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EnergyNet's map of BLM land up for sale in the 1st quarter across the west
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BLM Lease Sale Ends In WY; Majority Of Land On Sage Grouse Habitat

The Bureau of Land Management ended the first quarterly oil and gas lease sale in Wyoming. It's offering nearly 150,000 acres-62 percent of that is on core sage grouse habitat.

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The sale of the Kemmerer coal mine has hit a snag in bankruptcy courts. The subsidiary of Westmoreland that owns the Kemmerer mine and the new billionaire buyer named Tom Clarke are required to replace bonds to ensure the land can be reclaimed if the mine were to go under. But court documents show the two were ready to close the deal without completing the step.

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A new study from the Pew Research Center looked at how long each state could survive on their rainy day funds alone. Wyoming came out on top. The Cowboy State could stay afloat for just over a year on its rainy day reserves. States put these funds aside to prepare for an unexpected spending spike, like in a natural disaster, or to help balance a budget shortfall during a recession.

Water leaders from the seven states that make up the Colorado River basin are one step closer to finalizing a drought contingency plan. Representatives from Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, California and Arizona met in Phoenix Tuesday to sign a letter to Congress asking for federal approval of the plan.

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A report from a nonprofit that focuses on disability issues says that Wyoming is one of the top ten states for employing people with disabilities.

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State poetry reading contest winner, Lauren Haiar, will represent Wyoming at the national Poetry Out Loud competition next month.

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Earlier this week, a conservation coalition filed a lawsuit against the National Elk Refuge in Jackson for continuing to provide supplemental feed to elk in the winter, especially since Chronic Wasting Disease has been detected in Teton County.

EnergyNet's map of BLM land up for sale in the 1st quarter across the west
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The Bureau of Land Management ended the first quarterly oil and gas lease sale in Wyoming. It's offering nearly 150,000 acres-62 percent of that is on core sage grouse habitat.

The Manitou and Pike's Peak railway in Colorado has the highest elevation of any railway in North America. And the 5th highest in the world. The tracks go over 14,000 feet.

The track was opened in 1889 by Zalmon G. Simmons, Inventor of Simmons Beautyrest Mattress Company. The track took tourists to the top of the peak and back. 

Screenshot from UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ruling
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

A Washington D.C. federal court decision has stopped future leasing on over 300,000 acres of Wyoming public lands. In 2016, several conservation groups raised concerns the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was not reasonably considering the impact of oil and gas lease sales on climate change.

National Park Service officials are reconsidering a plan would require would-be visitors to make reservations to enter Arches National Park after receiving pushback from local businesses.

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