Chris, Lauren, And Denali Padesky - Green River WY

Sep 19, 2014
The Padeskys

The Padesky Family loves Wyoming Public Radio! WPR has accompanied us all across the great state of Wyoming. Bob Beck has talked us through snowstorms on the way to snowshoe in Pinedale, Willow Belden through dappled sunshine to dodge bears at the base of the Tetons, and the Ranch Breakfast Show through windy drives down I-80 to pay our school of choice, good ol' UW, another visit.

401(K) 2012

Wyoming’s poverty rate fell in 2013. That’s according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The national poverty rate remained around 16%, while Wyoming’s rate fell from 12.5% to about 11%.

Wyoming’s median income also climbed by over 5% during that period. State economist Wenlin Liu says that dramatic rise is due to a recovery in natural resource prices, which had fallen in 2012.

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Click here to read Part 3 of the Dark Side Of The Boom series.

The dangers of the Bering Sea crab fishery have been made famous by the reality TV show Deadliest Catch. But, in the last 15 years, that industry has become much safer, in large part thanks to collaboration between industry, scientists and regulators. We wondered: are there lessons that the oil and gas industry could learn from the crab industry’s safety gains?

Wyoming Senator John Barrasso

Sep 18, 2014

Wyoming Public Radio provides high-quality, locally focused programming that isn't offered anywhere else.

With a statewide broadcast, WPR plays an important role in keeping people across the cowboy state informed on what’s going on in Wyoming and the world.

Thanks to your dedication, folks in Wyoming know they can rely on Wyoming Public Radio for news and programming that matter to their lives.

INSIDE ENERGY: Dark Side Of The Boom: How Dangerous Is Too Dangerous?

Sep 18, 2014
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It's no secret that the oil and gas industry is dangerous. As the industry has grown to employ over half a million oil and gas workers nationwide, the number of fatalities has grown as well. Last year, 112 oil and gas workers died on the job; the year before, 142. Nationwide, oil and gas workers are still six times more likely to be killed on the job than the average American.

An oil and gas worker pours a defoaming agent into the drill string.

Jordan Evans - Cheyenne WY

Sep 17, 2014
Jordan Evans

I Love WPR Sundance Proclamation

Sep 17, 2014
City of Sundance and Wyoming Public Media

I Love WPR Douglas Proclamation

Sep 17, 2014
City of Douglas and Wyoming Public Media
Pamela Ten Eyck

Is it time for Wyoming to drop the death penalty?  Why or why not?

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Kathy Daulton - Star Valley Ranch WY

Sep 15, 2014

Hello WPM,

My husband and I were raised in Torrington and Cheyenne, met at UW, taught in the state for for 14 years, then left to teach overseas for the next 35! With retirement in 2002, we found the perfect property in Star Valley Ranch, now Wyoming's newest town only 2 miles from the state's newest Scenic Byway.  

Debra East

WPR and the expanse of public radio yield reports and stories opening my mind and compassion. There are standards calling us to accountability to each other whether in stories of achievement or challenges in Wyoming or the Wind River Indian Reservation.

NPR Code Switch takes the personal experience of discrimination to illuminate the universal cost to all people. Training for sustainability in professional skills of the WPR staff is demonstrated in programming content and delivery network. WPR has given me tools to be a better citizen and friend. 

Wyoming’s Joint Judiciary Legislative Committee has voted to support a bill that would allow for execution by firing squad, but voted down an attempt to abolish the death penalty altogether. 

States nationwide are being forced to find alternatives to executions now that drugs for lethal injections are hard to come by. Abolishing the death penalty altogether generated considerable debate. Baggs Senator Larry Hicks says the death penalty provides justice for victims. 

But Laramie Representative Cathy Connolly says the issue is greater than that.

Every fall, the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson holds an annual fund-raising show that gives art collectors a chance to rub shoulders with high-caliber wildlife artists.

Partygoers, dressed in everything from cocktail gowns to cowboy  hats, are sipping drinks while admiring paintings and sculptures created by one hundred premiere wildlife artists. Bettina Whyte, a museum trustee, is among those admiring the art.

A Wyoming legislative committee has voted to support a bill that would require law enforcement to get warrants to use drones to gather evidence in criminal cases. The Wyoming Liberty Group and Wyoming ACLU are both strong supporters of the bill. ACLU Director Linda Burt said restrictions are appropriate.

“These can be very intrusive means of searches with drones, they can be very small, and they can go into your homes without your knowledge, so we think it’s very important that there should be a warrant for any searches with drones.”

Wyoming Native and UW Trustee, Betty Fear

Sep 11, 2014

I Love WPR Medicine Bow Proclamation

Sep 11, 2014
Community of Medicine Bow and Wyoming Public Media

Dave Freudenthal, Former Governor Of Wyoming

Sep 11, 2014
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Possibly the longest running lawsuit in Wyoming history came to an end last Friday in Worland. Judge Robert Skar signed a final decree that brought closure to a controversial water rights case. The case examined some 20,000 possible water rights claims in and around the Wind River Indian Reservation over the course of 37 years. Water law professor Jason Robison was at the historic signing.

Larry Knopp

I Love WPR Green River Proclamation

Sep 10, 2014
City of Green River and Wyoming Public Media

Tonight, Wyoming Public Radio and Wyoming PBS will host a panel forum at UW exploring the Common Core State Standards for education. WPR Education Reporter Aaron Schrank will moderate the event, and he joined Morning Edition host Caroline Ballard to talk Common Core and what to expect from the forum.

Wyoming's First Lady Carol Mead

Sep 9, 2014
Marjane Ambler

My husband and I turn Wyoming Public Radio on from the time we get up and leave it on until we go to bed. When traveling around the state, we keep the guide to different translator numbers handy.

I like the locally produced news programs, such as the recent Open Spaces segment on how education has helped prisoners in Wyoming and specifics on how much money it saves by reducing recidivism. Thanks to Bob Beck for his legislative coverage and for recruiting and training strings of good reporters.

Thanks for the new cultural programming by Micah Schweizer.

Virginia Parker, Director Of The Saratoga Museum

Sep 8, 2014
Virginia Parker

Wyoming Brothers Al And Pete Simpson

Sep 8, 2014
Wyoming Public Media