Open Spaces November 20, 2020

On this episode, COVID-19 numbers are skyrocketing in Wyoming and hospitals are facing an unprecedented demand for their services, as cases, hospitalizations and the need for care continue to skyrocket. As COVID-19 surges, Campbell County is feeling some of the effects of a high spike in cases. We take a look at why public health officials are asking people to follow social distance guidelines whether they have COVID-19 or if they may have been exposed to it. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces November 6, 2020

On this episode, a series of stories about race. Teton County finds a solution to a problem that they didn't know existed until the pandemic hit. The University of Wyoming wants to be more diverse but ongoing racism makes that hard. There were once multiple Chinatowns in Wyoming. But today, they're buried underground along with much of the history of Chinese heritage in the state. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces October 30, 2020

On this episode, the University of Wyoming has unveiled its proposal for steep budget cuts. Businesses across Wyoming face difficult decisions when an employee tests positive. As the pandemic heats up, many business owners are worried for their survival. An expert in energy law talks about what a Biden versus Trump presidency would mean for coal. Also a couple of stories on the election. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces October 16, 2020

On this episode, last weeked, a same sex couple in northwest wyoming were told they are not welcome and need to leave. The 1988 fires that scorched Yellowstone National Park captivated the nation and marked a new chapter of massive wildfires in the West. We start a new series focusing on water and fire in the West, including the point that all fires aren't in forests. Join us for those stories and consider supporting Open Spaces with your donation.

Open Spaces October 9, 2020

On this episode, this past week saw a record 56 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Wyoming. We take a look at how hospitals are dealing with the increase of patients. The recent acting director of the Buerau of Land Management William Perry Pendley says he wasn't fired. Researchers look below Yellowstone National Park. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces October 2, 2020

On this episode, Wyoming has re-upped its contract with a nonprofit that's operating out-of-state to stop the early closure of coal plants. Locals there have been surprised to hear that another state was intervening there - Wyoming officials say they're not shy about it. A year after the police killing of Anderson Antelope in Riverton, his family is still asking for greater transparency. We will also go on an adventure to a Beartooth mountain glacier to learn how Rocky Mountain Locusts and

Open Spaces September 25, 2020

On this episode, in several states Sequel Youth and Family Services is under investigation for abuse. There a concerns about their juvenile treatment facility in Wyoming too. The life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had an impact on some Wyoming attorneys and Judges. After a fatal grizzly bear-human encounter near Jackson, Teton County decided they may need to figure out a different approach to respond to these types of incidents. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces September 11, 2020

On this episode, the 80th annual One Shot Antelope Hunt is cancelled due to the pandemic. Critics hope organizers will take the opportunity to retire racist elements of the event. Kids are back in schools, and districts around the state are taking different approaches to how they're sharing positive COVID-19 cases with the public. The Fort Belknap Reservation has a successful history returning native species to their habitats. And they've recently started their newest reintroduction effort.

Open Spaces September 4, 2020

On this episode, the first transfer of 40 Yellowstone National Park bison to 16 tribes across the nation occurred. Why has this been so hard? Bob Beck will speak with the Director of Wyoming's Department of Workforce services who says all is not lost. We will also look at Wyoming's enhanced efforts towards Carbon Capture and there's no Cowboy football this fall...or the Western Thunder Marching band. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces August 28, 2020

On this episode, we will explain what it might take for some in the legislature to consider tax increases and what that means for the state. A controversial plan for restoring Medicine Bow National Forest has just been approved. And the first Wyoming chapter of a mountain mentor biking program aims to teach girls friendship and self growth. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces August 14, 2020

On this episode, we'll hear a march from Riverton that focused on substance abuse five years after two Northern Arapaho men were murdered at a Riverton detox center. This fall, high school sports are on. But the challenge is keeping them on track. And a conversation on Wyoming's legislative primary between moderate Republicans and conservatives. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces August 7, 2020

On this episode, an influx of visitors will be in Northeast Wyoming because of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. And officials are preparing. We take a look at how meat producers are trying to get inventory out to their customers as processing plants are backed up. The Trump administration is pushing for schools to reopen in-person this fall. We'll hear from one school counselor and parent about the things they're weighing. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces July 31, 2020

On this episode, we will have an interview with new UW President Ed Seidel on topics ranging from his goals to reopening the University. Wyoming's community colleges are planning for the fall semester. Without federal guidance, each is developing a unique plan for its campus, from the classroom to the dorm. Wyoming's Congressional delegation has different ideas from the President regarding COVID-19 and we continue our series on racial tension in Fremont County. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces July 17, 2020

On this episode, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon announced the start of $250 million of budget cuts with more announcements on the way. Three years ago, a federal court ruled that the City of Riverton is not part of the Wind River Reservation. But a more recent ruling calls that into question. People are doubting science, and there are many theories why. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces July 10, 2020

On this episode, we'll hear from food service businesses about how they've adapted to a "new normal" during the COVID-19 pandemic. RVs and trailers are having a moment right now, with Americans looking for a way to vacation without sacrificing their safety. And how the pandemic is affecting the pocketbooks of professional cowboys. Also, a new coal mine is coming to the Powder River Basin and an update on Laramie's Pilot Hill project. Those and more.

Open Spaces June 26, 2020

On this episode, a local reproductive health clinic in Gillette lost its county funding and it could have big impacts on the people it serves. We will bring you the latest on efforts by the state of Wyoming to purchase millions of acres of land in southern Wyoming and it's not easy being a Wyoming artist. Plus why the Wyoming delegation is excited about efforts to get rid of regulations. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces June 19, 2020

On this episode, we will visit some of the smaller towns where Black Lives Matter protests have occurred. It's been a scary time for undocumented workers. And a town remains skeptical about COVID-19 despite being the county with the most cases. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces June 12, 2020

On this episode, we'll hear from Black Wyomingites who've been protesting around our state in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. We bring you a story exploring some of the opposition to the movement. We'll also visit with State Health Officer Doctor Alexia Harrist who will discuss where we are with COVID 19 and where she hopes to be. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces June 5, 2020

On this episode, we bring you a special episode on the 150th anniversary of women's suffrage in the Equality State. We'll look at the history of Wyoming getting involved in women's voting rights. We'll also revisit the challenge of getting women elected to the legislature. We'll also hear from the first woman publisher at the Sheridan press, who's putting her focus on the community. Those stories and more.

Open Spaces May 29, 2020

On this episode, recently Wyoming Public Radio won Regional Edward R. Murrow awards for best hard news, investigative and sports story. We also won for best use of sound, best continuing coverage and best documentary. Today we thought we'd play you some of those pieces. One story looks at the lack of police training when it comes to sexual assault. To challenges surrounding long term care and finding work if you're a laid off miner. We will look at an extreme sport you may not have heard of. And