December 20th, 2019
If you own land with minerals underneath in Wyoming, an operator normally approaches you and negotiates a deal where they drill and you get top dollar. However, a situation has arisen in southeast Wyoming where a company has found a way to avoid that process and control minerals they don’t own.
Now, three dozen affected landowners have filed a lawsuit against the company in question… Anadarko Petroleum. They allege Anadarko has unfairly taken their minerals and created a monopoly in their county. The lawsuit's result could have implications on Wyoming statute, the oil and gas market, and people’s wallets. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim reports.
Several community colleges in our state are in the process of developing four 4-year Bachelor of Applied Science degree programs. One proposed degree at Central Wyoming College, or CWC, would help students learn what it takes to be a good tribal leader. Wyoming Public Radio’s Savannah Maher reports on what that could mean for the Wind River Reservation.
As the University of Wyoming football team struggled down the stretch on offense, few people took it harder than offensive coordinator Brent Vigen. In fairness he was in a tough spot, he’d lost a number of offensive lineman, two running backs and his starting Quarterback due to injuries. As the Cowboys prepare to play in the Arizona Bowl Vigen tells me that the silver lining is that a lot of young players just missed winning a couple of big games and that the future of Cowboy football is bright. However…the season certainly didn’t go as planned.
Winters in Norway usually last from October to late May—sound familiar? Norway also has something called the polar night. For about two months, the sun never rises above the horizon, giving way to some of the longest, darkest winters on earth. But to psychologists surprise, rates of seasonal depression there are extremely low for what one would expect. That's why Stanford Doctoral Student Kari Leibowitz went there to learn more. She told Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen about what she found in a town called Tromsø.
The winter holidays are a busy time for Juan Pablo Mijares. As a violin luthier he makes and restores instruments in the violin family. And this time of year - he’s BUSY! Professional musicians are calling him as they get ready for holiday concerts and college students home for winter break need him to repair and tune their instruments. The Mountain West News Bureau’s Ali Budner brings us behind the scenes at his unique shop.
When it comes to a Christmas tree, there are a lot of choices out there. Maybe silver tinsel is your thing. Or the classic fake plastic spruce. Or maybe you want to work for it and cut down the tree yourself. For Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen, that’s her tradition and this year we tagged along.
Every year, the city of Gillette and the Gillette News Record team up to host a city holiday lights contest. People can nominate themselves, friends or neighbors. Then, seniors from the Campbell County Senior Center go out and judge the decked-out homes. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler followed along on judging night.
This is the 22nd year the Rocky Mountain dance theatre in Cody hosted its annual nutcracker. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska finds out Cody’s Nutcracker is all about inclusion and support from the community.