September 6th, 2019

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Furloughed Miners Struggle To Find Work Despite Strong Market

It’s been two months since coal company Blackjewel filed for bankruptcy. The move put more than 1500 miners out of a job in Wyoming and across Appalachia… many are still struggling to find work. It turns out that struggle isn’t just about the job market. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim reports.

Northwest College Introduces New Programs To Combat Decreasing Enrollment

Nationally community college enrollments have been declining in the past couple of years. Wyoming is no exception. In Powell, Northwest College enrollment is among the lowest in the state. So the college is looking at some new degree programs to try to turn things around. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska reports that includes a conservation law enforcement degree. 

How The CSI Of The Mountain West Solves Wildlife Attack Cases

In May, a hiker in Colorado was attacked by a black bear. She lived to tell the tale, but what about the bear? Did wildlife managers track it down and figure out why it was attacking humans? As Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen reports that’s where one very unique forensics lab in our state enters the story.

"I Wouldn't Change A Thing About Wyoming"

Recent Torrington High School graduates Quentin Meyer and Ryan Walson love Wyoming as it is. For our "Belonging" series, the childhood friends sat down to reflect on the agriculture and stories that pull them to stay while acknowledging the career possibilities that may draw their lives outside of the state they hold dear.

Can Prescribed Fires Be The Answer To Wildfires?

A recent study says the American West should be doing more prescribed burns to keep forests healthy and to help lessen the impacts of wildfires across our region. It also concluded that there needs to be a change in how we perceive the practice out here for that to happen. Our Mountain West News Bureau’s Noah Glick has more.

Countering Hate Speech In Wyoming Up To Individuals, Not Police

We usually don’t think of the Mountain West as a haven for white supremacy but the Anti-Defamation league recently found that the region is responsible for ten percent of all White Supremacy propaganda…even though there is just five percent of the population here.  The foothold racism and other bigotry have in Wyoming inspired one Laramie man to begin documenting hate filled comments he’s found on-line in his community.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Jeff Victor has more. 

WYDOT Shares Its Planned 2020 Projects

The Wyoming Department of Transportation is currently working on its master plan that would cover the department's vision for the next five years. But in the meantime, WYDOT has released its list of the projects it wants to tackle in 2020. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with WYDOT director Luke Reiner about how the State Transportation Improvement Plan shows how the department is struggling with a lack of funding.

The Wind River Reservation's Role In The Movement For Tribal Educational

Going to school might seem an ordinary rite of passage for children, but in Indian Country, school it has long meant assimilation and discrimination. It's why, back in the 1950's, the two tribes on the Wind River Reservation began the arduous process of starting their own school.

A new book called Sovereign Schools: How Shoshones and Arapahos Created a High School On the Wind River Reservationchronicles the trials and tribulations of making that dream a reality.

Audio Postcard: Prairie Chicken Dancers Strut Their Stuff At Northern Arapaho Powwow

Governor Mark Gordon signed an executive order last month expanding protections for sage grouse in Wyoming. Meanwhile, some young men at the Northern Arapaho Powwow were borrowing some of the bird's dance moves. Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher spoke with four dancers competing in the Prairie Chicken dance category.