June 16th, 2017

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Sexual Assault Cases Rarely Reported, Difficult To Prosecute

When it comes to sexual assault in the U.S., the majority of victims will not make a report, and Wyoming is not much different than the rest of the country. As Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen reports, investigating and prosecuting alleged sexual assaults is complicated. 

After Budget Cuts State Reshapes Suicide Prevention

In order to manage a $2 million funding cut, the Wyoming Department of Health is scaling back its suicide prevention efforts in counties around the state. Scaling back may be an understatement since all of the suicide prevention specialists will lose their jobs on July 1st. Wyoming Public Radio’s Alanna Elder says community prevention officials are concerned about the future.   

High Waters Break Records, But Somehow Fremont County Suffers Less Damage

For years now, Fremont County in central Wyoming has been swamped with high waters that have damaged homes and highways every summer. In 2011, the National Guard was even called in to help. But this year was different, even though rivers rose higher than ever before. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards sat down with Fremont County Emergency Management Coordinator Kathi Metzler and Information Officer Tammy Shrower to find out what everybody did right this time.

Hunting A Sticking Point In Grizzly Delisting Plans

Grizzly bears may be taken off the Endangered Species list soon. And, hunts are part of Wyoming’s bear management plans. Those planned hunts are drawing fire from tribes, the Sierra Club, and comments from Yellowstone National Park. Penny Preston reports.

Wyoming Politicians Consider Infrastructure Plan

You may have missed it but President Donald Trump dubbed last week Infrastructure Week. So we had our congressional correspondent Matt Laslo check in with our lawmakers in Washington to see how the effort is going to pass Trump’s hoped for one trillion dollar infrastructure bill. Here’s his report.

Arapahoe School Takes Futuristic Leap

On the Wind River Reservation, students are learning how to use futuristic tools to stretch the bounds of what's possible in the classroom. Rebecca Huntington has more.

Resurgence Of Parents' Voice In Education

What do parents think about Wyoming’s K thru 12 education system? At a time when the state is adopting new guidelines laid out by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, and policymakers are considering major funding shortfalls, Sheila McGuire, president of the Wyoming Parent Teacher Association, spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Tennessee Watson, about why the parent voice is so critical. 

New Strategies Seek To Limit Invasive Species 

Wyoming is considering new ways to manage its invasive species.  Weeds like cheat grass and toadflax can replace valuable forage area and sage brush, hurting species that rely on them… in fact, non-native species are considered the second greatest threat to biodiversity. Though Wyoming does invest heavily in controlling it, experts find it isn’t enough. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim reports both state and federal agencies are working to find more effective strategies. 

Book Focuses On Those Who Live And Work In Yellowstone National Park

A new book focused on the people who live and work in Yellowstone is out. Called People of Yellowstone by Steve Horan and Ruth W. Crocker, it features wonderful photography by Horan with prose by Crocker. Horan photographed 120 people who work in and around the park. It features 87 photographs and stories of people who have a number of jobs and roles. Horan says the idea was pitched to him by his brother and it took several years to complete.