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In mid-March, 2020, the governor issued public health orders requiring all food establishments to close to the public and only offer food for take out or delivery. These restrictions stayed in place until early January when, slowly, they started to be lifted.

Almost exactly a year later, all public health orders for restaurants have been lifted and businesses can return to their pre-pandemic operations if they so choose. The statewide mask mandate is also lifted at this time. It's been met with a mixed response from both the public and business owners.

Before the pandemic hit, not many people knew each county had a public health officer or what they did exactly. Natrona County Public Health Officer Dr. Mark Dowell has been in that position since the late 1990s.

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The pandemic's impact on mental health has been felt by many, from adults to children. But for college students, that may include the entire reshaping of what they thought their college experience would be like. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with psychologist and Assistant Director of the University of Wyoming's Counseling Center Julio Brionez on how students have been faring.

Planned Parenthood

This week, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a report on sexual and reproductive health, with a focus on how the pandemic may have changed things. Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen spoke with Brittni Frederiksen, a senior policy analyst for the foundation. She said one thing that really shifted — more women are getting certain kinds of care from home.

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Vanessa Hoene was seven months pregnant a year ago with her first child. But in April 2020, the pandemic was spreading in Wyoming.

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There was much to do about how the pandemic would impact the housing market in Wyoming: whether folks would downsize or upgrade, whether there would be an influx of buyers. Well, energy and natural resources reporter Cooper McKim spoke with Lingle Representative and broker owner Shelly Duncan to get a feeling for what actually unfolded a year later.

Council of Community Services

The Council of Community Services in Gillette provides a lot of critical services to the community. It focuses on homelessness and poverty, like running a food pantry and the city's only homeless shelter.

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Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials updated the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission on the public engagement process as it looks to update its elk feedground management plan.

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A study done by University of Wyoming researchers and a food justice non-profit shows some evidence that farmers market coupon programs for low-income people can improve fruit and vegetable consumption.

It took place at the Wyoming Food For Thought Project's summer farmers market in Casper.

We often hear about efforts to support and conserve rare species, like the spotted owl or Joshua trees. But new findings argue that some very ordinary plants and animals deserve our attention, too.