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Wyoming PR

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

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


Laramie, WY


Wyoming PR


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




Open Spaces July 16, 2021

On this episode, Albany County gave the green light to a long-debated 500-megawatt wind farm. The University of Wyoming is attempting to move forward after some serious budget reductions. As vaccination rates stagnate, new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are emerging, which can threaten those who are already vaccinated. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces July 9, 2021

On this episode, a new business opened in Wyoming that is getting worldwide's the first Decentralized Autonomous Organization. We'll talk about that and what the new business plans to do. Wildfire season used to start in July and run through September. But this year, fires are defying the norm. It's starting to strain firefighting resources throughout the nation. There's some disagreement in the state over whether schools should teach students about suicide prevention. And...


Open Spaces July 2, 2021

On this episode, Campbell County Health's Board of Trustees are moving to affiliate the hospital with a larger system. COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Cheyenne. Wyoming lawmakers recently changed who community health care providers can serve. The latest federal coronavirus relief package includes $20 million for Indigenous language programs. But advocates are calling for more. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces June 18, 2021

On this episode, the show as the state is dealing with a record number of tourists, businesses are having trouble finding enough employees to stay open. And some think it's because people aren't applying for jobs while they have unemployment benefits. The vaccination rate in Wyoming has slowed down, even as hospitalizations rise. And we will talk to the co-chairwoman of a legislative committee that is continuing a long-term look at Wyoming's Juvenile Justice system. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces June 11, 2021

On this episode, we will get a lowdown on the upcoming fire season and State Representative Dan Zwonitzer explains why lawmakers are considering changing how primary elections are conducted. School districts are thinking about their future budgets after the legislature left some frustrated. A local business has had a lot of success enhancing Wyoming’s wool market. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces June 4, 2021

On this episode, this week the Albany County Sheriff's Officer who killed an unarmed man in 2018 has resigned. The sheriff says the incident has led to changes. The University of Wyoming sheep program is transforming their wool into a new product, and they're using blockchain. A major wind project has been proposed for Albany County and it's the subject of our latest "I Respectfully Disagree" series. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces May 21, 2021

On this episode, we will be joined by Congresswoman Liz Cheney who will discuss her plans to reform the Republican Party. A group home for people with severe mental illnesses has closed because of state budget cuts. Wyoming prepares to pay out as much as $180 million in rental assistance across the state. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces May 14, 2021

On this episode, Wyoming's Republicans are reacting to Liz Cheney's removal from House Republican leadership. Lots more wind development has been moving into the state. And that's led to a lot of conflict in communities. And we will speak with the Department of Health official about Medicaid expansion and whether the state could develop its own plan. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces May 7, 2021

On this episode, vaccine hesitancy is high in Wyoming and Natrona County. That has meant a huge surplus in shots. Wyoming State Superintendent Jillian Balow is pushing back on a federal proposal that seeks to include more diverse sources and perspectives in history and civics classes. And we remember the famous artist Neltjie. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces April 23, 2021

On this episode, we will look at how COVID-19 impacted Wyoming over the last year. Many say that health orders went too far and harmed many businesses, but others say the state health officer helped the state. COVID-19 has brought public health employees into the spotlight, and they are getting burned out by the amount of work and verbal abuse. Nonprofits across Wyoming have been impacted by COVID-19. Now it's time for them to move forward. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces April 16, 2021

On this episode, Wyoming has invested a lot of time trying to find ways to save the coal industry. Many years ago that let to the state embracing a technology called carbon capture. Wyoming Public Radio's Cooper McKim has developed a podcast looking at the effort. We will bring you one of those episodes and learn why former Governor Dave Freudenthal latched onto the idea many years ago. Also we remember a Wyoming father of five who died of COVID-19.


Open Spaces April 9, 2021

On this episode, the Wyoming Legislature faces an interesting future following a session that saw $430 million in budget cuts. We will also review legislative activities impacting education and local government. The wide open spaces of the west used to be viewed as a stronghold for butterflies. But new research calls that role into question. Snow may still be falling in certain parts of the Mountain West, but there's one sure sign that the seasons have changed: the spring bird migration....


Open Spaces April 2, 2021

On this episode, Catherine Wheeler will join Bob Beck to discuss the happenings from the Wyoming legislative session. Cuts to arts teachers has some in Cody concerned. In Wyoming, agriculture is a way of life. But climate change is threatening one of its most important resources. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces March 19, 2021

On this episode, the pandemic has shone a light on the capacity of meat packing facilities in Wyoming. Potentially propelling state and federal money towards the industry that has not been seen for awhile. American politics are as polarized as it has ever been. But at least one issue appears to be a growing exception to that. Sorting fact from fiction is proving difficult as Albany County debates wind development. And the Wyoming Cowgirls won the Mountain West tournament championship and are...


Open Spaces March 12, 2021

On this episode, Wyoming lawmakers are pushing back against the public health orders issued in the last year. The Wyoming legislature is considering a voter identification bill. A taxpayer-funded study gives a grim forecast of the economic impacts of Biden's climate plans relating to oil and gas. A new investigation between Wyoming Public Radio and The Guardian uncover an important detail. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces March 5, 2021

On this episode, usually segregation in school is something you heard about in the south. But it turns out Wyoming had segregated schools as well. The son of late Japanese artist, Paul Horiuchi, shares how his father used art to stay resilient under challenging times. And we will bring you an episode from our popular podcast The Modern West about a ghost town that died for a troubling reason.


Open Spaces February 26, 2021

On this episode, we speak with Governor Mark Gordon and one topic we talk about, what to do about education funding. Speaking of education, Deb Haaland's confirmation hearings were must-see TV for many young Indigenous people. The Powell School District is dealing with an influx of special education students. The administration is concerned about how to deal with this in influx in the future. Join us for these stories and more.


Open Spaces February 12, 2021

On this epsiode, today legislators will consider cutting education funding this session, possibly by 100 million dollars. But not everyone agrees. Meanwhile, Wyoming's School funding debates bring up conversations about the place of extracurriculars in budget cuts. The pandemic has complicated efforts to revitalize Indigenous languages. But the move to online learning has opened doors for far-flung tribal citizens. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces February 5, 2021

On this episode, Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney survived an attempt to remove her from House Leadership and she says she's now focused on the future. Wyoming businesses received more than a billion dollars in government aid to weather the pandemic. But it was still a difficult time for many small businesses. Plus conversations with the state health officer about vaccines and State Superintendent Jillian Balow about how budget cuts could impact education. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces January 22, 2021

On this episode, a former opponent of Congresswoman Liz Cheney explains why some Republicans in the state are furious with Cheney for voting to impeach former President Donald Trump. After a pretty dismal response to get the COVID-19 vaccine from Wyoming Health care providers. The next priority group wants the vaccine badly. And we will bring you three stories about policing in the Mountain West, and hear from former officers about ways to make their profession better. Those stories and more.