Category Archives: Feature

Peer mentoring program aims to prevent substance abuse and keep kids in touch with tribal heritage (May, 17, 2013)

The Wind River Indian Reservation has incredible people and beauty there, and a disproportionate amount of bad news. I was excited to hear about a dynamic plan to tackle drug, nutrition, and emotional issues early by empowering kids to be … Continue reading

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Wyoming Judicial Branch says there’s nothing left to cut (May 10, 2013)

A thriving energy industry kept Wyoming strong while the rest of the country succumbed to an economic recession. But now, the energy industry — coal and natural gas markets, specifically — is slowing, bringing the state economy with it. The … Continue reading

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Small movie theaters struggle to switch from film to digital

During a recent reporting trip, I stopped into the single-screen Ritz theater in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Locals say the only other thing to do in town is visit the famous hot springs there, which, while amazing, get old after a while. … Continue reading

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Laramie educators want to foster support for LGBT students in the classroom (March 29, 2013)

Outsiders often associate Laramie with “The Laramie Project” and the murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. Out of that darkness, however, came the Shepard Symposium, an annual conference in which UW’s education school hosts workshops and lectures about diversity. … Continue reading

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Wyoming Whiskey rides the wave of craft distilling popularity, readies for next release (February 1, 2013)

For years, Wyoming was roiling with anticipation of the release of Wyoming Whiskey, the first whiskey legally distilled in the state since Prohibition. Governor Matt Mead’s brother Brad, Brad’s wife Kate, and attorney David DeFazio plucked former Maker’s Mark master … Continue reading

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Four more years: What a second Obama administration could mean for energy in Wyoming (November 16, 2012)

Wyoming’s economy is enormously dependent on the energy industry. The state produces the most coal in the country, and natural gas production flourishes here. Before the 2012 election, industry leaders warned that re-electing President Obama could cripple the state’s economy… … Continue reading

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Northern Arapaho tribal entities work to preserve their language in the face of extinction (October 5, 2012)

The Northern Arapaho Tribe is based on the Wind River Indian Reservation, where a number of schools are working to teach their native language to children there. It’s a drastic change from 50 years ago, where white teachers — sometimes … Continue reading

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