London Homer-Wambeam

Part-Time News Reporter

London is a senior at the University of Wyoming studying Film Theory and Media Production. He grew up listening to Wyoming Public Radio, and has always had a fascination with unique human interest stories.

In his free time, London finds himself working on personal media projects such as short films and podcasts. He also enjoys mountain biking, hiking and occasional downhill skiing, none of which he is very good at.

A Steamboat Springs man is hoping to recover a sculpture stolen from the University of Wyoming student union in the 1950s.

A Laramie student has won an award in the C-SPAN StudentCam competition. Arundathi Nair placed second in the High School West Division for her documentary titled Out of Many, One Out of One, Many.

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State poetry reading contest winner, Lauren Haiar, will represent Wyoming at the national Poetry Out Loud competition next month.

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A California condor recently flew from Arizona to Wyoming but died shortly after arriving. California condors are an endangered species, and the bird, which was being tracked, was taken in for a necropsy by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A film festival highlighting women athletes is showing in Laramie this week. The No Man's Land Film Festival started in Carbondale, Colorado and now travels around the world with the goal of making the adventure and sports film genre more diverse.

Students and faculty from the University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance competed at a regional competition in Oregon last month. Fourteen students in the department were nominated by outside reviewers to compete in performance, design and technical categories. 

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At the University of Wyoming Student Union, a long line of students made their way down a row of tables, carefully examining artifacts, many of them taking photos with their phones. They are visiting the Black History 101 Mobile Museum

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The Laramie Downtown Clinic has been flooded with donations since the Washington Post published an article about it and its director Pete Gosar. The clinic offers free healthcare services to the public.

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Wyoming experienced 16 highway fatalities in January. Although fatalities have been declining overall, that's a relatively high number to start the year off with according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol. There was a total of 108 highway fatalities in 2018. WYDOT and the Highway Patrol are urging drivers to practice safe driving, especially during winter months.

A junior high school robotics team from Casper has won a state LEGO robotics competition and will travel to Houston to compete against teams from across the world.

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Some fishing and hunting licenses will now be valid for 12 months after the date of purchase. Previously, all licenses from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department expired January 1, even if the license was only bought a week earlier.

 

The new state auditor, Kristi Racines, promises to bring better transparency to the state's expenditures.

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Wyoming residents probably haven't noticed much change in how cities collect recycling over the past year. But your bottles, cans and paper may be going to different places than they were a year ago.

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In November, Curt Meier replaced now-Governor Mark Gordon as the state treasurer. Meier said the Treasurer's Office has been busy filling new staff positions while staying within budget.

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Energy companies in Wyoming are offering programs for customers to switch to renewable energy. Customers can pay between $5 and $15 per month to make their homes completely carbon neutral. Partial plans are also offered.

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The Wyoming Business Council has released a toolkit to help communities address housing needs in the state. The toolkit shows what types of housing communities should be investing in, in terms of variables like size and affordability.

Laramie's first public menorah lighting will take place Sunday. It marks the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, and will also be a sign of solidarity with the 11 people killed at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh.

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The town of Jackson plans to ban disposable plastic bags starting in April. The ban follows the lead of other resort communities like Aspen and Telluride that have enacted similar ordinances.

A paper published in BioScience looks at how poetry can be used to teach scientific concepts and how researchers can use poetry to gain a new perspective.

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Last Friday, lawmakers gathered in Laramie for the groundbreaking of the new University of Wyoming Science Initiative Building.

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The city of Laramie is a growing technology center in the state, according to the Wyoming Technology Business Center. In 2005, Laramie only had 16 tech companies but now has 85, and they expect to see 100 tech businesses in Laramie by the end of the year.

A new environmental assessment by the National Park Service proposes improvements to the infrastructure surrounding Devils Tower National Monument. The plan would bring the visitors center and Tower Trail up to modern accessibility standards.

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The public will have an opportunity to view artwork from the Laramie area Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11. The event, called Touchstone Laramie, will take place at the Fairfield Inn and Suites and feature work from nearly 40 professional artists.

The Laramie Regional Airport could become the nation’s second private drone hub. The airport is partnering with Infinity Development Partners to bring the growing industry to Wyoming.

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The University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra will premiere a new composition Thursday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. at UW’s Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts. The performance of Gwyneth Walker’s Earth and Sky will include multimedia elements including projections and narrators. The triple concerto will feature the Musica Harmonia string trio with the UW Symphony. As Walker told Wyoming Public Radio’s London Homer-Wambeam, Musica Harmonia commissioned the piece.

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A new report shows Wyoming’s lowest-income residents pay a higher tax rate nearly three times higher than the state’s top earners. While the state doesn’t have an income tax, sales tax ends up being a bigger portion of the lower class’ expenses. The report comes from the progressive advocacy group Better Wyoming and the bipartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy out of Washington D.C.

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Cheyenne lawyer Karen Budd-Falen has been tapped as Deputy Solicitor for Fish, Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior. She is well known for representing private property owners and local governments in disputes with federal land agencies.

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