Willow Belden

Willow Belden

Former Wyoming Public Radio reporter and host Willow Belden left her job this spring to hike the Colorado Trail. That’s a 500-mile path through the Rockies, from Denver to Durango. She did the journey alone.

The Colorado Trail crosses eight mountain ranges, and climbs nearly three times the height of Mount Everest. It’s mostly above 10,000 feet, so the air is thin, there’s significant danger of lightning strikes, and it often freezes at night. About 400 people attempt the trail each year, but only 150 make it to Durango.

WPM News Department Captures Multiple Awards

Feb 5, 2014

In 2013 WPM’s award-winning news department added several more plaques to its wall of awards.  Led by veteran news director Bob Beck, the news team brought home awards in a variety of categories:

Best News Program:  Open Spaces “The Uranium show.”

Best Investigative Story:  Carbon Sink

Best Writing:  Douglas residents fear flaring

Soft Feature:  Carp can be composted 

The idea for this story came about when I was reporting on efforts to develop a contraceptive for male coyotes. One of scientists I interviewed, a professor of zoology and physiology at the University of Wyoming, mentioned that wildlife managers in many game reserves in South Africa are using birth control to manage burgeoning elephant populations.