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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 March 20, 2022

On this episode, two Wyoming hospitals shut down their labor and child delivery services. Now expecting mothers may have to drive an hour or more to deliver their child. Some Wyoming ranchers say the system is broken. Governor Gordon announced a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Person Taskforce in 2019. When Indigenous people go missing there are lots of questions as to why. Those stories and more.


Special Episode: The George Igawa Orchestra: Wyoming’s best unknown swing band

The George Igawa Orchestra might be the best band that you've never heard of. They formed during World War II at the Heart Mountain Concentration Camp for Americans of Japanese ancestry. During the time, they were likely the only swing band in the state. About 70 years later, a photograph of this band inspired Julian Saporiti, a historian and musician, to begin the No-No Boy Project. Saporiti uses music to share how the history of Japanese internment and his own history intersect in Wyoming.


Open Spaces May 6, 2022

On this episode, the US's shift to individualized COVID management is reopening a divide between those with insurance and those without. Antler hunting season opened Sunday in much of the western and southern parts of the state. It proved trickier than in past years. After its establishment in December, the Sheridan Chess Association holds its first tournament with participants from across the country and internationally. Those stories and a discussion about a trespassing case that garnered...


Open Spaces April 29, 2022

On this episode, as gas prices and inflation continue to rise, Wyoming businesses try to limit the damage. Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Buchanan joins us to discuss whether Wyoming's elections are safe and secure. And a new book talks about birth in the late 1800s and what settler women felt about Wyoming's rural landscape. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces March 15, 2022

On this episode, a debate over the types of books in certain sections of the Campbell County library has convinced two board members not to seek another term. Legislators this year responded to a loophole in Wyoming's stalking law. More people are looking to make the switch to electric cars. But is it a viable option in Wyoming? Those stories and more.


Open Spaces April 1, 2022

On this episode, we will look at how lawmakers addressed a long-standing issue in the state. There's a proposal to try and find a solution to the problem of rural teachers who leave their jobs quickly. Rural Western communities are facing a housing crunch, just like cities and resort towns. But experts say it's not too late to turn things around. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces March 25, 2022

On this episode, the Wyoming Legislature passed a bill this session that hopes to increase oversight and transparency of the Wyoming Military Department…but will it actually make a difference? Wyoming continues to see diminishing numbers of COVID-19 cases. I will speak with State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist. The small town of Clearmont is looking to save itself through options such as a byway. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces March 11, 2022

On this episode, Ukraine receives support from the University of Wyoming community, as Ukrainians there come to terms with the war back home. The Wyoming legislature wraps up and outside of a handful of issues, it went well. Author and bear expert Doug Peacock talks about his new book. It includes some of his greatest life adventures. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces March 4, 2022

In this episode, the issue of abortion has been prominent in the legislature this year And some are worried the attention to a service of reproductive health will hurt women's access to healthcare. We'll also hear about the lack of affordable housing in Pinedale. And we'll talk to Governor Mark Gordon about a number of issues including the legislative session. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces February 18, 2022

On this episode, the campaign for Medicaid expansion is gaining steam, although it’s still having trouble in the legislature. Plus a preview of the upcoming state budget debate. We’ll hear about the latest wild horse roundup in Wyoming – some people find it controversial, but many residents in southwest Wyoming say it’s a necessity. And we will look at population growth in Sheridan. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces February 11, 2022

On this episode, the Wyoming Legislature begins its work next week and a proposal to change the Wyoming Primary Election process could get some interest. COVID surges are impacting staff at some of the state's smallest hospitals. Mask restrictions on the Wind River Reservation are helping student-athletes stay in school. Those stories and a visit with the Meeteetse Chocolatier.


Open Spaces January 28, 2022

On this episode, we will talk with Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney about the January 6th committee. We will also discuss efforts to reform Wyoming's education system including the latest step—public input. Fentanyl overdose deaths are increasing nationwide. Test strips could help people test drugs and avoid fentanyl, but those are illegal in many states. And we will hear from a neuroscientist about his latest book, in which he comes out as a drug user.


Open Spaces January 21, 2022

On this episode, children are less at risk from COVID, but low vaccination rates and the omicron surge could put more in the hospital. We'll hear about a case in western Wyoming that's pitted private property rights against a rural lifestyle. Eastern Shoshone elders are creating a dictionary to pass down to younger tribal members. Those stories and more.


Open Spaces January 7, 2022

On this episode, the latest attempt to update the law that deals with providing involuntary mental health treatment to someone in a crisis has failed. Solutions include more facilities. Volunteer rescue teams are all over the Mountain West, and many saw an increase in calls in 2021. The kinds of calls changed, too, becoming recovery operations instead of rescues. In the past year, multiple whistleblower's have come out saying the Wyoming National Air Guard have mishandled sexual assault...


Open Spaces December 17, 2021

Rental regulations in Laramie could address substandard living conditions. A board game is helping teachers educate students about Native American history. The price of real estate in our region's ski towns is pushing long-term residents out. That's certainly the case in Jackson. Those stories and a look at how climate is impacting stockgrowers.


Open Spaces December 3, 2021

On this episode, we will talk some about business, including the longtime discussion of how to diversify the economy. We'll hear about the worker shortage in southwest Wyoming. Some say the cause isn't just the pandemic — that there are other factors too. The Ucross Foundation is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Join us for those stories and a conversation with the Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park.


Open Spaces November 26, 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.


Open Spaces November 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.


Open Spaces November 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.


Open Spaces October 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.