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Behind the Scenes
12:20 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

88.7 FM: Our Newest Frequency

Engineers Reid and Ben on the tower during the early stages of hanging the antenna.
Shane Toven

Construction of the new signal to serve Kaycee and I-25 between Casper and Buffalo is complete.  The new 1,600 watt signal can be heard in many areas where no other WPR service was previously available.  We are already receiving reports from a number of listeners about the new signal. Turn your dial to 88.7 FM if you happen to be traveling in that part of the state, or if you live in or near Kaycee.

Open Spaces
4:13 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

New Institute Runs Business Boot Camp For Entrepreneurs

Teacher Sandy Hessler speaks to participants
Rebecca Huntington

We've all heard stories about businesses that start in a garage or on the back of a cocktail napkin. But it takes a lot more than a great idea and some elbow grease to build a business from scratch. So a new Jackson program, called the Start-Up Institute, is running a business boot camp for entrepreneurs. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington has more. 

REBECCA HUNTINGTON: This is what you might consider finals for sixteen students completing Jackson's first-ever Start-Up Institute.

KELLIE HOTEMA: I'm too tired to be nervous.

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Open Spaces
4:07 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Ranchers produce more meat with fewer animals

Irina Zhorov

The U.S. cow herd is small right now because of the extended drought that’s plagued large swathes of the country. But though dry conditions have driven ranchers to sell off animals they would have otherwise kept, the decreasing size of the national herd is a trend decades in the making. Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports on how livestock producers in Wyoming are turning out more meat with fewer animals.

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Open Spaces
4:04 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Skiing faces challenges in warming world

Skiing has been a popular pastime in the West for decades, but with climate change, the future of the sport is in question.

Porter Fox is the features editor at Powder magazine and the author of DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow. Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce spoke with Fox about his new book, and what’s in store for Wyoming.

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Open Spaces
3:44 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Wyoming’s memory care units are filled to capacity

Over half of Wyoming’s nursing home residents currently have moderate to severe dementia…and that number is expected to rise steeply in coming years.  By 2020, there may be as many as 13,000 people who are experiencing serious memory loss in Wyoming.  And there’s not enough space for all them in Wyoming’s nursing homes.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards reports.

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Open Spaces
3:38 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Wyoming Democratic Party Chairman disappointed in Governor Mead’s Medicaid recommendation

Pete Gosar

Recently Governor Matt Mead made it clear that he does not support using federal dollars to expand Medicaid services for Wyoming’s poor.  State Democratic Party Chairman Pete Gosar tells Bob Beck that’s the wrong move.

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Open Spaces
3:28 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Old Steps Come To Life At Laramie Swing Dance

Kevin and Tamara Bretting and Charles and Jennica Fournier

Classic dances like the Jitterbug, the Charleston, and the Lindy Hop are being revived at a community swing dance series in Laramie. Swingin’ Around Town started this summer as a way to rekindle social dance.

It now happens on the first and third Friday of every month at Blossom Yoga in downtown Laramie, and Lindy Hop lessons start in January at the Laramie Recreation Center. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer spoke with Swingin’ Around Town co-founders Kevin Bretting and Charles Fournier.

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Arts
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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Arts
5:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

What Happens At Pete's Roc N Rye Club Stays At Pete's Roc N Rye Club

Inside Pete's Roc n Rye Club
Erin Dorbin

At first glance, it looks like another shuttered roadside business. The exterior is overgrown and the door is hard to find. By the look of things, you may wonder if this is the kind of place you’ll need a secret handshake to enter. What is this place exactly? It’s Pete’s Roc n Rye Club in Evanston. For our final stop on the Lincoln Highway, producer Erin Dorbin made it past the entrance and sent us this postcard.

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Arts
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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Arts
5:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

No Vacancy: Extended Stays Keep The Lights On At The Wyoming Motel

The Chief watches over the Wyoming Motel
Erin Dorbin

In preparation for your upcoming road trip, you’ve already dialed the destination into your GPS. You’ve read online reviews to choose where you’ll sleep. And you probably booked the Hampton instead of that quaint motor court, right? With fewer travelers choosing rooms at smaller mid-century-era motels, how are owners adapting their businesses? Producer Erin Dorbin visited Wyoming Motel in Cheyenne to find out.

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Arts
5:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Highway Teepee: A Roadside Mystery

Old postcard of "The Warwhoop"
Erin Dorbin

Chances are, if you’ve driven the stretch east of Cheyenne along I-80 or Old Highway 30, you’ve seen it--that colossal white and turquoise roadside gem, the Teepee. You’ve probably also wondered, who lives there? Or simply, why a teepee? Producer Erin Dorbin sent us this postcard with some questions from Egbert.

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Arts
5:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Survey Travels Back In Time On Lincoln Highway

Springs Motel, Rock Springs WY
Erin Dorbin

This summer,  the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office received a grant to survey buildings and landscapes along the I-80 corridor. Because I-80 and old US-30 roughly follow the nation’s first transcontinental highway, the project was called the ‘Lincoln Highway Survey.’ In honor of the highway’s 100th anniversary, we’ll make some stops along the road this week. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer begins our series by speaking with Beth King and Erin Dorbin from the State Historic Preservation Office.

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Spoken Words
2:14 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Eric Krszjzaniek: Memo: On Wyomingness

Eric Krszjzaniek is earning his Masters degrees in English and Environment & Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. Having spent most of his life amongst the free-range cheese and fragrant cows of Wisconsin, Eric was drawn to the open expanses and sparse populations of Wyoming after stints as a renewable energy educator, a county commissioner, and an editor on an antiques magazine. Eric's work has appeared in many bathroom stall walls and has lined many cages of birds and dogs alike.

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Arts
1:49 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Interview with musician Shakey Graves

Sydney Dalis was given the opportunity to speak with musician Shakey Graves about his experiences in Wyoming, specifically Yellowstone Park. This aired during Morning Music with Grady Kirkpatrick.

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Music
1:28 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Vote for your Top 5 CD picks of 2013

Credit npr.org/blogs/bestmusic2013

You’re invited to send in your Top 5 CD picks of 2013. We’ll add up listener picks and compile the Top 20 of 2013 to play back on Morning Music.

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Open Spaces
4:41 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Study shows Pinedale water contamination mostly unrelated to gas drilling

Pollutants including benzene and diesel-range organics have shown up in water wells like this one in the Pinedale Anticline for several years.
Credit Courtesy Linda Baker

Pollutants have been showing up in water wells in the Pinedale Anticline gas field since 2006. Until recently, no one knew where the contamination was coming from. Now, the Bureau of Land Management and Department of Environmental Quality have released a report indicating that most of the problem was not caused by energy production. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.

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Open Spaces
4:33 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Wyoming’s little talked about pollution source: trona mines

One of FMC’s processing facilities
FMC Corporation

Wyoming’s biggest export is soda ash, which comes from trona mines in Sweetwater County. Last year, the trona industry produced 17 million tons of soda ash for which the state received nearly $90 million in various taxes and royalties. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov report, the industry has a dirty side, too. 

IRINA ZHOROV: Wyoming is used to superlatives. The biggest coal bed, the largest mine, the most wind! Here’s another:

[VIDEO PLAYING: The silver retreats of Wyoming, USA is home to the largest reserve of trona. ]

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Open Spaces
4:28 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

State Superintendent Cindy Hill discusses her dispute with the legislature

It’s been a long year for State Superintendent Cindy Hill.  After legislators determined that she was undermining some of their education reform efforts, they voted to take away her ability to run the state department of education and assigned her to less essential tasks. 

Later a report suggested mistreatment of employees, possible misuse of the state aircraft, and misuse of Department of Education money.  That last piece is being investigated by a legislative committee who is trying to determine if impeachment charges should be brought against Hill. 

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Open Spaces
4:25 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

New Wyoming Travel App Raises Cash for Conservation

Story Clark

More than half the U.S. population uses smartphones and apps. And as the appetite for mobile information continues to grow, some Wyoming entrepreneurs are poised to cash in, for the sake of conservation. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington has more.

REBECCA HUNTINGTON: When Story Clark gets into her Prius, she doesn't just start her engine. She also revs up a new mobile app that she's developed with her business partner Madi Quissek.

STORY CLARK: So I'm hooking it up. It's TravelStorysGPS. The app is hands-free. And we're going to get going right now.

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Open Spaces
4:21 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Governor Matt Mead defends his opposition to Medicaid expansion and other topics

Last week Wyoming governor Matt Mead released his proposed budget for the next two years.  The governor joins us to discuss something he did not recommend and discusses other topics, such as whether he will run for re-election. 

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Open Spaces
4:18 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Bark beetles turn forest into carbon source

Pine and spruce beetles have killed millions of trees across Wyoming and the West. To many, the dying forests are visually unattractive. But there’s a bigger issue. Researchers in the Medicine Bow National Forest are finding that beetle kill has had a major impact on how the forest processes carbon dioxide. Wyoming Public radio’s Willow Belden reports.

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Open Spaces
4:06 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Governor proposes budget increase for local government

Credit The photo is courtesy of the Cody chamber of Commerce.

In the governor’s budget last week, one area that didn’t get a lot of attention is a proposal to increase funding to communities and counties by $175 million.  That would be a $40 million increase over his previous proposal.  40 percent of that money would go for infrastructure, such as roads, but the rest would go into operations.  If approved, it would come at a time when most local governments are dealing with less revenue.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.

BOB BECK: Governor Matt Mead says he’s tried to make local government funding a priority since he took office.

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Open Spaces
3:52 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Jackson gallery offers views of protected private lands

Ladd Property. Bill Sawczuk. 16 x 20. Oil on linen.
Credit Trio Fine Art

A new exhibit offers three painters’ views of protected private lands in Jackson Hole. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer reports on the first-ever collaboration between the Jackson Hole Land Trust and artists, called View 22.

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Single Shot Live
2:44 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Spencer Bohren: Borrowed Time

Because this was recorded during WPR’s fall pledge drive, we have thoughtfully edited out the talking. Enjoy the music of Casper-born, New Orleans-residing Spencer Bohren—guilt-free!

Legislative
4:42 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Governor recommends pay raises

The Governor is recommending two-point-five percent pay raises for University of Wyoming and state employees, for each of the next two years.  

Governor Matt Mead is also proposing one-time two percent pay hikes for Community College and K-12 Education employees.  The governor made the recommendations in his proposed two year budget for the fiscal year that begins in July.  Mead says it’s been several years since state and U-W employees have received a raise.

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News
5:54 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

New report offers recommendations for improving public safety on Indian reservations

A report released by the Indian Law and Order Commission says law enforcement responsibilities on Indian reservations should be placed with tribes, rather than with federal and state governments, as they are now. The report, titled “A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer,” looked at public safety issues in Native American communities nationwide and made recommendations to close the public safety gap by 2024. Public safety in tribal communities often lags behind non-Native communities. 

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Open Spaces
3:46 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

In Laramie, those in the drug court are finding the benefits of yoga

Hot Power Yoga
Credit Bob Beck

Lots of people enjoy the calming and relaxing benefits of yoga, but in Laramie a group is trying to use yoga to help those in the drug court program.  And the early returns are good.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck has more. 

BOB BECK:  It’s Friday night at Laramie’s Hot Power Yoga.  The lights are down and the room is lit with candles.  Nine people connected with the Albany County Drug Court program are here holding various poses in an effort to relax and focus. 

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Open Spaces
3:40 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

The Budget Committee Sen. Enzi Disdains

Republican Senator Mike Enzi

Wyoming’s senior Republican Senator Mike Enzi is on a special budget conference committee that he says has already become a moot point. Matt Laslo reports from Washington on why he’s given up on the group before its really gotten to work.

MATT LASLO: Senator Mike Enzi, along with seventeen Senate Republicans, voted against the final deal to reopen the federal government and avoid a potential default on the nation’s debt.

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Open Spaces
3:32 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Seismic testing rattles surface owners in Carbon County

Ladder Ranch in Savery, Wyoming
Credit Ladder Ranch

For most of Wyoming's history, mineral rights have clearly taken precedence over surface rights. But in 2005, the Legislature passed a split estate law which, for the first time, gave surface owners some say over how their land could be used to access the minerals below it. It was a big change, but many have argued since that it didn’t go far enough.

As Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports, a case heard by the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission this week tested the limits of the law, and the rights of surface owners.

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