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Wyoming's congressional lawmakers expressed opposition during Tuesday's confirmation hearing for Secretary of the Interior Department nominee Deb Haaland.

The Senate confirmation hearing for Deb Haaland, nominated to lead the Interior Department, began Tuesday. If confirmed, she'll be the nation's first Indigenous cabinet secretary and oversee federal public lands management and tribal affairs.

Kamila Kudelska

The Wyoming House Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources committee has approved a bill that sets up a specific process if the Wyoming Game and Fish Department considers closing one of its 22 elk feedgrounds. There is no written process on how to close a feedground currently.

The National Park Service just dropped an early version of its new app.

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While there's an insect named after Lady Gaga, and a lichen named after former President Barack Obama, a lot of the time species get named after scientists - especially white men.

GRIZZLY BEAR ON SWAN LAKE FLATS, YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK; JIM PEACO

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department's (WGFD) grizzly bear management actions decreased in 2020 compared to 2019. However, the number of bears captured involving food rewards increased.

Cloud Peak in the Bighorn Mountains.
National Park Service

Scientists at the University of Wyoming have used a new method to measure past climate in the state.

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Every year, hunters set out in search of their quarry. Some will be successful, but inevitably, some will be unable to fill their tag, for a variety of possible reasons. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is constantly striving to make sure that the number of tags they sold isn't one of those reasons.

Fish and Wildlife Service

A new study finds that human interference affects how much elk interact with each other.

Taylar Dawn Stagner

While there are a few smaller meat processors in central Wyoming, in Riverton a new processing plant looks to keep more and business in its own community.

South-facing slope covered in cheat grass near medicine bow forest
Cooper McKim

The Colorado College State of the Rockies survey has been polling eight interior Western states for the past 11 years, including Wyoming. The poll asks questions on a range of issues affecting land, water, air and wildlife.

Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center

In the first week of February, avalanches in the United States killed at least 14 people. That's the highest number of deaths in a seven-day period for at least a century.

Experts say it's partly because more people are out in the backcountry.

A male sage grouse.
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Wyoming's sage grouse population is declining, but reproduction rates held steady this year.

Catherine Wheeler

The U.S. Forest Service in the Bighorn Mountains is asking for the public's feedback on a new climbing management plan for the Tensleep area.

The Tensleep Canyon area has exploded in popularity in recent years for its rock climbing. This has caused stress on the area's natural resources as well as controversy on how the sport should be managed in the Bighorns.

Dry conditions are the worst they’ve been in almost 20 years across the Colorado River watershed, which acts as the drinking and irrigation water supply for 40 million people in the American Southwest.

As the latest round of federal forecasts for the river’s flow shows, it’s plausible, maybe even likely, that the situation could get much worse this year.

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Many people think of science and art as complete opposites, but one University of Wyoming researcher is working to combine the two. Wyoming Public Radio's Ashley Piccone spoke with Karen Vaughan, a pedology professor who is using the soil in her research to make watercolor paint. She said soil is more important than you would think.

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Ninety percent of avalanche deaths are triggered by a person. In the first week of February of this year, avalanches in the United States killed at least 14 people. This is the highest number of deaths in a seven-day period in a hundred years. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska chatted with American Avalanche Institute's Jenna Malone, who attributed this season's high number of avalanche deaths to the gap in time between the early snow in the fall and more recent storms.

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The Wyoming State Legislature has approved $24 million for water development. Some of that funding will go towards fixing the unsafe LaPrele dam near Douglas.

 

 

New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland is poised to become our nation's first Indigenous cabinet secretary. As some prominent Mountain West lawmakers oppose her confirmation to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior, many of their Indigenous constituents are pushing back.

Lisa Morgan

Yellowstone National Park is famous for its hydrothermal activity. Geysers like Old Faithful and Steamboat have delighted tourists and fascinated scientists for years. But a lot is still unknown about the hydrothermal features that make the park so unique.

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Tiger chert is a stone that formed about 50 million years ago in Wyoming and the surrounding region, and artifacts made from the rock are found around the West. It's made of quartz and has distinctive stripes that give it its name.

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Whitebark pine trees are found in cold, windy, high elevation areas in western North America. It's a relatively hardy species of tree, known for being one of the first plants to establish in an area after it's been disturbed, like by a fire. But the species is under attack from mountain pine beetles and a non-native fungus known as white pine blister rust that slowly damages and eventually kills trees.

Ad valorem taxes contribute to local and state-wide school funds
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The Wyoming House of Representatives and Senate have agreed on a path forward to solve a problem that has plagued the state for years: ad valorem tax collection.

Bloomberg News broke the story this week about a very bleak outlook for a big industry in the West: Morgan Stanley is predicting coal will completely leave the U.S. energy mix by 2033, replaced largely by renewables.


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After a lengthy discussion, the Wyoming House of Representatives gave initial approval to a bill that increases the amount of maintenance money state parks can use.

The Biden administration is considering an increase in royalty rates on oil, gas and coal development on public lands for the first time in more than a century.

 


NPS Photo / Jim Ecklund

A new study finds that bark beetle infestations and wildfires may change the structure of forests.

Dan Boyce

The Wyoming Senate gave its final approval on Friday to a bill that would change the net metering law in the state.

Brittany Patterson

Wyoming U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis has introduced legislation that would prevent a moratorium on oil, gas, or coal without congressional approval.

Todd Katzner/U.S. Geological Survey

Wind farms pose a threat to eagles. But a new system to identify the raptors and shut down the turbines may help.

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