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.

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A new state grant seeks to start up makerspaces across the state and a University of Wyoming program is spearheading the effort.

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University of Wyoming officials had high hopes for phasing students back into the classroom, but those hopes were dashed when large numbers of positive COVID-19 tests started coming in.

As of Thursday, September 10, the university had 66 active cases. And 63 of those were students, 50 of whom live off-campus.

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Internet speeds in Wyoming have increased by more than 50 percent since the pandemic truly hit the United States in March, even as more people started working from home.

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The Wyoming Virtual Academy (WYVA) offers free, public education to K-12 students in the state seeking an alternative to in-person classrooms. And with the pandemic still surging across the country, many Wyoming families are taking advantage.

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A state program designed to help residents make rent and mortgage payments has spent only a fraction of its available funds, but the program is hoping to cast a wider net by easing some of its requirements.

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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act promises all students, regardless of ability, the same opportunity for a good education. That promise stands in full, even during a pandemic.

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Wyoming has seven community colleges - and each one is preparing for the fall in its own way.

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The University of Wyoming is planning to reopen for in-person instruction this fall. But after many years of steady and sometimes increasing enrollment, the institution is expecting a significant drop because of COVID-19.

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Goshen County has had only a few confirmed coronavirus cases. And the community college there, Eastern Wyoming College, is planning to launch the semester, as usual, at the end of August.

Laramie County Community College

As the fall semester nears and COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state, Laramie County Community College (LCCC) is planning a largely virtual return to school.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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