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 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.

Energy China CO2

Reasons differ, but Wyo and China agree on cutting CO2 from coal

August 5, 2014

Is China’s path to more CO2 emissions an excuse for inaction or a reason to cut U.S. emissions?

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 …

Featured Gov. Mead medicaid exp

Gov. Mead explores Medicaid expansion even as he opposes it

August 3, 2014

Gov. Matt Mead is seeking a second term. One of his first acts as governor was to join a lawsuit against the federal Affordable Care …

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.

Featured superintendent 2014

Superintendent hopefuls call for new chapter in education

July 22, 2014

Candidates for Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction are vying to lead the Department of Education into a new, less controversial era.

Environment air regulation

A Wyoming two step for better air regulations

Commentary by Guest Column July 17, 2014 July 17, 2014

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.

Featured forest-firefighting

Campaign launched to shift forest firefighting costs

July 15, 2014

Study says taxpayers subsidize irresponsible building when federal money is used to fight wildland fires.

Environment Thumbnail image for Bighorn sheep survive migration loss, now pressed by skiers

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.

Featured mead 2014

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.

Environment sage grouse

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.