November 20th, 2015

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Wyoming's Delegation Is Skeptical About The Paris Climate Talks

Wyoming’s congressional delegation is joining arms with most Republicans in Congress as the GOP tries to derail the global climate change talks in Paris at the end of the month. Matt Laslo reports on the battle raging in Washington that will be felt across Wyoming.  

North Dakota Officials Accept A Low Carbon Future, But Not On EPA's Terms

North Dakota doesn’t produce anywhere near as much coal as Wyoming. But the state’s coal industry still feeling the heat from the Clean Power Plan, which targets carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Under the final version of the plan, North Dakota will have to cut its emissions more any other state except Montana. Both Wyoming and North Dakota are suing to stop the plan. Inside Energy’s Emily Guerin reports.

After Years Of Problems, UW Renovates Performing Arts Building

When Theresa Bogard interviewed for a position in the University of Wyoming’s music department 24 years ago, she was told the department would be getting a new building soon. Now, nearly a quarter of a century later, the newly renovated performing arts center is finally here. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Khalym Burke-Thomas found, before the renovations, conditions were bleak. 

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Celebrates 50 Years

As the snow piles up and people across the west begin to break out their skis and snowboards, Wyoming’s biggest ski resort is getting ready to celebrate its 50th winter season. The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort now has 116 ski trails, 13 lifts, an aerial tram, and 2500 acres of terrain, but back in 1965, it saw just a handful of skiers going up on 2 chair lifts. The resort’s Business Development Director Bill Lewkowitz joined Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard to talk about the resort’s past, present, and future. 

Mule Deer Struggling To "Surf The Green Wave" Of Migration

25 years ago, there were more than half a million mule deer in Wyoming. Now that number’s dropped to 360-thousand… and no one can quite figure out why. Many wildlife biologists say human development is, literally, getting in their way. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards reports.

Fuel: It's What's For Dinner

From the farm to our tables, there’s an enormous amount of energy that goes into growing, transporting, processing and eventually preparing our food: up to a fifth of our nation’s total energy use. Our Inside Energy project is teaming up with Harvest Public Media on a series for this holiday season, we’re calling Feasting on Fuel. In this first story, Wyoming Public Radio’s Energy and Natural Resources Reporter Stephanie Joyce reports the energy inputs into our food are often hidden. 

What's Next For Wyoming's School Funding?

This week, the Legislature’s Select Committee on School Finance Recalibration recommended that the state stick with the same school funding model it’s been using for the past decade. That means school districts would get basically the same amount of money they have been getting. The move came after months of discussion—and consideration of another funding model, based on what consultants say it should cost to educate Wyoming’s students. That model would have reduced funding by about $50 million per year. Wyoming Public Radio’s Aaron Schrank spoke with Senate President Phil Nicholas about why they landed where they did.

Al Simpson Has Friends in High Places

Retired U.S. Senator Al Simpson has too many friends in high places. Simpson refuses to choose between close friends George Herbert Walker Bush, Dick Cheney, and others. Penny Preston talked with him at his home in Cody.

 

Wyoming Football Takes Concussions Seriously

It’s been a bad year for concussions for the University of Wyoming football team. While the team does not release exact numbers due to federal health care regulations, media counts put the number above 20. And everyone involved with Cowboy football admits that’s a lot. With all of the attention paid to concussions these days, UW officials say they are looking closely at the situation. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports…sometimes there is little you can do.