Catherine Wheeler

Phone: 307-222-4208
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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Wyoming Legislature

The Wyoming House Corporations Committee voted to advance a bill that would place limits on the power of public health officers.

Gillette College

A bill that would set up Gillette College to split from the Northern Wyoming Community College District has passed the Wyoming Senate.

Wyoming Legislature

The Wyoming House of Representatives have passed a bill that would require the state's voters to present specific IDs in order to vote in person.

The bill requires voters to show a driver's license, state, tribal, or state student IDs, passport, military ID or a Medicare card before voting in person.

Catherine Wheeler

Wyoming's Senate voted to move forward with a bill that would allow Campbell County to form its own community college district.

The bill would set up the framework for the separation of Gillette College from the Northern Wyoming Community College District. If the legislation passes, Campbell County voters would have to approve a ballot measure for the new college district to be created.

Bob Beck

Wyoming's House of Representatives will move forward with a bill that would require voters to show specific identification before voting in-person.

The legislation would require voters to show IDs such as drivers licenses, state issued or tribal ID cards, passports or military ID or a Medicare card, before voting in person.

Catherine Wheeler

Buffalo High School sophomore Caydence Engling said growing up, she thought she wanted to be a doctor because she likes to help people.

Wyoming Legislature

The Wyoming House Judiciary Committee voted to table a bill that would protect journalists from disclosing anonymous sources and privileged information by court order. The committee will continue working on the bill with some clarifying amendments.

Wyoming Legislature

The Wyoming House Corporations Committee approved a bill that looks to change the rules around voter identification in the state.

The bill would require voters to show specific identifications such as drivers licenses, state issued and tribal ID cards, passports or military ID or a medicare card, before voting in person.

Wyoming Legislature

Wyoming's House Transportation Committee voted to advance a bill that would increase the state's fuel tax by nine cents.

Wyoming Department of Health

The Wyoming Department of Health is looking for input on how it will approach the next four-year state plan on aging. The state's plan on aging looks at the needs of older adults and care partners.

Wyoming Department of Transportation

The Wyoming Department of Transportation has announced the results of its 2020 aviation economic impact study.

According to the study, aviation generates around $2 billion directly or indirectly in Wyoming each year. It adds that the industry supports nearly 22,000 jobs and $942 million payroll throughout the state and not just in aviation.

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The University of Wyoming will receive $2.4 million dollars in CARES funding from the federal Economic Development Administration.

Catherine Wheeler

The U.S. Forest Service in the Bighorn Mountains is asking for the public's feedback on a new climbing management plan for the Tensleep area.

The Tensleep Canyon area has exploded in popularity in recent years for its rock climbing. This has caused stress on the area's natural resources as well as controversy on how the sport should be managed in the Bighorns.

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In 2020, Governor Mark Gordon asked school districts across Wyoming to start considering what a 10 percent funding cut would look like. And even more recently lawmakers are suggesting cuts around 6.5 percent.

Catherine Wheeler

The Ucross Foundation has received an $11,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This is the second NEA grant Ucross has received in as many years.

Ucross Development Director William Belcher said the grant funding will specifically go towards opportunities for Latinx artists and writers.

WYDOT

After a new study, the Wyoming Department of Transportation has revealed its budget shortfall is much higher than initially thought.

Wyoming Department of Education

Wyoming schools are looking at a big cut and calibration to the state's school funding model this year. Educators are worried about what this means for their students and instruction as lawmakers are considering the next steps.

Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow about how this time the cuts will impact education in a big way.

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A bill that would make sharing what's known as revenge porn illegal may once again have its shot in front of lawmakers this session.

If passed, House Bill 48 would make the unlawful dissemination of an intimate image a misdemeanor and punishable with up to a $1,000 fine and/or six months of jail time.

Scott Stults

The Sheridan County School District #2 Board of Trustees announced on Monday, Feb. 1, that current Assistant Superintendent Scott Stults will take over for retiring, longtime superintendent Craig Dougherty on July 1.

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Starting in late February, Sheridan College will offer a six-week Spanish class for advanced beginners or beginning intermediate students in the community. The class will not be for credit and is aimed at adults looking to develop their language skills. It will be followed by another six-week course starting in April.

University of Wyoming

The state's higher education institutions are partnering to develop a new way to address Wyoming's economic needs.

Wyoming Innovation Network, or WIN, looks to make a more cohesive system between the University of Wyoming and the state's seven community college districts. Higher education leaders and Gov. Mark Gordon came together on Monday to announce the news in a press conference.

Ucross Foundation

In 2018, the Ucross artist residency program in Northern Wyoming hosted its first fellows for its Native American fellowship for visual artists to have the space and time to focus solely on their art. This past fall, the program extended the opportunity to its first Native American writing fellow.

Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with Diné writer and teacher Brendan Basham about his forthcoming debut novel, Swim Home to the Vanished, and his time at Ucross while on his fellowship.

Northern Wyoming Community College District

The Sheridan College Agri-Park will once again be open after budget cuts caused the indoor rodeo arena to temporarily close.

The college will now work with the Sheridan WYO Rodeo Board to make it available for rent to community members and manage the facility.

The Loaf Project

One day in December, Jade Thoemke, a middle school teacher, got a call from the Sheridan Junior High School secretary to come downstairs to the office. The reason? There was a loaf of bread waiting for her.

NRCS Wyoming

According to a recent report, most of Wyoming snowpacks are below average, with the majority seeing anywhere from just 70 to 89 percent of the 30-year median average. Only the Yellowstone and Shosone basins in the Northwest are close to average.

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