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November 22nd, 2019

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Wyoming Officials Try To Tweak Clean Water Act For Coal

This week Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon traveled East to testify about water issues out here in the West. Washington Correspondent Matt Laslo has the story on how he was in the nation’s capital to try to ease clean water regulations in order to try to ship more Wyoming coal overseas.

Study: Low Flows Compound Development's Impact On Fish

Scientists at the University of Wyoming wanted to know how fish fare in streams near energy development. Their results were recently published in the Journal of Applied Ecology and paint a picture of how human disturbance and less water can crunch the habitat that some fish need to survive and thrive. Kylie Mohr reports. 

Evanston ICE Facility Plans Moving Forward, Residents Pushing Back

For people untouched by federal immigration policy, the issue can feel distant. But a planned immigration jail in Uinta County has made the issue intensely local for the residents of Evanston. Wyoming Public Radio’s Jeff Victor reports.

Terese Mailhot On Memoir, Motherhood And "Rising To The Occasion Of A Dream"

After checking herself in to a psychiatric hospital in 2013, writer Terese Mailhot was given a notebook. The result is her award-winning debut memoir Heartberries, which tells the story of her coming-of-age on the Seabird Island First Nation in British Columbia, sometimes-tumultuous family relationships, and adult struggles with mental illness.

"My book is essentially about how to love when you come from a dysfunctional home and you have these long shadows of shame kind of following you everywhere you go," said Mailhot, now a New York Times Bestselling author, in an interview with Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher. During a recent visit to the University of Wyoming, Mailhot talked about the book's success and what Native writers risk and gain when they choose to put their stories out into the word.

A Dog's Death In Wyoming Highlights The Dangers Of Toxic Algae Blooms

They’re called toxic algae blooms. They grow rapidly and are increasingly popping up in lakes, ponds, and other bodies of water.  The harmful toxins they produce can devastate fishing and tourism economies, make your drinking water unsafe, and as Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen reports, can also be harmful to humans and deadly for animals.

Conference Focuses On Fostering Connections Between Women In Agriculture

Traditionally, women on ranches and farms were limited in the roles they could have. A women’s agriculture group, Wyoming Women in Ag is looking to promote all the ways women are now working on ranches. The trade event hopes to bring women in the industry together. Wyoming Public Radio’s Catherine Wheeler attended the 26th annual conference in Casper.

Beautiful, Sacred, Valuable—Artist Explores Complexity Of The Land Through Intricate Works

Your phone, your house, your car… originally, it all comes from the earth. Artist Nina Elder is fascinated by the complexity of land… being at once something beautiful, sometimes sacred, and often extremely valuable - providing resources that the modern world depends on. Through long journeys to mining-based communities, Elder collects found materials and creates intricate drawings that help tell the multilayered stories that lands have to tell.  

She’s been supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation, Rauschenberg Foundation, and the Pollock Krausner Foundation. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim speaks with Elder about her latest exhibit now at the University of Wyoming.

Cody School District Comes Together To Celebrate Veteran's Day

For the past four years, Park county school district number six in Cody has brought together all of its schools to create one mass celebration in honor of its veterans. Wyoming Public radio’s Kamila Kudelska has the story. 

Women's Suffrage Limerick Contest Winners

In celebration of 150 years of women's suffrage in Wyoming, the University of Wyoming Department of History presented a limerick contest. Here are the winning entries.

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.
Jeff is a part-time reporter for Wyoming Public Media, as well as a freelance journalist published in the Laramie Boomerang and WyoFile, among others.
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.
Maggie Mullen is Wyoming Public Radio's regional reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau. Her work has aired on NPR, Marketplace, Science Friday, and Here and Now. She was awarded a 2019 regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her story on the Black 14.
Based on Capitol Hill, Matt Laslo is a reporter who has been covering campaigns and every aspect of federal policy since 2006. While he has filed stories for NPR and more than 40 of its affiliates, he has also written for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Campaigns and Elections Magazine, The Daily Beast, The Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Guardian, The Omaha World-Herald, VICE News and Washingtonian Magazine.
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.