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Open Spaces

A news and public affairs program about Wyoming and the Mountain West.

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Open Spaces September 17, 2021

On this episode, DACA recipients in Teton County can qualify to buy affordable housing. But some don't like it. Supporters say it benefits the community. Hospitals across the West are becoming overburdened with mostly unvaccinated COVID-19 patients. There's not much research into how wildfire smoke affects animals who spend most or all of their time outside, but one researcher has scratched the surface. We'll have those stories and a look at sundown towns in the Mountain West.

51mins

17 Sep 2021

Rank #1

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Open Spaces September 10, 2021

On this episode, a move by the Biden administration to mandate vaccinations for long-term care staff has worried officials in the state that it could increase an already existing staff shortage. We will also chat with the Natrona County Health Officer Mark Dowell about the reluctance to get vaccinations. Wyoming is welcoming legalized sports betting this month. Those stories and more.

49mins

10 Sep 2021

Rank #2

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Open Spaces September 3, 2021

On this episode, we will talk about some COVID-19 blowups across the state including in Sweetwater County where they were forced to cancel all elective surgeries. To Hot Springs County where the school district was forced to go online and the caseload skyrocketed. Plus, the federal government is rounding up thousands of wild horses to save them from the region's severe drought. Join us for those stories and an episode of our Kids Ask WhY podcast.

51mins

4 Sep 2021

Rank #3

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Open Spaces August 27, 2021

On this episode, fall sports at the University of Wyoming are getting underway including the start of the UW football season next weekend. Athletics Director Tom Burman says there will be no special protocols for those attending next week's game. The Jackson Hole Latinx community identified a gap in resources for high school students so they came together to create a new internship program. The brunt of the opioid epidemic has finally made it to the Mountain West, and it means that some pills and drugs aren't what they seem. Those stories and more.

52mins

27 Aug 2021

Rank #4

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Open Spaces August 20, 2021

On this episode, COVID-19 is surging and some are calling for required vaccinations, including some students at the University of Wyoming. We will also get an update on the COVID-19 challenges in Teton County. In Laramie, houses are scarce. And the houses that are available are often unaffordable. It's been a record hot summer, and that's causing some Mountain Westerners to change their way of life–or at least the way they cool their home. Those stories and the finale in the Tribal jail series.

52mins

20 Aug 2021

Rank #5

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Open Spaces August 6, 2021

On this episode, Wyoming is struggling to get people vaccinated and a research study on vaccine messaging doesn't shed light on a solution. Campbell County will be voting on establishing an independent community college district. And this fall is the 50th anniversary of an important experiment that proved Einstein's theory of relativity. The experiment involved a former Laramie man. Those stories and more.

52mins

6 Aug 2021

Rank #6

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Open Spaces July 30, 2021

On this episode, we remember the political career of Senator Mike Enzi who died this week. A ranching family in southeast Wyoming wants to drill several water wells that would drain billions of gallons of groundwater there. But the neighbors are fighting to stop them. Climb Wyoming, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. The organization tries to help mothers deal with the stress of poverty. Those stories and a look at tick season.

52mins

30 Jul 2021

Rank #7

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Open Spaces July 16, 2021

On this episode, Albany County gave the green light to a long-debated 500-megawatt wind farm. The University of Wyoming is attempting to move forward after some serious budget reductions. As vaccination rates stagnate, new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are emerging, which can threaten those who are already vaccinated. Those stories and more.

53mins

16 Jul 2021

Rank #8

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Open Spaces July 9, 2021

On this episode, a new business opened in Wyoming that is getting worldwide attention...it's the first Decentralized Autonomous Organization. We'll talk about that and what the new business plans to do. Wildfire season used to start in July and run through September. But this year, fires are defying the norm. It's starting to strain firefighting resources throughout the nation. There's some disagreement in the state over whether schools should teach students about suicide prevention. And hear Wyoming kids talk about Wyoming.

52mins

9 Jul 2021

Rank #9

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Open Spaces July 2, 2021

On this episode, Campbell County Health's Board of Trustees are moving to affiliate the hospital with a larger system. COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Cheyenne. Wyoming lawmakers recently changed who community health care providers can serve. The latest federal coronavirus relief package includes $20 million for Indigenous language programs. But advocates are calling for more. Those stories and more.

52mins

2 Jul 2021

Rank #10