Jeff Victor

Part-Time Reporter

Email: jvictor@uwyo.edu

A graduate student at the University of Wyoming, Jeff is interning as a science reporter with WPM through the summer of 2019. In a former life as a Laramie Boomerang reporter, he was awarded six Pacemakers for his coverage of the university and Laramie culture. In his free time, Jeff laments the loss of his left kidney, drowning that sorrow with books about science, mead made locally, and far too many podcasts. His cat, Ramona, is far more interesting.

In the fall of 2019, Jeff was promoted to a part-time paid position.

ACLU Wyoming

The ACLU of Wyoming is hosting a virtual forum this weekend, providing space for a discussion about police brutality. The call-in forum encourages communities of color and victims of police brutality to share their stories.

Care19

Contact tracing is one of the most difficult aspects of fighting COVID-19, but a new state-backed app could assist Wyoming officials in that effort.

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If you receive a call threatening to shut off your power, Rocky Mountain Power wants you to know it's not them calling - no matter what the caller ID says.

The electric company's customers across Wyoming, Idaho and Utah have been reporting the fraudulent activity, which has affected both residential and business customers.

Courtesy Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust

A new state program seeks to keep Wyoming residents in their homes, even as many struggle to make rent or mortgage payments.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has grown worse in Wyoming since the state started loosening restrictions last month, and health experts are saying the two are likely related.

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The Equality State Policy Center wants the 2020 elections to be safe and widely accessible.

Google Maps

The University of Wyoming trustees approved a new campus master plan last week, setting a course for the next 20 years.

Duane Keown

Some conservation groups are pushing back against a potential long term restoration program in Medicine Bow National Forest.

courtesy of Laura Huckin

Even as businesses and public areas begin to re-open, the threat of a serious outbreak in Wyoming remains. In response, a choral festival out of Jackson is taking its event online, keeping attendees - and singers - safe.

Listen to the full show here. 

Reported COVID-19 Numbers Are The Floor, Not The Ceiling

Wyoming is one of the states with the fewest number of COVID-19 lab confirmed cases. That's good news. But officials say the state still needs to be careful and not fall into a false sense of security that could cause a second wave and end up being disastrous to the health and economy of the state. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska reports.

Courtesy of Wyoming AIDS Assistance

If not for the coronavirus, this month would have seen the return of Drag Queen Bingo to Laramie. The fundraiser, which draws hundreds of people each year, was rescheduled for October. The bingo is hosted by the Stilettos, and raises money to help Wyomingites living with HIV and AIDS. Wyoming Public Radio's Jeff Victor spoke with Jim Osborn, who performs with the Stilettos as Martina, or Marti Gras.

Courtesy of Crow Creek Revival

Restoring a critical source of water in Cheyenne has been the goal of many in the area for several years. And that revival effort for Crow Creek just got another significant boost in funding.

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Countless businesses across the state have had to shut down temporarily due to COVID-19. That's not good, particularly for renters in Wyoming who live paycheck to paycheck.

The microbe known as Verrucomicrobium spinosum, catalogued by microbestiary.org
Dennis Kunkel and James T. Staley

The microbesitary is a University of Wyoming program and website that seeks to illustrate the microbial world.

wyomingworkforce.org

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the economy, as the country—and the state—respond to a significant spike in unemployment.

State of Wyoming

State and health officials say the number of coronavirus cases will continue to rise, but Wyoming still lacks the resources to test everyone with symptoms.

https://www.apartmentfinder.com/

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting both national and state economies, as many find themselves unable to work. Perhaps those left most out in the cold are low-income renters, who are eying the first of the month with more fear than usual.

Several news reporters in Wyoming lost their jobs or saw their hours cut this week, as the COVID-19 pandemic puts the squeeze on an already struggling industry.

uwyo.edu

University of Wyoming students who find themselves on hard times in the coming weeks might have money available to them through the student government.

Alissa Eckert, MS, Dan Higgins, MAMS


The official recommendation for people who might have COVID-19 - the coronavirus you've been hearing about - is to stay home. But that's easier said than done for many in the state.

A University of Wyoming event open to all members of the Laramie community aims to promote civil discourse and discuss the concept of hate.

Bob Beck

A bill before the Wyoming Legislature this session would extend the amount of time survivors of child sexual abuse could bring a civil suit against their perpetrator.

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A proposed bill before the Wyoming Legislature this session is considering tolling along Interstate 80.

NPS Photo / Stacey Skirvanek

A planned natural gas pipeline is being challenged by opponents who say its approval might violate the Endangered Species Act.

Wyoming Democratic Party

Wyoming Democrats will be able to take part in their local caucus this year without needing to attend the complicated, and sometimes lengthy, event.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Outlier weather events are growing more common globally, and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in the Bridger-Teton National Forest is no exception.

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