A week has passed since one of the largest coal companies in the U.S. went bankrupt. Newly public documents help answer long-held questions about why it took Cloud Peak Energy so long to file bankruptcy and what its plans are for the future. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim reports.
In Looney Tunes, the coyote chases the road runner around with a fork and knife but his efforts always end badly. He runs off a cliff…gets pounded by a tree…takes a bomb to the face… But all the jokes have a side of truth. The federal government kills thousands of coyotes every year in an attempt to keep them from catching their prey. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards found out, not all wildlife biologists agree that killing is effective.
Three schools on the Wind River Reservation participated in a cultural field camp just south of Yellowstone. The day camp organized by the national forest service hopes to give Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho children a chance to learn their culture while outdoors. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska joined the 5th graders and has the story.
The oral histories of the Eastern Shoshone tribe say their ancestors have lived in the Wind River Basin for time immemorial. Now there is a history to help explores the tribe's relationship with the ecosystem of the area. Adam Hodge is an associate professor of history at Lourdes University in Ohio and author of the new book Ecology and Ethnogenesis: An Environmental History of the Wind River Shoshones, 1000-1868. Wyoming Public Radio’s Taylar Stagner spoke with Hodge.
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. Wyoming Public Radio’s Catherine Wheeler explores how that’s not the case in Wyoming.
A much more concerted effort is underway to abolish the death penalty in Wyoming. The League of Women Voters, religious groups, the Wyoming ACLU and Wyoming’s chapter of the NAACP have organized a campaign after an effort to abolish capital punishment failed in the State Senate this year after passing the House. Sabrina King of Wyoming’s ACLU is leading the nine month campaign to gain support for the effort and she discusses the effort with Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck.
Police officers are expected to uphold the law, but what the law requires isn’t always clear-cut. For example, how law enforcement agencies interpret legal documents like warrants varies across the state. And what officers decide to do can have serious consequences. Wyoming Public Radio’s Tennessee Watson witnessed one of those situations.
A new United Nation’s report compiled from scientific data across the globe predicts that if unchecked, manmade climate change could cost around one million species their very existences. That caught the attention of Democrats and Republicans, but, as Correspondent Matt Laslo, reports from Washington, that doesn’t mean Wyoming lawmakers are changing their tunes.
It’s no secret that in peak season Yellowstone National Park is getting really, really crowded these days. Standstill traffic, limited parking, and long bathroom lines are becoming the norm. But there’s one little-known way to experience the park that offers a rare, private glimpse. It’s by bicycle… before the roads open to motorized vehicles and just as the snowpack is starting to melt. Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen gave it a go.