Environment

Environment Rock fins

Rock fins and flinging at Raymond Mountain

September 16, 2014

The Raymond Mountain wilderness study area is not a well-known destination, making its lush drainage and wild geology enticing to those who want wilderness without …

Environment bear kills

Bear bite probably killed man; both species under review

September 16, 2014

Investigators believe they have found both grizzly and black bear hairs on the remains of a Virgin, Utah, man whose employer reported him missing last …

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Feds OK more female grizzly killing in cattle conflict zone

September 5, 2014

Conservation group says federal agencies should change grazing practices instead of increasing female grizzly kill limit.

Environment sage grouse

Conservation groups give BLM an ‘F’ for sage grouse protection

September 2, 2014

Sage grouse strategy, followed in BLM Lander plan, said to fall short of BLM scientists’ earlier recommendations.

Environment mule deer

Development, CWD weigh on diminishing deer

August 26, 2014

In areas where Chronic Wasting Disease is present, the prevalence of the disease is 37 percent.

Energy wildefire bankrupcy

Wildfires could bankrupt states if they acquired federal tracts — report

August 26, 2014

Western states are ill-equipped to take ownership of federal lands because of the spiraling cost of fighting wildfires on national forests

Energy china-coal

Wyoming, China dream of a coal-chemical bridge to future energy

August 19, 2014

Coal-rich partners eye byproducts from coal as a commercial driver to eventual zero-CO2 emissions coal power plants.

Environment mule-deer

Help sought for ravaged mule deer

August 19, 2014

Across Wyoming, an iconic species’ numbers have dropped 36 percent. Fawn production has declined 20 percent in the last quarter century.

Environment Pavillion

Pavillion water investigation continues at a slow drip

August 12, 2014

Prelim “well integrity” report notes missing data, no evidence of leaky gas wells.

Energy Pavillion gas

Probe of Pavillion gas wells finds a need for more data

August 8, 2014

Initial well-integrity report finds gas wells were properly drilled and maintained, more study needed to determine source of water contamination.

Energy sage grouse

Ad campaign blames ‘activist lawyers,’ bad science for looming grouse listing

August 7, 2014

Sage grouse proponents blast O&G industry for misinformation campaign.

Environment Ravens

Poison a tool in Wyoming’s war on ravens

August 5, 2014

For now, the bird is being killed to keep industrial sites clean and livestock safe, but all eyes are on ravens’ effect on fragile sage …

Environment Ken Rose

A professor in the field

August 3, 2014

Ken Rose has studied fossils in Wyoming’s Bighorn basin for more than 40 years, reconstructing the paleo-ecology of the area.

Environment Ken Rose

Bighorn Basin fossils could teach about climate change

August 3, 2014

Discoveries in the heart of Wyoming are — technically — off limits to its students due to state’s ban on Next Generation Science Standards.

Environment Firefighter-radio

Retired firefighters; wildland colleagues in danger

July 22, 2014

A small group of retired wildland firefighting managers says safety reforms are needed to save lives.

Environment firefighters-bulletin

Firefighter safety started in Wyoming

July 22, 2014

The Blackwater Fire west of Cody killed 15 firefighters in 1937.

Environment air regulation

A Wyoming two step for better air regulations

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Wyoming can improve upon air quality regulations by applying them evenly throughout the state.

Environment Wildfire

WILDFIRE: Battle lines drawn over fixing budget crisis

July 17, 2014

The Forest Service has run out of appropriated suppression money eight times in the past decade, forcing it to siphon money from non-fire accounts.

Environment burned out

Burned out and moved out

July 15, 2014

Family decides not to rebuild forest home after devastating fire.

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Bighorn sheep survive migration loss, now pressed by skiers

July 8, 2014

Backcountry recreation reduces winter range for a unique herd of bighorn sheep that lives year-round in the Tetons.