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June 10th, 2016

Charles Preston

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Park Officials Are Concerned About Risky Behavior In Yellowstone

An Oregon man is killed when he slips into a hot springs hundreds of yard off the boardwalk in Norris Geyser Basin. A Canadian tourist is fined $735 for picking up a bison calf that had to be euthanized. Another group of Canadians faces criminal charges for filming themselves walking on Grand Prismatic Spring.

Penny Preston went to Yellowstone to find out why people keep taking dangerous risks there.

Democratic U.S. House Candidate Discusses His Views On Energy

Wyoming Democratic U.S. House Candidate Ryan Greene is a Rock Springs native who brings an interesting background to the race. Greene works in the energy industry. Greene is one of two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to become Wyoming’s next congressman.

He says he got into the race to help the energy industry recover and to create jobs. Greene tells Bob Beck that you do that diversifying both within and outside the energy industry.

Lummis Wants To Vote On Trade Deal While Others Want To Wait

Last month President Obama took a historic trip to Southeast Asia to strengthen U.S. ties in the region and promote a 12 nation trade deal. Matt Laslo reports from Washington that Congress doesn’t seem eager to even vote on the agreement. 

Do We Need Coal To Keep The Lights On?

Earlier this year, on a conference call with investors, Cloud Peak CEO Colin Marshall shocked those tuned in with a frank admission. He said that coal will no longer provide -- quote -- “baseload power.” Stephanie Joyce explains why that admission was so shocking.

Wyoming Students Are Sent To Cops More Than Most

Data released this week by the U.S. Department of Education shows that Wyoming schools refer students to law enforcement at rates twice the national average. That’s as, in the wake high-profile tragedies, more schools hire armed police officers to patrol their hallways. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Aaron Schrank reports, these student run-ins with the law have unintended consequences. 

Tech Giants Pressure States On Renewable Energy

Some of the world’s biggest data companies—Google, Microsoft and Facebook—have joined a new coalition that is pushing for easier access to renewable energy. Through that push, they are trying to change the nation’s energy landscape— even in states that haven’t fully embraced that change. For Inside Energy, Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports.

Discovering Ernest Hemingway's Wyoming Connection

Earnest Hemingway is almost as famous for places he lived and visited—like Paris and Spain—as he is for his writing. Now, an article in Big Sky Magazine reveals Hemingway’s Wyoming connections. The article’s author, Darla Worden, became a Hemingway fan while attending high school in Sheridan. And as she tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer, the Sheridan area its own Hemingway connection.

Award Winning Poet Discusses Her New Book

Laramie Poet Lori Howe has a new book coming out called Voices at Twilight. It’s a book of poems, photographs, and historic essays about the ghost towns of Wyoming’s southern corridor. She joins Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck and reads excerpts from that book. 

Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
Based on Capitol Hill, Matt Laslo is a reporter who has been covering campaigns and every aspect of federal policy since 2006. While he has filed stories for NPR and more than 40 of its affiliates, he has also written for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Campaigns and Elections Magazine, The Daily Beast, The Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Guardian, The Omaha World-Herald, VICE News and Washingtonian Magazine.
When Penny Preston came to Cody, Wyoming, in 1998, she was already an award winning broadcast journalist, with big market experience. She had anchored in Dallas, Denver, Nashville, Tulsa, and Fayetteville. She’s been a news director in Dallas and Cody, and a bureau chief in Fayetteville, AR. She’s won statewide awards for her television and radio stories in Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, and Wyoming. Her stories also air on CBS, NBC, NBC Today Show, and CNN network news.