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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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.

Environment Wyoming dams

Mead wants feedback on more Wyoming dams

June 24, 2014

A survey seeks feedback to guide planning for new Wyoming dams and water projects under Gov. Matt Mead’s statewide water strategy.

Energy coal slurry

Coal Slurry: An idea that came and went

June 24, 2014

During the 1970s coal boom, Wyoming saw several proposals to build coal slurry pipelines to ship the mineral out of state. None succeeded.

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Conservatives challenge Mead in Wyoming governors’ race

June 17, 2014

Two conservative Republicans are aiming to unseat incumbent Gov. Matt Mead in the August 19 primary for the 2014 Wyoming governors’ race.

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Mead wants feds to reverse sage grouse status

June 17, 2014

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead wants the federal government remove the sage grouse as a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Environment ammonia plant

Board splits in approving $350M Simplot ammonia plant

June 10, 2014

One Industrial Siting Council member can’t support plant that’s only 30 percent designed.

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Wyoming secretary of state candidates wary of “big money” race

June 3, 2014

The five Wyoming secretary of state candidates are sizing each other up, and preemptively denouncing any opponent who spends big money in the race.

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Wyo. governor pushing Jewell to quickly delist Yellowstone grizzlies

May 27, 2014

Environmental groups have had differing opinions on whether to delist the grizzlies in the Yellowstone region.

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Politicians raising more money to win Wyoming elections

May 13, 2014

The amount of money spent in Wyoming elections is growing, keeping the state in line with a national trend of increasing campaign spending.

Environment mule deer migration

America’s longest mule deer migration discovered in Wyoming

April 22, 2014

The discovery of America’s longest mule deer migration by Wyoming scientists adds to a burgeoning awareness of where animals move and why they move.

Politics Kerry Drake - WyoFile

Wyoming can be on the right side of history

April 15, 2014

Does it make sense for Wyoming and its attorney general to oppose same-sex marriage, even as Al Simpson and a majority of Americans support it?

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Education board punts science standards back to panel

April 12, 2014

The Wyoming Board of Education returned the legislatively-banned Next Generation Science Standards to a review committee of teachers with no instructions.

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Wyoming same-sex marriage case rests on state constitution

April 8, 2014

Proponents of same-sex marriage in Wyoming aim to use the state constitution to strike down a law defining marriage as between a man and a …

Economy Wyoming non-labor income

Surprising sources behind today’s economy

April 8, 2014

In Wyoming today, income from non-labor sources is more than twice the combined personal income from people working in the state’s staple industries.

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Minority leader wants open debate on Wyoming’s savings policy

April 1, 2014

Proponents of rethinking Wyoming’s savings strategy say the state may not be getting a good return on its $1.6 billion “rainy day” fund.

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Halliburton joins University of Wyoming’s list of energy donors

March 20, 2014

Officials say Halliburton’s $3 million gift underscores the close collaboration between the energy industry, state government, and the University of Wyoming.

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Community colleges cheer boost in enrollment-based funding

March 18, 2014

But in sober assessment of funding model, colleges say the short-term focus hobbles planning and innovation

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Legislature wraps budget, looks to interim and special session

March 11, 2014

In 19 days the Wyoming legislature approved a $3.5 billion budget and passed some 132 bills, while setting the stage for a special session.

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Wyoming spends $259M to halt decay of aging Capitol building

March 4, 2014

Lawmakers have approved $259 million to restore the Wyoming State Capitol and move offices into the adjacent Herschler Building.

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WyoFile joins Week 3 of Wyoming PBS Capitol Outlook

March 4, 2014

This week’s Capitol Outlook featured segments with WyoFile reporter Gregory Nickerson and columnist Kerry Drake.