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June 26th, 2020

Catherine Wheeler

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County Cuts To Gillette Reproductive Health Clinic Could Cost Patients

Access to affordable health care is always an issue, but especially at a time when people are losing their jobs or working less. In Gillette, a local reproductive health clinic recently lost its county funding that likely will impact the type of health care low income people will receive. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler explains.

Three Generations Of Colorado Women Who Are Black Scholar-Activists Reflect On The Moment

As mentioned, the Mountain West News Bureau is taking a moment to listen to people of color across our region to share their perspectives on racial injustice and police violence. Rae Ellen Bichell spoke to four Black women from Colorado who are all scholars and activists. Their names are Rosemarie Allen, Janiece Mackey, Michaela Lee, and Carolyn Love.

Will Occidental's Weak Finances Impact The Land Sale Price?

On February 17, Gov. Mark Gordon announced the state was considering the purchase of about a million acres of surface land across southern Wyoming and 4 million acres of mineral rights from Occidental Petroleum. Now, the company has set a July 1 deadline for entities to make a bid. On May 6, Occidental confirmed it had 13 bidders.

Coal Towns Were Counting On Tourism For New Jobs. Then Coronavirus Hit.

Wyoming is no stranger to the idea of diversification... with the coal industry in a structural decline. But it's not the only area coping with transition. In Appalachia, some communities that historically relied on coal have been reimagining themselves based on another natural resource - the great outdoors and tourism. But then came the coronavirus, threatening the emerging local tourism economies. For the Ohio Valley ReSource, reporter Brittany Patterson visited some towns dealing with both coal's collapse and the pandemic's threat to newer businesses based on outdoor recreation.

Wyoming Delegation Endorses Efforts To Remove Regulations

The Trump administration has aggressively moved to unwind an array of federal regulations since the coronavirus pandemic hit America, and that's in line with what Wyoming's federal lawmakers have wanted all along. But Matt Laslo reports from Washington that one of them is contradicting President Trump and says more testing is the key to recovery.

Lake Powell Reached Capacity 40 Years Ago. What Do The Coming Decades Hold?

This summer marks the 40th anniversary of Lake Powell being filled to capacity for the first time. It's one of the Colorado River's biggest reservoirs. But climate scientists studying the river find the lake's water source is quickly declining. From KUER in St. George, Utah, Lexi Peery reports on what a dwindling river means for Lake Powell and the millions of people who depend on it.

Inspiring, But Isolated: Wyoming Artists Have To Get Creative To Get Work Out There

Last year was the launch of the Wyoming Art Drop...a curated box of six unique pieces from local artists that can be shipped nationwide. Wyoming Public Radio's Megan Feighery spoke to creator Laurie Hunter about tourism, upcycling and the unique pressures facing Wyoming artists. She says the first obstacle is location.

Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. 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.
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.
Nate is UM School of Journalism reporter. He reads the news on Montana Public Radio three nights a week.
Rae Ellen Bichell is a reporter for NPR's Science Desk. She first came to NPR in 2013 as a Kroc fellow and has since reported Web and radio stories on biomedical research, global health, and basic science. She won a 2016 Michael E. DeBakey Journalism Award from the Foundation for Biomedical Research. After graduating from Yale University, she spent two years in Helsinki, Finland, as a freelance reporter and Fulbright grantee.