January 8th, 2021
Wyoming Public Radio's Capitol Hill Correspondent Matt Laslo was covering the counting of the electoral votes in the U.S. Capitol when it was stormed by Trump supporters this week. Laslo joined Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck and described his experience.
The rural West voted overwhelmingly for President Trump last election. But after this week's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, our Mountain West News Bureau's Nate Hegyi wanted to find out how people were feeling about the president and the state of our country now.
At the end of last year, Congress passed a massive bill to fund the government and provide stimulus checks to Americans. That bill also contained something surprising. It authorized the largest amount of money ever for carbon capture, utilization, and storage… a technology that Wyoming has heavily invested in and promoted for years in order to save coal. Wyoming Public Radio's Cooper McKim reports what this new support means for the state.
The University of Wyoming has prioritized testing for its community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its testing program started at the beginning of the school year and it's been an important tool as UW monitored the presence of the virus. Wyoming Public Radio's Ivy Engel tells us more.
The COVID-19 vaccine has been touted as the light at the end of the tunnel for the pandemic. But for that to be true, people have to take it. And so far the vaccination distribution has been slow. Part of the problem is that some don't want to take it. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska explains.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, known as CARES, was the largest stimulus bill ever passed in the United States. Wyoming Public Radio's Jeff Victor reports that Wyoming's cut went to various sectors of the economy, but there's criticism of how that money was split up and concerns that Wyoming will need more funding as the pandemic continues.
Nearly 500 Wyomingites have died from the coronavirus since April. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler brings us this obituary of Cheyenne resident Sharon Widener. Widener died on Oct. 29, 2020 from COVID-19. Widener is survived by her two children, a granddaughter, her siblings and extended family. Widener's daughter and son-in-law Elizabeth and Tim Thorson remember her life.
In 2016, the national park system celebrated its hundredth birthday. When poet karla k. morton learned that there had never been a complete book of poetry written to celebrate all 62 national parks, she decided to do just that, along with her friend and fellow Texas poet laureate Alan Birkelbach.
Wyoming Public Radio's Micah Schweizer spoke to the two poets about how their new book, The National Parks: A Century of Grace, came to be.