October 2nd, 2020
It's been a year since a Riverton Police Officer shot and killed 58-year-old Anderson Antelope, a citizen of the Northern Arapaho Tribe. The Fremont County Attorney's office ruled the shooting necessary and justified. But as Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher reports, some community members are still asking for greater transparency.
The Defender Aid Clinic at the University of Wyoming's College of Law is behind a new podcast that dives into the racial disparities in the United States criminal justice system.
Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen spoke with Law professor Lauren McLane and student Nathan Yanchek who says the podcast grew out of the outrage he and students in the clinic felt over police killings of African American men.
We've been hearing a lot about public health departments and their essential role in responding to the pandemic. What you might not know, though, is that historically many public health departments have formed alliances. But in one part of our region, the strain of the pandemic is forcing one of those alliances apart. The Mountain West News Bureau's Rae Ellen Bichell reports.
Libby, Montana was already living with an invisible enemy that attacks your lungs long before COVID-19 reached our shores. For the past century, asbestos has killed hundreds in this small town -- at least. And as our Mountain West News Bureau's Nate Hegyi reports, that experience informs how it's reacting today.
At a Sep. 3 press conference, Gov. Mark Gordon introduced a nonprofit that's been advocating for Wyoming's coal industry for years: the Energy Policy Network. He announced a new contract with the group in which taxpayers would "contribute" $250,000 this year. The governor believes there's still a place for Wyoming's coal in the electric utility market despite the long and accelerating shift toward renewable sources and natural gas.
Over a hundred years ago every decade - trillions of Rocky Mountain Locusts - a type of grasshopper- would swarm through the Rocky Mountain West. Now extinct, these locusts have been found frozen in mountain glaciers. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska follows two researchers who are trekking the Beartooth Mountain glaciers to document them and the long lost insect.
Alexis Barney teaches fourth and fifth grade at Evansville Elementary School in Casper. And this year, the Wyoming Department of Education has announced Barney is the state's 2021 teacher of the year. Barney says she's humbled to receive the award and views it as a privilege to represent the state's teachers. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with Barney about how she has been focusing on her students' mental health, especially since the pandemic.
A brand new podcast, Kids Ask WhY, will be available showcasing issues Wyoming kids are interested in. The podcast, which debuts on Tuesday, October 6, was developed by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and Wyoming Public Media. Bob Beck Sat down with the producer Kamila Kudelska.