Dan Boyce http://wemu.org en Following Oil Boom In N. Dakota: A Cultural Blooming? http://wemu.org/post/following-oil-boom-n-dakota-cultural-blooming Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.<p>This week, NPR has been reporting on the effects of the fracking boom in the area known as the Bakken. Williston, North Dakota, offers a haven for a new working class. Tens of thousands of newcomers have flocked to the oil field over the past five years. The region is flush with high-paying, low-scaled work. It's bringing a lot of economic development, and some are hoping it can bring cultural development too. Sun, 02 Feb 2014 23:36:00 +0000 Dan Boyce 41011 at http://wemu.org Booming Oil Fields May Be Giving Sex Trafficking A Boost http://wemu.org/post/booming-oil-fields-may-be-giving-sex-trafficking-boost A Friday night at J Dub's Bar & Grill in Williston, N.D., begins and ends with multicolored flashing lights, thumping dance music and crowds of young men with money to spend.<p>"A lot of testosterone being thrown around in this town," says Nathan Kleyer, 24, a Williston native who's at J Dub's with some friends for a few drinks.<p>And he's seen it all over town, he says: "These scantily clad women walking in, and they will hop tables until they find a john to take them home."<p>He's seen it in bars, and he's even heard about it at a nearby chain restaurant, he says.<p>"If you're looking for it Sat, 01 Feb 2014 09:55:00 +0000 Dan Boyce 40955 at http://wemu.org Booming Oil Fields May Be Giving Sex Trafficking A Boost On Montana Reservation, A Mixed Reception For Bisons' Return http://wemu.org/post/montana-reservation-mixed-reception-bisons-return A red pickup rolls into a 1,000-acre pasture of dry grassland on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in northern Montana. Mark Azure, director of the reservation's fish and wildlife department, is out looking for buffalo when he spots about two dozen of the furry beasts gathering around a watering hole.<p>The animals are "grazing, wallowing, drinking, checking us out," Azure explains. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 22:02:00 +0000 Dan Boyce 36316 at http://wemu.org On Montana Reservation, A Mixed Reception For Bisons' Return Montana's State-Run Free Clinic Sees Early Success http://wemu.org/post/montanas-state-run-free-clinic-sees-early-success A year ago, Montana opened the nation's first clinic for free primary healthcare services to its state government employees. The Helena, Mont., clinic was pitched as a way to improve overall employee health, but the idea has faced its fair share of political opposition.<p>A year later, the state says the clinic is already saving money.<p>Pamela Weitz, a 61-year-old state library technician, was skeptical about the place at first.<p>"I thought it was just the goofiest idea, but you know, it's really good," she says. In the last year, she's been there for checkups, blood tests and flu shots. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:52:00 +0000 Dan Boyce 32871 at http://wemu.org Montana's State-Run Free Clinic Sees Early Success