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December 13th, 2019

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State of Wyoming
Governor Mark Gordon

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Sheridan's Food Group Inspires Wyoming First Lady's New Hunger Initiative

More than 70,000 Wyomingites face problems with food insecurity. And it’s a problem many communities are trying to tackle. Now, Wyoming’s First Lady Jennie Gordon has announced her new Wyoming Hunger Initiative that’s focused on addressing this issue. Wyoming Public Radio’s Catherine Wheeler visited the food charity that got Gordon interested.

"We're Not Separate From Nature": Northern Arapaho Activist Attends UN Climate Talks

For the last couple of weeks, world leaders have been convening in Madrid, Spain for the United Nations' summit on climate change. Among them was a delegation of Indigenous youth. Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards caught up with one of the delegates who is there representing the Wind River Reservation. Micah (Big Wind) Lott addressed over 500,000 people on a stage with renowned activist Greta Thunberg, and when the delegation protested at the U.S. Embassy, they were among 75 Indigenous activists arrested by Spanish police.

Big Wind begins with an introduction in Arapaho.

Ski Resorts Sweeten The Pie To Attract Seasonal Workers

Most ski resorts across the region have opened for the season at this point. And record amounts of snow had some resorts in opening early this year. But resorts don’t just rely on snow - seasonal workers are also vital and as Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen reports, they’re becoming as unpredictable as the weather.   

Smartphones, New Tech Forces Nature Photographers To Take A New Angle

The Mountain West is a mecca for nature photographers. But they’re facing some new competitors these days - us. Anyone with a smart phone now has a fancy camera in their pocket. And if they’re lucky - can stumble on a shot that a professional photographer’s been waiting on for days. A grizzly, the elusive black-footed ferret. A perfect sunrise. The Mountain West News Bureau’s Madelyn Beck reports.

Governor Gordon Discusses Budget And Revenue Strategies

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon presented his budget to the legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee this week and it didn't feature massive budget cuts some were predicting due to a downturn in revenue. The governor joins Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck to discuss his strategy along with some other topics.

As Winter Approaches, All Eyes Turn Toward Rocky Mountain Snowpack

So much of the West’s water security is wrapped up in snow. When it melts, it becomes drinking and irrigation water for millions throughout the region. A high snowpack lets farmers,  skiers and water managers breathe a sigh of relief. While a low one can spell long-term trouble. Luke Runyon reports on what the upcoming winter might bring.

Lakota Author Tiffany Midge On Her New Book 'Bury My Heart At Chuck E. Cheese'

Lakota author, poet and Indian Country today columnist Tiffany Midge has a new book. Many of her humorist essays have been compiled in Bury My Heart At Chuck E. Cheese. In this new book, she talks about Native representation in movies, pussy hats, and why humor is important in Indian Country. Taylar Stagner has more.

Cheyenne Principal Receives Prestigious National Award

Educators put in a lot of time with little recognition, but sometimes a light shines on their work. Recently, in Cheyenne, a well thought of principal was awarded a major prize. Wyoming Public Radio’s Ivy Engel explains.

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.
As KUNC’s reporter covering the Colorado River Basin, I dig into stories that show how water issues can both unite and divide communities throughout the Western U.S. I produce feature stories for KUNC and a network of public media stations in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Nevada.
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.
Melodie Edwards is the host and producer of WPM's award-winning podcast The Modern West. Her Ghost Town(ing) series looks at rural despair and resilience through the lens of her hometown of Walden, Colorado. She has been a radio reporter at WPM since 2013, covering topics from wildlife to Native American issues to agriculture.
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.
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.