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November 6th, 2015

Aaron Schrank

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Why Were Six Native American High Schoolers Searched And Detained At The University Of Wyoming?

Back in September, six Native American high schoolers from the Wind River Reservation were detained by University of Wyoming police after a customer in the campus bookstore suspected one of the students of shoplifting. Administrators and parents at St. Stephens School quickly raised concerns that the students’ rights had been violated. After weeks of back and forth, the incident and its’ handling remains a point of tension between Wyoming’s University and its Wind River Reservation. Aaron Schrank reports. 

Sweetwater County Law Enforcement Wants Offenders To Get Sober, And Stay Out Of Jail

Drug and alcohol abuse is a huge problem in Wyoming. The DUI rate here is double the national average, and adults and children get arrested for drug crimes at a significantly higher rate than the rest of the country. Jail time is expensive, and experts say by itself doesn’t do much to address substance abuse issues. So law enforcement in Sweetwater County is trying something different. They’re offering offenders a powerful, but pricey, addiction treatment drug. Wyoming Public Radio’s Miles Bryan went to Sweetwater County and has this report.

New Wyoming PBS Documentary On Dick Cheney Premieres Next Friday

Next Friday Wyoming PBS will air its long-awaited documentary called Dick Cheney: “A Heartbeat Away.” Producer Geoff O’Gara joins us and says the two-year effort putting the 90-minute program together was interesting. He admitted that it’s tough to do a documentary on someone that most people have a strong opinion about.

Dick Cheney: A Heartbeat Away will be broadcast by Wyoming PBS on Friday, November 13 at 8 p.m. and be re-broadcast at 9:30 p.m. You can learn more here.   

Temple Grandin On How She Learned The Minds Of Animals

In recent years, the meat packing industry has been adopting more humane treatment of livestock. And that’s thanks-- in no small part-- to one woman: Temple Grandin. In her many book, she talks about applying her own experiences as a person with autism to how animals view the world. The U.S. Department of Agriculture even uses a checklist developed by Grandin to enforce better treatment.

Torrington Optimistic In Light Of Closures

Torrington had been on an economic upswing. A few years back the state awarded it the medium security prison and the downtown has undergone a facelift with some new businesses. But in recent months two companies announced they are closing their doors. One is viewed as a minor setback while the other could change the face of the community. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck explains.

Wyoming Scientist Investigates Greenland's Melting Ice

If the entire Greenland ice cap were to melt, scientists predict sea levels would rise more than 20 feet. Climate change is speeding up melting of the ice sheet, but it’s not clear by how much. The New York Times recently profiled one of the few research projects taking direct measurements to answer that question. One of the researchers is University of Wyoming graduate student Brandon Overstreet. He’s a doctoral candidate in hydrology. Overstreet told Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce that the purpose of the research is to figure out how much meltwater from the surface of the ice sheet is actually making its way to the ocean.

Laramie Author's New Book Nominated For A Pushcart Award

Laramie author and poet Lori Howe’s new book CloudShade: Poems of the High Plains, is due out on November 18. Poems from CloudShade have been nominated for a Pushcart award, and the collection itself nominated for several first-book awards. She begins our conversation by reading one of her poems called On the Ice. 

How An American Musician Has Become An Irish Music Torchbearer

Washington state based fiddler Randal Bays is considered one America’s best players of Irish traditional music. He came to prominence in the 1990s, playing with celebrated Irish fiddler Martin Hayes. Since then, Bays has cemented his own reputation as a master of the style. He will be teaching and performing at the Lincoln Community Center in Laramie on Sunday, November 8: a workshop on Irish traditional music (open to all acoustic instruments) takes place at 3 pm, followed by a public concert at 7 pm.

Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
Melodie Edwards is the host and producer of WPM's award-winning podcast The Modern West. Her Ghost Town(ing) series looks at rural despair and resilience through the lens of her hometown of Walden, Colorado. She has been a radio reporter at WPM since 2013, covering topics from wildlife to Native American issues to agriculture.