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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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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Reducing speed limits might sound like a cheap, easy way to keep both human and wildlife safe on Wyoming roads.

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Two Wyoming Republicans Are Playing A Role In The Impeachment Debate

Two Wyoming lawmakers are playing key roles in the impeachment saga slowly unfolding in Washington. Correspondent Matt Laslo has the details from the nation’s capital.

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Wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone 25 years ago, after intense debate and under serious scrutiny. Park rangers exterminated the last wolves in Yellowstone nearly a century ago, and their return has restored the park's ecosystem to a state not seen in a long time.

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The Colorado nonprofit Irish Dance Theatre is hoping to introduce Wyoming audiences to a new kind of Irish Dance. The Celtic Gift is a family-friendly musical dance show that brings to life a holiday fairytale.

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For people untouched by federal immigration policy, the issue can feel distant. But a planned immigration jail in Uinta County has made the issue intensely local for the residents of Evanston.

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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.

Willow Belden

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.

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