Spaces
3:37 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Some Legislators say Superintendent reform is overdue

Jackson Republican Keith Gingery speaks against SF 104.
Credit Bob Beck

The Wyoming House of Representatives has joined the State Senate in passing a bill that would strip a number of powers from the State Superintendent and give them to a Governor appointed Director of Education.  The Superintendent would remain on state boards and commissions with the other four elected officials.  But the new Director would run the State Department of Education.  Top lawmakers crafted the legislation right before the legislative session; and many believe that the legislature is moving too quickly.  But some observers say the move is overdue.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck

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Open Spaces
3:34 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Laramie residents react to a bill that would create a governor-appointed Director of Education

As the bill that would take power away from the State Superintendent gains traction in the Legislature, Wyoming Public Radio’s Luke Hammons took to the streets in Laramie to ask the public what they think.

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Open Spaces
3:32 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Wyoming moves ahead with Pediatric Cancer Program

A problem for children who are diagnosed with cancer in Wyoming is finding local care.  Treatment typically requires long drives to cities.  But Wyoming's Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is trying to change that.  The program has hired an Oncologist who specializes in pediatric care to come to Casper once a month to treat children.  Plans are underway to get more doctors involved in the effort.  The Pediatric Oncologist is Doctor John Dr. vanDoorninck. He joined Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck at the State Capital to discuss the program....              

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Open Spaces
4:36 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

In Wyoming, lobbying is not about money

Credit Irina Zhorov

Thanks to the occasional national scandal those who lobby government officials don’t always have the best reputation.  A lobbyist is someone who tries to persuade legislators to support measures that benefit his or her employer or special interest.  But while big money and gifts make a big difference on Capitol Hill, those involved in the legislative process say that in Wyoming…it’s more about trust and relationships.   Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports…

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Open Spaces
4:13 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Eugene’s Tasty Tea: Never too young for tea…or running a business

Eugene demonstrates how he makes his tea, in the WPR studio.
Credit Irina Zhorov

For our occasional series, Upstarts, we’re featuring entrepreneurs around the state. Our second featured businessman is Eugene Gerow-Mathew, of Eugene’s Tasty Teas, who makes organic teas and proves that you’re never too young to be an upstart.  

EUGENE GEROW-MATHEW: My name is Eugene, I’m currently the manager and owner of Eugene’s Tasty Tea Company.

ZHOROV: Eugene has been in business for about three years now. He makes specialty, organic teas.

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News
6:47 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Snowpack up and down in Wyoming

While much of the state is at or slightly above average when it comes to snowfall this year, the eastern and southern portions of the state are well below average. 

Some people worry that another drought is on the way, which could lead to problems for agriculture producers and for forest managers next spring and summer. 

But Lee Hackleman of the Natural Resources Conservation Service says it’s much too early to be concerned.

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Education
6:52 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

State Department of Education loses power, seat on board after missing deadlines

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill addresses the Select Committee on Statewide Education Accountability.
Credit Bob Beck / Wyoming Public Radio

A legislative committee has voted to take responsibilities away from the State Department of Education and give them to the State Board of Education. 

After the department missed deadlines for developing a model that would measure education performance in the state, the Select Committee on Statewide Education Accountability voted to give the State Board of Education charge of the model.  State Superintendent Cindy Hill was also stripped of her membership on the state board. 

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News
6:51 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Land Trust Secures New Easement

The Wyoming Land Trust, a conservation group, has secured a land easement on one of the oldest working ranches in Sublette County.

The Circle Ranch – also known as the “67 Ranch” – has been in the Miller family for more than 130 years. The easement will prohibit building development and subdivision on almost 2-thousand acres of land, which includes elk, moose, pronghorn and sage grouse habitat.

Land Trust spokeswoman Kendall Brunette acknowledges that this easement could limit the case for adding sage grouse to the endangered species list.

 

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Testimonials
2:59 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

WPM Testimonials

“I’ve listened to you since probably the early ‘70’s. To me, it’s a lifeline to reality. You’re intelligent, and you can be trusted, I believe. I depend on you for that. To the day I die, I will be listening to public radio, no doubt.”

Annika

“We have it on, like, all day at my house. My family kind of listens to it together. There are no ads, and that’s really helpful. WPR just helps with letting people know what they need to know.”

Bronwyn

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Open Spaces
6:46 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

State Superintendent Cindy Hill Interview

Cindy Hill Superintendent

State Superintendent Cindy Hill Interview

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Open Spaces
4:28 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Four more years: What a second Obama administration could mean for energy in Wyoming

Many fossil fuel developers campaigned against President Obama this election season, fearing the effect of regulations and other restrictions on their industry, while environmental activists called for four more years. Now that Mr. Obama has won a second term, Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez spoke with some stakeholders about what that could mean for the energy industry in Wyoming.

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Arts
2:37 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Wyoming Artist Profile - Patti Fiasco

Roots-rock band Patti Fiasco is based in Ft. Collins but members are from towns across Wyoming. Fronted by Alysia Kraft from Encampment, they combine classic country, soul, and rock 'n' roll. With their self-titled debut release and a growing fan base, there is no limit to Patti Fiasco's potential. Anna Rader produced this profile.

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News
8:16 am
Mon October 8, 2012

State Treasurer Joe Meyer Dies

The state's treasurer and its longest serving attorney general has died. Joseph "Joe" Meyer was 71.
 
     Meyer's family said in a statement that he died Saturday. No cause of death was released, but Meyer was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009. He had brain surgery in January to remove cancer deposits.
 
     His death comes just days after the University of Wyoming announced he would receive a distinguished alumni award at homecoming next week. Meyer graduated from the school with a bachelor's degree in 1964 and a law degree in 1967.
 

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