this american {crow} life.

“There aren’t too many animals in Wyoming that can outsmart humans. But there is one. You probably see it everyday, and it most likely knows more about you than you think. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kelly Herbinson brings us this latest piece in her intermittent series on Wyoming animals.”

Kelly Herbinson is a nonfiction writer/mfa’er hailing from the great state of california.  she won the science fair five times between 1988 and 1995; she was the California State Surfing Champion in 1996, and she set the record for shoe sales at shoe biz shoestores in san francisco in 2000.  now kelly spends her time studying animals and writing about them. her work has also appeared in Creative Nonfiction.

Wyoming Public Radio’s Kathryn Flagg visits a ranch near Cheyenne for this report.

nonfiction mfa’er Katie Flagg explores the difficulties facing wyoming’s aspiring ranchers in her story for wyoming public radio. according to ms. Flagg:

“the news director told me that at times it sounds like everyone in my story is going to die. Apparently I have to work on making my ‘public radio voice’ a bit happier…”

Kathryn “Katie” Flagg is co-founder of YONTA, a new journal that focuses on art and science and the art of science. first issue due out this summer.

Wyoming Public Radio’s Irina Zhorov reports.

in her latest story for wyoming public radio, nonfiction mfa’er irina zhorov examines how and why beetle kill in the region is still no bueno:

“Millions of acres of timber are dying off due to the bark beetle. Entrepreneurs are attempting to make the best of the decimation. But, despite efforts by the Forest Service to make the logs accessible, there are many factors that make things difficult for these fledgling businesses. Startup loans are hard to come by, the infrastructure is missing, competition is grave, and no one seems to be buying. Irina Zhorov reports that, with four million acres of beetle kill in the region, these business’ success or failures could make the difference in whether the timber is wasted or not.”

wyoming leads the nation…

in smokeless tobacco use.
we were slightly bemused to see this headline in the laramie boomerang.  in the reader comments section online, the debate rages on:

banned wrote on Feb 25, 2011 7:59 AM:
“This is a nasty habit and should be banned on college campuses. It is disgusting to sit next to someone spitting into a cup or trashcan all semester.”

To banned… wrote on Feb 25, 2011 10:59 AM:
“Just because you deem a habit to be ‘disgusting’ doesn’t give you the right to prevent other adults from making the choice to engage in said habit. To me, self-satisfied, smug, superior manner-police calling to ban everything they don’t like is “disgusting,” but here you are with your right to comment. Quit trying to Big Brother everyone else and let adults do what they will with themselves, so long as they’re prepared to suffer the consequences. ”

since many of us teach intro to composition here at the university, and one of the readings we assign our students discusses the concept of Big (and little) Brothers in the Orwellian sense of the phrase, we cannot help but think: maybe  we are reaching them.  we are giving them the tools necessary in life to fight for the causes in which they truly and passionately believe.

wyoming: through with chew?