March 24th, 2017

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Unfazed Or Disengaged? UW Teaching Students React To K-12 Cuts

K-12 education in Wyoming is facing immediate cuts on the state level. And President Trump’s federal budget proposes cuts to education too. There’s even talk in Washington of dismantling the U.S. Department of Education. This got Wyoming Public Radio’s education reporter Tennessee Watson wondering how University of Wyoming education students were feeling about their future in teaching.

UW Initiatives To Encourage Native Student Enrollment

When University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols was hired, Wyoming’s Native American community was glad to see she had a strong record of advocating for tribal students. This month, Nichols made a visit to Wind River Reservation to visit schools and talk to the business councils about several new initiatives to recruit kids there to attend UW.  James Trosper works for the High Plains American Indian Research Institute on campus and is collaborating with Nichols to make some of those dreams a reality. Melodie Edwards sat down with Trosper to discuss the goals of Nichol’s recent trip.

FEMA Specialist Says Residents Should Consider Flood Risk Before Snowpack Melts

After heavy snowfall this winter, mountain snowpack is above average around most of Wyoming. Communities near the Bighorn, Wind River, and Gros Ventre Mountain Ranges have already seen flooding in 2017, and with temperatures continuing to rise, more flooding could be in store. Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard spoke with Diana Herrera, FEMA’s senior flood insurance specialist for Region 8 which encompasses the Rocky Mountain west, about how to prepare for potential flooding.

Meals On Wheels, Steady Under Pressure Of Potential Cuts

Like many federal programs across the country, Meals on Wheels is facing possible cuts as part of President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. The program’s Wyoming partners have already experienced cuts at the state level due to the energy downturn, and it’s hard to know when the federal budget will be decided on. In the meantime, many homebound seniors and Wyomingites with disabilities that depend on the program are concerned about the future of their care.

ACA Fixes Could Have Hurt Wyoming Consumers

Despite some recent setbacks, Congress will eventually move to either replace or make serious changes to the affordable care act. Wyoming’s congressional delegation says that should help reduce insurance premiums in the state, but that may not be the case. Wyoming saw a growth in those who have insurance under the affordable care act and current congressional fixes could do more harm than good. 

Former Jackson Mayor Strikes Up Dialogue With Trump Voter

During a campaign stop last year in Jackson, then-mayor Sara Flitner took a question from the audience. It was a challenging one from retired physician and consultant Jeff Walker, a staunch Republican. It was obvious from the get-go that the two didn't agree on much—especially on the election of Donald Trump--but they decided to keep talking anyway. As part of her series “I Respectfully Disagree,” Melodie Edwards chatted with Flitner and Walker about some of the hard conversations they've been working through. 

Efforts To Repeal Methane Emissions Rule Hits Snag

Wyoming lawmakers are pushing to repeal an Obama-era rule that would limit methane emissions on federal lands, but they're hitting a snag and this time it's coming from their fellow Republicans. Correspondent Matt Laslo has the story from Washington. 

Low Moose Numbers Lead To A Conflict

Moose numbers are down across Wyoming. Now, a woman who lives in what used to be known as moose country is asking Wyoming’s Game and Fish Department to stop hunting near her Wood River home near Meeteetse. Penny Preston reports a hunter who has been waiting for decades to hunt moose there disagrees. And, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is caught in the middle.