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SECOND ATTEMPT – Wyoming climber summits Everest a year after avalanche, earthquake disaster

May 25, 2016 in News

Darren Rogers' attempt to summit Mount Everest was abruptly halted at Camp 1 last year, when avalanches poured down around his tent and his base camp was decimated by rock slides. Read Full Story... continue reading

Jackson trails Billings in Outside Magazine contest finals

May 24, 2016 in News

Only Jackson and Billings, Montana, remain in Outside Magazine’s online contest to identify America’s best town of 2016. As of Monday evening, Billings boosters were well ahead of Jackson junkies, having garnered 77 percent of early voting. The magazine will shut down voting May 27. Until then, voting is available at www.outsideonline.com/2056761/best-towns-2016. ... continue reading

Photo exhibit shows Yellowstone changes over 140 years

May 23, 2016 in News

Boulders shift, canyons erode, old trees fall, new ones grow and tourists crowd Yellowstone National Park, the length of their vacations barely any time at all in the stream of history. A century and a-half is nothing in the eons of often violent geology that made Yellowstone. Even so, an exhausting project by a Jackson photographer shows how an ecosystem protected for that long can change in ways obvious and subtle. ... continue reading

The growing battle between Wyoming lawmakers and the largest wind developer in America

May 20, 2016 in News

State lawmakers and the developer of the largest onshore wind farm in America are increasingly at odds these days. The subject of their strife: a proposal to raise Wyoming’s wind-generation tax. Power Company of Wyoming officials say the measure puts in limbo their plans to build 1,000 turbines in Carbon County. The 3,000 megawatt project — enough to power nearly 1 million homes — will be left at a disadvantage relative to renewable producers in other states, they argue. Wyoming is already the only... continue reading

Concerned about self-bonding, top federal mining regulator wonders about collusion

May 19, 2016 in News

The top federal mining regulator expressed “grave concerns” with the country’s coal reclamation program on Wednesday and openly questioned whether states and mining firms were colluding to avoid their cleanup obligations. Joe Pizarchik’s comments represent a notable escalation in the debate over self-bonding, or coal companies’ unsecured cleanup liabilities. The director of the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement has kept a low public profile since questions began to mount... continue reading

Federal mining policies, on display in Casper, become new front in fight over coal

May 18, 2016 in News

If there is a war on coal, Casper was its battlefield Tuesday. The combatants — some 300 miners and ranchers, state politicians and environmentalists — descended on the Casper Events Center for the first of six public meetings on the future of the federal coal program. They came clad in their messages. Cloud Peak Energy miners, bused in from Gillette, wore “Friends of Coal” stickers over their hearts. An organizer for the Powder River Basin Resource Council sported a “No Coal Loopholes” stick... continue reading

Wyoming Machinery lays off workers

May 17, 2016 in News

Wyoming Machinery Company is laying off employees. Citing the downturn in the state’s energy sector, the heavy equipment maker announced Thursday that it had laid off about 6 percent of its workforce. The company began offering early retirement packages earlier this year, and Thursday’s layoffs were the next step in coping with Wyoming’s energy downturn. The company disclosed the layoffs in a statement to the Star-Tribune. A company representative declined to comment further. ... continue reading

Hundreds turn out for Wyoming’s first comic con

May 16, 2016 in News

Bearded warlocks, masked vigilantes, fairytale princesses and more than a few stormtroopers bustled throughout the lobby of the Little America Hotel & Resort. Hundreds of fans, many dressed up like their favorite comic book heroes and video game characters, made a weekend pilgrimage to the Cheyenne Comic Con, the very first of its kind in Wyoming. ... continue reading

US proposes to cut methane from oil, gas by nearly half

May 13, 2016 in News

The Obama administration issued a final rule Thursday to sharply cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production, a key part of a push by President Barack Obama to reduce methane emissions by nearly half over the next decade. The rule by the Environmental Protection Agency is the major element of an administration goal to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas drilling by up to 45 percent by 2025, compared to 2012 levels. It would require energy producers to find and repair leaks at oil and gas... continue reading

Linn Energy files for bankruptcy protection

May 12, 2016 in News

Linn Energy, one of Wyoming’s largest natural gas producers, on Wednesday joined the growing ranks of exploration and production firms to file for bankruptcy protection. The move was long expected and followed months of negotiations with the company’s creditors and investors. In a release Wednesday, Linn said the bankruptcy filing was part of an agreement with the company’s creditors. ... continue reading