For nearly 150 years, men have been Cheyenne’s mayors. All that is about to change after the upcoming election. Two women may be running to become Cheyenne’s first female mayor, but as Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard reports their differences are driving the election.
As we approach Election Day, candidates are filing their campaign contributions. And this year, campaign finances are looking a little different in Wyoming. An unprecedented amount of money is being spent, often times in smaller, local races, and sometimes that money is being contributed anonymously. Andrew Graham, a journalist for the site Wyofile, has written a series on the changing reality of money in Wyoming politics. He told Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen about what has changed since the supreme court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.
Wyoming’s Native American community is more affected by government decisions than perhaps any other group in the state. Yet, low voter engagement among those affiliated with the Wind River Indian Reservation continues to frustrate tribal leaders.
The Wind River Native Advocacy Center — a nonprofit that works to empower Native Americans in Wyoming — has launched an ambitious new program aimed at getting out the native vote in Fremont County.
Staying on the Wind River Reservation, for years now, there's been an effort to pass a bill called Indian Education For All that would make sure all Wyoming students know about the history and culture of the state's two tribes, the Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho. But the bill has never gained steam. As Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards reports, there's now renewed hope, thanks to a collaborative project between tribal leaders and Wyoming PBS.
For weeks this spring, students and teachers at the school in tiny Midwest, Wyoming reported strange smells and headaches. Then, in May, the school shut down after health officials detected dangerous levels of potentially toxic gases. But for months, no one could answer the questions: What were the gases? And how did they get into the school? Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports on what happened.
Fossil fuel companies have a history of backing Republican candidates. But this year’s unusual presidential campaign appears to be having a strange ripple effect on political giving -- at least from the oil and gas industry. Judy Fahys of KUER reports for Inside Energy.
Around 500 people will come together at the Little America Hotel in Cheyenne November 10th and 11th for the 2016 Governor’s Business Forum. The theme this year is Innovation and Resilience for the Future. Wyoming Business Alliance president Bill Schilling joined Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard for a preview of the event.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission recently acquired a key area in the upper Green River Valley. It will remove a bottleneck that could have harmed mule deer migration, and was donated by the Conservation Fund who worked with others to purchase the property. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck spoke with Mark Elsbree, the senior vice president for the western region with the conservation fund, about why this is so important.