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WyoFile’s public records appeal in Two Elk case is denied

June 18, 2013

WyoFile requested information related to the suspension of a suspended $9.9M DOE grant to Two Elk developer North American Power Group.

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Citing exemption, DOE denies public records request

April 30, 2013

A Department of Energy laboratory has denied a WyoFile Freedom of Information Act request for more details on the suspended $9.9 million Two Elk federal …

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Two Elk Grant Suspended; Under review by U.S. Attorney

April 16, 2013

Feds suspended stimulus project for accounting irregularities. Contractors received ‘Stop Work Order, issued early in 2012.

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A Compounding Connection: Texas pharmacy leads Barrasso donors

February 12, 2013

The pharmacy’s position at the top of Barrasso’s contributor list signifies his growing clout in national politics and what his next steps might be.

The Pitch

Wyoming senators reap largesse from biotechnology firm Amgen

January 29, 2013

Wyoming senators reap largesse from biotechnology firm Amgen
By Rone Tempest
January 29, 2013
A California biotechnology company set to benefit by millions of dollars from a last-minute …

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10th Circuit Upholds Ruling in Voting Rights Case Fremont County Officials Face Difficult Decision

February 24, 2012

A federal appeals court on Wednesday, February 22, affirmed a 2010 U.S. district court decision that found discrimination against Native American voters in Fremont County …

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Two Elk Stimulus: Big paychecks but no new jobs

September 27, 2011

Over the past two years, the federal stimulus program paid the owner of a Colorado-based energy company and the company’s Wyoming representative more than $1 …

Columns/Blogs

Climbing leader rescued in Colorado

May 24, 2011

Climbing leader rescued in Colorado
Only a few days after he talked to WyoFile for the “What Price Rescue?” story about the cost of search-and-rescue in …

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Search for Lost Teton Skiers Cost $115,000

May 24, 2011

America’s national parks have a tradition of coming to the rescue of visitors in trouble and recovering the bodies of those who die on park …

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Tales of I-80: Hydroplaning Semis

March 1, 2011

By far my most terrifying I-80 moment came not in winter but in late August a few years ago in the desert badlands east of …

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Over Objections from Tribal Leaders, Lawmakers Pass ‘Hybrid’ District Vote Bill

February 22, 2011

“After violating the civil rights of Indian voters for decades, the efforts by certain Fremont County officials to re-write state law to avoid another defeat …

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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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Wyoming Liability Pool Reaches Limit – Nixes More Coverage in Fremont County Rights Case

October 30, 2010

“If Fremont County wants to pursue an appeal,” said Liability Pool executive director Mark Pring. “They will have to do it on their own.”

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Voting Rights Case Drags on in Fremont County: At What Cost to Other Counties and Towns?

October 26, 2010

The pending claims in the Fremont lawsuit are the largest in the Local Government Legal Liability Pool’s 23-year history. The issue of how much the …

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Racism on the Rez: Federal Judge Backs Tribes

August 12, 2010

Lander—In an important Wyoming civil rights case, a federal judge rejected two voting schemes proposed by Fremont County as perpetuating “separation, isolation, and racial polarization …

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Before Deepwater Horizon Disaster – Wyomingites Had Key Roles in MMS

June 2, 2010

The federal agency cited for an overly “cozy relationship” with the energy industry, which may have contributed to the Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster, has enjoyed …

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Tea Leaves and Tea Parties

by Rone Tempest April 7, 2010 April 7, 2010

Tea Leaves and Tea Parties
Some of my liberal friends have been privately berating me for writing about Henry Waxman and Nancy Pelosi needing dunce caps.
I …

Columns/Blogs

Grouse Listing: ‘Waranted but Precluded’; BLM Promises ‘Closer Scrutiny’

March 6, 2010

Grouse Listing: ‘Waranted but Precluded’
BLM Promises ‘Closer Scrutiny’

By Allison Winter, E&E reporter
Reprinted with permission from Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC. www.eenews.net. 202/628-6500

The Bureau of …

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 …

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 …