2009

People

“Did You Hear About Wyoming’s Film Woes?”

December 22, 2009

By Laton McCartney
New York, NY __The just-released movie “Did You Hear about the Morgans?” is supposed to be set in Wyoming.  The ever-hopeful Wyoming Film …

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Tilting at Windmills: Strange Politics of Wyoming Wind Power

Commentary by WyoFile December 22, 2009 December 22, 2009

by Jonathan Thompson/High Country News
I first see the turbines as I speed along I-25 near Glenrock, Wyo., clutching the steering wheel as I try to …

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Tom Stroock Dies: Wyoming Leader and Iconoclast

December 14, 2009

He was an easterner who took Wyoming as his home, or as he might have said in his fluent Spanish, his querencia, the place in …

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Underused Drilling Practices Could Avoid Pollution

Commentary by ProPublica December 14, 2009 December 14, 2009

As environmental concerns threaten to derail natural gas drilling projects across the country, the energy industry has developed innovative ways to make it easier to …

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Meeteetse Chocolatier

November 29, 2009

Tim Kellogg is a Meeteetse ranch hand and bronc rider who is building an international reputation as a maker of fine chocolates. His chocolate shop …

People Thumbnail image for Mad Dog and The Pilgrim Booksellers

Mad Dog and The Pilgrim Booksellers

November 17, 2009

If you blink once or your attention drifts for an instant on the two-lane highway between Muddy Gap and Lander, Wyoming, you may miss one …

Environment Thumbnail image for Wyoming’s “Roadless Rule” Warrior US District Judge Clarence Brimmer

Wyoming’s “Roadless Rule” Warrior US District Judge Clarence Brimmer

Commentary by WyoFile November 10, 2009 November 10, 2009

The environmentalists’ boogeyman walks with tiny, uncertain steps. He’s 87 years old, suffers from an arthritic knee and worries about stumbling and falling down. He’s …

Energy

The Sage Grouse Report – Wyoming Ground Zero of Three Year Study

Commentary by WyoFile October 26, 2009 October 26, 2009

We project that future oil and gas development will cause a 7–19 percent decline from 2007 sage-grouse lek population counts and impact 3.7 million ha …

Guest Columns

Smart Growth in Hard Times – Developing the Northern Rockies

Commentary by WyoFile October 22, 2009 October 22, 2009

There has been a massive consumption of private land in the West, and our communities cannot afford to service the sprawling development patterns.

Guest Columns

The Interstate-80 Railroad – Time for “Maintenance Fees”

Commentary by WyoFile October 21, 2009 October 21, 2009

Let’s face it, I-80 is not a road. It’s a railroad disguised as a highway. Over four decades, it has turned into something entirely different …

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New Johnson County Land Wars

September 23, 2009

118 years after that famous massacre, the county again finds itself in the middle of a fight. It’s a quieter battle this time, waged in …

Economy

Gov Seeks Fed Royalty Program Accounting

September 16, 2009

Gov. Dave Freudenthal has asked the federal Minerals Management Service to let the state conduct an audit of three years of natural gas royalties collected …

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Feds Gone Wild, Part III: RIP, RIK? New Bill Would Kill Industry’s Darling

September 16, 2009

For more than a decade, West Virginia Democratic U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall watched powerlessly as the Bush administration and a Republican Congressional majority made Royalty …

Economy

Gov Mulls RIK Audit

September 2, 2009

Gov. Dave Freudenthal -Photo Courtesy Governor's Office
Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal  is considering an audit of the state’s share of a controversial  federal gas Royalty in …

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Feds Gone Wild Part II: A True Story

September 1, 2009

When President Bill Clinton signed the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Simplification and Fairness Act of 1996 into law in Jackson Hole, his Washington, D.C.-based …

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Feds Gone Wild

September 1, 2009

On a cold, blustery January 28, 2009, the newly appointed Secretary of the Interior of the United States, Ken Salazar, arrived at the headquarters of …

Energy

EPA: Chemicals Found in Wyo. Drinking Water Might Be From Fracking

Commentary by ProPublica August 26, 2009 August 26, 2009

Federal environment officials investigating drinking water contamination near Pavillion, Wyo., have found…

Energy

RIK’s Wyoming Connections

August 9, 2009

Since Royalty in Kind became a priority for the oil and gas industry in the late 1990s, a handful of  Wyomingites have played key roles  …

Economy

Despite Exceeding Benchmark Goals State Fired Jackson Equities Manager

July 29, 2009

Despite Exceeding Benchmark Goals State Fired Jackson Equities Manager
By Ben Gose
Wyoming’s extreme focus on income—as opposed to “total return,” the measure that most money managers …

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Should Wyoming Rethink Investments? Despite Recession, Time May Be Right

July 29, 2009

Are Wyoming’s leaders being too conservative with the billions of dollars in our permanent funds?

It sounds like a crazy question to be asking today, as …