May 24th, 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When StoryCorps came to Jackson last summer, friends Arne Jorgensen and Anne Cresswell discussed the lack of concern for affordable housing in their community.
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.
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.
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.