May 22nd, 2020

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Congresswoman Liz Cheney Says COVID-19 Remains A Threat, But She's Optimistic About The Future

Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney has been urging people to social distance and to follow health orders ever since COVID-19 became an issue in this country. This sets her apart from some of her Republican colleagues. She joins us to discuss COVID-19 and what we might expect in the future.

Preparing For The Second Wave: Pinedale Company Manufacturing Mobile Hospital Units

You've probably heard about all the companies stepping up to help deal with the COVID-19 crisis. In that vein a military contractor in Pinedale that normally designs products and services for governments is now manufacturing mobile hospital rooms using shipping containers. Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards spoke with Enviremedial Services President Geoff Keogh and the company's sales director Sam Sumrall. Keogh explains that the Army Corp of Engineers put out a request for designs for a moveable quarantine space.

Mountain West In Memoriam: Bill Sweney

The Mountain West News Bureau is talking to friends and relatives of those who've lost their lives to COVID-19. Today, Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen has this memorial of Bill Sweney, who moved to Jackson for the mountains.

Overhead Costs Loom Over Wyoming Hospitals That Sit Empty

Hospital finances around the nation have been hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes Wyoming hospitals as they had to stop providing the non-essential services that make up a huge percentage of their revenue for a period of time. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska speaks with the president of the Wyoming Hospital Association on how hospitals in our state were particularly impacted financially by the pandemic.

"The Creator Let Them Go Together:" A Family Remembers Three Loved Ones Lost To COVID-19

In early March, a few members of the Wheeler family visited a relative at the Showboat retirement center in Lander. Days later, it was announced there was a COVID-19 outbreak there. Before long 14 members of the extended Wheeler family had tested positive for COVID-19, and 5 were hospitalized.

On April 20, the family lost three loved ones to the illness. Larry and Gloria Wheeler, who had been married more than 50 years, passed away hours before their 55-year-old daughter Dawn Wheeler also died. Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher asked a dozen relatives to share their memories of Larry, Gloria and Dawn, and how COVID-19 has taken a toll on the family.

Challenges And Opportunities As National Parks Start To Reopen

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks partially re-opened this week [5/18]… and visitors from around the country are already flocking to the celebrated destinations. Wyoming Public Radio's Cooper McKim speaks with Joan Anzelmo… a 35-year veteran of the National Park Service and a Wyoming resident. They discuss the challenges and opportunities of re-opening the parks during a global pandemic… especially as Memorial Day weekend is upon us.

Northeast Wyoming Inspires Author To Create A Book Series

The Riven Country of Senga Munro tells the story of an herbal healer, who tragically loses her daughter. Most of the story is set in contemporary Northeast Wyoming, where the book's author Renee Carrier has lived for more than 32 years. Her novel takes on themes of place, grief and magic realism. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with Carrier first about why the setting is important to the story.