January 18th, 2019

Credit Bob Beck

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Lawmakers Intervene In Teton County School Debate

A private school with some notable political ties has gotten into a fight with Teton County over whether it can build a new campus to accommodate a growing population. The Jackson Hole Classical Academy teaches a back-to-basics curriculum with a slight religious bent. After repeatedly being denied a chance to build its school to a scale that school officials say is needed, the fight has come to Cheyenne and legislators are involved. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.

Does Justifying Use Of Lethal Force Mean It's The Best Option?

Last week a grand jury decided not to indict Albany County Sheriff's officer Derek Colling. In November he shot and killed 39-year-old Laramie resident Robbie Ramirez. The jurors found the officer’s use of lethal force was justified. But that doesn’t mean the officer didn’t have other options. Wyoming Public Radio’s Tennessee Watson reports.

Slippery Slope: Do We Need All This High-Tech Ski Gear?

Wearing flannel, sporting beards and donning beanies, many of the workers at the DPS ski factory in Salt Lake City look like ski bums warming up between runs at the local resort. But they are hard at work crafting some of the most advanced skis in the world.

Slippery Slope: The Ski Industry Goes To Washington

The ski industry is an important economic driver in our region, but it's facing a lot of changes. Climate change, for one, is transforming ski resort leaders into activists and lobbyists.

Weak Uranium Markets Spark Improbable Solution: Acid

For the first time in the U.S., a uranium mine may soon be able to use an acid-based solution to commercially recover its resource. And the site is right here in Wyoming. It comes as a last resort for a company suffering under weak uranium prices. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim reports.

Recycling Still Worthwhile In Wyoming Despite China's New Rules

The United States’ recycling is piling up in China, and now China says they don’t want it anymore. It’s also becoming more expensive to collect and ship recycling from very small towns. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s London Homer-Wambeam reports, the shift in the recycling landscape may actually be better for the environment.

Sikhs Turn To Trucking By The Thousands To Keep The Faith

The trucking industry desperately needs more drivers. Right now, there’s a record shortage. However, over the last couple of years, one demographic has been gravitating towards the industry by the thousands--Indian-American Sikhs. Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen has more. 

New Company Brings Live Opera To Wyoming

A new company is bringing live opera to Wyoming. After studying and performing in Las Vegas and New York City, Daniel Quintana now lives in Casper. He and his wife, Emily Quintana, have created Opera Wyoming. Daniel Quintana spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Erin Jones.

The Rural Wyoming Tradition Of Bates Hole Birding

The Bates Hole Christmas Count is one of the last rural bird counts in the nation. Citizen scientists spend part of the holidays counting birds to help inform trends in bird population. Bird counts like this one have been happening for the last 119 years. Wyoming Public Radio’s Taylar Stagner tagged along to see what keeps bird enthusiasts flocking to Bates Hole.