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Lawmakers Eye Nuke Plant, Waste

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WyoFile.com - Wyoming lawmakers may consider working with the U.S. Department of Energy in a new “consent-based” effort to establish sites for storing highly radioactive nuclear waste.

Can Science and Education Save Yellowstone Visitors from Themselves?

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Wyofile.com - The bad news: most visitors in Yellowstone National Park have no concept what 25 yards (the minimum distance the park allows humans to approach bison) looks like.

Casper’s Wyoming Medical Center lays off 58

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Wyoming Medical Center laid off 58 employees today and announced it will not fill another 57 positions due to the region’s declining economy. The 9 percent reduction to Casper’s second-largest employer will trim an estimated $7.2 million in annual expenses.

Opposing Groups to Rally at Federal Coal Hearing

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WyoFile.com - Both pro- and not-so-pro coal advocates gather in Casper today as Department of Interior officials take public comment on a pending review of the federal coal leasing program.

Herd Bull Shot ’Round the World

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WyoFile.com - For the past four winters visitors to the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole have glimpsed a mammoth elk that’s drawn worldwide attention for its large antlers.

Grizzlies at Risk on 2 Million Acres

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WyoFile.com - Wyoming will “discourage” grizzly bears — likely by hunting — from thousands of square miles they currently occupy in the Yellowstone ecosystem, state officials said recently while describing pending plans.

Liz Cheney: Repeal EPA Regs to Help Coal

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CASPER — As Wyoming’s GOP party prepped for its Saturday night convention here, U.S. House of Representatives candidate Liz Cheney accused the Obama administration of adopting policies that aggravate coal’s woes when the industry already is suffering from a bad market.

Landowner group claims Peabody’s $790M ‘self-bond’ invalid

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by Dustin Bleizeffer | WyoFile.com - A citizens’ complaint filed Monday asks the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to deem Peabody Energy out of compliance for $790 million in coal mine reclamation liability in the state.

Wyoming Could Hunt Grizzlies in Fall of ’17

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by Angus M. Thuermer Jr. | WyoFile.com

Wyoming Game and Fish Department released a draft grizzly bear conservation plan Tuesday that could result in a proposal to hunt bears as early as the fall of 2017.

On Cusp of Delisting, Grizzly Hunting a Worry

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by Angus M. Thuermer Jr. | WyoFile.com

The federal government’s imminent release of plans to let states manage Yellowstone-area grizzly bears - including by hunting - rekindles debate about whether gunning down grizzlies will undo years of conservation work.

Prognosis grim for Medicaid expansion

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by Dustin Bleizeffer | WyoFile.com

The House and Senate budget bills introduced this week exclude Medicaid expansion, one of Gov. Matt Mead’s signature budget items, and rely instead on a patchwork of health care measures.

Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin is a Jurassic Classroom

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by Kelsey Dayton | WyoFile.com

Cliff Manuel knew what he saw, even though his nephew, geologist Erik Kvale, was skeptical. It wasn’t the right type of formation.

Obama halts federal coal leasing

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by Dustin Bleizeffer | WyoFile.com

Days following the announcement of Arch Coal’s bankruptcy filing, the Obama administration announced Friday a moratorium on all federal coal leasing while the U.S. Department of Interior conducts a full review of the program.

As Grizzly Hunt Nears, Emotions, Voices Rise

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by Angus M. Thuermer Jr. | WyoFile.com

As the federal government begins to remove some protections safeguarding Yellowstone-area grizzly bears, widespread and emotional reaction follows, particularly regarding a potential hunting season.

UW Presidential Hopeful Advocates Consistency

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by Gregory Nickerson | WyoFile.com

University of Wyoming presidential prospect Jeremy Haefner spoke to the benefits of an open search at the third and final public forum with candidates Monday. The provost from New York’s Rochester Institute of Technology said he liked meeting students and faculty in public.

Avalanche Kills Yellowstone Wolf

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by Angus M. Thuermer Jr. | WyoFile.com

In a rarely documented occurrence, an avalanche killed a radio-collared wolf in Yellowstone National Park in 2014.

Gov. Mead’s Budget Proposes Cuts, Borrowing from Rainy Day

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by Gregory Nickerson | WyoFile.com

Gov. Matt Mead released his spending proposal for the 2017-2018 spending cycle, which notably called for borrowing from the “rainy day” fund to ease a cash flow crunch, then paying the money back by altering revenue flows out of other savings accounts.

Wyoming Flunks Open Government Test

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by Gregory Nickerson | WyoFile.com

Wyoming’s government could be more transparent and work harder to ensure existing ethics laws are properly enforced.

Bridger-Teton National Forest a Poster Child for Neglect

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by Angus M. Thuermer Jr. | WyoFile.com

Part of ongoing reporting on Wyoming’s federal lands, their plight, control and management — Ed.

Bridger-Teton National Forest receptionist Dorothy Neckels’ new office exudes a welcoming warmth with maps, displays, brochures and posters greeting visitors to her 3.4-million-acre reserve.

Wyoming Revenue May Slide 23 Percent in 2017-2018

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by Gregory Nickerson | WyoFile.com

Wyoming revenue may slide 23 percent as prices and production in the mineral economy remain low, the state Consensus Revenue Estimating Group said Monday.