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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Sen. Charles Scott unveils ‘Obamacare Relief’ bill

December 18, 2013

Limited health coverage would aid those too poor for insurance, or who can’t pay high premiums.

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Gov. Mead leaves door open for Medicaid expansion on Wind River Indian Reservation

December 10, 2013

After announcing opposition to expansion, Mead views tribes’ bill as special case worth discussing

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Inadequate training leads to Hispanic oil worker injury risk

December 10, 2013

Hispanic workers in the U.S. oil and gas industry bear a disproportionate share of workplace injuries, as gaps in health insurance and language issues put …

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9News features WyoFile report on failed $10M Two Elk project

November 15, 2013

Denver 9 News report features an interview with WyoFile contributor Rone Tempest, who has reported on the Two Elk project for several years.

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Lawmakers inch toward ‘Wyoming solution’ for Medicaid expansion

November 3, 2013

After rejecting traditional Medicaid expansion for state’s poorest, Sen. Charles Scott’s “Arkansas plan” adds premiums and a work requirement.

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Feds debut sluggish ACA health insurance exchange in Wyoming

October 11, 2013

With the government shut down, shoppers were shut out of the website. State premiums are highest in the nation.

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Wyoming Indian and St. Stephens face off in six-man football

September 24, 2013

The Wind River Indian Reservation matchup pits traditional athletic rivals against each other in a new sport — for the first and probably only time.

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Drought, controversy may spur changes in Wind River irrigation management

September 18, 2013

Irrigation succeeds on the Wind River Indian Reservation when irrigators from a local water users group in Crowheart, Wyo. manage the flow of water.

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Tribes seek Medicaid expansion on Wind River Reservation

September 3, 2013

Wyoming state law forbidding Medicaid expansion without legislative approval stymies efforts to help the poorest Natives on the Wind River Reservation.

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Wyoming’s medical community confronts rising healthcare costs

July 23, 2013

A national expert presents alternatives to fee-for-service payments, which, he says, drive the over-utilization of care and spiraling healthcare costs.

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Tribes, residents say EPA deserted them in Pavillion

June 25, 2013

Northern Arapahos ask EPA to hold up deal, Eastern Shoshones see trust and treaty violations, residents feel left out of state and federal decisions.

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WyoFile’s public records appeal in Two Elk case is denied

June 18, 2013

WyoFile requested information related to the suspension of a suspended $9.9M DOE grant to Two Elk developer North American Power Group.

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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.