Open Spaces A news and public affairs program about Wyoming and the West.
Open Spaces

Open Spaces

From Wyoming Public Radio

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

Most Recent Episodes

Open Spaces October 4, 2019

On this episode, new federal rules has one family planning clinic in the state leaving a grant program. In a new installment of our "Belonging" series, two young people talk about how the love and support of their tribal communities pulls them to stay in Wyoming. Plus stories on the BLM move out west and an interview with western author Craig Johnson. Also we will urge you to support this award winning program with your pledge of support. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces September 27, 2019

On this episode, investigators say that the man shot and killed by police in Riverton on Saturday attacked the officer with a gun. But family members have doubts about whether he could have posed a physical threat. We follow a mom and son hunt for the first time through a new program in the bighorn basin. Sheridan is looking at possibly switching up its downtown. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces September 13, 2019

On this episode, we explore trainings for school employees and even students, the long-awaited addition to the University of Wyoming College of Engineering, and the WYO Theater in Sheridan turns 30 th . These stories and more from Wyoming Public Radio News.

Open Spaces September 6, 2019

On this episode, one reason only a quarter of furloughed Blackjewel employees have found new jobs is because existing job openings pay less. Northwest College is introducing new programs like a conservation law enforcement degree to help with its declining enrollment One of the most advanced forensic laboratories is located in Laramie. It solves wildlife-related attacks and crime. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces August 16, 2019

On this episdoe, we'll find out what makes people think it's okay to go up and pet a bison in Yellowstone national park. Scientists know little about frogs in Wyoming, but one project is hoping to change that. A rock climbing controversy in Ten Sleep Canyon has caused the Forest Service to step in and put a hold on route development. Those stories and the mixed reasons people on the Wind River Reservation oppose some dumping that could get into a major waterway.

Open Spaces August 9, 2019

On this episode, we go back through history to World War II when imprisoned Japanese-Americans performed music for Wyomingites. A Sheridan conservation group is proposing an expansion of a local trail system. 150 years ago a group of explorers set out to fill in the blank spaces on the map along the Green and Colorado Rivers. This year, a team of scientists retraced their steps. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces July 19, 2019

On this episode, remember when the tax break was going to bring in loads of revenue? A federal report says revenues are down and the country is facing the debt limit. But Senator Enzi sees things differently. Wyoming girls are among the first to join the Boy Scouts. The Sheridan WYO Rodeo boasts one race that's called America's most extreme sport. Those stories and the latest on Wyoming's coal industry.

Open Spaces July 12, 2019

On this episode, workers at the recently bankrupt coal company Blackjewel are not waiting at home for the gates to re-open. A network of support has formed on a Facebook page. We'll also learn about how the Northern Arapaho Tribe's Historic Preservation Office has taken on an ambitious project: creating a record of every person who's buried on the Wind River Reservation. And Wyoming residents and others finally got to check out the restored capitol building. We'll also hear about an initiative

Open Spaces June 21, 2019

Today on the show we will have three stories on health care issues including what happens when kids don't have health insurance. Also, the governor and others in Wyoming are looking into why Native American women suffer such high rates of violence. One family lost their daughter and wants justice. The state's largest water project is nearing the end of a 10 year expansion process. Plus tips on how you should behave at a Pow Wow. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces June 7, 2019

In March – Shopko – a small town version of Walmart. There is potential for it to hit Wyoming communities hard. But some communities are fighting back. We'll have three stories on how Upper Colorado River Basin states, including Wyoming, are building more dams and pipelines to stave off coming droughts. Wyoming is more racially homogenous now than it's ever been. We will also looking into issues surrounding the availability of public defenders. Those stories and more.

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