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Mead Calls Legislature’s Spending Cuts Unnecessary

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WyoFile.com - The Legislature’s proposed budget cuts are unnecessary and could hurt Wyoming citizens and slow efforts to diversify the state’s economy, Gov.

Lawmakers Put Mountain Biker Fees on Hold

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WyoFile.com - The Wyoming Legislature hit the brakes late Tuesday on a bill to charge mountain bikers using public lands.

For Wyoming Coal’s Future, a Gillette Senator Looks to the Past

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WyoFile.com - Few in Gillette mind waiting at train crossings, sometimes for 10 minutes or more. Few here worry about coal dust blowing off the tops of the cars and polluting local waterways.

The Ghosts of Wild Elections Past - Nationally and in Wyoming

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WyoFile.com - Elections are a big deal: this is a democracy, after all. So no wonder they get wild.

More Than Just a Trophy: Hunting for Empowerment

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WyoFile.com - The morning fog had finally burned off and Tonya Lewman could now see everything, the sagebrush glittering as the frost melted, the hills rising from prairie and a small group of antelope near a draw in the di

Two Elk Developer Charged with Federal Criminal Fraud

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WyoFile.com - Federal prosecutors have charged Michael J. Ruffatto, developer of the once-proposed Two Elk coal-fired power plant near Gillette, with criminal fraud for bills he submitted under a 2009-2010 federal stimulus grant to research carbon storage on his site in rural Campbell County, according court documents obtained by WyoFile.

Medicaid expansion would protect state infrastructure — workers

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WyoFile.com - Being one of those who routinely “zooms out” when viewing Google Maps, I am inclined to address Medicaid expansion in Wyoming from a big-picture, overarching, perspective. The issues I believe we need to focus more on are trust and compassion.

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.