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A news and public affairs program about Wyoming and the West.

A news and public affairs program about Wyoming and the West.
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Wyoming PR


A news and public affairs program about Wyoming and the West.




Open Spaces October 4, 2019

On this episode, new federal rules has one family planning clinic in the state leaving a grant program. In a new installment of our "Belonging" series, two young people talk about how the love and support of their tribal communities pulls them to stay in Wyoming. Plus stories on the BLM move out west and an interview with western author Craig Johnson. Also we will urge you to support this award winning program with your pledge of support. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces September 27, 2019

On this episode, investigators say that the man shot and killed by police in Riverton on Saturday attacked the officer with a gun. But family members have doubts about whether he could have posed a physical threat. We follow a mom and son hunt for the first time through a new program in the bighorn basin. Sheridan is looking at possibly switching up its downtown. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces September 13, 2019

On this episode, we explore trainings for school employees and even students, the long-awaited addition to the University of Wyoming College of Engineering, and the WYO Theater in Sheridan turns 30 th . These stories and more from Wyoming Public Radio News.


Open Spaces September 6, 2019

On this episode, one reason only a quarter of furloughed Blackjewel employees have found new jobs is because existing job openings pay less. Northwest College is introducing new programs like a conservation law enforcement degree to help with its declining enrollment One of the most advanced forensic laboratories is located in Laramie. It solves wildlife-related attacks and crime. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces August 16, 2019

On this episdoe, we’ll find out what makes people think it’s okay to go up and pet a bison in Yellowstone national park. Scientists know little about frogs in Wyoming, but one project is hoping to change that. A rock climbing controversy in Ten Sleep Canyon has caused the Forest Service to step in and put a hold on route development. Those stories and the mixed reasons people on the Wind River Reservation oppose some dumping that could get into a major waterway.


Open Spaces August 9, 2019

On this episode, we go back through history to World War II when imprisoned Japanese-Americans performed music for Wyomingites. A Sheridan conservation group is proposing an expansion of a local trail system. 150 years ago a group of explorers set out to fill in the blank spaces on the map along the Green and Colorado Rivers. This year, a team of scientists retraced their steps. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces August 2, 2019

On this episode, the Northern Arapaho Tribe has filed suit against its former law firm. The tribe’s new lawyer says the Northern Arapaho have been taken advantage of. Many states are selling fewer and fewer hunting licenses. But Wyoming is relatively stable and the reason is because more women are getting into it. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie wants to focus on the needs of rural veterans. Those stories and the acting UW President.


Open Spaces July 19, 2019

On this episode, remember when the tax break was going to bring in loads of revenue? A federal report says revenues are down and the country is facing the debt limit. But Senator Enzi sees things differently. Wyoming girls are among the first to join the Boy Scouts. The Sheridan WYO Rodeo boasts one race that’s called America’s most extreme sport. Those stories and the latest on Wyoming’s coal industry.


Open Spaces July 12, 2019

On this episode, workers at the recently bankrupt coal company Blackjewel are not waiting at home for the gates to re-open. A network of support has formed on a Facebook page. We'll also learn about how the Northern Arapaho Tribe's Historic Preservation Office has taken on an ambitious project: creating a record of every person who’s buried on the Wind River Reservation. And Wyoming residents and others finally got to check out the restored capitol building. We'll also hear about an...


Open Spaces June 28, 2019

On this episode, around 60 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds leave Wyoming. We'll bring you the first in a series of conversations between young people exploring why. High speed fiber optics is coming soon to the Wind River Reservation. But it hasn’t been easy getting there. Two coal companies are joining forces to compete with natural gas and renewables. An expert explores what the collaboration means. Plus, Wyoming’s Senators weight in on a Trump executive order on health care costs. Those...


Open Spaces June 21, 2019

Today on the show we will have three stories on health care issues including what happens when kids don’t have health insurance. Also, the governor and others in Wyoming are looking into why Native American women suffer such high rates of violence. One family lost their daughter and wants justice. The state’s largest water project is nearing the end of a 10 year expansion process. Plus tips on how you should behave at a Pow Wow. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces June 7, 2019

In March – Shopko – a small town version of Walmart. There is potential for it to hit Wyoming communities hard. But some communities are fighting back. We’ll have three stories on how Upper Colorado River Basin states, including Wyoming, are building more dams and pipelines to stave off coming droughts. Wyoming is more racially homogenous now than it’s ever been. We will also looking into issues surrounding the availability of public defenders. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces May 31, 2019

On this episode, the state is working to build a new nursing home for veterans. Kemmerer has an uncertain economic future. It’s power plant could be closing and town leaders are looking for ways to address the problem. Kids in Casper are using circles as a way to resolve conflict at their school, and they think adults should try it too. Those stories and an interview with the head of Yellowstone National Park.


Open Spaces May 24, 2019

On this episode, we will hear from a Native American representative and from the Wyoming game and fish department regarding legislation being considered in Congress that would require tribes be included in decisions regarding Grizzly Bear Management. We will also revisit a clergy abuse investigation. We will also look at efforts to enhance wind energy in Wyoming. And learn why lawmakers are bullish about Blockchain. Those stories and a StoryCorps from Jackson.


Open Spaces May 17, 2019

On this episode, we'll take a look at why you might want to double check on whether or not you have an outstanding warrant. An owner of two coal mines in Wyoming is now bankrupt and we’ll find out why Thousands of coyotes are killed every year to protect livestock and big game, but does it work? Those stories and much more.


Open Spaces May 3, 2019

On this episode, Capitol Hill may soon start discussing some building projects, but Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi says the deficit is too high. President Trump lifted what’s commonly known as the “coal moratorium.” Now, a court is saying that needed an environmental review. An artist residency in northeastern Wyoming uses its location to inspire visiting artists and writers. Those stories and a discussion about a controversial proposal involving prairie dogs are coming up.


Open Spaces April 26, 2019

On this episode, a story exploring how Cloud Peak got to where it is today. It's fought hard, but a bankruptcy is likely approaching. We're hearing more reports of student-on-student sexual assaults. Coming up, two stories about how schools could handle such cases differently. Also, there are more craft breweries than ever, but that might not be a good thing for producers. Meanwhile, crafted spirits are on the up on up. We'll also get a tour of the newly remodeled state capitol. Those...


Open Spaces April 12, 2019

On this episode, Chronic Wasting Disease continues to be a growing problem in Wyoming and the mountain west. We take a closer look at how mentally ill patients are transported to and from hospitals…it turns out some patients have a long drive. While Wyoming’s thermal coal market struggles, two big players in the Powder River Basin are enjoying a different kind of success. It's also our fund drive and we encourage you to support Open Spaces and all of our Wyoming news with your pledge of...


Open Spaces April 5, 2019

On this episode, workers are flooding into Douglas as oil and gas production takes off. The small area is still figuring out how to handle it. April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. So how well does Wyoming handle this crime? Two Wyoming congressional leaders want to do away with the Affordable Care Act, but they say they are fighting a narrative. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces March 29, 2019

On this episode, University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols joins us to discuss the trustee’s decision to not renew her contract. It also caught the campus off guard. A major inpatient psychological unit in northwest Wyoming closed its doors and now people with serious mental illness have nowhere to go. Some want a new plan for managing ozone in western Wyoming. Those stories and more.