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A pair of coal trains idle at a switchyard near a coal loadout facility in northeast Wyoming. (Alan Nash/WyoFile)

Union Pacific Railway, one of two railroad companies that haul coal out of the Powder River Basin, is under fire for curtailing shipments to customers, including power plants. The failure to meet customer coal demand has resulted in less coal-fired power generation and higher costs to ratepayers...

Pronghorn migrate south for the winter near the town of Pinedale. These animals are part of a herd that migrates south through the Green River basin. Although their travels are known, they remain unprotected by the state of Wyoming. (Joe Riis)

A Wyoming policy held up as the national gold standard for protecting big game migration corridors is gathering dust nearly three years into its existence, frustrating wildlife advocates who fear critical habitat is being degraded and lost.  Conservationists worry the governor is playing favorites...
Measuring student progress based on subject mastery — rather than amount of instructional time — will be key to the future of Wyoming’s education system. The state should also double down on addressing the mental- and behavioral-health challenges plaguing students and educators. Those are among the...
Money from lawsuit settlements with opioid manufacturers and distributors is starting to trickle into Wyoming, but state and local governments still don’t know how they’ll use the funds.  Wyoming is expected to get millions of dollars over the next few decades from organizations blamed with causing...
CROOK COUNTY—Rep. Chip Neiman (R-Hulett) likens his first term in the Wyoming Legislature to being a newly married youngster responsible for a 2-month-old baby.  “I had flippin’ no idea what I was doing,” Neiman said from the living room of his ranch home. A newcomer to politics in general, that’s...
CHEYENNE – Colorado communities may provide a model for the state’s northern neighbors in finding ways to increase affordable housing stock.  Cheyenne’s pursuit of housing affordability for people across the income spectrum has led to recent reports and discussion among city leaders and staff.  In...
CASPER — Amid a record number of minor-party and unaffiliated candidates running in the general elections, the state GOP voted Saturday to no longer recognize Republicans who register to run in elections with another party affiliation.  The rule went into effect immediately.  “As we looked at this...
BUFFALO — When Nancy Schiffer - a political observer and wife of former Wyoming Senate President John Schiffer, a 21-year senator from Senate District 22 - would go door to door, campaigning on behalf of her husband or another politician, she was almost always graciously received.  Even those who...
CASPER — Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Buchanan is set to assume his judgeship next month, leaving his office with three months remaining on his term.  The departure means Wyoming’s top elections official will be gone before the general election in November. It will also mean an interim secretary...
JACKSON — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, acting with authorization from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has killed one of Grizzly 399’s offspring that was frequenting human-occupied areas in Sublette County. WyoFile first reported the management action Thursday afternoon. Dan Thompson,...

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