Catherine Wheeler

Phone: 816-351-7748
Email: cwheel11@uwyo.edu

Catherine Wheeler comes to Wyoming from Kansas City, Missouri. She has worked at public media stations in Missouri and on the Vox podcast "Today, Explained." Catherine graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BA in English. She recently received her master in journalism from the University of Missouri. Catherine enjoys cooking, looming, reading and the outdoors.

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Catherine Wheeler

On a sunny and warm Friday in Northeast Wyoming, Levi Jensen and I drove east on Highway 51 out of Gillette.

Jensen is a utility project manager for the Gillette. We’re driving along the pipelines that currently bring water into Gillette. It’s not necessarily a tourist attraction.

Campbell County Fire Department

The Campbell County Joint Powers Fire Board unanimously selected Jeff Bender as the county's new fire chief. The department serves all of Campbell County including the town of Wright.

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The Ucross Foundation has announced the newest recipient of its fellowship for Native American Visual Artists.

Campbell County Health

Campbell County Health was ranked as one of the top places to work in healthcare this year. The list was put together by Becker's Hospital Review, a leading healthcare industry publication.

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Devils Tower National Monument has announced a series of summer activities for park visitors. Park staff worked with the Devils Tower Natural History Association to create a series that represents the history and culture of the monument.

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The Wyoming Department of Health is reporting the first case of West Nile virus this year involving an adult in Campbell County.

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Sheridan City Council approved $75,000 for a pilot program that gives residents an incentive to generate less waste.

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Public defenders provide legal representation to people who can't afford private attorneys. They're appointed by a judge to represent those accused of a range of crimes from misdemeanors and juvenile offenses to serious felonies, and because of that they can see a lot of clients.

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The Sheridan City Council defeated a proposed charter ordinance at Monday's meeting that would have repealed the law establishing the city administrator position. The vote was 5-2; only Council President Clinton Beaver and Sheridan Mayor Roger Miller voted in support of repealing the existing law.

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The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Judiciary Committee is considering addressing issues with the state's inability to share mental health information with federal government as part of compliance in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

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The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Judiciary Committee wants to gather more information on childhood sexual abuse crimes in the state.

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The Veterans' Home of Wyoming sits just a couple miles outside of the center of Buffalo. Its property is 960 acres at the base of the Bighorn Mountains where Fort McKinney, a former U.S. Army post, once stood.

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The National Weather Service in Billings has extended a flood warning for Sheridan County after this week's storm caused major flooding throughout the area.

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The Campbell County School District Board of Trustees is taking the next steps as they consider allowing teachers to carry concealed guns in schools.

Campbell County School District

The Campbell County School District's Board of Trustees has approved salary increases for its staff and teachers.

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A student from Sheridan College was one of ten students from across the country chosen for a highly competitive cyber-security internship this summer.

Wyoming Military Department

A Wyoming Army National Guard infantry unit will have a farewell celebration before deploying to southeastern Europe. The unit will be overseas on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kosovo.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is offering free and confidential screenings for black lung disease. NIOSH is traveling throughout the West and is in the Gillette area through Saturday as part of its Coal Workers' Health Surveillance Program. NIOSH is a part of the Centers for Disease Control.

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The water supply in and around Sheridan no longer contains added fluoride after the city council voted to remove it.

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The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee met in Gillette this week to discuss potential closures of coal power plants in the state. Rocky Mountain Power's parent company is considering early retirements of its coal plants finding many of them are uneconomic.

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According to new statistics from the Department of Justice, the country's incarceration rate is continuing to decline. From 2007 to 2017, the U.S. prison and jail population decreased by more than 10 percent. But that's not the case in Wyoming.

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The Wyoming Legislature's joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee met for an interim session in Gillette this week.

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As summer approaches, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is reminding residents that the state is reaching peak tick season.

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The Wyoming Department of Health is notifying the public of several reported pertussis, or more commonly known as whooping cough, cases in Campbell County.

The department was alerted to a cluster of pertussis cases affecting school-age children and adults. So far five cases have been confirmed.

Sheridan Community Land Trust

A proposal to expand the existing six miles of Red Grade trail system in the Bighorn National Forest in Sheridan County is open for public review.

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U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) announced he will not seek reelection in 2020. Enzi announced his decision to a small group in Gillette City Hall on Saturday.

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