Jeff Victor

Part-Time Reporter

Email: jvictor@uwyo.edu

Jeff is a part-time reporter for Wyoming Public Media, as well as a freelance journalist published in the Laramie Boomerang and WyoFile, among others. Interning as a science reporter with WPM during the summer of 2019, Jeff was promoted to his current position while finishing his master’s degree at University of Wyoming. 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.

He specializes in political and science reporting, and enjoys afflicting the comfortable.

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University of Wyoming Professor Tara Righetti will head to France this summer to study how the European state transitioned its economy and culture away from fossil fuel production.

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The University of Wyoming has won two awards from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support research on critical minerals.

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Wyoming residents will be able to apply for rental assistance starting this week, taking advantage of a program backed by federal COVID relief money.

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A number of conservation groups are joining the legal battle over President Biden's oil and gas leasing pause, filing a motion to defend the president's actions.

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The University of Wyoming has won complete control over its own water system, capping off what has been a fierce struggle between the university and the city of Laramie.

Oil and gas drilling on Jay Butler's property in Converse County
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A new report from the Wyoming Department of Administration and Information shows that Wyoming's economy is rebounding from the early months of the pandemic but several key metrics are far behind where they were a year ago.

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As energy companies look to build more wind farms in southeast Wyoming, the issue of wind development has bitterly divided residents of Albany County.

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The city of Laramie is pushing back against a bill that would allow the University of Wyoming to control its own water supply. The city council passed a resolution this week strongly condemning that bill, even calling it unconstitutional.

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A bill seeking to raise Wyoming's minimum wage to $15 an hour was recently killed by the state legislature. But that doesn't mean the "fight for $15" is going away.

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A new report details the under-representation of women in Wyoming politics - both in Cheyenne and on local councils and commissions. But, the report argues, women are successful candidates when they do run, and both structural changes and individual action could encourage more women to run in the future.

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When Wyoming resident Celeste Armstrong had her driver's license suspended a year ago, she had no way of knowing that her case could completely change the way licenses are suspended. But the University of Wyoming's Defender Aid Clinic took up her case and eventually won in Albany County District Court.

Clinic Director Professor Lauren McLane and Student Attorney Nathan Yanchek demonstrated that the Wyoming Department of Transportation had been using the wrong law to suspend licenses. Wyoming Public Radio's Jeff Victor spoke with McLane about what this means for Wyoming drivers.

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Back in 2019, a rental housing resolution was put up to a vote by the Laramie City Council. Among other things, it could have led to safety and health standards for rentals. It was a response to the many complaints that some council members had heard that described harsh living conditions and deceptive leases. But the resolution failed to get enough votes.

Since then, reporter Jeff Victor has taken a deeper look at the issue. And what he found was startling, particularly one landlord's name that appeared in court documents again and again. Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen spoke with Victor about his investigative reporting recently published in The Laramie Boomerang.

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Many small businesses throughout the country have taken a hit during the pandemic. But in Wyoming, various grant programs have helped businesses, nonprofits and even churches whether the storm.

The COVID Relief Bill passed by Congress last month includes a substantial sum of money for rental assistance across the country. Which agency or organization will be tasked with dispersing Wyoming's cut has not yet been decided.

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This week, the Vatican concluded its own investigation of Wyoming Emeritus Bishop Joseph Hart, ruling that there was not enough evidence to find him guilty of the numerous allegations against him.

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The Trump Administration did not weigh in on a legal case that could impact the future of coal in Wyoming and Montana, leaving open the possibility for the new Biden Administration to weigh in instead.

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, known as the CARES Act, was the largest stimulus bill ever passed in the United States. Wyoming's cut - $1.25 billion - went to various sectors of the economy, but there's criticism of how that money was split up and concerns that the state will need more funding as the pandemic continues.

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A man who allegedly lit his car on fire outside the State Capitol building in Cheyenne has been arrested and charged with third-degree arson.

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A state program designed to help Wyoming tenants pay rent through the pandemic dispersed just a tenth of its original allotment; the rest of that money was redirected to other areas, such as oil and gas.

Melodie Edwards

The pandemic has worsened food, health and housing insecurity across the country and in Wyoming. A new study shows that for many families in the state, these issues are front and center.

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Child care is a massive expense in the best of times, but as the pandemic surges across Wyoming, those costs have grown.

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A new report from the University of Wyoming's survey center shows a majority of Wyomingites are willing to take a vaccine once it becomes available. But there is still a large faction who thinks a vaccine is unnecessary.

Wyoming Arts Council

The pandemic has impacted all corners of the economy including the arts. Those in the art world have lost out on gallery openings, ticket sales for in-person events, and both corporate and philanthropic giving.

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Late last month, residents of the Hoback RV Park were informed that their leases would not be renewed past the end of December and that much of the community would be evicted by New Year's Eve.

Crowley Capital, a minority owner of the RV park, is planning to bring the septic system there up to regulation. That will result in a smaller tank and reduced capacity at the site.

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Residents of the Hoback RV Park south of Jackson have started a petition to extend their leases through the winter, seeking to stay in one place through the remainder of the winter.

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Wyoming will double its contribution of federal CARES Act funds to the oil and gas industry through the Energy Rebound Program.

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