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StoryCorps 423: Sissy

Thursday, April 23, 2015

There's an electrical power plant technology instructor at Wyoming's Casper College who stands out on campus. His name is Sissy Goodwin and he dresses in women's clothing. His wife, Vickie, didn't know he wore women's clothing when they met, but she's stood by him for the past four decades.

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Selected Shorts

The Trickle-Down Effect

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A guy with bad karma.

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Selected Shorts

A Cute Dragon and a Loser: Modern Fables

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Women who love dragons, and a guy with bad karma.

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The Takeaway

Some States Say No to Teaching Climate Change

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Schools are increasingly teaching students about the causes and effects of climate change under new federal guidelines. But Republican states are fighting back.

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Selected Shorts

Short Stories of Modern Fables

Friday, February 07, 2014

Guest host Stephen Colbert presents two modern fables.

 

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Studio 360

Disputed Art Disappears from University Campus

Friday, August 03, 2012

A year ago, the University of Wyoming’s Art Museum commissioned an outdoor sculpture from British artist Chris Drury. Carbon Sink was a 36-foot-diameter vortex of logs killed by pine beetles atop a bed of Wyoming coal. The artist said he wanted to draw a connection ...

Video: Chris Drury explains Carbon Sink

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Strangers

Mike Gerle: American Mormon-International Mr. Leather

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Mormon kid becomes "International Mr. Leather"

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Transportation Nation

Montana Highway Opening Delayed By Snow and Ice

Friday, May 25, 2012

Switchbacks on the Beartooth Highway that crisscrosses Montana and Wyoming to the Northeast entrance to Yellowstone National park (photo courtesy of Travel Montana)

(Billings, MT – YPR) – The Memorial Day weekend marks the opening of one of Montana’s most scenic mountain highways and the gateway to the Northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park.  But that opening was delayed Friday as Beartooth Pass was closed due to snow and ice.

Montana Department of Transportation and National Park Service crews have been clearing away snow from the Beartooth Highway, a 68-mile road that winds through three National Forests across the Beartooth Mountain range. At its highest elevation, the road climbs to  10,947 feet.

Yellowstone National Park is open for the summer season, but park officials warn visitors some roads may be closed due to weather or road construction.

Approaching Beartooth Pass from the west along the Beartooth Highway (photo by Phil Armitage via wikimedia commons)

For more pictures of the Beartooth Highway, check out flickr.

 

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The Takeaway

EPA Says Fracking May Cause Pollution

Friday, December 09, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that fracking may be to blame for causing groundwater pollution. The controversial method of improving the productivity of oil and gas wells has been a source of debate across the country. The E.P.A. found that compounds likely associated with fracking chemicals had been detected in the groundwater beneath Pavillion, a small community in central Wyoming where residents say their well water reeks of chemicals. Health officials last year advised them not to drink their water after the E.P.A. found low levels hydrocarbons in their wells.

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Transportation Nation

Wyoming To Build $10M Wildlife Highway Crossings

Thursday, December 30, 2010

(Balmori Associates rendering of possible wildlife crossing)

(Jackie Yamanaka, YPR) - Wyoming is spending $9.7 million dollars to create a series of wildlife underpasses and overpasses to help pronghorn antelope cross the road.

Antelope that migrate through the Gros Ventre Mountains to and from Grand Teton National Park in western Wyoming face several highway crossings. This wildlife crossing project has been dubbed "Path of the Pronghorn."

Wyoming Department of Transportation Engineer John Eddins of Rock Springs says the main reason for the new wildlife crossings is for safety. He says on average 100 big game animals are hit on the roadway each year. Eddins says there is cost for these collisions.

"Take the $10,000 damage per property damage crash," he says "And the value of a deer around $3,000 based on our Wyoming Game and Fish restitution value, multiply that by 100 carcases and 20 or 30 property damage crashes and run that out over 20 years and that’s a significant amount of money."

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Transportation Nation

Wyoming Senator Says Rural Areas Disfavored in Transportation Bill

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

(Jackie Yamanaka, Yellowstone Public Radio) Where you stand depends on where you sit.  And so  Republican Senator John Barrasso says he's concerned with the share urban projects will get in the next federal transportation bill -- even though the state has long benefited from federal highway formulas per Wyomingite.

The White House's "Sustainable Communities" initiative has caught Barrasso's eye, and his ire. Barrasso says the affordable housing and transit program favors larger metropolitan regions areas over places like his spread-out home state. "People in rural communities are paying for the big cities' mass transit, instead of just for our roads," he tells Yellowstone Public Radio.

The story, here. Transcript after the jump.

But as Pro Publica and others have reported, Wyoming was given $1,519 per capita in Stimulus funding, and historically has done well in federal highway funding, because formulas favor "states with lots of roads and few people."

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Studio 360

Now Playing: The Laramie Project

Saturday, March 16, 2002

Now Playing: The Laramie Project

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