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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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The Wyoming Republican Party holds its state convention in Casper. (Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile)

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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Peabody Energy, headquartered in St. Louis

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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Coal trucks prepare to dump their payload at Arch Coal's Black Thunder coal mine.

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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Jim Laybourn, a wildlife tour guide, advocates for grizzlies

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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University of Wyoming presidential candidate Jeremy Haefner, sitting provost at Rochester Institute of Technology, speaks at a staff forum during the open search for the UW's next president. Trustees aim to make a selection on Friday. (WyoFile/Gregory Nickerson)

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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Wolf research in Yellowstone has produced incredible photographs, including this shot of a bison shielding her late-season calf. She successfully fended off wolves from the 14-member Prospect Peak Pack. (Yellowstone National Park)

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.

Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of Data Trespass Laws

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by Gregory Nickerson | WyoFile.com

Wyoming’s new data trespass laws are unconstitutional, violating free speech, equal protection and other basic freedoms, according to a lawsuit filed by conservation, animal welfare, and media groups in U.S. District Court on Sept. 29.

Miss Indian America film airs on Wyoming PBS

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Miss Indian America 1976 Deana Harragarra Waters

by WyoFile.com

In the years after World War II, Sheridan, Wyoming went from being “an Indian-hating town” in the words of Crow elder Joseph Medicine Crow, to being “the Indian capital of the world.” At least for a while.

‘Unqualified’ Hunter Gets Grand Teton Protest Elk License

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by Angus M. Thuermer Jr. | WyoFile.com

A Jackson photographer who has sued to stop the annual elk hunt in Grand Teton National Park has secured a license to shoot an elk starting Oct. 24.

After Bear Kills Son, Father Calls $13,120 Fine ‘A Joke’

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Adam Stewart (courtesy photo)

by Angus M. Thuermer Jr. | WyoFile.com

A father whose son was killed by a bear while working in the Teton Wilderness said this week Wyoming OSHA’s $13,120 fine against the company involved in the death is “a joke.”

How does Wyoming Spend $9.3 Billion Every Two Years?

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(Flickr Creative Commons/Christina Maki)

Despite Wyoming’s small population, it has a relatively robust state government that spends $9.3 billion in state and federal dollars every two years.