Officials at the University of Wyoming have announced their draft proposal in response to a $42 million budget cut. It includes potential impacts to seven different colleges on campus, athletics, and positions, most of which are currently unfilled. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with UW interim Provost Anne Alexander. First, Alexander laid out what's included in the draft plan.
Wyoming, like many states, has tried to strike a balance between letting businesses operate and slowing the spread of COVID-19. Wyoming Public Radio's Jeff Victor reports businesses are struggling to keep their doors open amid a rapid rise in coronavirus cases.
This week, Governor Mark Gordon unveiled some final CARES ACT aid. The money will be split between Wyoming businesses and the agriculture community. The Wyoming Business Council will oversee the distribution and Wyoming Business Council CEO Josh Dorrell joins Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck to explain the funding, starting with the agriculture support.
The Wind River Reservation has long faced unique barriers to voting. This year, the coronavirus pandemic is adding more. Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher reports.
Joe Biden's stance on fracking has been all over the news... that the Democratic presidential candidate would prohibit the practice on federal land, while allowing current permits to continue. Well, the presidential election is also expected to impact U.S. coal markets - either way it breaks. Wyoming Public Radio's Cooper McKim speaks with Caitlin McCoy about what that might look like. McCoy is a staff attorney at Harvard Law School's environmental and energy law program.
On Tuesday, Nov. 3, Wyoming will vote to send two women to congress. Former Republican Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis is running against University of Wyoming Professor Merav Ben-David for retiring Sen. Mike Enzi's U.S. Senate seat. The two differ on almost everything, especially when it comes to health care, climate change and the future of Wyoming's economy. On the House side, two-term U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is facing off against Democrat Lynette Greybull who is the first known Native American to seek a Wyoming congressional seat. Greybull told Wyoming Public Radio that she's used her time in the limelight to target some key issues.
Governor Mark Gordon has announced the new director of the Wyoming Department of Corrections. Dan Shannon has been with the department since 2007 and previously served as the deputy director. Shannon, who's been in the corrections field for more than 20 years, says reorganization of the department due to budget cuts is his main focus. He spoke with Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler about how the department will be adapting to working with less.
Northwest College President Stefani Hicswa will be leaving to become the new chancellor of Montana State University Billings. Hicswa was president of the community college in Powell for seven years. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska spoke with her about her biggest accomplishments as president.