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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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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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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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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.

Waning Energy Revenue Could Cause 10% Budget Decline

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Wyoming’s economy is following the mineral industry — once again — into a downturn that could shrink revenue by 10 percent or more.

$72 Million in Dam Projects Advance

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by Angus M. Thuermer Jr. | WyoFile.com

Wyoming’s plans to impound more of its spring runoff advanced in the Bighorn Basin last week when residents voted to create an irrigation district to help fund a $32.5-million, 108-foot high dam.

Grand Teton National Park Glaciers are Shrinking

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by Kelsey Dayton | WyoFile.com

Kathy Mellander knew Grand Teton National Park’s glaciers were melting. The park GIS specialist and hydrologist had read studies published in 2012 and seen historical pictures that  showed the park’s 12 glaciers used to be much larger than they are today.

Medical Marijuana Initiative Launches in Wyoming

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by Gregory Nickerson | WyoFile.com

This week, marijuana advocates with Wyoming NORML will begin collecting signatures for an initiative to legalize medical cannabis. The initiative, called the Peggy A. Kelley Wyoming Cannabis Act of 2016, would put the measure before voters in the 2016 election.

Sheridan WYO Rodeo Revives Powwow Dancing at Sheridan Inn

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The sound of Northern Cheyenne flute music drifted over the green lawn of the Sheridan Inn, holding the powwow audience in rapt silence in a scene perhaps reminiscent of Indian dances staged here 100 years ago.

Mead’s Protest Reveals Sage Grouse Conflicts

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Only weeks after a Kumbaya moment with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell in which he celebrated sweeping federal greater sage grouse conservation rules, Gov. Matt Mead has protested those same measures.

Q&A: Al Simpson likes Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage means “Wyoming ought to get on board” with nondiscrimination policies, former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson said Monday.

Critics Say Wyoming Data Trespassing Law Criminalizes Science

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WyoFile.com - A recent opinion piece published by Slate magazine states that a new Wyoming law makes it illegal to collect data on public lands like Yellowstone. That somewhat overstated claim comes from an interpretive reading of a new state law passed earlier this year.

Grouse Count Plummets in NPL Breeding Complex

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WyoFile.com - Wyoming Bureau of Land Management biologist Dale Woolwine sees the fractured greater sage grouse eggs in a ground-level nest and figures out the story pretty quickly.

Libertarian Gore-Tex Heiress Fuels Hidden Political Donations

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by Gregory Nickerson | WyoFile.com

Susan Gore is arguably Wyoming’s most influential libertarian promoter.

She puts millions of her personal wealth into political activities and nonprofit groups that speak loudly in the Legislature and on the campaign trail.

Adviser: State Won’t Protect Greater Sage Grouse in Gas Field

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WyoFile.com — Wyoming will let the federal government, not a state conservation plan for greater sage grouse, govern how a proposed gas field is developed in critical winter range, a state adviser said last week.