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August 16th, 2019

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The Rock Climbing Controversy That Could Change The Bighorns

Ten Sleep Canyon has become a popular destination for rock climbers looking for adventure. But some are concerned that parts of their adventure might be manufactured. Wyoming Public Radio’s Catherine Wheeler reports on a controversy that is starting to bring climbers together. 

Tribal Governments And Environmental Activists Oppose Proposed Wastewater Dumping

Earlier this summer, the Northern Arapaho Tribe came out against a proposal by the energy company Aetheon to discharge oilfield waste upstream of the Wind River. But not for the reasons that some tribal members would like. Wyoming Public Radio’s Savannah Maher has more.

University Of Wyoming Health Sciences Dean Hopes To Impact Health Care In The State

After serving as an interim Dean, UW Trustees recently named David Jones to become the new Dean of the College of Health Sciences. Jones says despite the fact that he’d been an interim Dean the College has been moving forward.

Drone Infrastructure Flying Through Critical Urban Testing

These days, drones are everywhere. Soon you’ll even be able to get your Amazon deliveries with the company’s “Prime Air” drone fleet. So, how are we going to stop all of these flying machines from…flying into each other?  Noah Glick has more.

Parks Say To Never Approach Wildlife. So Why Do People Still Do It?

In the past month, videos from Yellowstone National Park have gone viral showing  bison charging visitors. Bison-human incidents happen every season sometimes causing injuries. The park is trying to figure out how to get the message across that the bison, elk, bears and even badgers that people encounter in the park are wild and dangerous. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska tries to get a better understanding on why people continually get too close to wildlife. 

UW Researchers Investigate Western Wyoming Toad's Ability To Fight Disease

Boreal toads were once common in the western part of the United States. Today, the toads, and many other amphibians, are under attack from a deadly skin disease known as chytrid fungus, which limits their ability to obtain oxygen and may lead to cardiac arrest. But somehow toads found in Western Wyoming appear to be fighting back against the disease. Wyoming Public Radio’s Ivy Engel has more about the two-man research team who is trying to put together the pieces of this puzzle.

There's Hardly Any Science On Wyoming's Frogs—A New Project Hopes To Fix That

If you find yourself near a stream in the mountains or a pond in the prairie, you’re likely to hear the rhythmic croak of frogs. They’re all over Wyoming, but scientists here know very little about them: not where they live or what conditions they like best. This year, several organizations are working to change that. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim reports deep into the night with two scientists on the job.

One Way The Internet Is Good For Teens

The internet has changed a lot of things about the way we read, think, and do politics…and it’s also changed the creative writing of teens. And, spoiler, this is a positive story about kids and the internet. Wyoming Public Radio’s Erin Jones opens in the middle of things—or, as a writer would say, in medias res.

StoryCorps: From Immigration To The American Dream

Maria came to the U.S. illegally with her mother when she was a little girl…so they could meet up with her father, who was working in the country legally. When StoryCorps came to Jackson last summer, Maria told her son Jorden about how she ended up in Idaho.

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 studies Environmental Policy and Music. He's an avid jazz piano player, backpacker, and podcast listener.
Ivy started as a science news intern in the summer of 2019 and has been hooked on broadcast since. In the spring of 2020, she virtually graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in biology with minors of journalism and business. She continues to spread her love of science, wildlife, and the outdoors with her stories. When she’s not writing for WPR, she enjoys baking, reading, playing with her dog, and caring for her many plants.
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.
Erin Jones is Wyoming Public Radio's cultural affairs producer, as well as the host and senior producer of HumaNature. She began her audio career as an intern in the Wyoming Public Radio newsroom, and has reported on issues ranging from wild horse euthanization programs to the future of liberal arts in universities. Her audio work has been featured on WHYY Philadelphia’s The Pulse and the podcast Out There.
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.