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International Climbers’ Festival to feature women in the sport

July 1, 2014

Top athletes discuss how the sport has changed and the future of female climbers.

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BLM extends comment deadline, sets public meetings for Riley Ridge-to-Natrona pipeline

June 27, 2014

BLM is extending the scoping period from July 9 to Aug. 1 to allow additional time for the submission of public comments.

Energy Report Wyoming coal tour in China

Wyo-Sino: Formalities precede Wyoming-China coal tech exchange

June 25, 2014

Wyoming lawmakers seek new government-to-government relations in China in pursuit of advanced coal technology.

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Wyoming unemployment rate at 3.8% in May 2014

June 24, 2014

Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rose slightly from 3.7% in April to 3.8% in May 2014 (not a statistically significant change).

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Cloud Peak Energy has single fatality at Spring Creek Mine

June 24, 2014

Cloud Peak Energy confirms a fatality at its Spring Creek Mine in Montana at approximately 7:00 p.m. on June 23, 2014 in a single …

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Who should we trust in climate change debate?

Commentary by Guest Column June 24, 2014 June 24, 2014

In the climate change debate, we can listen to attorneys hired by corporations to make a case, or scientists who’ve studied the problem for decades.

The Drake's Take Kerry Drake - WyoFile

Far too many legislative races are uncontested

June 24, 2014

Reasons vary for why Wyomingites don’t challenge incumbents for statewide office, but the results are always the same: A noticeable lack of new ideas.

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Lightweight backpacking: Go farther with a smaller backcountry pack

June 24, 2014

Lightweight backpacking will help you venture farther in a shorter amount of time. Weekend warrior Amy McCarthy offers tips to help shave the weight.

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Senator John Schiffer remembered for service to Wyoming

June 19, 2014

Former Senate President John Schiffer of Kaycee died June 19, 2014. He was known for his moderate views and formidable debating skills.

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Jewell announces $27.1 million In PILT funds for Wyoming

June 17, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that 23 local governments in Wyoming are receiving a total of $27,143,411 under the 2014 PILT program.

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Common loon becoming rare in Wyoming

June 17, 2014

Researchers look for ways to boost Wyoming’s small nesting population of loons.

The Drake's Take Kerry Drake - WyoFile

Anti-sovereignty group brings its twisted message to Riverton

June 17, 2014

The Citizens Equal Rights Alliance described treaties between the U.S. and Native Americans as “historic memorabilia.”

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Slight Uptick In Yellowstone Visitation For First Five Months Of 2014

June 11, 2014

Yellowstone visitation to date in 2014 is up nearly 6 percent over the same period in 2013.

The Drake's Take Wyoming campaign finance

Wyoming shouldn’t rush to remove campaign finance limits

June 10, 2014

In the wake of the McCutcheon decision, legislators may change Wyoming campaign finance law to lift a ban on aggregate contributions to state races.

Peaks To Plains Wyoming wildflowers

Wildflower season: Big winter snow means big summer blooms

June 10, 2014

Summer 2014 should be spectacular for wildflowers in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. Use this guide to plan your quest for Wyoming blooms.

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Wyoming lawmakers talk carbon cooperation in China summit

June 9, 2014

While Wyoming coal proponents frown on carbon capture as a mandate, they seek international alliances in advancing the technology.

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State ready to green-light Simplot Rock Springs ammonia plant

June 3, 2014

Simplot, through Holland & Hart, said simply that “the ammonia production process itself will not generate any hazardous waste.”

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Cale Case: Wyoming budget process needs fixed

Commentary by Guest Column June 3, 2014 June 3, 2014

The last-minute amendment to block Next Generation Science Standards should have been a stand-alone bill.

The Drake's Take Kerry Drake - WyoFile

Tobacco tax increase takes aim at smokers’ health costs

June 3, 2014

A legislative committee is drafting a bill that would raise the state’s cigarette tax, now 60 cents per pack, to $1.85 per pack.

Peaks To Plains outdoor recreation

Outdoor recreation is on the rise, but access is limited

June 3, 2014

More people are getting outside, but access — particularly to public lands — remains a worry for those who love the outdoors.