Rone Tempest

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The Two Elk Saga Part 6: “Shame on them”

June 10, 2014

“To have some jokers take that money and put it in their pocket and to have them be totally incompetent, shame on them.”

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The Two Elk Saga Part 5: “The project from hell”

June 5, 2014

“If I could build it with a hammer, I would.” — North American Vice-President Brad Enzi, March 2007 before the Campbell County Commission.

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Two Elk Saga Part 4: “Like I was purchased?”

June 3, 2014

“Are we a bunch of naïve buffoons? I don’t think we are. I just think we are way too trusting.” — Former Wyoming Gov. Dave …

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Two Elk Saga Part 3: “Pennies on the dollar”

May 29, 2014

“He got these assets for pennies on the dollar.” — former Baltimore Gas & Electric executive on Mike Ruffatto California power plant purchases.

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Two Elk Saga Part 2: “Working class but not deprived”

May 27, 2014

“The thing that was always odd about Mike Ruffatto. He loved to see other people have fun but he didn’t participate much himself.”

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The Two Elk Saga Part 1: “Wearing suits and using big words”

May 22, 2014

“My name is Mike Ruffatto. I’m president of North American Power Group and, on behalf of the Two Elk Power Company, I’m here to request …

Two Elk

Sources and Acknowledgements

May 20, 2014

Two Elk Saga: A note on sources and acknowledgements
This series is based on a broad review of public records and on dozens of interviews conducted since …

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Two Elk Saga Intro: How one man’s dream became state, federal nightmare

May 20, 2014

“As much as we wanted it to be real, it wasn’t” — former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, September 10, 2013

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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 …