October 8th, 2010 - Open Spaces

Nov 8, 2011

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A listing of today's stories

Wyoming residents talk to the Fed
When most people think about the Fed they think about Wall Street, Ben Bernanke or Alan Greenspan. But, the Fed or - if you're not a fan of brevity - the Federal Reserve Bank is designed to be grassroots getting feedback from every corner of the country. Last week one of the 12 people who vote on the nation's monetary policy came to Wyoming seeking input from local business leaders and others about economic conditions in the state and what they think needs to happen with national policy. Renny MacKay reports.

A third candidate is running for governor.
Casper businessman Mike Wheeler is the Libertarian candidate governor. He says he's running because he views the Republican and Democratic parties as virtually indistinguishable - and he wants to be the conservative alternative. He spoke to Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick.

A conversation with democratic U-S House candidate David Wendt.
Democratic candidate for U-S House, David Wendt lives in Jackson and has spent his career working on federal and international policies. He worked in Washington D-C at the bipartisan Center for Strategic and International Studies. In Wyoming, Wendt established the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs. He speaks with WPR's Renny MacKay

A researcher says the Bark Beetle outbreak is misunderstood.
This week forest managers from all over the state were talking about bark beetles, and how to manage forests going forward. Barbara Bentz is an entomologist with the Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station. She tracks the progress of bark beetle outbreaks, and predicts where the beetles might move next. Bentz told Renny MacKay that we are not in the middle of one big outbreak of beetles, but many different outbreaks, happening all at once.

Wolf scat is being used as a way to ward off wolves.
A researcher from the University of Montana is in Idaho, testing whether humans can snooker wolves by laying down wolf scat around areas where livestock graze. The hope is that the wolves won't cross those natural barriers and leave cows alone. Doug Nadvornick of the Northwest News Network has more

A filmmaker discusses shootout Cheyenne.
For the second year in a row, Cheyenne will be host to a filmmakers' event called shootout Cheyenne. It's a contest where filmmakers put together a movie in 24 hours. Alan O'Hashi oversees the program. He Speaks to Bob Beck.

A Wyoming specific health care reform pilot program is about ready to start.
After three years of trying, this year the legislature approved a health care pilot program called Healthy Frontiers. The idea is to try to encourage health care providers to spend time with patients to address chronic needs before those needs become unmanageable. Low income people are to be chosen for the pilot and they will be provided money to use to pay for health care. Supporters of the plan say the state could see some savings if it works. WPR's Bob Beck reports.

University of Wyoming retention for tribal students is falling.
Recent figures released by the University of Wyoming show enrollment is higher than it's been since 1991. But while the numbers for general enrollment have been steadily rising, retention numbers for Native American students have been falling. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone has more.