Special Reports

WyoFile brings you in-depth coverage of complex issues that are critical to civic life in Wyoming. Our Special Reports shine a light on areas overlooked by other news outlets, focusing on facts, insight and divergent views on key matters.

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Federal audit fiasco mars Arapahoe schools’ success story

June 11, 2013

After record academic gains, Fremont County School District #38’s missed audit sparks scrutiny from Cheyenne.

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A preschool for children who are hard to reach

June 4, 2013

Wind River School District turned a used school bus into a mobile preschool for children who struggle with transportation.

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Babes on the Bus: Wind River takes preschool to students

May 28, 2013

One of Wyoming’s largest, least populated school districts turns a school bus into a preschool classroom on wheels.

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Eastern Shoshones to pay in-state tuition at Idaho colleges

May 21, 2013

The new right to pay lower tuition at public universities is based on an 1863 treaty that shows tribal lands extending into Idaho.

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Federal grants help Native teacher aides become certified teachers

May 14, 2013

Wind River Tribal College and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh train Natives to teach on the reservation.

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Citing exemption, DOE denies public records request

April 30, 2013

A Department of Energy laboratory has denied a WyoFile Freedom of Information Act request for more details on the suspended $9.9 million Two Elk federal …

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Lawmakers watch as feds bring Obamacare to Wyoming

April 23, 2013

Wyoming legislators dithered until the federal government stepped in to run the state’s health insurance marketplace. Now they’re calling that a great idea.

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Two Elk Grant Suspended; Under review by U.S. Attorney

April 16, 2013

Feds suspended stimulus project for accounting irregularities. Contractors received ‘Stop Work Order, issued early in 2012.

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Two Elk coal-fired power plant granted another delay

April 2, 2013

After 17 years, Two Elk officials say they will begin construction in January 2014, if markets ‘solidify.’

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Long-delayed DKRW coal conversion plant lacks financing

March 31, 2013

Jason Lillegraven’s study of Carbon Basin geology has him convinced that DKRW’s project has too many faults.

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Locals say DKRW’s coal-to-gasoline plant needs more scrutiny

March 31, 2013

Jason Lillegraven’s study of Carbon Basin geology has him convinced that DKRW’s project has too many faults.

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March against racism supports Native man injured in altercation

March 26, 2013

The demonstration against dozens of small slights Natives experience off the reservation grew with outrage over the attack on Darryn Davis.

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Environmental groups ask Wyoming to revoke Two Elk coal-fired power plant permit

March 21, 2013

Two environmental groups are asking Wyoming regulators to revoke a key permit for Two Elk Power Co.’s proposed “waste coal” power plant in northeast Wyoming …

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Juvenile justice without a juvenile jail

March 19, 2013

Closing Fremont County’s juvenile detention center means placing young offenders in neighboring counties and states while renewing the movement to keep kids out of jail.

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Dreamers seek driver’s licenses in Wyoming

March 19, 2013

Some undocumented workers who came to Wyoming as kids can now legally work, but they need driver’s licenses.

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Reservation schools’ federal aid slashed in sequestration

March 12, 2013

Districts fear cuts to Impact Aid could eliminate teacher aides, reading teachers, nurses and counselors not funded by state.

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Cheyenne’s focus on feds fails to solve reservation’s jurisdiction woes

February 19, 2013

Wind River Indian Reservation police struggle to curb drunk driving on the reservation because of lawmakers’ desire to keep the fed. government out of Wyoming.

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A Compounding Connection: Texas pharmacy leads Barrasso donors

February 12, 2013

The pharmacy’s position at the top of Barrasso’s contributor list signifies his growing clout in national politics and what his next steps might be.

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So where is that Wyoming health care solution?

February 12, 2013

Facts and common sense fly out the window when some conservative Wyoming politicians are determined to show how much they distrust the government.

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Medicaid Expansion: A difficult choice for skeptical legislators

January 8, 2013

Wyoming’s top health official says expanding Medicaid would save the state $50M, but some legislators say it’s a risky bet.