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July 12th, 2019

Rory Wallett stationed in his office since July 1. This is where he's spent most of his time coordinating with workers around the country
Cooper McKim

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With Jobs In Limbo, Blackjewel Workers Stay Busy

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.

Gun Maker Weatherby Opens Up In Sheridan

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.

Could Colorado Bring Back Gray Wolves By Popular Demand?

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. 

Explorer Artist Tony Foster On His Green River Journey

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.

Northern Arapaho Tribe Begins Cemetery Mapping Project

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.

Last Resorts: The West's Rural Outdoor Paradises Are Getting Richer

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.


UW Athletics Official Hopes To Create New Opportunities For Minorities In Athletics

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.


Renovated Capitol Gets Rave Reviews

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.

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.
Savannah comes to Wyoming Public Media from NPR’s midday show Here & Now, where her work explored everything from Native peoples’ fraught relationship with American elections to the erosion of press freedoms for tribal media outlets. A proud citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, she’s excited to get to know the people of the Wind River reservation and dig into the stories that matter to them.
Nate is UM School of Journalism reporter. He reads the news on Montana Public Radio three nights a week.
Ali Budner is KRCC's reporter for the Mountain West News Bureau, a journalism collaborative that unites six stations across the Mountain West, including stations in Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Montana to better serve the people of the region. The project focuses its reporting on topic areas including issues of land and water, growth, politics, and Western culture and heritage.