August 7th, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.