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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Monday marked a year since Albany County Sheriff's Deputy Derek Colling shot and killed Robbie Ramirez, an unarmed man with mental illness. The police accountability group which formed after Ramirez's death is still seeking action from county officials and hosted a rally on the courthouse steps Nov. 4.

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Yellowstone National Park has released new reports on the state of its wolves and other wildlife, showing that the park’s wolf packs remain stable in size. Grizzlies, meanwhile, are growing more comfortable around humans.

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The governor is launching a new initiative to help address Wyoming’s invasive plant species. These non-native species, such as cheatgrass or Russian knapweed, can be found in fields and rivers across the state.

Wyoming hopes to make computer science education available across the state by 2022, and a new federal grant of about a half million dollars is slated to help.

The predominant language of Deaf communities in North America is getting more attention at the University of Wyoming, where students will now be able to earn a certificate in American Sign Language.

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The Mountain West may not be thought of as a haven for white supremacy but the Anti-Defamation League recently found that the region is responsible for ten percent of all white supremacy propaganda. That's even though there's just five percent of the nation's population here.

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The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance has named Sheridan resident Michelle Sullivan as its new director.

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Black-footed ferrets were once thought to be extinct, but that all changed when one was found on the Lazy BV Ranch outside of Meeteetse in the 1980s. What followed was a multi-decade effort to find, breed, and release a new population of North America's most endangered mammal back onto the land where it had been rediscovered.

McCormick Junior High

In March, racist and homophobic flyers were passed out by students at McCormick Junior High School to members of the school's Gay Straight Alliance club. It was the latest, but far from the only instance of bullying to take place at the Cheyenne school. And it put the school under a spotlight.

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A collection of conservation groups announced that it will fight against a move to reduce federal regulations regarding mineral royalties. The current regulations greatly increase the amount energy companies pay to the federal government.

Kristi Racines

Wyoming State Auditor Kristi Racines has launched a new website detailing how Wyoming spends most of its money. The website, WyOpen.gov, went live earlier this month.

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For many in Wyoming, summertime brings fairs and rodeos, but these activities can serve as fertile ground for a number of diseases.

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Archeologists and other scientists will gather at an important prehistoric mining site in Southeastern Wyoming today. The researchers hope to learn more about the area’s earliest human inhabitants.

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The Bridger-Teton National Forest wants to study whether more of the forest's rivers can be designated as a Wild and Scenic River and is now inviting public comment online.

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Fire season has been delayed by a cool, rainy June, but state and federal agencies say they are prepared to go to work if and when the fires start.

As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, increases its activity in Wyoming and the nation, some activists are taking steps to provide legal information to immigrants.

Krag Beverly

In August 2017, a large slice of Wyoming found itself under or near the solar eclipse's path of totality.

Kamila Kudelska

Getting students interested in science at a young age increases their chances of pursuing science later in life - that's the driving thought behind the 2019 STEM Scholar Program, which seeks to better prepare and inspire the next generation of scientists.

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State Auditor Kristi Racines and her office are preparing for the launch of a website that will provide easy access to state financial data. The site will include data from 2016 to 2018 when it goes live, and eventually be updated quarterly.

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The University of Wyoming is establishing new connections with China, the most common country of origin for the roughly 1,100 international students living in the state.

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Layha Spoonhunter and Ashlynn Kercher have never met, but they've been fighting for the same cause: LGBTQ equality and visibility. For their activism, the Advocate magazine named the Wyoming residents among their 104 Champions of Pride list for 2019.

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Teton County has long been the wealthiest area of Wyoming, but the median household income for a family of four just cracked $100,000 for the first time in 2018, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Rocky Mountain Power plans to break ground on a $3.1 billion-dollar statewide wind energy project this week.

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A proposed expansion of Aethon Energy's Moneta Divide Oilfield could significantly increase the volume of water and dissolved solids the company sends into the Boysen Reservoir near Shoshoni.

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When a semitrailer crashed near Woods Landing earlier this month, it spilled its cargo - water produced during oil and gas extraction - with some of it reaching the nearby Woods Creek.