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

  • On this episode, we remember the political career of Senator Mike Enzi who died this week. A ranching family in southeast Wyoming wants to drill several water wells that would drain billions of gallons of groundwater there. But the neighbors are fighting to stop them. Climb Wyoming, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. The organization tries to help mothers deal with the stress of poverty. Those stories and a look at tick season.
  • On this episode, Albany County gave the green light to a long-debated 500-megawatt wind farm. The University of Wyoming is attempting to move forward after some serious budget reductions. As vaccination rates stagnate, new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are emerging, which can threaten those who are already vaccinated. Those stories and more.
  • On this episode, we will get a lowdown on the upcoming fire season and State Representative Dan Zwonitzer explains why lawmakers are considering changing how primary elections are conducted. School districts are thinking about their future budgets after the legislature left some frustrated. A local business has had a lot of success enhancing Wyoming’s wool market. Those stories and more.
  • On this episode, this week the Albany County Sheriff's Officer who killed an unarmed man in 2018 has resigned. The sheriff says the incident has led to changes. The University of Wyoming sheep program is transforming their wool into a new product, and they're using blockchain. A major wind project has been proposed for Albany County and it's the subject of our latest "I Respectfully Disagree" series. Those stories and more.
  • On this episode, we will be joined by Congresswoman Liz Cheney who will discuss her plans to reform the Republican Party. A group home for people with…
  • On this episode, Wyoming's Republicans are reacting to Liz Cheney's removal from House Republican leadership. Lots more wind development has been moving…
  • On this episode, vaccine hesitancy is high in Wyoming and Natrona County. That has meant a huge surplus in shots. Wyoming State Superintendent Jillian…
  • On this episode, we will look at how COVID-19 impacted Wyoming over the last year. Many say that health orders went too far and harmed many businesses,…
  • On this episode, Wyoming has invested a lot of time trying to find ways to save the coal industry. Many years ago that let to the state embracing a…
  • On this episode, the Wyoming Legislature faces an interesting future following a session that saw $430 million in budget cuts. We will also review…
  • On this episode, Catherine Wheeler will join Bob Beck to discuss the happenings from the Wyoming legislative session. Cuts to arts teachers has some in…
  • On this episode, the pandemic has shone a light on the capacity of meat packing facilities in Wyoming. Potentially propelling state and federal money…