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Medicaid Expansion: A difficult choice for skeptical legislators

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By Ron Feemster WyoFile.com

Jane Fonfara is the only person in her family with a job — and the only one without health insurance. Her husband, Dennis, 69, has battled a series of heart attacks and undergone multiple heart surgeries since he was 36.

Gas Tax or Toll? Wyoming’s roads will be paved with new taxation

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By Geoffrey O’Gara

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Wearing a bright orange jacket and hard hat, Cody Beers swiveled to look for traffic and then stuck his boot in a hole in the pavement on U.S. Highway 287 just north of Beaver Rim.

Wyoming DEQ blocks university research on ozone

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By Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) officials came under fire this month for their recommendation not to fund an ongoing mobile monitoring and research effort on ozone pollution, which has plagued residents and workers in the upper Green River Basin in western Wyoming for several years.

Will social issues heat up Wyoming’s winter session?

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By Gregory Nickerson, WyoFile.com
Originally published December 18, 2012

When the Wyoming Legislature convenes this January, social issues will compete for legislative attention with major topics like education accountability and appropriations.

Gas flaring riles homeowners in Converse County

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By Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.comoriginally published December 11, 2012

It’s going to cost more to hunt & fish in Wyoming

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By Geoffrey O’Gara, WyoFile.com

Oil & gas lease buy-back deal coming up short

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By Kelsey Dayton, WyoFil.comoriginally published December 4, 2012

Gov Mead Calls For Fiscal Policy Change, Fuel Tax

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Gov Matt Mead

By Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com

(originally published November 30, 2012)

Lawmakers in the Classroom: The Battle for Wyoming’s Schools

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Lawmakers in the Classroom: The Battle for Wyoming’s Schools

By Geoffrey O’Gara , WyoFile.com

“There’s a disconnect between the education community and the general public,” said Bill Schilling, chair of a legislative advisory committee on education meeting in October at the Wyoming Oil & Gas Conservation Commission building in Casper.

Cheyenne Confidential: How Wyo’s lawmakers spend your $3.4B

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A prayer is held before a session of the Wyoming Senate. (Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile — click to enlarge)

By Geoffrey O’Gara, WyoFile.com

Blow the trumpets! Put on a tuxedo! Declare a school holiday! Turn off “American Idol”! It’s the biggest thing since – since – since Taylor Swift, since the Twilight movies, since Zac Efron: THE WYOMING LEGISLATURE IS COMING!!!

Yawn.

Fiscal Plateau; Lawmakers trim budget to match declining revenue

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Wyoming’s State Capitol Building in Cheyenne. Lawmakers plan to tame spending with 8 percent cuts while still rounding up money for special projects. (Gregory Nickerson/WyoFile — click to enlarge)

By Gregory Nickerson, WyoFile.com

When the Wyoming Legislature convenes this winter, look to see the government tightening its fiscal belt. After a spectacular decade of natural gas revenue growth from 1998 to 2008, and a corresponding doubling in the size of state government, the state is coming to terms with a new era of flat revenue.

New proposal may raise fish population in ranchland streams

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Drought conditions in 2002 reduced the flow of Wyoming’s Big Sandy River. A new bill in the state legislature would allow private landowners to temporarily lease their water rights to fishing organizations and other groups. (Courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey — click to expand)

By Kelsey Dayton, WyoFile.com

Voting Rights Act suit helps unseat incumbent in Fremont County

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A teepee stands outside a home in Ethete, Wyoming. The success of a Voting Rights Act lawsuit meant to guarantee representation to Native Americans on the Wind River Indian Reservation has altered the area’s county commissioners. (Robert Durell/WyoFile)

By Ron Feemster, WyoFile.com

Veterans homelessness declining but addressing issues is not simple

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Rebecca Lewis, 59, lacked direction after she was honorably discharged from the army in 1986. After years of intermittent homeless, Lewis moved to Cheyenne and connected to the city’s office of Veterans Affairs, where she was able to collect her disability income and connect with assistance to find housing.

By Bill McCarthy, WyoFile.com


Rebecca Lewis of Cheyenne is a success story in the Department of Veterans Affairs effort to end homelessness among the nation’s military veterans by 2015.

Getting Out the Native Vote: Reservation youth knock on doors

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From left to right, Micah Lott, Jenea Mandan, Steven Carpenter and Rauni Spute canvass door-to-door among houses in Riverton, Wyoming. The four are members of RezAction, a Wind River Indian Reservation advocacy organization that has worked urgently to increase turnout in this year’s election. (Ron Feemster/WyoFile — click to enlarge)

By Ron Feemster, WyoFile.com

RIVERTON — Micah Lott and Jenea Mandan, a pair of teenagers raised on the Wind River Indian Reservation, knock on the door of a modest wooden home in Beaver Creek, a small development on a barren rise just south of Riverton.