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May 17th, 2019

S & P Global Market Intelligence

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All The Takeaways From Cloud Peak's First Week Of Bankruptcy

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.

Lawsuit Raises Questions About Effectiveness Of Coyote Control Measures

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.

Outdoor Day Camp Focuses On Exposing Wind River Reservation Fifth Graders To Their Own Culture

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.

Eastern Shoshone Oral Histories And Ethnogenesis Together At Last

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. 

Wyoming's Prison Population Grows While National Numbers Shrink

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.

Groups Start Public Campaign To Build Support For Abolishing The Death Penalty

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.

Have An Outstanding Warrant? You Might Want To Double Check

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.

Wyoming Congressional Republicans Defend Positions On Climate And Endangered Species

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.

Before Yellowstone Opens For Summer, Bicycles Rule The Road

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.  

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.
Catherine Wheeler comes to Wyoming from Kansas City, Missouri. She has worked at public media stations in Missouri and on the Vox podcast "Today, Explained." Catherine graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BA in English. She recently received her master in journalism from the University of Missouri. Catherine enjoys cooking, looming, reading and the outdoors.
Before Wyoming, Cooper McKim has reported for NPR stations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and South Carolina. He's reported breaking news segments and features for several national NPR news programs. Cooper is the host of the limited podcast series Carbon Valley. Cooper studied Environmental Policy and Music. He's an avid jazz piano player, backpacker, and podcast listener.
In addition to reporting daily on the happenings in Northwest Wyoming, Kamila is also the producer of the Kids Ask WhY Podcast and the History Unloaded Podcast.Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.
Maggie Mullen is Wyoming Public Radio's regional reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau. Her work has aired on NPR, Marketplace, Science Friday, and Here and Now. She was awarded a 2019 regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her story on the Black 14.
Based on Capitol Hill, Matt Laslo is a reporter who has been covering campaigns and every aspect of federal policy since 2006. While he has filed stories for NPR and more than 40 of its affiliates, he has also written for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Campaigns and Elections Magazine, The Daily Beast, The Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Guardian, The Omaha World-Herald, VICE News and Washingtonian Magazine.
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.
Taylar Dawn Stagner is a central Wyoming rural and tribal reporter for Wyoming Public Radio. She has degrees in American Studies, a discipline that interrogates the history and culture of America. She was a Native American Journalist Association Fellow in 2019, and won an Edward R. Murrow Award for her Modern West podcast episode about drag queens in rural spaces in 2021. Stagner is Arapaho and Shoshone.
Tennessee -- despite what the name might make you think -- was born and raised in the Northeast. She most recently called Vermont home. For the last 15 years she's been making radio -- as a youth radio educator, documentary producer, and now reporter. Her work has aired on Reveal, The Heart, LatinoUSA, Across Women's Lives from PRI, and American RadioWorks. One of her ongoing creative projects is co-producing Wage/Working (a jukebox-based oral history project about workers and income inequality). When she's not reporting, Tennessee likes to go on exploratory running adventures with her mutt Murray.