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December 4th, 2020

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Kamila Kudelska
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State Health Officer Says COVID-19 Numbers And Deaths Are Concerning

After a summer with relatively few serious cases of COVID-19…Wyoming's hospitals are full and the death toll is rising. Even the governor and first lady have contracted the coronavirus and it shows no signs of letting up. State Health Officer Doctor Alexia Harrist joins me now to discuss the virus, face coverings and the vaccine.

Twenty-Five Girls Claim Abuse While At Clark Private Christian Residential Treatment Center

Earlier this week, a federal class action lawsuit was filed against Trinity Teen Solution. The private Christian residential treatment center in Clark, Wyoming is for girls between the ages of 12 and 17. Twenty-five girls have filed the suit saying they were mentally and physically abused while at the facility. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska speaks with Cody Enterprise reporter Leo Wolfson who broke the story. Wolfson has been investigating the facility since March of 2019.

Budget Cuts To Libraries Across The State Highlight Importance Of Public Services

Several libraries across the state are facing budget cuts. To save money, many services went online. But how do libraries handle patrons with no access to the internet. Wyoming Public Radio's Taylar Stagner found out how COVID-19 is affecting what our libraries can provide.

COVID-19 Puts Rural Telehealth On The Fast Track

For years, it's been very difficult to get mental health services to rural places like Wyoming. A big part of the issue is the lack of mental health providers and the fact that people frequently would have to drive over an hour for such services. But then the pandemic hit and everyone in the country suddenly needed telehealth. And this had led to a possible solution to the mental health access problem. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska follows a national guard veteran on his telehealth journey to address his PTSD.

Potential Future Drought Could Cause Old Faithful To Go Dormant… Again

Old Faithful geyser is one of the most popular areas in Yellowstone National Park. But a major climate event nearly 800 years ago made the geyser a little less faithful. Wyoming Public Radio's Ivy Engel had a conversation with U.S. Geological Survey research geologist Shaul Hurwitz, who studied this strange period.

Tribal Councils Make Slow Progress Toward Gender Equality

When it comes to gender parity, tribal councils in our region have made more progress than statehouses or U.S. Congress. Still, women remain underrepresented. The Mountain West News Bureau's Savannah Maher reports.

New Poetic Form With Wyoming Roots Goes Viral

You've probably read poems sonnets or haiku. This year, a new form of poetry was invented. In a matter of months, poets adopted the new form, and a new journal has been created to showcase it. We're joined now by one of its inventors, poet Lori Howe. She teaches at the University of Wyoming and is editor in chief of the new journal…called Gleam: The Journal of the Cadralor, Howe explained to Wyoming Public Radio's Micah Schweizer how this type of poem came about and why it's called a Cadralor.

Bob Beck has been News Director of Wyoming Public Radio since 1988. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
Ivy started as a science news intern in the summer of 2019 and has been hooked on broadcast since. She was supported by the Wyoming EPSCoR Summer Science Journalism Internship program. In the spring of 2020, she virtually graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in biology with minors of journalism and business. She continues to spread her love of science, wildlife, and the outdoors with her stories. When she’s not writing for WPR, she enjoys baking, reading, playing with her dog, and caring for her many plants.
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.
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.
Taylar Dawn Stagner is a central Wyoming rural and tribal reporter for Wyoming Public Radio. She has degrees in American Studies, a discipline that interrogates the history and culture of America. She was a Native American Journalist Association Fellow in 2019, and won an Edward R. Murrow Award for her Modern West podcast episode about drag queens in rural spaces in 2021. Stagner is Arapaho and Shoshone.