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A black-footed ferret briefly peers from a prairie dog burrow before disappearing underground after being released on the Hogg ranch in one of several reintroduction attempts.  Photo by Mark Davis, Powell Tribune.

POWELL —Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom has been resurrected and the show’s producers have picked two area ranches’ black-footed ferret conservation efforts to highlight in the first season.  When Allen and Kristine Hogg, owners of the historic Lazy BV Ranch, got a call from the iconic wildlife show...

Wildlife biologist Mike Lockhart displays the wingspan of a young adult male golden eagle he trapped and released in June 2022 in the Shirley Basin. (Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile)

 
Federal officials are weighing public comments on a proposed wind energy project that would add to an expanding crop of turbines in south-central Wyoming.  Though the 79-turbine Two Rivers project is relatively small compared to other wind projects in the works, some worry about mounting,...
In the latest offshoot of an effort to improve Wyoming’s ability to attract and retain teachers, education officials are seeking members for a task force. The group will develop recommendations for state policymakers and district-level staff aimed at addressing a statewide teacher shortage.  The...

The valley in which the West Fork dam and reservoir would be constructed. (Angus M. Thuermer, Jr./WyoFile)

As officials this week outline plans for a 264-foot-high concrete dam proposed for a wooded canyon in the Medicine Bow National Forest, irrigators and critics remain divided over the project’s benefits and impacts. The two sides disagree whether the estimated $80-million structure and accompanying...
A pair of peer-reviewed papers examining how insects are faring in reclaimed portions of the Pinedale Anticline and Jonah gas fields found major population and diversity upticks, as well as evidence that breaking up the sagebrush benefits pollinators.  To make those determinations, former...

Pine island, Florida resident AJ Duda tries his luck at catching goldfish in Grand Teton National Park in January 2023. (Mike Koshmrl/WyoFile)

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK—It wasn’t AJ Duda’s first brush with angling for goldfish and other former aquarium dwellers within view of the Teton Range.  The Pine Island, Florida teen, visiting Jackson Hole with family, had scouted this unlikely microfishing honey hole during a prior vacation. This...
Though Wyoming’s five statewide elected officials were sworn in Monday, a handful of key positions in two of their offices remain vacant.  While some turnover is normal during a transitional period following an election, according to several officials, both the offices of state treasurer and...
Mounting pressures have made it nearly impossible for rural EMS agencies to balance their budgets, resulting in a spate of EMS office closures across Wyoming and increasing uncertainty about providing ambulance and emergency care to state residents.  One proposed bill at the Legislature aims to...

A substation collects power from the Jim Bridger plant to connect to the electrical grid Jan. 19, 2022. (Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile)

Electric utilities in Wyoming are already incurring costs to comply with legislation that requires them to pursue retrofitting coal-fired power plants with carbon capture, utilization and sequestration facilities, despite preliminary analyses that CCUS technology is cost-prohibitive.  Those initial...
Bipartisan federal legislation to increase funding for home-visiting programs that serve hundreds of Wyoming families became law Thursday when President Joe Biden signed the $1.7 billion federal spending package.  Home visits involve professionals making house-calls on expectant families and those...

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