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January 17th, 2020

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Questions Emerge As Wind Projects Roll Out Across SE Wyoming

A new wind development is coming to Albany County. It’s the latest in a flurry of new wind projects underway in southeast Wyoming... a trend that’s set to continue. But this development is facing pushback with up to 151 turbines proposed to be built near a community of rural homeowners. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim reports.

After A Year Of Economic Growth, Converse County Aims To Save Up

Loss of revenue is a major topic of conversation as lawmakers prepare for the upcoming budget session. But things have been looking bright in a few counties. Wyoming Public Radio’s Catherine Wheeler reports on how one county has been trying to capitalize on some remarkable growth in the past year. 

"Always Be A'Thinkin'": Traditional Rawhide Braider Shares Knowledge With Next Generations

It isn't easy keeping America's folk arts alive, but the Wyoming Arts Council has been doing their best to preserve Wyoming's. Each year, they give out grants to folk artists who pass on their knowledge to the next generation.

Jack Mease braids rawhide to create beautiful horse tack like reins and hackamores, and now has taught numerous students, including Soliana Abernathy. Mease and Abernathy were among last year's recipients of the Wyoming Arts Council's Folk and Traditional Art Mentoring grant. You can see Mease's work at the State Museum in Cheyenne.

Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards visited Mease's workshop in Lander.

 

Cody's Hospital Is Using Telehealth To Opioid Treatment Throughout The Bighorn Basin

In a rural state like Wyoming, state health care providers are no longer newcomers to utilizing telehealth to help bridge distances. But Cody Regional Health is experimenting using remote technology for an opioid treatment that is generally underutilized in the nation. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska has more. 

 

Wyoming Humanities Pushes Arts And Culture As A Way To Enhance The Economy

Wyoming has been working towards economic diversification and one way to do that is to make Wyoming's culture, arts and humanities programs a bigger part of the effort. Recently the former CEO of the Wyoming Business Council, Shawn Reese, joined Wyoming Humanities to further this effort. The Director of Wyoming Humanities is Shannon Smith and she and Reese explain the idea to Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck.

 

How To Prepare For The West's Most Deadly Natural Disaster

Avalanches are one of the Mountain West’s most dangerous natural disasters. This winter, eight people have already died across our region.  But there are ways to increase your odds of surviving an avalanche. Our Mountain West News Bureau’s Nate Hegyi tagged along with a special class in Utah to find out. 

 

So You've Heard Period Blood Attracts Bears, Here's Where That Myth Came From

It’s known as the “Night of the Grizzlies,” and it happened in Glacier National Park more than fifty years ago. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen reports, the repercussions of that incident are still being felt today - especially for women.

StoryCorps: Hitchhiking - A Love Story

When StoryCorps came to Jackson last summer, Jay Edwards sat down with his daughter, Melodie, and told her about the time in the early 60s, when he and Melodie’s mother hitchhiked from California to Mexico…before hitchhiking up to Iowa to meet her mother’s family.

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.
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.
Nate is UM School of Journalism reporter. He reads the news on Montana Public Radio three nights a week.