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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.

Location:

Laramie, WY

Networks:

Wyoming PR

Description:

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

Language:

English


Episodes

Open Spaces September 17, 2021

9/17/2021
On this episode, DACA recipients in Teton County can qualify to buy affordable housing. But some don't like it. Supporters say it benefits the community. Hospitals across the West are becoming overburdened with mostly unvaccinated COVID-19 patients. There's not much research into how wildfire smoke affects animals who spend most or all of their time outside, but one researcher has scratched the surface. We'll have those stories and a look at sundown towns in the Mountain West.

Duration:00:51:30

Open Spaces September 10, 2021

9/10/2021
On this episode, a move by the Biden administration to mandate vaccinations for long-term care staff has worried officials in the state that it could increase an already existing staff shortage. We will also chat with the Natrona County Health Officer Mark Dowell about the reluctance to get vaccinations. Wyoming is welcoming legalized sports betting this month. Those stories and more.

Duration:00:49:46

Open Spaces September 3, 2021

9/3/2021
On this episode, we will talk about some COVID-19 blowups across the state including in Sweetwater County where they were forced to cancel all elective surgeries. To Hot Springs County where the school district was forced to go online and the caseload skyrocketed. Plus, the federal government is rounding up thousands of wild horses to save them from the region's severe drought. Join us for those stories and an episode of our Kids Ask WhY podcast.

Duration:00:51:48

Open Spaces August 27, 2021

8/27/2021
On this episode, fall sports at the University of Wyoming are getting underway including the start of the UW football season next weekend. Athletics Director Tom Burman says there will be no special protocols for those attending next week's game. The Jackson Hole Latinx community identified a gap in resources for high school students so they came together to create a new internship program. The brunt of the opioid epidemic has finally made it to the Mountain West, and it means that some...

Duration:00:52:07

Open Spaces August 20, 2021

8/20/2021
On this episode, COVID-19 is surging and some are calling for required vaccinations, including some students at the University of Wyoming. We will also get an update on the COVID-19 challenges in Teton County. In Laramie, houses are scarce. And the houses that are available are often unaffordable. It's been a record hot summer, and that's causing some Mountain Westerners to change their way of life–or at least the way they cool their home. Those stories and the finale in the Tribal jail...

Duration:00:52:31

Open Spaces August 6, 2021

8/6/2021
On this episode, Wyoming is struggling to get people vaccinated and a research study on vaccine messaging doesn't shed light on a solution. Campbell County will be voting on establishing an independent community college district. And this fall is the 50th anniversary of an important experiment that proved Einstein's theory of relativity. The experiment involved a former Laramie man. Those stories and more.

Duration:00:52:30

Open Spaces July 30, 2021

7/30/2021
On this episode, we remember the political career of Senator Mike Enzi who died this week. A ranching family in southeast Wyoming wants to drill several water wells that would drain billions of gallons of groundwater there. But the neighbors are fighting to stop them. Climb Wyoming, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. The organization tries to help mothers deal with the stress of poverty. Those stories and a look at tick season.

Duration:00:52:19

Open Spaces July 16, 2021

7/16/2021
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.

Duration:00:53:29

Open Spaces July 9, 2021

7/9/2021
On this episode, a new business opened in Wyoming that is getting worldwide attention...it'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...

Duration:00:52:37

Open Spaces July 2, 2021

7/2/2021
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.

Duration:00:52:27

Open Spaces June 18, 2021

6/18/2021
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.

Duration:00:51:45

Open Spaces June 11, 2021

6/11/2021
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.

Duration:00:52:21

Open Spaces June 4, 2021

6/4/2021
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.

Duration:00:52:24

Open Spaces May 21, 2021

5/21/2021
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.

Duration:00:51:24

Open Spaces May 14, 2021

5/14/2021
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.

Duration:00:52:23

Open Spaces May 7, 2021

5/7/2021
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.

Duration:00:52:24

Open Spaces April 23, 2021

4/23/2021
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.

Duration:00:52:26

Open Spaces April 16, 2021

4/16/2021
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.

Duration:00:52:18

Open Spaces April 9, 2021

4/9/2021
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....

Duration:00:52:17

Open Spaces April 2, 2021

4/2/2021
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.

Duration:00:52:26