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November 27th, 2020

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Worsening Healthcare Crisis Forces Hospitals To Look Across State Borders

Our region is facing a hospitalization crisis. COVID-19 patients are flooding ICU's, adding to an already busy time of year. To tackle it effectively, hospitals and states need to work as a team. But as the Mountain West News Bureau's Madelyn Beck explains, it's not that simple.

A DIY Map Helps Laramie Shoppers Find COVID-Conscious Businesses

Black Friday typically marks the official start of the holiday shopping season, but this year has been anything but typical. Store closures and fears of catching COVID-19 have driven many shoppers online. That's not good for local businesses but as Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen reports, necessity can be the mother of invention.

"We Have To Be The Peaceful Ones:" Riverton's Evolving Activism Tradition

The City of Riverton is proud of its tradition of peacefully protesting against acts of racism. But a new generation of activists is taking the lead, and they have a different idea of what those protests should look like. Savannah Maher reports.

New Northern Arapaho Business Councilor Has A Vision For Tribe...Go Green

On the heels of the national election, the Northern Arapaho Tribe just wrapped up the election of their business council. Jordan Dresser was a new name on the ballot and won a seat with a lot of support, especially from the tribe's youth. He's known as a mover and shaker. Over the last few years Dresser worked to find and repatriate numerous artifacts from around the country. Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards talked with him about his vision going forward.

University Of Wyoming Opens New Center For Blockchain And Digital Innovation

The University of Wyoming has recently opened its Center for Blockchain and Digital Innovation. Only a handful of universities in the country have this kind of center, and UW hopes this will help to diversify the state's economy. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska spoke with the new center's director Steven Lupien to discuss what unique resources the center will offer. First, Lupien explained what a blockchain is.

Wyoming Ratchets Up Carbon Capture Efforts As Some Look Back Decades

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.

Mountain Biking Mentor Program Teaches Girls Friendship, Self-Growth

It's been a heavy year for news, but every now and then we were able to do something fun and positive. And here's a story you may have missed this summer. Cody is the first community in Wyoming to have a local chapter of the national mountain bike program Little Bellas. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska explains how the program hopes to teach girls not only mountain bike skills but also friendship and self growth.

The Unusual Weapon Yellowstone Is Using To Combat Invasive Species

Zebra and quagga mussels can devastate an ecosystem, and Yellowstone National Park is doing everything it can to keep them out. Most recently, that includes harnessing the power of a dog's snout.

Kindness Ranch Provides Sanctuary To Research Animals

Just outside of Hartville nestled in virtually the middle of nowhere rests the only sanctuary in the United States that takes in horses, pigs, sheep, cats and dogs that were used as research animals. The Kindness Ranch has been in existence since 2006 and has provided sanctuary to over 250 animals.

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.
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.
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.
Melodie Edwards is the host and producer of WPM's award-winning podcast The Modern West. Her Ghost Town(ing) series looks at rural despair and resilience through the lens of her hometown of Walden, Colorado. She has been a radio reporter at WPM since 2013, covering topics from wildlife to Native American issues to agriculture.
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.