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May 24th, 2019

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A Discussion With Opposite Camps On Bill That Would Place Grizzly Bears Under Federal Protection

Last week, a bill was introduced in Congress that would require Native American tribes to be included in the management of grizzly bears. The legislation,called the Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act, would permanently place grizzly bears under federal protection much like the bald eagle. 

A Reopened Clergy Abuse Investigation Highlights Why Police Need Sexual Violence Training

Sixteen years ago, the Cheyenne Police Department received a report that a former Catholic Bishop had sexually abused a teenage boy in the 1970s. The lead detective told the prosecutor there was no evidence and the case was closed. Earlier this year that case was reopened and multiple victims have since come forward. This second chance at justice reflects how law enforcement attitudes toward sexual abuse are starting to change.

Wind Energy Capacity To More Than Double In Wyoming After Years Of Stagnancy

Seven states have wind energy projects underway that will double their capacities - the total amount of electricity that could be generated by wind. Wyoming - the largest coal-producing state - is among them. Wyoming Public Radio's Cooper McKim reports the surge comes after a decade of almost no growth in the state.

More Women Breadwinners Moving Families To Cody

Wyoming’s population declined last year while the surrounding states' populations grew. But Cody is an outlier of sorts. In the past decade, there’s been an influx of people aged 24 to 34 into Park County. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska reports a portion of these are women providing a steady income and benefits for their families.

In The Mountain West, Latino Families Stabilize Shrinking Small Towns

It’s painful to watch the small town you love shrink as the young people move to bigger cities in search of jobs and a more urban lifestyle. But in Wyoming and around the West, some towns that would be shuttering are actually starting to see a resurgence of young families moving in…young Latino families. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards reports, that kind of growth is really happening in Rawlins. 

StoryCorps: Passion For Jackson Conservation Overlooks The 'Human Community'

When StoryCorps came to Jackson last summer, friends Arne Jorgensen and Anne Cresswell discussed the lack of concern for affordable housing in their community.

Citizen Scientists Help Uncover Details Of Mysterious Moose In Southeastern Wyoming

In wide open spaces like the rural parts of the Mountain West, there’s sometimes little known about the secret lives of plants and animals. There are too many square miles and too few scientists. That’s where citizen scientists can come to the rescue. Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen checked out their role in surveying Moose in one corner of Wyoming.

Wyoming's New Blockchain Laws Are Receiving World Wide Attention

While the Wyoming legislature was busy fighting about private schools, the budget and a few tax issues, it also passed legislation that continues to make the state the place to be for Blockchain technology.  While it didn’t get a lot of attention in Wyoming those new laws are getting worldwide attention.  Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.

StoryCorps: Learning From Fear

Todd Skinner was a world renowned rock climber. His climbing achievements included the first free ascents of many routes around the world. 13 years ago Skinner died in a climbing accident on El Capitan. When StoryCorps came to Jackson last summer Mattie Sheafor sat down with Todd’s widow Amy Skinner to discuss his death and why they keep rock climbing.


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.
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.
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. She has won a regional Murrow award for her reporting on mental health and firearm owners. During her time leading the Wyoming Public Media newsroom, reporters have won multiple PMJA, Murrow and Top of the Rockies Excellence in Journalism Awards. 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.
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.
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.