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May 21st, 2021

U.S. Congress

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Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney Discusses What's Next

It's well documented that Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney was voted out as the third ranking Republican in the U.S. House over her differences with President Trump. Today she joins me to discuss this further along with her prospects in the upcoming election.

Colorado Is Examining Water Speculation, And Finding It's 'All The Problems' In One

Last year, Colorado lawmakers pointed a finger at what they saw as a growing threat: speculative investments in water rights. Since then a state work group has been examining the issue. The process has brought up some thorny questions about the entire system the Western U.S. uses to divvy up scarce water supplies. Reporters Heather Sackett from Aspen Journalism, and Luke Runyon from KUNC have more.

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.

State Budget Cuts Lead To Closing A Gillette Mental Health Facility

During this year's Wyoming Legislative session, lawmakers cut $430 million from the state's budget. That includes a $7.5 million cut from Wyoming Department of Health funds that go to communities across the state for mental health and substance abuse services. In Gillette, those cuts have already led to the closure of a group home for residents with severe mental illnesses. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler has the story.

Wyoming Kicks Off $180 Million Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The nationwide Emergency Rental Assistance Program is giving $25 billion dollars to states, large cities and tribes. Wyoming Public Radio's Jeff Victor reports this program seeks to improve upon previous attempts at rental assistance.

Something In The (Indoor) Air: A Paradigm Shift

When we talk about air quality, we're usually talking about the air outside-- whether it's affected by wildfires, smog, or factory emissions. But those conversations typically end at the front door. The COVID-19 pandemic has made many of us think about indoor air in a whole new way. Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen reports.

Chasing The Thrill: How A Modern Treasure Hunt Resulted In Obsession, Death And Relief

Last summer, a modern-day treasure hunt came to an end when New Mexico Art Dealer Forrest Fenn's chest of jewels, gold and pre-Columbian artifacts were found somewhere in Wyoming. Fenn hid the treasure in the Rocky Mountains in 2010, after he was told he was going to die from cancer.

Journalist Dan Barbarisis broke the news of the identity of the finder of the chest, while writing a book, Chasing the Thrill, on the treasure hunt. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska asked Barbarisi why people were so dedicated to finding the treasure.

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.
As KUNC’s reporter covering the Colorado River Basin, I dig into stories that show how water issues can both unite and divide communities throughout the Western U.S. I produce feature stories for KUNC and a network of public media stations in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Nevada.
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.
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.
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 ever since. Her internship 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 in journalism and business. 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.