American West

Open Spaces
3:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Challenging Invisibility: UW Class Discovers Black History In The West

Ranch Foreman George McJunkin, discoverer of Folsom Man site, on his horse, "Headless," New Mexico, ca. 1911.
Credit Palace of the Governors Photo Archives 050884

Racial diversity is not one of the things for which Wyoming is best known. According to census data, only one-point-five percent of the state’s population is African American. Now, a class at the University of Wyoming is documenting the largely untold history of black people in the West. The class is confronting black invisibility—real and perceived.

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Colorado River
3:41 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Colorado Basin states cut back water flow to deal with low reservoir levels

Lake Powell Arizona, USA (from plane). Note the prominent "bathtub ring" made visible by low water (May 2007).
Credit PRA / Creative Commons

Twenty-thirteen marks the 14th year of the worst drought in the past century, so Colorado River Basin states are following 2007 agreement guidelines, and releasing less water from a major reservoir, Lake Powell.


Only 7.48 million acre feet will be released from Lake Powell next water year, down about 9% from normal levels. It’s the lowest release since the 1960s.   

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Open Spaces
2:53 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Exhibit showcases National Geographic’s greatest photography of the American West

This photo, “Nebraska Rodeo” by Joel Sartore, is one of 75 that will be on display in Cody, Jackson and eight other cities around the country.
Credit National Geographic

An exhibit of National Geographic’s greatest photographs of the American West is opening in 10 cities across the country this weekend, including Cody and Jackson. It’s an eclectic mix of both historical and modern-day images, which are meant to showcase the nuances and complexity of the West. The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson spearheaded the show … the museum’s CEO Jim McNutt joins us now to talk about it. He tells Willow Belden that figuring out how to organize the photos intelligently took some creativity.

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