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

  • On this episode, we'll hear about one Wyoming county with no hospital and low COVID vaccination rates...many of the residents say they're skeptical of the vaccine. We will bring you another episode of the Kids Ask WhY podcast where kids talk about COVID-19 with a Wyoming doctor. Plus a conversation with Wyoming's House Minority Leader Cathy Connolly on a wide range of subjects including Juvenile Justice. Those stories and more.
  • On this episode, Wyoming National Guard whistleblowers are saying they got retaliated for trying to go down the official channels of reporting sexual harassment and workplace hostility complaints. Much of the water in the West is already designated in a deal that was made when there was a lot of precipitation. A climbing project outside the Wind River Reservation is years into planning. But the Tribes don't feel like they've been brought to the table. Plus an interesting conversation on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Those stories and more.
  • On this episode, we will talk about some COVID-19 blowups across the state including in Sweetwater County where they were forced to cancel all elective surgeries. To Hot Springs County where the school district was forced to go online and the caseload skyrocketed. Plus, the federal government is rounding up thousands of wild horses to save them from the region's severe drought. Join us for those stories and an episode of our Kids Ask WhY podcast.
  • On this episode, fall sports at the University of Wyoming are getting underway including the start of the UW football season next weekend. Athletics Director Tom Burman says there will be no special protocols for those attending next week's game. The Jackson Hole Latinx community identified a gap in resources for high school students so they came together to create a new internship program. The brunt of the opioid epidemic has finally made it to the Mountain West, and it means that some pills and drugs aren't what they seem. Those stories and more.
  • On this episode, COVID-19 is surging and some are calling for required vaccinations, including some students at the University of Wyoming. We will also get an update on the COVID-19 challenges in Teton County. In Laramie, houses are scarce. And the houses that are available are often unaffordable. It's been a record hot summer, and that's causing some Mountain Westerners to change their way of life–or at least the way they cool their home. Those stories and the finale in the Tribal jail series.
  • On this episode, Wyoming is struggling to get people vaccinated and a research study on vaccine messaging doesn't shed light on a solution. Campbell County will be voting on establishing an independent community college district. And this fall is the 50th anniversary of an important experiment that proved Einstein's theory of relativity. The experiment involved a former Laramie man. Those stories and more.
  • 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, a new business opened in Wyoming that is getting worldwide attention...it's the first Decentralized Autonomous Organization. We'll talk about that and what the new business plans to do. Wildfire season used to start in July and run through September. But this year, fires are defying the norm. It's starting to strain firefighting resources throughout the nation. There's some disagreement in the state over whether schools should teach students about suicide prevention. And hear Wyoming kids talk about Wyoming.
  • On this episode, Campbell County Health's Board of Trustees are moving to affiliate the hospital with a larger system. COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Cheyenne. Wyoming lawmakers recently changed who community health care providers can serve. The latest federal coronavirus relief package includes $20 million for Indigenous language programs. But advocates are calling for more. Those stories and more.
  • On this episode, the show as the state is dealing with a record number of tourists, businesses are having trouble finding enough employees to stay open. And some think it's because people aren't applying for jobs while they have unemployment benefits. The vaccination rate in Wyoming has slowed down, even as hospitalizations rise. And we will talk to the co-chairwoman of a legislative committee that is continuing a long-term look at Wyoming's Juvenile Justice system. 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.