General Manager Newsletter | February 2017 
Christina Kuzmych 
General Manager | Wyoming Public Media
Lily and Nancy. Photo courtesy of Nancy Watkins
Celebrating 50 Years

"This is our first winter stay and for the first time, we brought our "girls" with us. Even though we have had an excellent caretaker at home, there was no way we were going to leave Lily, 12-years-old and blind, and Roxy, 9-years-old, for the winter. Little did I know that when my husband and I set out with our girls on a routine hike up a local trail, it would become a life or death situation for Lily. Lily has been blind for over a year, but I always let her go off leash on this trail because she follows closely at my heels."

Nancy Watkins - Jackson, WY

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Youth reporter interviewing Northern Arapaho water protector Micah Lott. Photo courtesy of Melodie Edwards
Youth Radio Project
WPM Reporter, Melodie Edwards has been working with the UW Lab School middle schoolers in an effort to teach them the world of radio. They youth have conducted interviews, used Adobe Audition to edit audio, written the story, taken photos, and are even creating graphs for a web version.
WPM Broadcast Engineer Ben Slater and WPM Chief Engineer Reid Fletcher.
Engineering Protocol
WPM Broadcast Engineer Ben Slater recorded Paul Cauthen for the upcoming Studio Sessions video and first live performance on Wyoming Sounds. Ben and WPM Chief Engineer Reid Fletcher completed the transition of audio stream servers to use more secure encrypted HTTPS protocol and completed the installation of audio backup equipment for KUWE, Evanston. Reid also helped to familiarize Ben with a new OS in support of his task setting up the new webstream server and created the scripts need for automatically aggregating the webstream usage reporting.    
WPM Engineering Director Paul Montoya and WPM Digital Media Manager Anna Rader.
AWESome Day
Director of Engineering Paul Montoya and Digital Media Manager Anna Rader attended the Amazon Web Services AWSome Day in Denver on February 23. This free, one-day training provided a step-by-step introduction to the core AWS services for website hosting, computing, storage, database, and networking.  
WPM Reporter Maggie Mullen and WPM Cultural Affairs and Production Director Micah Schweizer.
Humanities Host
WPM Cultural Affairs & Production Director  Micah Schweizer hosted the  Wyoming Humanities' Insight: Identity and WPM Reporter  Maggie Mullen spoke at event, which was at the  Lyric Theatre in Casper on February 25. 
Interview With Former U.S. Senator Al Simpson
Mountain West News picked up WPM Reporter, Maggie Mullen's  interview with Former U.S. Senator Al Simpson about Citizen's United.                                       

HumaNature Features

Jan. 20: CBC Radio Canada's Podcast Playlist featured HumaNature's 11th episode.

Feb. 17-26: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival featured two episodes of HumaNature; episode 8 and episode 12.

Severe Housing Needs Among Tribes
National Native News picked up WPM Reporter,  Melodie Edwards' story on HUD's study regarding to the dire need for housing in tribal communities across the country.                                                        
Native Americans Struggle To Find Housing While Facing Discrimination
NPR picked up WPM Reporter,  Melodie Edwards' story on housing shortages on the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming.                                                           
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Self Preservation In The Age Of Podcasting
HumaNature was Bello Collective's first recommendation in their article about navigating the political climate by experiencing it from a perspective different from the one's offered by television.                                                 
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Kevin Kelley | Cultural Affairs/Spoken Words
Kevin grew up in the high desert of Idaho. His writing often focuses on relationships and place. He is currently working on his first book which explores the impacts of toxic blue-green algae on lake communities. Kevin enjoys hiking, backpacking, and road trippin'. He holds a B.A. in Psychology, and an M.A. in English. He is currently an MFA Candidate in Creative Writing at UW.  
Caitlin Tan | Cultural Affairs
Caitlin Tan is a Journalism major and Wyoming native completing her final semester of college. She adores mountain biking, riding horses, trail running, a hot cup of tea, and all activities involving her dog Delilah. She is aspiring to be a journalist and to continue traveling the globe.
Former Senator Simpson Working To Reverse Citizens United
Since the 2010 Citizens United decision by the United States Supreme Court, an unprecedented amount of money is being spent in elections, sometimes anonymously.                                                         
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Wyomingites Crowdfund Ad Calling On Congressional Delegation To Hold More Town Halls
When Congress recessed earlier this month, Senators Enzi and Barrasso and Representative Cheney all held office hours and visited communities around Wyoming, but did not hold larger public events in the state.                                                              
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Climate Change Revealing Archaeological Finds
Climate change is revealing Wyoming artifacts hidden by ice for 10,000 years. Scientists are flocking to the melting snow and ice fields. And the world is watching.                                                          
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Weather Can Be An Issue
We are in the process of installing backup systems that use an internet connection to deliver our audio if we lose our satellite feed. Some sites failover automatically, while others require us to switch them remotely. Only about half of the sites have this capability. We hope to install more of these failover systems at the remaining sites over the summer. In the meantime, if you notice that a site is down feel free to let us know here.                                 
Thank You New & Renewing Underwriters!
New: Toyota of Laramie, Wyoming Outdoor Council, Wyoming Wilderness Association

Renewing: Ballet Wyoming, Black Hills Energy, Carney Logan Burke Architects, Ceili at the Roundhouse Celtic Festival, Chadron State College, Cook & Associates P.C., Dancers' Workshop, Eye Center of Northern Colorado, Grand Teton Music Festival, Metier Law Firm, Nelson Engineering, Off Square Theatre Company, Orthopedic and Spine Center of the Rockies, Porters Mountain View Supply, Rocky Mountain Hardware, Teton Valley Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Trefonas Law, P.C., Union Wireless, UW Art Museum, UW Saturday University, UW Symphony Association, Wyoming Arts Council, Wyoming Community Gas, Wyoming Humanities Council, and Wyoming Women's Legislative Caucus.
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