March 8th, 2019

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Lawmakers Try Slowing Coal Plant Closures, As Other States Do The Opposite

Utilities continue to shutter coal-fired power plants at near all-time highs. Last year, two more states committed to 100 percent clean energy — another blow for coal. Now, Wyoming is pushing back… it just passed a bill seeking to keep those plants alive a little bit longer. Wyoming Public Radio's Cooper McKim explains.

Wyoming's New Blockchain Laws Are Receiving World Wide Attention

While the Wyoming legislature was busy fighting about private schools, the budget and a few tax issues, it also passed legislation that continues to make the state the place to be for Blockchain technology.  While it didn’t get a lot of attention in Wyoming those new laws are getting worldwide attention.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.

Wyoming Republicans Skeptical Of Democrats' Push For Election Reform

House Democrats are pushing an effort to overhaul the nation’s election and ethics laws, but Wyoming Republicans say the effort is a smokescreen to help keep Democrats in power. Correspondent Matt Laslo has the story from Washington. 

New Series On Smithsonian Channel Focuses On New Stories About Yellowstone

On Sunday, March 10, the Smithsonian Channel is premiering a new four-part series focused on Yellowstone National Park. The series was produced by Grizzly Creek Films based in Bozeman, Montana.

Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska spoke with Thomas Wilson, the executive producer, and Eric Bendick, a producer and writer for the series, to get a behind the scenes of how wildlife focused series is created. First Bendick answered how the series tries to differentiate from well-known Yellowstone stories.

For Ice Fishermen In Warming Times, Tiptoeing On Thin Ice Is No Metaphor

The warming climate has some parts of the world tiptoeing on thin ice…and for ice fishermen that’s no metaphor. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards went out with some longtime Wyoming fishermen who gave her some tips on staying safe on the ice as temperatures heat up.

No Foul Play Found In Death Of Condor Visiting Wyoming

A California condor recently flew from Arizona to Wyoming but died shortly after arriving. California condors are an endangered species. The bird was being tracked and was taken in for a necropsy by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. After that, the University of Wyoming Museum of vertebrates was given the body for research and education. Wyoming Public Radio’s London Homer-Wambeam sat down with the museum’s curator and collections manager Elizabeth Wommack to find out more about the condor.

Public Event Highlights Need For Local Support Of Grizzly Bears

This past year has been turbulent for the greater Yellowstone grizzly bear. It was returned to the threatened species list last fall shortly after the state made plans to begin a grizzly hunt.  With the bears continued uncertain status, people who live in grizzly habitat are frustrated and some grizzly experts are fearful that the bear is losing support from its neighbors. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska reports, those experts say local support is vital.

Citizen Scientists Help Uncover Details Of Mysterious Moose In Southeastern Wyoming

In wide open spaces like the rural parts of the Mountain West, there’s sometimes little known about the secret lives of plants and animals. There are too many square miles and too few scientists. That’s where citizen scientists can come to the rescue. Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen checked out their role in surveying Moose in one corner of Wyoming.

Gillette Native Reflects On How Wyoming Has Influenced His Art

The American West has inspired countless artists. That holds especially true for one prominent artist from the region. Gabe Leonard is a Gillette native who calls himself the “Cinematic Artist.” His canvases feature noir scenes of cowboys, saloon girls, and gangsters. And his collectors have a style to match, among them Quentin Tarantino.  Leonard frequently returns to Wyoming re-immerse himself in its landscape and culture. During his most recent visit, Wyoming Public Radio’s Catherine Wheeler sat down with him to talk about his artwork and its beginnings.