The top issue facing Wyoming in 2019 was the bankruptcies and struggles with the coal industry. When Blackjewel filed for bankruptcy the move put more than 1,500 miners out of a job in Wyoming and across Appalachia…many struggled to find work…especially a job that paid anywhere near what they were making. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim reports talked to some miners in September.
Another major story was the police shooting of 58-year-old Anderson Antelope in Riverton. It was the 2nd law enforcement shooting of a Wyoming man in less than a year. While the law enforcement community ruled the shooting justified, as Wyoming Public Radio’s Savannah Maher reported this fall, the incident drew new attention to long simmering racial tensions in the reservation border town.
At the end of February, a major inpatient psychological unit in Wyoming closed its doors. The PineRidge Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit in Lander had shut down due to federal regulations. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska reports that a number of people with serious mental illness in northwest Wyoming had nowhere to go.
The federal government kills thousands of coyotes every year in an attempt to keep them from catching their prey. It’s gone on so long that it’s become an accepted practice by many. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards found out, not all wildlife biologists agree that killing is effective.
Police officers are expected to uphold the law, but what the law requires isn’t always clear-cut. For example, how law enforcement agencies interpret legal documents like warrants varies across the state. And what officers decide to do can have serious consequences. Wyoming Public Radio’s Tennessee Watson witnessed one of those situations.
Ten Sleep Canyon has become a popular destination for rock climbers looking for adventure. But some are concerned that parts of their adventure might be manufactured. Wyoming Public Radio’s Catherine Wheeler reports on a controversy that is starting to bring climbers together.
For a lot of people, when they hear about forensic science that’s used to solve crime, they think of the CSI television franchise that’s set in places like Miami, New York and Las Vegas. But in fact, one of the most advanced forensic laboratories in the country is here in Wyoming. Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen takes us there.
This year we started a series we called Belonging. It features the voices of young people from across Wyoming in conversation with each other exploring what’s behind their decisions to leave or stay.
Wyoming Public Radio’s Tennessee Watson and Savanna Maher produced the series in collaboration Cheyenne East High School teacher Charles Fournier.
In this episode recent Torrington High School graduates Quentin Meyer and Ryan Walson say they love Wyoming as it is. The childhood friends sat down to reflect on the agriculture and stories that pull them to stay while acknowledging the career possibilities that may draw their lives outside of the state they hold dear.
The University of Wyoming has opened its new Engineering Education and Research facility. The $105 million project is being touted as one of the most advanced learning facilities in the nation and will not only benefit students, but the state and community as well.