November 26th, 2021
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On this episode, when it comes to measuring drought, scientists are looking at four main numbers. Right now, they're all heading in the wrong direction. Wildfire seasons are getting more dangerous and more severe. But the federal government is losing experienced people to fight them. But the new infrastructure law hopes to change that. Plus a visit with State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist. Those stories and a special from Montana Public Radio on the Fetterman massacre.
State health officer says children can now get vaccinated to protect themselves and their communitiesAfter a long wait, children aged five to 11 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. While many parents and children breathed a sigh of relief, others might be questioning the necessity of a vaccine for one of the most resilient age groups. Wyoming Public Radio's Jeff Victor spoke with Wyoming Public Health Officer Alexia Harrist, who said children and their communities benefit from vaccination.
Drought in the Colorado River basin continues into its second decade. Scientists say it's driven high temperatures, low precipitation, and dry soil and streams. Climate change means they're likely to get worse.
The infrastructure bill President Biden signed last week contains potentially big boosts in pay for wildland firefighters as well as expanded mental health services and more opportunities for permanent, year-round work.