Policy

WyoFile delves into the deepest elements of Wyoming’s public policies, uncovering, exposing and explaining the often unseen forces that shape the state’s people, landscape, wildlife, economy and communities.

Environment water pollution

30 years of data show wilderness water pollution

November 25, 2014

In Wind River Range, where air is supposed to be pristine, pollution changes life in alpine lakes

Energy water sampling

High-stakes suit pits ranchers against water-sampling greens

November 25, 2014

More than a dozen ranchers have filed a trespass lawsuit against Western Watersheds Project — an organization that aims to stop grazing on public lands.

Environment Wilderness migration

Wildlife wilderness migration comes alive in video mapping project

November 19, 2014

Radio collar data is superimposed, time-lapsed, on maps to show how important wilderness and other lands are to Wyoming animals.

Environment pay for wildlife

Study: Non-hunters contribute most to wildlife

November 18, 2014

While hunters generate funds for state agencies, federal lands in the West are the essential foundation

Environment wildlife

Who should pay for Wyoming’s wildlife?

November 11, 2014

Law review article proposes changes as Game and Fish looks toward deficit

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Voters across Wyoming endorse Republicans and local control

November 5, 2014

In Wyoming’s Republican sweep, voters favored incumbents and local control in education issues, and said ‘no’ to out-of-state university trustees.

Environment health implications

Study finds toxins, cancer-causing air pollution at oil, gas wells

October 30, 2014

At homes, farms near fracked sites, sample after sample reveal carcinogens, nerve toxins above federal health standards.

Environment Sally - Brad

Could federal protection mire sage grouse conservation?

October 28, 2014

If greater sage grouse are put on threatened or endangered list, some fear state support and sportsmen’s money will evaporate.

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First same-sex marriage licenses issued in Wyoming

October 21, 2014

Same-sex couples applied for Wyoming marriage licenses today in the wake of a court ruling. Advocates say the licenses represent a new era for the …

Environment elk hunt

Photographers sue to stop Grand Teton elk hunt

October 21, 2014

Action in D.C. court says elk feeding is cause of hunt that killed one grizzly bear and could kill four more.

Energy drilling

The drilling industry’s explosion problem

October 21, 2014

Deadly fires and explosions occur too often in the oil and gas industry, according to some workplace safety proponents — a particular concern as drilling …

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Wyoming same-sex marriage ban overturned, Mead will not appeal

October 17, 2014

Despite attorneys assurances of an appeal in a hearing Thursday, Gov. Mead said the State will not appeal. Same-sex marriages will be legal in Wyoming. …

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Q&A: Al Simpson on same-sex marriage in the Equality State

October 17, 2014

WyoFile spoke with former Sen. Alan Simpson (R) to get his views on the same-sex marriage case and what it means for the Equality State.

Featured plaintiffs

Judge will rule by 5 p.m. Monday on same-sex marriage in Wyoming

October 16, 2014

Mead administration asks for more time to make its case against allowing same-sex couples to marry.

Environment Jewell- Mead

Jewell, Mead, laud ranchers’ grouse conservation

October 15, 2014

At ceremony, Governor, Interior Secretary sign agreements with 9 ranches.

Featured same sex marriage

Wyoming’s stalemate on same-sex marriage may break this week

October 14, 2014

A federal court prepares to decide the same-sex marriage issue in Wyoming, while advocates look back on the movement in the Equality State.

Environment elk vaccine

Widely used elk vaccine called ineffective

October 14, 2014

Game and Fish comparison shows inoculation statistically insignificant in reducing elk abortions, infection rate of brucellosis.

Environment grizzly hunters

Park hunters likely to kill more grizzlies

October 14, 2014

Review following 2012 shooting anticipates hunters will kill 6 more grizzly bears in Grand Teton, Elk Refuge.

Energy drilling simulator

University of Wyoming opens oil & gas drilling simulation lab

October 7, 2014

$1M in taxpayer funds used to match $1M gift from WPX Energy to build drilling rig simulator for UW students.

Environment Green river

Green River dams get little support in survey

September 30, 2014

Ten smaller reservoirs eyed for decade-long construction push