2010

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Nuclear energy’s future unclear

December 31, 2010

Given Russia’s control over the vast natural gas resource in the region, turning off all of Germany’s nuclear power by 2034 sounded a bit drastic …

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Wyoming fracking rules point the way for public disclosure

December 28, 2010

Wyoming’s hydraulic fracturing regulations could be the shape of things to come. The Obama administration is looking to the Cowboy State as a model for …

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The Busy Bee

by The Sage Grouse December 28, 2010 December 28, 2010

Hollis Voiles, Steve’s dad, was a sturdy fellow with an efficient multi-tasking manner and a gruff demeanor. He ran the place like a grumpy proprietor …

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U.S., European Diplomats Call for Renewed Trans-Atlantic Relationship

December 21, 2010

Diplomats from the U.S., Germany and the European Union seemed to agree that 99 percent of what came out in the latest Wikileaks purge came …

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Hometown Hills: Struggling Community Ski Areas Explore New Financial Models

December 21, 2010

Running a small ski area in Wyoming has never been a quick path to easy riches, and a flurry of closures and sales among struggling …

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Casper’s Last Neighborhood Grocery Struggles to Survive

December 21, 2010

Bill and Nancy Wayte own Grant Street Grocery, the last neighborhood grocery store in Casper. In its heyday, Casper had 99 neighborhood grocery stores. The …

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Dumb but Lucky

by The Sage Grouse December 21, 2010 December 21, 2010

A friend sent me a story about a rancher who decided to rope one of the deer which frequented his feeder, corral and fatten it, …

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‘Cluster Developments’ Slow to Catch on in Bighorn Basin

December 14, 2010

Six years after developers announced their plan to build a 104-lot gated subdivision on 550 acres between Cody and Yellowstone National Park, the Copperleaf subdivision …

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Youth Center Rises on the Rez — Kansas Couple Gives $1 Million

December 14, 2010

Thanks to tribal casino profits, the example of a compassionate Riverton woman and a chlorophyll dog treat, the Wind River Indian Reservation has a sparkling …

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Whitebark Pine Trees Face Long Odds for Survival

December 14, 2010

For millennia, whitebark pine trees have held firm to the cold, rocky timberlines of the northern Rockies, Cascades and Sierra Nevada, providing shelter, food and …

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Berlin Energy Study — the Green Party

December 14, 2010

Why should Wyoming care about Germany’s energy policies? Because Wyoming’s energy resources are tied to international markets and policies. Powder River Basin coal is making …

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Disaster Planning

by The Sage Grouse December 14, 2010 December 14, 2010

In Gillette, Wyoming, there is a big fleet of new trucks and new bulldozers ready to deal with a crisis which really does not meet …

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Environmental Concerns Trip Up California Renewable Energy Stance

December 10, 2010

California’s recent policy stance to give preference to instate renewable energy development over out-of-state sources (a move inspired by the need to spur job growth …

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Oil and Gas Producers Seek New Water Solutions

December 7, 2010

Oil and natural gas wells within about a 100-mile radius of Rawlins produce more than 400 million barrels of water annually, according to industry estimates. …

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Using Maps to See What’s Out There — GIS and Beetles

by Brie Richardson December 7, 2010 December 7, 2010

GIS is a computer software technology that helps people visualize data. It allows people to see a map representation of whatever information interests them about …

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Don’t Dumb Down the Hathaway

by The Sage Grouse December 7, 2010 December 7, 2010

The Sage Grouse says he’s no liberal elitist when he touts the benefits of bilingualism. Many blue-collar types in Wyoming discover that learning a second …

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Alan Simpson’s ‘Moment of Truth’

December 6, 2010

Former Sen. Alan Simpson has completed his work as co-chair of a federal panel tasked with reducing America’s budget deficits and reigning in the national …

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‘Milk Cows,’ Social Security and Trimming America’s Budget Deficits

December 6, 2010

Former Sen. Alan Simpson has a history of colorful comments and pushing to overhaul Social Security. So it was no surprise when senior citizen groups …

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What the Deficit Reduction Plan Means for Wyoming

December 6, 2010

How a proposed deficit reduction plan would affect Wyoming remains to be seen. But key provisions could raise cost of doing business in the state …