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 Mule deer migration

Group launches $2.1M drive to save mule deer migration parcel

September 18, 2014

The property at the outlet of Fremont Lake near Pinedale is a bottleneck for the longest known mule deer migration route.

Energy WTE

Wyoming Tribune Eagle opinion: Legislative meddling hurting UW

September 18, 2014

Lawmakers are selling the school’s academic freedom to the energy industry. They need to back off.

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 …

Featured Larry Hicks

UW law school says it meets needs of state, energy industry

September 16, 2014

Lawmakers and faculty discussed the University of Wyoming College of Law, and expressed hope for a new era of cooperation after last fall’s chaos.

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.

Featured University of Wyoming

UW attempts to rebuild after Sternberg shakeup

September 2, 2014

Administration is taking measures to bring stability to academic affairs, and win back trust by better engaging faculty.

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

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Mead, Murray, and Balow win contested primary races

August 20, 2014

Wyoming primary election results came in late last night, bringing to a close several contested races in the GOP primary.

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.

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.