May 21st, 2021
It's well documented that Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney was voted out as the third ranking Republican in the U.S. House over her differences with President Trump. Today she joins me to discuss this further along with her prospects in the upcoming election.
Last year, Colorado lawmakers pointed a finger at what they saw as a growing threat: speculative investments in water rights. Since then a state work group has been examining the issue. The process has brought up some thorny questions about the entire system the Western U.S. uses to divvy up scarce water supplies. Reporters Heather Sackett from Aspen Journalism, and Luke Runyon from KUNC have more.
Old Faithful geyser is one of the most popular areas in Yellowstone National Park. But a major climate event nearly 800 years ago made the geyser a little less faithful. Wyoming Public Radio's Ivy Engel had a conversation with U.S. Geological Survey research geologist Shaul Hurwitz, who studied this strange period.
During this year's Wyoming Legislative session, lawmakers cut $430 million from the state's budget. That includes a $7.5 million cut from Wyoming Department of Health funds that go to communities across the state for mental health and substance abuse services. In Gillette, those cuts have already led to the closure of a group home for residents with severe mental illnesses. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler has the story.
The nationwide Emergency Rental Assistance Program is giving $25 billion dollars to states, large cities and tribes. Wyoming Public Radio's Jeff Victor reports this program seeks to improve upon previous attempts at rental assistance.
When we talk about air quality, we're usually talking about the air outside-- whether it's affected by wildfires, smog, or factory emissions. But those conversations typically end at the front door. The COVID-19 pandemic has made many of us think about indoor air in a whole new way. Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen reports.
Last summer, a modern-day treasure hunt came to an end when New Mexico Art Dealer Forrest Fenn's chest of jewels, gold and pre-Columbian artifacts were found somewhere in Wyoming. Fenn hid the treasure in the Rocky Mountains in 2010, after he was told he was going to die from cancer.
Journalist Dan Barbarisis broke the news of the identity of the finder of the chest, while writing a book, Chasing the Thrill, on the treasure hunt. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska asked Barbarisi why people were so dedicated to finding the treasure.