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December 20th, 2019

Cooper McKim

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Landowner Lawsuit Raises Questions About WY Rules, Markets, And Companies

If you own land with minerals underneath in Wyoming, an operator normally approaches you and negotiates a deal where they drill and you get top dollar. However, a situation has arisen in southeast Wyoming where a company has found a way to avoid that process and control minerals they don’t own.

Now, three dozen affected landowners have filed a lawsuit against the company in question… Anadarko Petroleum. They allege Anadarko has unfairly taken their minerals and created a monopoly in their county. The lawsuit's result could have implications on Wyoming statute, the oil and gas market, and people’s wallets. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim reports.

What CWC's Proposed Four-Year Degree Could Mean For The Wind River Reservation

Several community colleges in our state are in the process of developing four 4-year Bachelor of Applied Science degree programs. One proposed degree at Central Wyoming College, or CWC, would help students learn what it takes to be a good tribal leader. Wyoming Public Radio’s Savannah Maher reports on what that could mean for the Wind River Reservation. 

It Was An Up And Down Season For The Wyoming Offense

As the University of Wyoming football team struggled down the stretch on offense, few people took it harder than offensive coordinator Brent Vigen. In fairness he was in a tough spot, he’d lost a number of offensive lineman, two running backs and his starting Quarterback due to injuries. As the Cowboys prepare to play in the Arizona Bowl Vigen tells me that the silver lining is that a lot of young players just missed winning a couple of big games and that the future of Cowboy football is bright.  However…the season certainly didn’t go as planned.

What Wyomingites Could Learn From Norwegians About Wintertime

Winters in Norway usually last from October to late May—sound familiar? Norway also has something called the polar night. For about two months, the sun never rises above the horizon, giving way to some of the longest, darkest winters on earth. But to psychologists surprise, rates of seasonal depression there are extremely low for what one would expect. That's why Stanford Doctoral Student Kari Leibowitz went there to learn more. She told Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen about what she found in a town called Tromsø.

For A Colorado Springs Violin Maker, The Holidays And Powder Days Resonate

The winter holidays are a busy time for Juan Pablo Mijares. As a violin luthier he makes and restores instruments in the violin family. And this time of year - he’s BUSY! Professional musicians are calling him as they get ready for holiday concerts and college students home for winter break need him to repair and tune their instruments. The Mountain West News Bureau’s Ali Budner brings us behind the scenes at his unique shop.

Harvesting A Christmas Tree And A Story In A Wyoming Forest

When it comes to a Christmas tree, there are a lot of choices out there. Maybe silver tinsel is your thing. Or the classic fake plastic spruce. Or maybe you want to work for it and cut down the tree yourself. For Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen, that’s her tradition and this year we tagged along.

Gillette's Seniors Participate In City Holiday Lights Competition

Every year, the city of Gillette and the Gillette News Record team up to host a city holiday lights contest. People can nominate themselves, friends or neighbors. Then, seniors from the Campbell County Senior Center go out and judge the decked-out homes. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler followed along on judging night.

Cody's 'Nutcracker' Performance Makes Space For Every Dancer

This is the 22nd year the Rocky Mountain dance theatre in Cody hosted its annual nutcracker. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska finds out Cody’s Nutcracker is all about inclusion and support from the community. 

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.
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.
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.
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.