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Open Spaces: Podcast

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

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    Today on the show, the latest look at the primary race for Liz Cheney's at-large House seat. The states that rely on the Colorado River are under pressure to make huge cuts in water use or face a federal crackdown. In Colorado, providers are seeing a sharp rise in demand from out-of-state patients, including some from Wyoming. Those stories and more.
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    In this episode, Wyoming's abortion ban was put on hold this week the same day it was supposed to go into effect. Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney knows her re-election is an uphill battle. A program that helps new moms on the Wind River Reservation just lost funding. And a debate over controlling mosquitoes. Those stories and more.
  • On this episode, Wyoming is holding its first oil and gas lease sale next week. They typically happen quarterly, but this is the first sale to take place since Biden took office. And neither environmental groups nor industry are happy. Group facilities like nursing homes and prisons had a hard time keeping COVID-19 out of their halls, leading to illness and death. But as it turns out, many state psychiatric facilities report having better luck containing the virus. And we will speak with two Republican candidates for Governor James Scott Quick and Rex Rammell. Those stories and more.
  • Today on the show thousands of people attended Former President Donald Trump's rally in Casper. Attendees want more of Trump's influence in the GOP. We'll hear how a water shortage in Rawlins could be foreshadowing what's to come in many Western communities. New grant funding climate change research at the University of Wyoming will help state residents deal with drought and other effects. Plus a conversation with the Democratic candidate for State Superintendent Sergio Maldonado. Those stories and more...
  • On this episode, a health clinic in Casper that plans to offer family planning services, including abortions, was set on fire this week. The Wind River Reservation is looking at implementing a dog ordinance to handle a growing health crisis. And, we'll hear about water shortages in Carbon County. In March, some residents were without water for seven days. Those stories and more.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 a lot of attention.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.