January 12th, 2018
Last year the governor set up the Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming Council…better known as ENDOW. After a few months of touring the state and meetings, ENDOW has developed a list of recommendations to start setting the stage for diversifying the economy. Greg Hill is the Chairman of Endow and he explains why ENDOW is different from past economic development efforts.
Secretary Ryan Zinke is trying to implement his vision for a slimmed down Interior Department, which is being opposed by Democrats. But Correspondent Matt Laslo reports from Washington that Wyoming lawmakers are mostly supportive of his efforts.
For her popular book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, Florence Williams traveled the world talking to people who rely on nature to thrive. Along the way, she learned some things about herself and about how to cultivate awe and seek beauty in the midst of her frenetic, urban life. Williams was part of Teton County Library's Mountain Story literary festival in Jackson. She discussed what she learned with Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington.
Back in November, conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager spoke to a packed audience at the University of Wyoming. Many students weren’t enthusiastic for him to come, calling some of his talk racist and sexist. In fact, they argued university money shouldn’t be used to pay for such controversial speakers. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards reports for her series “I Respectfully Disagree,” that’s when students decided to host a public debate over THAT question.
The “Forever GI Bill” -- one of the bipartisan triumphs of 2017 -- significantly changes education benefits for service members and veterans. It eliminates a requirement that veterans use their benefits within 15-years of active-duty service. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s education reporter Tennessee Watson discovers, supporting veterans in higher education is more complicated than just giving them more time.
A coal company and an oil and gas company are stuck in legal limbo over who has superior rights on overlapping federal leases in the Powder River Basin. The case has been bandied back and forth in federal court, state court, district court... In the end, who should settle this debate? Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim speaks with Cheyenne oil and gas attorney Kris Koski, who is not involved in the case, to give deeper analysis about what the controversy and potential resolution means for Wyoming.
After years of going without one, the University of Wyoming has hired a new Native American Program Director. Right now, Native American enrollment at UW is at an all-time low and many tribal students say that’s because the campus isn’t as welcoming as it could be. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards sat down with Reinette Tendore to hear her own personal story of struggle as a student at UW.
Monday, nine members of the Cheyenne Capital Chorale will be performing the works of Sir Karl Jenkins at the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City. Wyoming Public Radio’s Annie Osburn spoke with Chorale Board Member Barb Boyer about the uniqueness of the trip.