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December 9th, 2016

Aaron Schrank

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Teachers Help Students Cope with Uneasy Election

Emotions are running high following the 2016 presidential election. Educators in Jackson are helping their large number of Mexican students cope with emotions they may be encountering at home. Rebecca Huntington has more.


On Rural Reservations, Homelessness Less Visible Than Elsewhere

There’s a housing crisis going on at the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming. For its growing population of 15-thousand residents, there aren’t nearly enough homes to go around…and very little funding to build more. The problem has led to high rates of homelessness in Fremont County. But on rural reservations like Wind River, homelessness doesn’t look much like it does in big cities. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards explains.


Russian Cowboys Learn To Wrangle A Brand New Beef Industry

In Wyoming, many ranching families have been raising beef cattle for generations. Cowboys are born here and raised learning the trade. But Russia, across the ocean, has never had a beef industry. In an effort to limit food imports like beef and build up food security, the government has been generously helping companies, with loans and subsidies, to establish beef operations. The companies have set up ranches, and imported beef cows and technology, but one thing they could not import was the workforce. The cowboy. Irina Zhorov takes us to a Russian rodeo, where fledgling Russian cowboys are trying to prove that producing beef, domestically, is possible. 


Recruiting Is Key To Boosting Number Of Women In Elected Office

When the Wyoming legislature convenes in January, it will see even fewer women in its ranks than it did before. Wyoming already had the lowest percentage of female legislators of any state in the country. In the last story in the Women Run The West series, Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard reports part of the problem still lies in recruitment.


Reporters Discuss Why Women Aren't Winning Legislative Races In The West


Over the last year, Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard and Jennifer Pemberton, formerly of Utah Public Radio and currently working for KTOO in Juneau, Alaska, have tracked the political representation of women in western states in the collaboration Women Run The West.  The series, which was part of NPR’s first Audio Storytelling Workshop, looked at why women are represented in such low numbers, how individual women decide to run for office, and what political parties and organizations are doing to increase the number of women in politics. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck sat down with Ballard and Pemberton to hear more about what they found. 


Governor Mead Discusses His Budget Proposal

After several months of budget cuts, it was a surprise to some that the governor did not propose any more reductions in his supplemental budget.  He will present that budget to the legislature’s joint appropriations committee on Monday.  Prior to that meeting the governor has agreed to join us to discuss his budget strategy.


Bob Beck has been News Director of Wyoming Public Radio since 1988. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
Irina Zhorov is a reporter for Wyoming Public Radio. She earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the University of Wyoming. In between, she worked as a photographer and writer for Philadelphia-area and national publications. Her professional interests revolve around environmental and energy reporting and she's reported on mining issues from Wyoming, Mexico, and Bolivia. She's been supported by the Dick and Lynn Cheney Grant for International Study, the Eleanor K. Kambouris Grant, and the Social Justice Research Center Research Grant for her work on Bolivian mining and Uzbek alpinism. Her work has appeared on Voice of America, National Native News, and in Indian Country Today, among other publications.
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.
A multi-media journalist, Rebecca Huntington is a regular contributor to Wyoming Public Radio. She has reported on a variety of topics ranging from the National Parks, wildlife, environment, health care, education and business. She recently co-wrote the one-hour, high-definition documentary, The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads, which premiered in 2012. She also works at another hub for community interactions, the Teton County Library where she is a Communications and Digital Media Specialist. She reported for daily and weekly newspapers in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Wyoming for more than a decade before becoming a multi-media journalist. She completed a Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado in 2002. She has written and produced video news stories for the PBS series This American Land (thisamericanland.org) and for Assignment Earth, broadcast on Yahoo! News and NBC affiliates. In 2009, she traveled to Guatemala to produce a series of videos on sustainable agriculture, tourism and forestry and to Peru to report on the impacts of extractive industries on local communities.