Cody is now the second school district in Wyoming to put guns in the hands of teachers and staff. Unlike Uinta county school district number one which passed the policy in two months, park county school district number six took well over eight months. But what now? Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska explains.
At the recent Matthew Shepard Symposium at the University of Wyoming, protesters gathered with signs denouncing the LGBTQ community. The group was from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, and nearly 20 years ago, they also picketed Matthew Shepard’s funeral. But inside the symposium, a former Westboro Church member was preparing to speak. She was there to explain that when she started engaging in civil dialogue over Twitter, her entire world view changed. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards sat down with Megan Phelps-Roper as part of her series, “I Respectfully Disagree.”
20 years ago this fall, an openly gay University of Wyoming student was robbed, tied to a fence, brutally beaten, and left for dead on the outskirts of Laramie. He died a few days later. The murder of Mathew Shepard was called a Hate Crime by local law enforcement officers and it lead to worldwide attention on the topic of LGBTQ rights. His parents Dennis and Judy Shepard remain residents of Wyoming and have dedicated themselves to fight discrimination in the name of their son. They both spent a lot of time in Laramie during their youth and I asked them to describe what it’s like to return to Laramie.
The #metoo movement might have given the impression that disclosures of sexual violence are more out in the open. But Clinical psychology professor Matt Gray says in actuality very few survivors officially report what they’ve experienced, and that’s true at the University of Wyoming as well. Wyoming Public Radio’s education reporter Tennessee Watson spoke with Gray, who recently completed a campus climate survey looking at the prevalence of sexual misconduct on campus.
A new policy is changing how the public can weigh in on oil and gas leasing. The Bureau of Land Management is speeding up the process for energy companies… but some are concerned it’s at the cost of adequate public input, environmental review, and local power. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim reports.
Gun regulation is currently a hot topic as school shootings keep on grabbing national attention. And not one political side can agree whether guns are already too regulated or are not regulated nearly enough. In order to take a step back and understand where we are now as a country with gun regulation, Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska spoke with two gun historians. We start off the conservation speaking with David Kopel, the research director at the independence institute at the University of Denver, about when gun control started in the United States.
The longest mule deer migration route was discovered in Wyoming. Deer travel 150 miles from the Red Desert over the Wyoming Range to Hoback Junction near Jackson. But in 2016 wildlife biologists tracked one doe—she’s known as number 255—trekking that distance PLUS another 92 miles into Idaho. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards sat down with the Wyoming Migration Initiative’s Director Matt Kauffman to hear the twists and turns of Doe 255’s incredible story.