November 30th, 2018

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Wyoming's Delegation Isn't Overly Concerned About Climate Report

The federal government released a sweeping report on climate change last week that predicts more wildfires and catastrophe weather across the nation unless lawmakers act, but like most Republicans Wyoming’s lawmakers don’t take the document too seriously. Correspondent Matt Laslo has the story from Washington. 

Oil Prices Stay Low; Sustained Price Could Impact Wyoming

The North American benchmark price of oil dropped this week to its lowest since 2017. It pulled down share prices of major producing companies with it - many that operate here in Wyoming. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim speaks with Refinitiv market specialist Carl Larry on what the drop means and how it happened. 

Wyoming Public Media Brings Pop-Up Newsroom To Conference For Violence Prevention And Response

This week Wyoming Public Media engaged in a bit of an experiment. Reporters Tennessee Watson and Melodie Edwards set up a pop-up newsroom at the third annual Wyoming Conference for Violence Prevention and Response hosted in Riverton. They joined Caroline Ballard for a conversation about the newsroom and its goals.

Lawmakers Look To Decrease Health Care Costs

A Wyoming legislative committee has quietly put together a series of bills that is looking at the high cost of health care in the state as well as making health care more accessible. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.

How The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study Could Make A Difference In Wyoming

Wyomingites working to reduce violence gathered this week for the 3rd Annual Conference for Violence Prevention and Response. A major portion of the conference was devoted to spreading awareness about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, or aces for short. Wyoming Public Radio’s Tennessee Watson sat down with Jennifer Davis from the Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund and Todd Garrison from the Montana-based not-for-profit Child Wise to understand why the aces study could make a difference in Wyoming.  

Are Private Firefighters A Public Good Or An Unfair Perk For The Wealthy?

It has been a brutal fire season this year. The fires still burning across California have left more than 80 dead, and nearly 200 people are still missing. Amidst the flames, a seemingly new trend has emerged – a two-tiered system with private firefighting resources for those who can afford them, and a system stretched thin for the rest.  Nick Mott spoke with a couple of private outfits centered in our region.  

Why The Grizzly Remains In A Tug-a-War Between Environmental Groups And Local Management

The conflict whether Yellowstone grizzly bears should be off or on Endangered Species Act protections has been an ongoing controversy for years. Even after a judge put grizzlies back under federal protections this fall, the debate continues. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska finds out, those in favor of the judge’s decision and those against are suspicious of each other’s motives. 

Solving The Age-Old Prairie Dog Problem In An Era Of Political Gridlock

For years, Wyoming and other Western states have successfully solved controversial problems related to wildlife and forests by getting people on all sides of an issue to come together to hash out solutions. Now a new stakeholder group is tackling the age-old controversy over prairie dogs. But as Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards reports for our series, "I Respectfully Disagree," with the national political scene in gridlock, these local groups are struggling.