January 17th, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.