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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

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Wyoming PR

Description:

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

Language:

English


Episodes

Open Spaces November 26, 2021

11/29/2021
On this episode, when it comes to measuring drought, scientists are looking at four main numbers. Right now, they're all heading in the wrong direction. Wildfire seasons are getting more dangerous and more severe. But the federal government is losing experienced people to fight them. But the new infrastructure law hopes to change that. Plus a visit with State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist. Those stories and a special from Montana Public Radio on the Fetterman massacre.

Duration:00:52:28

Open Spaces November 19, 2021

11/19/2021
On this episode, Terra Power announced that a Natrium Nuclear Reactor is going to be placed in Kemmerer and the state senator from the area will join us to talk about it. Some are questioning whether it's ethical to get a booster vaccine. Climate change is impacting downhill ski season. Join us for those stories and more.

Duration:00:52:28

Open Spaces November 5, 2021

11/5/2021
On this episode, we look back on the legislature's special session that led to just about nothing. Still, many legislators say it was a good idea. Many school districts are struggling with staffing shortages right now. That means teachers and principals are working overtime Climate change could be affecting big game animals... and hunting. Those stories and more.

Duration:00:49:55

Open Spaces October 29, 2021

10/29/2021
On this episode, thanks to COVID-19, elective surgeries are hard to come by these days. In Jackson, there's another push for a real estate transfer tax. Reporter Cooper McKim visits Rock Springs to ask: what's next for Wyoming. We hear from a handful of locals who have many different opinions. Join us for those stories and more.

Duration:00:52:01

Open Spaces October 15, 2021

10/15/2021
On this episode, we'll hear about one Wyoming county with no hospital and low COVID vaccination rates...many of the residents say they're skeptical of the vaccine. We will bring you another episode of the Kids Ask WhY podcast where kids talk about COVID-19 with a Wyoming doctor. Plus a conversation with Wyoming's House Minority Leader Cathy Connolly on a wide range of subjects including Juvenile Justice. Those stories and more.

Duration:00:52:04

Open Spaces October 8, 2021

10/8/2021
On this episode, Wyoming National Guard whistleblowers are saying they got retaliated for trying to go down the official channels of reporting sexual harassment and workplace hostility complaints. Much of the water in the West is already designated in a deal that was made when there was a lot of precipitation. A climbing project outside the Wind River Reservation is years into planning. But the Tribes don't feel like they've been brought to the table. Plus an interesting conversation on the...

Duration:00:50:54

Open Spaces October 1, 2021

10/1/2021
On this episode, when it comes to kids back in the classroom, the coronavirus is one problem. Wildfire smoke is another. Much of the west is gripped in a historic drought. There are a lot of ideas for how to relieve it, some more feasible than others. In Teton County, crab apples are attracting bears... a team of entrepreneurs came up with an idea. Those stories and more.

Duration:00:51:52

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