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.

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Lawmakers dump vetted SHARE plan, adopt Scott’s Medicaid plan

December 17, 2014

Lawmakers opted to pursue a health savings account plan for Wyoming Medicaid expansion in lieu of the SHARE plan drafted by the Department of Health.

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Can lawmakers agree on path toward Medicaid expansion?

December 16, 2014

Lawmakers discuss SHARE plan backed by Gov. Mead, and another plan that includes health savings accounts

Energy lodge

VIP lodge a favorite stop for high- and low-level officials

December 16, 2014

Obama administration officials from the lower rungs of government, not just A-list figures like Vice President Joe Biden, have used a vacation lodge in Wyoming’s …

Energy Osha hazard

OSHA issues hazard alert for fracking and drilling

December 16, 2014

OSHA this month issued an alert warning of the dangers of explosions and poisonous hydrogen sulfide during flowback operations.

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Regulators back smog rules for Sublette area

December 11, 2014

Air quality board unanimous in limiting emissions that cause winter ozone spikes near Jonah, Anticline gas fields.

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Wyoming Medicaid expansion plan faces headwinds

December 9, 2014

Gov Mead supports a Dept. of Health Medicaid expansion plan, while key lawmakers intend to propose a version that would include health savings accounts.

Policy Medicaid

Florida group takes aim at Wyoming Medicaid expansion

December 9, 2014

A poll conducted by the Foundation for Government Accountability, a conservative think tank, asserts that 70 percent of Wyomingites disagree with Medicaid expansion.

Environment Water bills

Wyoming dam construction plans advance

December 9, 2014

Three bills would launch efforts near Hyattville, at New Fork Lake, Big Sandy.

Environment Pinedale main

Tests urged for people, animals near fracking

December 5, 2014

As science review calls for monitoring at gas fields, industry says it’s regulated enough.

Environment new air

Tempest buffets new air quality rules for Sublette County

December 2, 2014

Wyoming’s Air Quality Advisory Board hears conflicting views on Wyoming standards as feds move further to reduce ozone.

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

Featured Election 2014

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 …