April 3rd, 2020
As more cases of the coronavirus are confirmed throughout the state, it’s putting pressure on supplies for health care workers. So Wyoming creators, coders, engineers and others are working on ways to help local hospitals make sure they don’t run out. Wyoming Public Radio’s Catherine Wheeler reports.
The governor has banned gathering together with more than ten people because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That makes it hard for places of faith to worship every Sunday. But some churches in Wyoming are finding creative solutions to keep everyone feeling like they are together. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska reports.
In many towns across our region, COVID-19 is shuttering non essential businesses. Things like hospitals and grocery stores are staying open of course. But as it turns out so are livestock auctions. The Mountain West News Bureau’s Madelyn Beck reports.
If you've spent time on a college campus lately, you may have encountered a land acknowledgment - recognition of the tribes whose ancestral land the institution is built on. But land-grant universities, originally created to educate America's working class, also owe their founding to the seizure and sale of Indigenous land. The 1862 Morrill Act granted over 17 million acres for states to sell and raise endowment principal for the institutions.
Amidst a global pandemic and a presidential election, there’s another big issue that will affect Americans for years to come: the 2020 Census. The Mountain West News Bureau takes alook, beginning with reporter Nate Hegyi.
Local journalism has never been more important. Communities are anxious for real information. How many cases of COVID–19 are in their county or… where can they get a test? At the same time, local newspapers across the country are losing advertising revenue as businesses shut down. That’s creating a dilemma – how do you cover the news when you have no money? As part of the public media initiative America Amplified, Our Mountain West News Bureau’s Nate Hegyi takes us to one small town where this is playing out.
Meanwhile, grocery store workers are on the front lines, putting their health at risk to keep store shelves stocked and grocery carts full. Late last week [3/20] at least one grocery chain announced it’s offering all hourly employees an appreciation pay of $2 more an hour. The Mountain West News Bureau’s Noah Glick talked to some store workers and filed this report.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives around the state of Wyoming. Maybe no one as much as international students attending the University of Wyoming. Wyoming Public Radio's Naina Rao talks to a couple of students who are trying to navigate life far away from home.
Laramie residents Shealyn and Austin Woody left for a five-day rafting trip in southeastern Utah on March 13th. They had just eloped and wanted to celebrate that, along with some birthdays, while relaxing on the water. The day they left on their trip, without cellphone service… happened to also be the day when a national emergency was declared and things started rapidly changing around Wyoming.
When the Woody’s returned from their trip, the world suddenly looked very different. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim talks with the newlyweds about their journey.