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May 31st, 2019

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Coal Community Prepares For Future With Potential Plant Closure

A town in southwestern Wyoming is being forced to imagine life without coal at the center. Its power plant could close years earlier than expected, threatening hundreds of jobs. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim reports city leaders are racing to avoid becoming another ghost town.

Wyoming Plans New Skilled Nursing Home For Veterans

Buffalo is home to the state’s assisted living facility for veterans. And during the past legislative session, lawmakers decided to provide some funding to build a new facility for veterans with a higher level of care. But the funding process is far from over. Wyoming Public Radio’s Catherine Wheeler reports on how both facilities will serve a population in need.

Protecting Beaded High School Graduation Caps In Wyoming

High School Native American students and their families have long-standing traditions of beading elements of their dress or wearing feathers on their tassels at graduation.  This is to publicly honor the graduate in front of family and friends. But school districts in Wyoming don’t have policies protecting their right to do that. Wyoming Public Radio’s Taylar Stagner reports.

Laramie High School Graduation Commencement Speaker Rocks The House

It’s high school graduation season. At Laramie High School, each year students select a teacher to give a keynote address. They’re expected to share wisdom and advice for the future. This year’s speaker really made a lasting impression. Wyoming Public Radio’s David Graf has more.

Helping Kids Connect: A Simple Idea With Big Impact

According to the Centers for Disease Control, students who feel connected to their teachers and peers are more likely to succeed in school and stay out of trouble. To give students a sense of power and stability a school in Casper is using circles. Wyoming Public Radio’s Tennessee Watson was invited to participate in one. She brings us this audio postcard.

Yellowstone Superintendent On Parks Strategic Priorities

With over 6 months under his belt, Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly has released the parks top 5 strategic priorities. Those include investing in infrastructure, focusing on the people who work at the park and how to deal with increased visitation. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska spoke with Sholly about two priorities that impact our region starting with the need to strengthen the ecosystem? 

The 'Instagram Effect' Is Shaking Up Public Lands And National Parks

If you visit Old Faithful, the Grand Tetons, or the Grand Canyon theses days, you're bound to find dozens of people taking selfies on their smartphones. From our Mountain West News Bureau, Nate Hegyi tells us how this phenomenon is changing our connection with the outdoors.

The Cody Stampede Celebrates 100 Years

For the few days on and around July 4th, Cody hosts a parade and rodeo - known as the Cody Stampede. This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the rodeo. In its history, the event has attracted the local community, professional rodeo riders and ropers, tourists and even Hollywood stars. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska takes us back to the stampede’s founding and why it still holds a special place in the hearts of Cody residents.

Hero Habitat Garden Is Hoping To Inspire Water Conservation

The Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities is featuring a new way to conserve water and promote pollinators.  Dena Egenhoff is the board’s water conservation specialist and she tells us that they have created a Habitat Hero Garden featuring flowers, drought resistant plants and grasses to teach people how they can create beautiful yards while saving water.  She tells me about their effort.

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.
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.
Taylar Dawn Stagner is from Riverton, Wyoming and is Arapahoe and Eastern Shoshone. A graduate of the undergraduate American Studies program, Taylar is accustomed to working at the intersections of activism, art, and academia. She was a McNair Scholar and a recipient of funding from the Social Justice Research Center for her research about the Wind River Reservation. She has presented her research at conferences across the country and loves to act and perform. The opportunity to work with talented staff at Wyoming Public Media is a privilege and she is ecstatic to learn and help as much as she can.
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.
Nate is UM School of Journalism reporter. He reads the news on Montana Public Radio three nights a week.
David was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas and began college at Santa Clara University. After two years in the Bay Area and a stop in College Station, Texas, he enrolled at the University of Wyoming to study journalism. When he’s not hitting the books, he’s exploring the United States and all of its beauty, or he’s parked on the couch watching football.