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Arts
2:18 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Wyoming Artist Profile - One Ton Pig

One Ton Pig

Jackson based, Americana band One Ton Pig have just released a new self-titled album. Anna Rader produced this profile.

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Open Spaces
3:40 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Safety official tries to help Wyoming reduce traffics deaths

One of the issues surrounding workplace safety is the number of serious highway crashes related to work.  In fact, 2010 statistics show that better than half of the fatalities in Wyoming were transportation related.  Colonel Mark Trostel is the former head of the Colorado Highway Patrol.  During his time that state went from have one of the lowest traffic safety records to the fifth best.  He is currently working to improve Encana’s traffic safety record and so far so good.  Trostel has been chosen to help Wyoming find ways to improve its ranking.  We caught up with him during a recent pres

Topic of the Week
9:56 am
Mon June 18, 2012

What’s your opinion on a potential increase of uranium mining in Wyoming?

What’s your opinion on a potential increase of uranium mining in Wyoming?

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5:41 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

June 15th, 2012

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5:25 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Many are Optimistic That Wyoming’s Uranium Industry Will Grow

Cameco’s Smith Ranch Central Processing facility
Courtesy of Cameco

Intro:    For the last several years a number of companies and politicians have expressed interest in getting more actively involved in Wyoming’s Uranium industry.  Currently a task force of lawmakers is studying nuclear energy production and companies are testing the waters before they jump into the marketplace.  The upside is that Wyoming has a lot of Uranium, the downside is cost and regulations.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck has more.

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Open Spaces
5:20 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Uranium Mining In Jeffrey City: Past, Present and Future

The McIntosh Pit in Jeffrey City is full of water that has a high content of radionucleides.
Irina Zhorov

HOST: Everyone is predicting a uranium boom internationally and Wyoming has the largest deposits in the U.S. The state has a legacy of uranium mining, as well. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov looks at the boom and its history.

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Open Spaces
5:03 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Wyoming Cleans Up After Uranium Boom Years

This aerial map shows the Gas Hills in 1978, before major mine and tailings pond remediation efforts began there.
Dean Fitzgerald

HOST: When the Cold War caused a uranium boom in the 1950s, soil and water in the state suffered contamination. Reclamation has improved the landscape, and regulation is catching up with the industry  but it’s not perfect yet. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez reports.

REBECCA MARTINEZ: Ore from Wyoming’s rich uranium deposits was refined and concentrated into yellowcake at mills in the state before being sent to processing and enrichment facilities elsewhere. The mills produced large amounts of sandy waste called tailings, which still contained uranium.

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News
4:40 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Laramie man dies after falling into a fan

Authorities say a man has died from injuries he suffered when he fell into a fan while conducting tests
of a ventilation system at a state warehouse in Cheyenne.

The Laramie County Coroner's Office says 57-year-old Steven John
Mullen of Laramie died of multiple injuries when he fell into the
fan at the State of Wyoming Liquor Warehouse on Wednesday.

News
6:49 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Wyoming Lawmaker excited about China as a market for coal

A Wyoming Republican legislator is optimistic following his return from a coal-energy conference in China.  Governor Matt Mead and a delegation of state officials, specialists, and students, learned about what the governor’s office calls “greener” mining technologies, and new ways to use coal. 

Gillette Representative Tom Lubnau  says the conference was also an opportunity for Wyoming government officials to interface with their Chinese counterparts about the possibility of China importing Wyoming’s coal.

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Open Spaces
12:49 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Wyoming’s economy is not all bad

A lot has been said about falling gas prices in the state and how that is hurting the state budget.  But a quick look at the most recent economic numbers shows that the Wyoming economy may be better than you think.  Jim Robinson is a senior economist with Wyoming’s Division of Economic Analysis.  This is the last month of the fiscal year and he tells Bob Beck that things look good.

Open Spaces
12:48 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

A conversation with Wyoming’s new occupational epidemiologist

Wyoming’s new occupational epidemiologist is Mack Sewell. He’s tasked with helping the state improve workplace safety. That’s been a topic of discussion for some time, since Wyoming has one of the highest rates of workplace deaths in the nation.  Sewell is currently the state epidemiologist in New Mexico, and he says there, he’s worked extensively on issues such as infectious diseases and drunk driving. He tells Willow Belden that he’s not sure yet what will be first on his agenda here in Wyoming.

Open Spaces
12:45 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

A new film portrays the history of a Jackson Hole bar

This month a movie will debut featuring an iconic bar in Jackson Hole.  It’s called The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads.  To many in the valley it is more than a bar.  For years it has featured live music on Sunday nights and has been the host to Cowboys and millionaires.  It’s been there for more than 70 years.  The premier will be June 27th at the Center for the Arts in Jackson.  Jennifer Tennican is the filmmaker and she joins Bob Beck.

Open Spaces
12:43 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Wyoming continues to be among the leaders in kids behind bars

Wyoming imprisons more juvenile offenders than just about any other state.  Part of the reason has to do with the lack of funding to find alternatives to jail and the other has to do with the law enforcement philosophy in a particular community.  Lawmakers have been reluctant to take a firm stand on the issue.  In a story first prepared for the program State of the Union, Laura Starcheski reports.

Open Spaces
12:34 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

The Jackson Hole Fire Festival blends cultures.

One of the newer traditions in Jackson Hole is an event called the Jackson Hole Fire Festival.  It runs June 14th-20th.  It came from the idea developed by Candra Day of Vistas 360 degrees in Jackson.  She joins Bob Beck to explain the event and her organization…

News
6:41 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Take away natural gas prices and Wyoming's economy looks good

Despite concern about the Wyoming economy, a new report from the state economic analysis division actually shows that things have greatly improved in the last year.  Jim Robinson, a Senior Economist with the division, notes that sales tax numbers are up about 12 percent from a year ago; oil and gas jobs have increased and despite lower than expected gas prices, rig counts are virtually the same as 2011. 

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News
6:18 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

New epidemiologist sees seatbelt enforcement as potential means to curbing workplace fatalities

Wyoming’s new state epidemiologist, Mack Sewell, says he plans to look at seatbelt enforcement as a means to improve workplace safety.

In 2010, the state had the second highest rate of workplace deaths in the nation.  In fact, Wyoming traditionally ranks near the top in this category. Sewell will be specifically asked to study workplace injuries and deaths, and then work with lawmakers to try to address the problem. 

He says there’s a lot he still needs to learn about Wyoming’s situation, but he says seatbelts are an easy place to start.

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Topic of the Week
11:43 am
Mon May 28, 2012

What’s Wyoming’s Best Kept Secret for an underrated summer vacation?

What’s Wyoming’s Best Kept Secret for an underrated summer vacation?

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News
6:23 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Budget cut proposals to be considered

       All state agencies have submitted their proposed budget cuts and now it’s up to Gov. Matt Mead and the Wyoming Legislature to develop a plan about how they would go about reducing state agency budgets if revenues fall below projections next year. 

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News
9:26 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Wind energy boom appears to have slowed

    Wyoming Governor Matt Mead admits that interest in wind energy has cooled off for a bit,  but he hopes things will turn around soon. 

One issue is the failure of Congress to extend the wind energy tax credit, but the governor is also concerned about Wyoming’s wind tax policy.  He says he hoped the legislature would approve a tax on wind generation, but lawmakers cannot reach an agreement on that legislation.

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News
9:20 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Wyoming is still battling roadless rule

 Governor Matt Mead says he is continuing to pursue legal action over the federal roadless rule as he tries to work out a compromise in Wyoming.  Mead says the lawsuit is trying to delay making hundreds of acres off limits to development, while state officials work with the forest service to determine what should actually be off limits.

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News
9:15 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Eastern Wyoming struggles with poverty

For years, Eastern Wyoming has struggled with poverty and it appears things have not changed. 

 The Center for Rural Affairs says that 2010 census numbers confirm that poverty in Eastern Wyoming is at a rate that is actually higher than many urban areas, especially for children.  Report Author Jon Bailey says that part of the problem is that federal subsidies for large farms is harmful to rural development. 

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Education
5:34 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Wyoming students' NAEP scores above national average

The 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP  shows that Wyoming eighth graders continue to outperform the national average test score in science. 

The Wyoming Department of Education says that Wyoming students also increased their science scores from those reported in 2009.

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Arts
12:13 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Wyoming Artist Profile - J. Shogren

Centennial based, Americana musician J. Shogren has just released a new album “God Bless These Crooked Little Songs.” Anna Rader produced this profile.

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Topic of the Week
12:23 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

How should Wyoming handle the loss of natural gas revenue?

Due to the price of natural gas dropping, the governor has requested 8% cuts. How should the state handle this?

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Open Spaces
4:07 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Cody looks to summer tourism season, braces for rising gas prices

Analysts are making conflicting predictions about where gas prices will go this summer. Some are forecasting record highs, while others say prices at the pump have already peaked. Businesses in Wyoming’s service industry hope for the latter, as they depend on an injection of tourism dollars each summer. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez spoke with several businesses near Yellowstone about what might happen if gas prices climb with the temperature.

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Open Spaces
4:02 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Ag research exhibit opens at Territorial Prison

This harness was used during the time that the Wyoming Territorial Prison grounds served as a University of Wyoming agricultural research facility in the early 1900s.
Willow Belden

The historic Territorial Prison in Laramie is opening a new exhibit this weekend, which focuses on the era after the facility served as a prison – when the University of Wyoming used it for agriculture research. Willow Belden spoke with Deborah Amend, the superintendent of the prison, before the opening to hear about the history of the site, and the important studies that were done there while it was used for ag. She says the prison was built 140 years ago, as a federal territorial prison … but things changed in 1809, when Wyoming became a state.

Open Spaces
3:54 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Workforce Services Director says a wide range of jobs open in Wyoming

 

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has been hosting a number of job fairs across the state presumably because there are jobs to be had.  Joan Evans is the Department Director, she tells Bob Beck there are jobs for just about every type of worker, but it might require job training or relocation.

Open Spaces
3:49 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Data centers meant to diversify state economy

Bob Beck

 

Wyoming has long been thought of as a state that focuses on energy, tourism and in some circles ranching.  But the state has been trying to also make itself a player in technology.  It started in earnest a few years back that the National Center for Atmospheric Research or NCAR was coming to Wyoming.  The latest push has centered around Data Centers.  Wyoming is offering sales tax incentives and grant money to try and attract them to the state.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports that many believe they could be an important piece in diversifying the economy.

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Best of Wyoming
11:51 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Campbell County Rec Center Climbing Tower

Built by Eldorado Wall Company of Boulder, Colorado the tower has a circumference of 74 feet and a height of 42 feet, replicating Wyoming's famous Devil's Tower National Monument. The Climbing Tower is the focal point for the entrance of the Recreation Center Lobby. Climbers of all ages and skill levels enjoy top rope climbing, lead climbing, bouldering and the use of the Trueblue auto belay system. To date, over 3,500 individuals have climbed the tower at least once with over 400 individuals becoming belay certified.

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