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Wyoming PR

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 April 3, 2020

On this episode, creators around the state are trying to do their part to solve the severe shortages of important hospital equipment. And… the COVID-19 pandemic is claiming another yet victim – local newspapers. We’ll also hear about a just-married couple who left on a rafting trip the day a national emergency was declared. They returned to a new world. Also, how the livestock industry is faring through this crisis, as well as international students stuck far from home. Those stories and...


Open Spaces March 27, 2020

On this episode, we'll focus most of our attention on the impacts COVID-19 is having on the state. The coronavirus is identifying the shortage of intensive care unit beds in the United States but there's another shortage that might be even more important in our region. Wyoming's top K-12 education official give us an update on how coronavirus has affected schools. And we'll also hear how parents are scrambling to figure out how to homeschool their kids. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces March 20, 2020

On this episode, with a growing number of COVID 19 cases in the state, many are on edge. We will go to Fremont County where one woman is dealing with her mother’s hospitalization. Experts give tips on how to stay mentally healthy during the coronavirus pandemic. We will hear from a couple of University of Wyoming students from China, who were in their country when the original outbreak occurred. It’s impacted their parents. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces March 13, 2020

On this episode, state officials confirmed the first known case of COVID-19 in Sheridan this week. As Wyoming prepares for the situation to get worse, some will be able to prepare more than others. Legislators say cuts are needed, but what about taxes? We'll spend some time with the first woman from the Wind River Reservation ever elected to the legislature. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces February 28, 2020

On this episode, lawmakers will soon be reviewing Wyoming's basket of goods with the hope that it could improve education and save money. The recently announced state land purchase promises new revenue, the opening of inaccessible lands, and economic diversification. But it also raises questions for counties about the loss of property taxes and how the state can pay them back. We'll also hear about one Wyoming city that's thinking about how a new winter tradition isn't only fun but is a way...


Open Spaces February 21, 2020

On this episode, we will have a couple stories from the Wyoming legislature including a look at coal. Lawmakers are looking into buying land across southern Wyoming. Governor Matt Mead says it could lead to a more diversified investment portfolio. Former Governor David Freudenthal warns again over-optimism though. Plus a discussion with the new CEO of the Wyoming Business Council. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces February 7, 2020

On this episode, the shale revolution lowered prices for oil and gas and caused production to skyrocket. But last year, it was too much a good thing… with low prices pushing companies towards major financial issues. Lovell High School has figured out a new innovative way to teach students the skills of building a house to marketing it and selling. The Wyoming Department of Transportation is reminding residents of winter travel tips after a recent spike in drivers hitting snow plows....


Open Spaces January 31, 2020

On this episode, after the recent death of a dog who was caught in a snare on public land, some residents of Fremont County are changing their dog-walking habits. Gillette is facing a new future with the decline in coal demand. But it’s not the first coal capital or Wyoming town to watch coal disappear and have to figure out a new path forward. Two former residents of the Wyoming Girls School sat down to talk about how their pasts affect their desire to stay in Wyoming. Those stories and...


Open Spaces January 17, 2020

On this episode, a hospital in northwest Wyoming is using telehealth to treat patients with opioid use disorder. Wind generation has taken off in southeastern Wyoming. But one new proposed development isn’t sitting well with rural homeowners… who are nervous about its impacts. As the state nears an economic slow down, one county has been continuing to grow. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces January 10, 2020

On this episode, schools in our state have been working to encourage female students' interest in STEM subjects but girls at Wyoming Indian High School have taken the initiative on their own. It's been 25 years since wolves were reintroduced to the Yellowstone ecosystem. Since then, the wolf has become one of the park's most recognizable animals. And we'll hear about an effort to reduce coal mine injuries in the state. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces January 3, 2020

On this episode, we will bring several stories we produced in 2019 including the reason why many sought to leave Wyoming following the announcement of bankruptcies in the coal industry. We will also take you to a lab where they look into wildlife deaths. UW unveiled its much anticipated College of Engineering. And stories would police shootings, mental health, and a controversy surrounding rock climbing. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces December 20, 2019

On this episode, landowners in southeast Wyoming allege a massive oil and gas company has taken minerals from them without consent. They're now suing Anadarko for millions. The Wyoming football team has had to battle a number of injuries leading into the Arizona Bowl. A proposed new degree program at Central Wyoming College would train students to be experts in tribal leadership. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces December 13, 2019

On this episode, Governor Mark Gordon joins us for a wide ranging discussion on a number of topics including taxes. Wyoming's First Lady Jennie Gordon is taking on hunger in Wyoming and she's working with local organizations to make sure kids have enough to eat. It used to be that ski resorts were able to reach full staff by just offering employees-to-be a season pass. But those days are long gone. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces November 22, 2019

On this episode, in Uinta County officials are looking to build an ICE detention center outside of Evanston. But some residents are pushing back on those plans. Thanks to warmer temperatures, algae blooms may be on the rise. But public health officials are still trying to figure out how to deal with them. A women's agriculture conference highlights how opportunities are growing for the industry's women. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces November 8, 2019

On this episode, maybe you’ve heard about e-bikes, or electric bicycles, but you’re not sure what they are. But the very definition of an e-bike could ultimately determine where they’re allowed on public lands. For our series “Belonging,” two young Wyomingites who live in Washington, D.C. talk about what’s stopping them from moving back to the state. And what the history trapped in layers of ice in glaciers tells us about the future of climate change. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces November 1, 2019

On this episode, we will hear about plans that the Bureau of Land Management has to increase the numbers of wild horses they remove from public land. The University of Wyoming recently adopted a plan to help support Native American students on campus. And we’ll have an entertaining discussion about what surgeries were like in the 19th century. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces October 25, 2019

On this episode, special education students are incarcerated at higher rates than their K-12 peers. Recent coal bankruptcies have left many Wyoming workers without health insurance. Legislators are discussing new ways to ensure people are protected with few insurance options available. A month after a police shooting in Riverton, family of Anderson Antelope are still looking for answers about what happened to him. Join us for those stories and a ride along in a garbage truck.


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.