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 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.

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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.

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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

Featured Wyoming businesses

Wyoming businesses seek to pool data to lower healthcare costs

September 30, 2014

Private employers aren’t waiting for state help to gather healthcare cost information that could lead to lower prices from providers.

Environment Yellowstone wolves

Judge spikes Wyo. wolf plan, reinstates federal protections

September 25, 2014

For now, it is illegal to kill or harass a wolf anywhere in Wyoming.

Environment pepper spray

How to react during an encounter with a grizzly bear

September 23, 2014

The following is advice from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee

Environment Bear spray

OSHA probes researcher’s death by bear as workplace fatality

September 23, 2014

Agencies, companies have different policies to protect workers in grizzly backcountry; few have written requirements mandating carrying bear pepper spray.

Environment grizzly country

How to hike safely in grizzly country

September 23, 2014

Here are recommendations from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee for hiking safely in grizzly country

Featured Senate candidates

U.S. Senate candidates challenge 18-year incumbent Enzi

September 23, 2014

The Wyoming race for U.S. Senate pits well-funded incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi (R) against a former Catholic priest, an airline pilot, and a cook.