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Kamila Kudelska

A new exhibit at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West focuses on Black cowboys and rodeos: Eight Seconds: Black Cowboys In America. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska spoke with photographer Ivan McClellan about his work, and the first Black rodeo he went to in Oklahoma.

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Back in March, Democrats passed a whopping $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill, which included stimulus checks and more benefits for the unemployed. Less than a month later, President Biden unveiled a roughly $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill. Wyoming senior Senator John Barrasso says it's fiscal insanity.

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The U.S. Department of Education is proposing a new set of priorities that would incentivize changes to the way history and civics is taught. The federal government is encouraging K-12 schools to include diverse perspectives in history and civics and to take notice of systemic racism in America's history.

Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with State Superintendent Jillian Balow about the proposal, which Balow sharply criticized.

Kamila Kudelska

Eight Seconds is the work of photographer Ivan McClellan. He was raised in Kansas City, Kansas and is a Black man. But McClellan wasn't exposed to Black rodeos and Black cowboys until 2015, when he went to the first one in Oklahoma.

Jay Chapman

Igneous rocks are usually found near volcanoes, like in the Pacific Northwest. But a team of University of Wyoming researchers found a two thousand-mile-long chain of the rocks much further inland.

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Wyoming Stargazing, an astronomy non-profit, is hosting a free online speaker series this spring and summer. The next featured speaker is Suzanne Ramsay from the European Southern Observatory in Munich.

Signa McAdams

The Shoshone Rose Casino and Hotel near Lander is reopening. After over 400 days of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Casino Marketing and Hospitality manager Jamie Williams says they are ready to welcome patrons back.

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The University of Wyoming has won two awards from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support research on critical minerals.

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The Wyoming Office of Tourism has released its 2020 Tourism Economic Impact Report and it shows a decline in revenue and visitors last year.

In 2020, Wyoming's travel economy declined 23 percent, while travel across the U.S. was down 36 percent. Nearly seven million visitors in 2020 brought in $160 million in state and local taxes.

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How much tourism is too little or too much? This is the type of question that will be discussed during this year's 22 in 21 conference, hosted by the Charture Institute in Jackson.

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The Radio Television Digital News Association has awarded Wyoming Public Radio three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. Wyoming Public Radio is in the small market category in a region that includes all radio stations in Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.

Signa McAdams

Affordable housing is notoriously hard to find in Wyoming and especially hard to find on the Wind River Reservation.

The coal-fired Dry Fork Station with the Wyoming Integrated Test Center located right next to it.
Cooper McKim

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $51.7 million dollars to a California-based carbon capture company called Membrane Technology and Research (MTR) in order to set up a large-scale pilot demonstration in northeast Wyoming.

MTR is expected to set up at the partially-state funded research site Wyoming Integrated Test Center, located next to the Dry Fork Station, a coal-fired power plant in Gillette.

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On Wednesday, April 28, Park County reported 22 new cases of COVID-19, one of the largest single day increases recently.

Native American Education and Research Center

The University of Wyoming is sponsoring a virtual event on Wednesday, May 5 to bring regional attention to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women issue.

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The newly established Pilot Hill Recreation Area opened late last year for non-motorized recreation. More recently, the Pilot Hill Wildlife Habitat Management Area opened May 1.

The 5,500-acre parcel is managed by the nonprofit Pilot Hill Inc. and provides a natural laboratory for researchers interested in the effects of non-motorized recreation on wildlife.

Maggie Mullen

Inside Eastridge Shopping Mall in Casper, Wyoming was once a Macy's. And signs of that department store life remain — a lot of mirrors, the old beauty department counter, and what used to be changing rooms to try on the latest fashions. Now, this building is a well-oiled, pandemic-fighting machine, with no customers.

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The plan to build an immersion program at St. Stephens Indian School in Fremont County had been years in the making. Immersion language programs use various techniques to encourage bilingual learning. This program was going to have three teachers in a classroom of around a dozen kindergartners. The teachers would teach kindergarteners everything they normally do, only half in English and half in Arapaho.

Animal Adoption Center in Jackson

A spay and neuter clinic will be held May 7 and 8 at the Arapaho School gym. Dog bites from feral dogs have been increasing over the last few years. A way to get ahead of the problem is fewer litters of puppies.

Wyoming State Board of Education

The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) is seeking statewide input regarding high school graduation standards. The new initiative is called "Profile of a Graduate."

Participants are asked to share their ideas about the knowledge, skills, and attributes Wyoming students should have when they graduate from high school.

Jan Truchot

The University of Wyoming will host a virtual Women in STEM conference for junior and high school students across the state on May 18.

Simon Cousins

A new study suggests that Americans drink too many sugary beverages, and Wyomingites are some of the biggest culprits.

Draper Natural History Museum

Eastern Screech Owls are found east of the Rocky Mountains of the continental divide. They do overlap a little with the Western Screech Owl, so they are very similar. The only way to tell the difference is the color of the beak. Eastern Screech Owls have a light, greenish tint to their beak while westerns have a darker beak. They both are small.

Tayler LaSharr

Mule deer migrate twice a year, moving between low elevation winter ranges and higher elevation summer ranges. In the spring they "surf the green wave," following the nutritious young spring plants upwards in elevation.

Previously, it was thought that does timed giving birth to peak green up during this wave, giving their fawns easy access to the most nutritious forage.

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A bill passed during this year's legislative session requires the Department of Health to consult with affected stakeholders as it develops a redesign plan for the state-funded behavioral health system.

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Mid March, the Wyoming Department of Health noticed health information had been released to the public. An employee mistakenly uploaded files containing COVID-19, influenza, and breath alcohol test results data to a public online storage location belonging to Github.com.

This released over 164,000 Wyoming residents and others health information.

Bobbi Shongutsie

 

The decline in popularity of fossil fuels has gotten some Wyomingites interested in alternative economic markets.

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Wyoming residents will be able to apply for rental assistance starting this week, taking advantage of a program backed by federal COVID relief money.

Bureau of Land Management Elko District Office

Last year was one of the worst wildfire seasons on record in the West. But certain seeding treatments may help prevent more fires in the future.

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