Open Spaces

Open Spaces

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Open Spaces February 24, 2017

On this episode, we will revisit the bill that would have allowed guns on college campuses. Wyoming kids are using the state's newly adopted science standards for the first time this year. We'll look back at what it took to reach agreement on teaching climate change. W e'll hear what ranchers and labor advocates are saying about new wages for foreign sheepherders. Plus stories on health care, avalanches, and former Senator Olympia Snowe. These stories and more.

Open Spaces February 10, 2017

On this episode, we will hear about a pair of legislative bills intended to address a $400 million shortfall in education funding. The question is will either pass. If President Trump's travel ban sticks, it will have a major impact on some of the University of Wyoming's international students' studies and personal lives. Wyoming's Transportation Director went to Capitol Hill to ask for more highway funds. Plus a conversation about wage gap legislation and education issues. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces February 3, 2017

On this episode, we'll find out what role Wyoming's delegation is playing to sweep out Obama-era regulations. We'll also hear how activists around the state are organizing after the Women's March on Washington. You know those noisy little critters that squeak at you on top of mountains? We'll find out about research on how climate change is affecting the American pika. While we're at it, we'll learn how climate change is melting away ice to reveal more archaeology. And we'll talk to Former Wyoming Senator Al Simpson who's participating in efforts to repeal the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court Decision Citizens United that considers corporations as people. Those conversations and more.

Open Spaces January 20, 2017

On this episode, we'll see how lawmakers are looking at ways to generate more revenue: from new taxes to diversifying the economy. We'll explore a possible alternative to the controversial land transfer bill that would empower locals with negotiate with the feds. We'll look at what virtual education means for teaching in Wyoming. Plus a look at the lead contamination at Pinedale High School and an update on Liz Cheney's first weeks in Washington. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces January 13, 2017

On this episode, with Trump about to take over the White House, the coal industry's relieved it won't have to comply with a new rule curbing carbon dioxide emissions. In Washington, Wyoming's U.S. Senators are working to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, but Senator Mike Enzi says it will be done with baby steps.We'll hear how hard it is for Native Americans to find rentals in reservation border communities due to housing discrimination...Those stories and more on Open Spaces from Wyoming Public Radio News.

Open Spaces December 9, 2016

On this episode, emotions are running high following the 2016 presidential election, so educators in Jackson are helping their large number of Mexican students cope, a housing crisis going on at the Wind River Indian Reservation, we go to a Russian rodeo, where fledgling Russian cowboys are trying to prove that producing beef, and in the last story in the Women Run The West series, Caroline Ballard reports part of the problem still lies in recruitment. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces December 2, 2016

On this episode, recently some right leaning groups have put a lot of pressure on the Wyoming legislature. The BLM is trying to figure out their next move when it comes to managing wild horses in the Checkerboard. We will have the story of a father and son who worked their entire careers to return wild bison to the Wind River Reservation. And we will have a chat with the famous artist Neltje. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces November 11, 2016

On this episode, Trump made big promises on the campaign trail about what he could do for coal... and miners voted for him, believing those promises... But can Trump deliver? Wyomingites have been turning out in high numbers to protest a proposed constitutional amendment that would give the state management over federal lands. We'll also hear from the author of a new book who says humanity is experiencing a key transition point in its development. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces November 4, 2016

On this episode, we'll hear about the race for mayor of Cheyenne and how tense it's become. As Election Day nears, we'll talk about campaign finance and how money can influence voters. And a gas leak shuts down the school in a tiny Wyoming town... but for months, it's a mystery where the gas came and from. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces October 21, 2016

On this episode, we will hear why last minute Presidential Executive Orders have Wyoming's Congressional Delegation Nervous. Constitutional Amendment A would allow the Treasurer to invest state reserve funds in the equities market in an effort to get a higher return. He says it will have legislative safeguards. We will have stories on energy and a conversation with Libertarian U.S. House Candidate Larry Struempf. Those stories and more.

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