July 12th, 2019
More than a week has passed since Blackjewel filed for bankruptcy and sent home 576 workers. They're still waiting to hear if they’ve been laid off or heading back to work soon. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim reports employees are stuck in limbo... though many aren’t struggling to keep busy.
In January 2018, gun manufacturer Weatherbyannounced it was moving from its home in California and resettling in Sheridan. The company makes rifles, shotguns and ammunition. The move signified a chance for more economic diversification in the Sheridan area. Last month, Weatherby opened for business north of downtown. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler asked owner and CEO Adam Weatherby why he decided to move the business to Wyoming.
Over the past several decades, gray wolves have been reintroduced to places throughout the Mountain West -- in Montana, Idaho, and Yellowstone National Park. But those programs have been decided on and carried out primarily by government wildlife agencies. Colorado wolf advocates wants to do it differently. They want to bring the question to the ballot box. Ali Budner reports.
The Whitney Western Art Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West hosted explorer artist Tony Foster for a week. For the past 35 years, Foster has taken journeys to paint wild places…many of them in the American West. Before his residency at the Buffalo Bill Center, he went on a rafting journey on the Green River. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska sat down with Foster to get a better understanding of what it means to be an explorer artist today.
St. Stephen’s Indian Mission was founded in 1884 on the Wind River Reservation. It still operates today as a Catholic Church, and thousands of people are buried in the cemetery there. Many graves at St. Stephen’s are marked with elaborately painted works of art rather than a headstone. But some older graves are not marked at all. This summer, the Northern Arapaho Tribe’s Historic Preservation Office has taken on an ambitious project: creating a record of everyone who’s buried on the reservation. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Savannah Maher Reports, they’re starting with the cemetery at St. Stephen’s.
Pockets of the rural West are getting richer as wealthier Americans are drawn to rustic small towns across the region. And their money is revitalizing those communities. But as our Mountain West News Bureau’s Nate Hegyi reports… that new money comes at a cost.
University of Wyoming Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman administrator China Jude was recently named the President of the Minority Opportunities Athletics Association. The goal of the organization is to get more minorities into athletics administration. She tells me about her goals during her two year term.
After over four years and $300 million, people in Wyoming got to see what the restoration of the Wyoming Capitol looks like. The building had been falling apart and several lawmakers argued that something had to be done. But spending money on the project and the adjoining office building was questioned by many across the state since it came at a time when Wyoming was strapped for money. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports…things have changed.