September 4th, 2020
Wyoming leadership is doubling down on carbon capture as a tool to help preserve coal. That effort is building urgency as the pandemic devastates the struggling industry. Wyoming Public Radio's Cooper McKim reports that some think it's too late.
As many of you know it was a rough spring for Wyoming's workforce. Unemployment skyrocketed with the closure of many businesses due to COVID-19. The federal government provided assistance, but it took awhile to get the roughly $336 million it paid out into people's hands. Robin Cooley is the Director of Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. She says when the pandemic hit Wyoming things changed overnight.
As we've reported, Wyoming withdrew its bid for roughly four million acres of mineral rights and a million acres of land owned by the oil and gas company Occidental Petroleum. The winning bidder of the assets is Orion Mine Finance. Jon Lamb is a portfolio manager with the larger company Orion Resource Partners. Lamb joins Cooper McKim to provide some insight into their thinking behind the purchase… which is still underway.
If this was a normal year, many of you would be flocking to the middle of the northern Nevada desert to watch "The Man" - burn. But it's not a normal year, and this year's Burning Man counterculture outdoor festival has been canceled along with many, many live events across the region. As the Mountain West News Bureau's Paul Boger reports, that's taking its toll on the arts, the community and the economy.
Last month, the first transfer of 40 Yellowstone National Park bison to 16 tribes across the nation occurred. Known as the quarantine program, it took a lot of negotiations between stakeholders for the program to move forward. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska explains why it's so hard to simply move bison outside of Yellowstone.
Hundreds of American Bison, sometimes known as buffalo, are slaughtered outside of Yellowstone National Park every year. It's a population control measure. But as Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher reports, some tribal nations are intervening.
From Bison to the stars. A team of University of Wyoming astronomy students have compiled the largest ever catalog of quasars. Wyoming Public Radio's Ashley Piccone spoke with graduate student Brad Lyke about what a quasar is and why they are important.
The Brinton Museum sits on the historic Circle A Ranch at the base of the Bighorn Mountains. Named after the ranch owner, Bradford Brinton, the museum prides itself on its extensive collection of Western and American Indian art. Recently, the magazine True West announced it as the top western art museum of 2020. Ken Schuster, the Brinton's director and chief curator, spoke with Catherine Wheeler about what honor means for the museum.
For many, this time of year means the start of college football. But not this year. Without game days and everything that goes along with tailgating, college towns across our region will look different--and they'll sound a lot different too. Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen reports.