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August 7th, 2020

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Wyoming Towns Prepare For Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Visitors

Despite the pandemic…the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is underway. For 80 years, motorcyclists from around the world have flocked to Sturgis South Dakota for the event. Many of those bikers travel through Wyoming and spend quite a bit of time in the northeast part of the state. But this year, with concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, those communities are preparing for how the influx of visitors could affect their towns. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler has more.

"I Feel Pretty Conflicted," Schools Reopening Is Complicated For One School Counselor

Despite what some might think, there's a lot to consider with schools reopening this fall. That's obviously true for teachers and staff members. Take Ken Hilton -- he's a middle school counselor in Laramie. He also has a daughter going into the seventh grade. He explained to Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen how he's not sure what the best approach is.

Carbon Capture Could Cut Cost Of Climate Change

A new analysis by the Great Plains Institute and the University of Wyoming describes possible steps that industries in the U.S. can take to lower their CO2 emissions. They propose using carbon capture technology and transportation infrastructure that moves the CO2 to storage locations underground. Wyoming Public Radio's Ashley Piccone spoke with the Director of Energy Economics at UW's Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute Jeff Brown.

Rush Of Federal Policies Back In Discussion That Affect Western Energy Landscape Prior To Election

Federal and state officials are once again considering several policies that affect the west and the energy landscape here - including proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, the Bureau of Land Management Waste Prevention Rule, and the Great American Outdoors Act. Wyoming Public Radio's Cooper McKim speaks with Hana Vizcarra, staff attorney at Harvard Law School's Environmental & Energy Law Program. She explains why so much action is happening right now.

Postponed Surgeries Pinch Hospitals And Rural Patients

At the beginning of the pandemic, lots of things were put on hold, including elective surgeries at hospitals. Services have resumed most places, but the delay highlighted long standing barriers to healthcare in our region. Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen reports.

As Rural Public Health Officials Face Criticism Over COVID-19 Measures, Some Call It Quits

From grocery store workers to nurses to EMTs... There are a lot of tough but necessary jobs to do during this pandemic. That includes public health officers, who are often in charge of coronavirus response at a local level. But since April, a wave of public health officers across the country have called it quits. With support from America Amplified, Our Mountain West News Bureau's Nate Hegyi explains.

Assistant Sec. Of Indian Affairs: Tribes Are "Not Alone" In Combating Violence Against Native People

This week, a small team of federal agents based in Billings, Montana started investigating unresolved cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people in our region. It's one of seven cold case offices opening around the country as part of the Trump administration's effort to address the crisis. U.S. Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney is a part of that effort, and a member of the Trump administration's "Operation Lady Justice" task force. She joined Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher to discuss the new cold case offices.

Pandemic Magnifies Meat Production Bottleneck

When COVID-19 hit, stories of meat processing facilities shutting down due to the spread of the disease went national. The story that wasn't told was how the closures of these facilities affected the producers themselves. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska explains.

Wyoming Author Honors Her Late Dog's Wild Spirit In New Children's Book

Originally from California, author Leslie Patten fell in love with Wyoming almost fifteen years ago and eventually made it her permanent home. The naturalist moved to a rustic cabin near Cody and became fascinated with the wildlife she saw right outside her door. Leslie Patten discusses writing, dogs, mountain lions, and moving from the most populated state to the least. Her latest book Koda and the Wolves: Tales of a Red Dog is out now.

Ashley is a PhD student in Astronomy and Physics at UW. She loves to communicate science and does so with WPM, on the Astrobites blog, and through outreach events. She was born in Colorado and got her BS in Engineering Physics at Colorado School of Mines. Ashley loves hiking and backpacking during Wyoming days and the clear starry skies at night!
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.
Nate is UM School of Journalism reporter. He reads the news on Montana Public Radio three nights a week.
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.