December 2012

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The Switch

December 28, 2012

COLD SNAP RUNNER-UP: The sun rises on a power line field in northeast Laramie. (Elizabeth Traver — click to enlarge)

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Burning coal in your home is not a good idea

December 28, 2012

This morning I received an email from a person who was worried about friends on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation who might be freezing. She …

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Feds sacrifice tomorrow’s water to mine uranium today

December 27, 2012

A battle over uranium mining at a remote 35,000-acre tract in Wyoming could shape decisions nationwide as mining surges in drought-stricken areas.

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WyoFile’s Cold Snap Champ: Rob Koelling

December 25, 2012

Wading through wind chill and snow, this year’s winner caught a glimpse of Wyoming’s biggest industry weathering the storm.

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Tarantino film Django Unchained features Grand Teton scenery

December 25, 2012

Wyoming moviegoers may recognize the snowy backdrop of a few scenes in the major Hollywood movie set for release on Christmas Day.

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Desert art to raise awareness of fragile landscape

December 25, 2012

Art and Landscapes of the Red Desert, a juried art exhibition, will feature photography and fine art representing and inspired by the Red Desert.

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Wyoming DEQ blocks university research on ozone

December 20, 2012

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 …

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It’s Your Legislature: Get Its Attention

December 18, 2012

Want the state legislature to hear you out? Here’s an overview of the surprising variety of ways you can make your voice heard.

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Will social issues heat up Wyoming’s winter session?

December 18, 2012

Social issues such as gun rights, same-sex marriage and abortion will shake up the upcoming legislative session.

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The boot doctor

December 18, 2012

In his years as as a certified pedorthist at Jackson Hole Sports, Stephen McDonald has seen it all.

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Grad student strives to bring buffalo back to Wyo. reservation

December 18, 2012

Jason Baldes wants to bring buffalo back to Wyoming’s Wind River Indian Reservation, but it won’t be an easy undertaking.

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The Grass is Always Greener

December 14, 2012

A fence cuts through a field near the foothill of the Bighorn Mountains.

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

December 11, 2012

Raising the price of hunting and fish licenses may cost Game & Fish some of its autonomy.

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Gas flaring riles homeowners in Converse County

December 11, 2012

While many welcome the economic boon of energy development, some nearby residents are concerned about health and safety.

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Winter Camping

December 11, 2012

Many of us in Wyoming enjoy camping in the great outdoors, but could you handle camping in the dead of winter?

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Is there a War on the West’s National Parks?

Commentary by Lisa McGee and Richard Garrett December 9, 2012 December 9, 2012

If Wyoming abandons the tourism-based segment of its’ economy, it risks the perpetuation of the boom-and-bust cycle that has plagued the state for generations.

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Pavillion driller blasts EPA contamination findings

December 7, 2012

Encana Co. is calling on the EPA to withdraw a draft report that linked hydraulic fracturing in Wyoming to groundwater contamination in the Wyoming town.

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Germany plans to phase out coal

December 7, 2012

The country’s energy plan, “Energiewende,” calls for 80 percent of its energy to come from renewables by 2050.

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Playground Fight

December 7, 2012

There’s certainly something recognizable in the dirt slinging between Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill and state senators like Bill Hastings.

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On Snowy Range

December 7, 2012

Lake Marie glistens under Snowy Range.