2008

Economy

Bankruptcy in Big Sky: Mile High Clubs in Trouble

December 19, 2008

Sheridan — In the past year, the west has watch with grim fascination as some of the Rocky Mountain’s poshest resorts have careened down the …

Guest Columns

Obama’s New Man at Interior: What Ken Salazar Means to Wyoming

Commentary by Laton McCartney December 19, 2008 December 19, 2008

All photos courtesy of Senator Salazar Senator Ken Salazar
Okay, Ken Salazar opposed saving the black-tailed prairie dog. But give President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to head …

Environment

Bears by the Numbers, Keeping Tabs on Our Bruins

December 1, 2008

Casper — Ever since that day in 1961 that the Craighead brothers, Frank and John, placed a radio collar around the neck of Marian, a …

Energy

Misguided Midnight Madness: Interior’s Oil Shale Revival

November 24, 2008

Casper — Watching Wyoming voters line up out the polling-place doors earlier this month, in lusty support of the “drill baby drill” philosophy of natural …

Environment

Wyoming Ruling Complicates Snowmobile Scene, Pro-Snowmobile Group Declares Victory

November 17, 2008

CASPER  –  U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer said in a Friday ruling that, while he didn’t like another federal judge’s decision to throw out Yellowstone …

Energy

$100-million GE-Wyoming Coal Project Found Willing, Discreet Partner In Wyoming

November 17, 2008

It started with oil shale
The story behind the new $100-million GE-Wyoming coal gasification project goes back to the early 1980s when a then-California-based energy company, …

Environment

Yellowstone, Teton Plan Reduces Snowmobiles in Park

November 10, 2008

Photo Credit: Jim Peaco
Casper — With the winter season closing in and Wyoming snow outfitters in limbo, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park officials unveiled …

Energy

The Wyoming Petrocracy: State’s Biggest Strength Also Vulnerability

October 27, 2008

Sheridan — The ancient Greeks had a word, ?????? or kairos, which means an era of unique opportunity. It’s an unspecified period of time ripe …

People

Shane! Shane! Come back! Wyoming Flashes $1 million for New Movies

October 20, 2008

Lander — If you’ve ever had an idea for a movie (oh, don’t pretend you haven’t, my friend, whether you’re a novelist, a latte sipper, …

Energy

For Wyoming’s New Coal Power Plants, ‘Best Available Control Technology’ Seldom Best

October 13, 2008

Casper — So, you want to build a coal-fired power plant in Wyoming. How clean do you want to make it? Because it turns out, …

Guest Columns

R.I.P.: Casper Star-Tribune Free Obituaries

Commentary by julianne September 29, 2008 September 29, 2008

Selected Star-Tribune Obituaries, Click Here
A Piece of Modern-Day Wyoming History
The World After Newspaper Obits, a companion piece.
“He loved to play the harmonica, listen to the …

Economy

Wyomings Farmers’ Markets. But Don’t Try To Sell Bread.

September 22, 2008

Sheridan: The leaves are turning. If you’re in Sheridan and it’s Thursday, it’s time to hie yourself to the Farmer’s Market.
But Sheridan, luckily, is not …

Guest Columns

Teapot Dome Redux

Commentary by WyoFile September 15, 2008 September 15, 2008

Warren Harding
Dubois — How is a more than a century old oil scandal relevant today? Let us count the ways.
In March, 1921, Warren G. Harding, …

Guest Columns

Teapot Dome Scandal Excerpt: Marines Invade Wyoming

Commentary by Laton McCartney September 15, 2008 September 15, 2008

Book Excerpt: Marines Invade Wyoming
From the Halls of Motazuma to the Oil Fields of Teapot Dome
In April, 1922 Albert Bacon Fall, President Harding’s Secretary of …

Environment

Lame Duck Rules Undercut Endangered Species Act

September 8, 2008

Laramie — On May 9, 2008, White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten issued a memo exhorting all executive branch agencies to “resist the historical …

Environment

Wildfires and Personal Responsibility

August 31, 2008

Casper — While still on staff at the Casper Star Tribune, I trained for a week with Bureau of Land Management firefighters in Casper, to …

Environment

Adventure In The Winds: The Elusive Golden Trout

August 18, 2008

We hiked three days just to get here — the lake that we hoped was Flying Monkey, home to the biggest golden trout in the …

Economy

Fuel Costs and the New Isolationism

August 11, 2008

Sheridan – Think of Wyoming as the giant ocean that it once was, with vast stretches of water between islands and atolls. Imagine traveling by …

Environment

Trophic Cascade: The Case For Wolves

July 21, 2008

Wolf Protection Restored, AP Story, July 19, 2008.
A federal judge restored endangered species protections for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies, halting plans for public …

Economy

The Wyoming Baby Boom

June 30, 2008

Sheridan – Wyoming is getting younger and richer.
Rarely do these two demographics merge and create happy endings. Wyoming is trying to be the exception.
The money …