May 7th, 2021
Wyoming is among the states with the highest vaccine hesitancy rates in the country. In Natrona County, that's left the local health department with a surplus of vaccines and empty appointment slots. Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen reports.
A Casper-based non-profit, ART 321, is holding its first statewide conference aimed at addressing the health concerns of Wyoming residents through the arts. Wyoming has the highest youth incarceration rate and one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. But the Casper-based nonprofit, ART 321, plans to fight against it using the arts. Wyoming Public Radio's Naina Rao talks with the nonprofit's executive director, Tyler Cessor, about the need for a conference like this right now.
The latest coronavirus relief package includes $20 billion for tribal governments -- a potentially transformative infusion of cash. But last year's aid roll-out to Indian Country was badly mismanaged -- and tribal leaders hope the Biden administration has learned from those mistakes. The Mountain West News Bureau's Savannah Maher reports.
A new exhibit at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West focuses on Black cowboys and rodeos. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska speaks with photographer Ivan McClellan about his work, and the first black rodeo he went to in Oklahoma.
Some Democrats are prepared to go around Republicans to pass President Joe Biden's more than $2 trillion infrastructure proposal. That's not sitting well with Wyoming's congressional delegation. Correspondent Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.
The U.S. Department of Education is proposing a new set of priorities that would incentivize changes to the way history and civics is taught. The federal government is encouraging K-12 schools to include diverse perspectives in history and civics and to take notice of systemic racism in America's history.
Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with State Superintendent Jillian Balow about the proposal, which Balow sharply criticized.
The celebrated Wyoming artist Neltje died last week at the age of 86. Neltje was also a businesswoman and philanthropist who contributed a lot to Sheridan County and Wyoming. In 2016 she released her memoir, North of Crazy, that chronicles her journey from high society to the high plains.
As the daughter of famed publisher Nelson Doubleday, Neltje had a privileged upbringing, growing up in her family's homes in New York, Long Island, and South Carolina. Then she came to Wyoming. She spoke with Micah Schweizer in a national award winning interview.