October 23rd, 2015

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Wyoming's Revenue Picture Will Lead To A Lean Budget

The Consensus Revenue Estimating group or CREG will release its much-anticipated revenue forecast on Tuesday. Wyoming’s revenues are expected to drop 500 to 600 million dollars, which means legislators will have a lot less money to spend compared to the last budget. 

Barrasso Getting Praised As Indian Affairs Chairman

This year Wyoming’s junior senator, John Barrasso, took the gavel as chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Our Washington reporter Matt Laslo caught up with him and others to check up on the new role he’s playing in Indian Country.  

INSIDE ENERGY: Why Montana's Crow Tribe Turns To Coal As Others Turn Away

In south-central Montana, plans are underway to get more coal out of the ground and onto ships headed to Asia. The Crow Tribe of Montana and Cloud Peak Energy of Wyoming are partnering to develop a new coal mine on the reservation and to open a new export terminal in Washington's Puget Sound. Although coal prices are in decline and a protest movement is growing, the Crow are undeterred. For them, coal equals survival. Amy Martin visited the Crow reservation and has this report.

INSIDE ENERGY: Oil And Gas Development Dims Starry Skies

Some of the best places in America to see the starry night sky also happen to the best places to drill for oil. As oil development exploded in recent years, so has the amount of light pollution. Our Inside Energy reporter Emily Guerin has the story.

Refusing To Turn A Blind Eye On The Red Desert: Two Artists Set Up A Studio Near Gas Field

When you think of Wyoming landscape art, it's probably NOT of fracking sites or abandoned man camps. But two Laramie artists feel it’s time to take a hard look at ALL of Wyoming’s landscapes. For the second part of her series on the Red Desert, Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards camped out at a desert studio, somewhere north of Wamsutter.

Where You Are Is The Place That Matters Most

Let’s stay with the idea that art can change how we see a place. Lucy Lippard writes about the role of art in society. She’s at the University of Wyoming as an Eminent Artist in Residence, and she stopped by our studios to talk with Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer. In her book The Lure of the Local, Lucy Lippard says everybody should take responsibility for wherever they find themselves for as long as they live there. And she says that starts with simply looking around.

 

The Surprising Second Act Of The TV Antenna

Across the country people have been ditching their cable boxes over the last couple of years. Many are choosing to rely mostly on on-demand streaming services like Hulu and Netflix instead. That’s given the cable companies some jitters, but the rise of the “cord cutter” has been very good news for a different industry...the people who sell over-the-air TV antennas. Wyoming Public Radio’s Miles Bryan has more.

Heart Mountain Survivor Reflects On Impacts And Legacy Of Internment Camp

Word War 2 ended 70 years ago, and as more time passes, there are fewer and fewer people left who remember the events first hand.  Sam Mihara is a survivor of the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, a Japanese Internment Camp located between Cody and Powell. He sat down with Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline to talk about why remembering the past is essential to our future as citizens and as a country. 

Truancy Patrol: A Day On The Job With Wyoming Indian's Craig Ferris

Most people on the Wind River Reservation have seen Craig Ferris on the sidelines of the basketball court at Wyoming Indian High School. As head coach, he’s led the Chiefs to four state championships. But most days, Ferris can be found driving around and knocking on doors—putting the full-court press on a major problem for reservation schools: attendance. Ferris works for Wyoming Indian Elementary. Wyoming Public Radio’s Aaron Schrank spent a day on the job with him, and has this report.