Access to affordable health care is always an issue, but especially at a time when people are losing their jobs or working less. In Gillette, a local reproductive health clinic recently lost its county funding that likely will impact the type of health care low income people will receive. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler explains.
As mentioned, the Mountain West News Bureau is taking a moment to listen to people of color across our region to share their perspectives on racial injustice and police violence. Rae Ellen Bichell spoke to four Black women from Colorado who are all scholars and activists. Their names are Rosemarie Allen, Janiece Mackey, Michaela Lee, and Carolyn Love.
On February 17, Gov. Mark Gordon announced the state was considering the purchase of about a million acres of surface land across southern Wyoming and 4 million acres of mineral rights from Occidental Petroleum. Now, the company has set a July 1 deadline for entities to make a bid. On May 6, Occidental confirmed it had 13 bidders.
Wyoming is no stranger to the idea of diversification... with the coal industry in a structural decline. But it's not the only area coping with transition. In Appalachia, some communities that historically relied on coal have been reimagining themselves based on another natural resource - the great outdoors and tourism. But then came the coronavirus, threatening the emerging local tourism economies. For the Ohio Valley ReSource, reporter Brittany Patterson visited some towns dealing with both coal's collapse and the pandemic's threat to newer businesses based on outdoor recreation.
The Trump administration has aggressively moved to unwind an array of federal regulations since the coronavirus pandemic hit America, and that's in line with what Wyoming's federal lawmakers have wanted all along. But Matt Laslo reports from Washington that one of them is contradicting President Trump and says more testing is the key to recovery.
This summer marks the 40th anniversary of Lake Powell being filled to capacity for the first time. It's one of the Colorado River's biggest reservoirs. But climate scientists studying the river find the lake's water source is quickly declining. From KUER in St. George, Utah, Lexi Peery reports on what a dwindling river means for Lake Powell and the millions of people who depend on it.
Last year was the launch of the Wyoming Art Drop...a curated box of six unique pieces from local artists that can be shipped nationwide. Wyoming Public Radio's Megan Feighery spoke to creator Laurie Hunter about tourism, upcycling and the unique pressures facing Wyoming artists. She says the first obstacle is location.