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Climate, population drops, prompt BLM to revise sage grouse plans

Citing population declines, climate change, habitat loss and other factors, the Bureau of Land Management will revise Western conservation plans for greater sage grouse, including in Wyoming where about 38% of the birds live on a landscape heavily used by the state’s industries.

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Stakeholders ID new cliff for controversial via ferrata projec

Lander-area recreation stakeholders have identified a new site for a controversial cable-and-rung via ferrata project originally proposed on a cliff where peregrine falcons sometimes nest.

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Water agency seeks $281 million for dams, domestic supply, other projects

In what could be one of the biggest requests to the Legislature in years, state water development officials are eyeing $281 million or more to fund agricultural irrigation works, dams, reservoirs, domestic water projects and other programs.

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A retired UW professor’s epic quest to find a boulder

On Aug. 13, 1842, Charles Preuss — the cartographer on John Fremont’s mapping expedition of the Oregon Trail from the Missouri River to the Continental Divide — set up his materials deep in the Rocky Mountains and sketched the scene before him.

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BLM pulls 264 parcels from oil and gas lease sale over grouse concerns

Wyoming will see a federal oil and gas lease sale in early 2022 due to a federal court ruling that ended the Biden administration’s 2021 moratorium.

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Wyoming climate data holds ominous clues about life, economy

Extreme temperatures broke records in June, setting the stage for an unusually hot, dry and smoky summer.

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Wyoming residents observe a changing climate and quality of life

We talk a lot about the weather in Wyoming because, like it does in any place occupied by humans, it unites us. Talking about a changing climate in Wyoming, however, can be more difficult.

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Oil and gas industry continues to show signs of recovery in Wyoming

Wyoming’s oil and gas industry continues to show signs of recovery from the 2020 pandemic shockwave that drove the price of oil below $0 per barrel, spurred layoffs and stalled production.

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‘Defiant Five’ win temporary freedom in wild horse roundup

SUPERIOR — Their manes and tails flying in the air, the wild horses trot, canter and gallop ahead of the buzzing, weaving helicopter.

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Commissioners continue to field library comments

GILLETTE — For the past three months, Campbell County commissioners have gotten used to fielding public comments at their meetings regarding the Campbell County Public Library.

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No regrets for teacher fired over mask requirement

SHERIDAN — Amanda Smith probably won’t be returning to her classroom at Henry A. Coffeen Elementary School, not after Sheridan County School District 2 terminated her for refusing to comply with the district’s mask requirement.

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Ranchers face difficult choices after brutally hot, dry summer

Prolonged drought conditions, intensified by record-breaking heat, have prompted Wyoming cattle ranchers to either buy supplemental feed at higher-than-normal prices or cull their herds.

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Wyoming loggers fear extinction as federal forest policy evolves

The Pearson family is as much of a fixture in this corner of Crook County as Devils Tower.

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