Last week the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission voted to move forward with a plan that would lead to the hunting of up to 22 Grizzly Bears this fall and possibly more in the future. It would be the first Grizzly Bear Hunt in Wyoming since the bear was listed as threatened in 1975. The hunt is part of the Game and Fish Department’s long-range plan for managing the grizzly.
In somewhat of a surprise move, Dan Wenk, the head of Yellowstone National Park announced his retirement Friday amidst speculation he was being reassigned for political reasons. The Mountain West News Bureau’s Nate Hegyi spoke with him over the phone about his retirement and his potential reassignment.
After passing another milestone, the first potential utility-scale solar project in Wyoming could be open for business by the end of this year. Some see the sun-fueled power plant as an important step towards opening Wyoming to a wider solar market… but as Wyoming Public Radio's Cooper McKim reports, there is something big still holding back that possibility.
Albert Bierstadt—He’s a late 19th-century artist, most well-known for his majestic landscape paintings of the Wind River Range, Yellowstone and the American West. But there's more to him than paintings of grand open spaces. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody and the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma worked together to create an exhibit exploring Bierstadt’s influence on conservation and wildlife management in America. It’s called Albert Bierstadt: Witness to the Changing West. Kamila Kudelska speaks talks to three museum curators as they tell the little-known story of a beloved American artist.
Artist Estelle Ishigo was one of the few white women that went to a Wyoming Japanese-American internment camp. Estelle and her husband were imprisoned at Heart Mountain in 1942. During their three years at the camp, Estelle painted watercolors portraying the daily life. A new exhibit at Heart Mountain Interpretive Center called The Mountain Was Our Secret displays a collection of Estelle’s work.
Jackson Resident Foster Friess is a highly successful businessman, investor, and philanthropist. After watching the state struggle financially over the last few years he has decided to enter the Republican primary race for governor.
Recently the Cody Firearm Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West hosted a number of museum curators who have major gun collections. The topic of conversation centered on the ethics of firearms and the role of curators in educating the public about guns.
Aaron Linsdau does just that — trekking solo to remote locations like Alaska, Greenland, and Antarctica. He has also translated his experiences into a career as a motivational speaker and will be speaking at the Wyoming Writers Conference in Dubois in June. Linsdau told Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard he first started thinking about becoming an explorer when he picked up backpacking in California.