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February 26th, 2021

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Deb Haaland Takes Off - And A Rising Generation In Indian Country Takes Notes

Indian Country was watching this week as Congresswoman Deb Haaland faced confirmation hearings to become the first Indigenous Secretary of the Interior. For many young tribal citizens across our region this was must-see TV. The Mountain West News Bureau's Savannah Maher spoke to some of them.

"Fighting Tooth And Nail": New Report Shows Indigenous People In Wyoming Face More Violence

Wyoming's Missing Murdered Indigenous Persons Task Force unveiled its findings last month. The reports show that the problem is much bigger than previously recognized and that the media hasn't done a good job of addressing the violence in Wyoming communities. Wyoming Public Radio's Taylar Stagner reports.

What Do Tampons Have To Do With The Tax Code?

The pandemic has caused huge revenue shortfalls in state budgets across our region and the country. And in some places, that's meant a renewed conversation about taxes. But one of those conversations may not be what you would expect. Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen reports.

Some License Suspensions Under Nonresident Compact Invalid, UW Defender Aid Clinic Shows

When Wyoming resident Celeste Armstrong had her driver's license suspended a year ago, she had no way of knowing that her case could completely change the way licenses are suspended. But the University of Wyoming's Defender Aid Clinic took up her case and eventually won in Albany County District Court. Clinic Director Professor Lauren McLane and Student Attorney Nathan Yanchek demonstrated that the Department of Transportation had been using the wrong law to suspend licenses. Wyoming Public Radio's Jeff Victor spoke with McLane about what this means for Wyoming drivers.

Gov. Gordon Wants Legislators To Take A Broader Look At Education

Wyoming's legislature meets next week and among the topics will be education spending and budget cuts in general. Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon joins me and begins the conversation by discussing some of the budget challenges the state is facing.

With Influx Of Special Ed Students, Powell School District Worries About Budget Cuts

At the start of this school year, Park County School District #1 in Powell welcomed an influx of new special ed students. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska has a story on how this sudden growth put pressure on the district to make sure that they could meet the students' needs.

Start-up Challenge At Buffalo High School Fosters Entrepreneurship At A Young Age

Wyoming's economy has depended on energy for a long time, but that formula might not be successful into the future. And entrepreneurship may be one of the answers to state's diversification. The state has created start-up challenges in order to try and foster more small businesses. And now it's even reaching high school students. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler visits Buffalo High School where some students are just beginning their careers.

University Of Wyoming Professor Analyzes 17th Century "Recipe Book"

A 17th-century book known as the Baumfylde Manuscript is giving insight into the lives and priorities of people of the past. Wyoming Public Radio's Ivy Engel spoke to UW professor Peter Parolin who analyzed the manuscript.

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.
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.
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.
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.
Catherine Wheeler comes to Wyoming from Kansas City, Missouri. She has worked at public media stations in Missouri and on the Vox podcast "Today, Explained." Catherine graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BA in English. She recently received her master in journalism from the University of Missouri. Catherine enjoys cooking, looming, reading and the outdoors.
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.
Jeff is a part-time reporter for Wyoming Public Media, as well as the owner and editor of the Laramie Reporter, a free online news source providing in-depth and investigative coverage of local events and trends.