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Born in a Wyo blizzard, Breezy Johnson skis up a World Cup Storm

VICTOR, Idaho — U.S. women’s downhill ski champion — Wyoming native Breezy Johnson — races into three World Cup events in January after storming the podium earlier this season and nipping the heels of the reigning Olympic gold medalist.

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Northwest College receives rare donation — of tubas

POWELL — A donation of 20 rare brass instruments to Northwest College may bring a new sound to the Trapper music department.

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Staff shortages plague Wyoming medical providers

Sublette County Rural Health Care District Director of Nursing Vicky Marshall has been a nurse for nearly 24 years, but lately she’s found herself daydreaming of becoming a waitress or bartender.

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After exceeding pollution limits, oilfield operator seeks relaxed permit

After an energy company at the troubled Moneta Divide gas- and oilfield discharged more pollution than allowed under a 2020 permit, Wyoming is poised to change that permit to remove limits on, and monitoring of, some waste flows.

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Hageman releases first paid campaign ad

CASPER — Harriet Hageman, the Donald Trump-endorsed candidate in the U.S. House race against Rep. Liz Cheney, released her first paid ad of the campaign Wednesday as she ramps up her effort to unseat Wyoming’s lone congresswoman.

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80 years after Pearl Harbor A whole different world

BUFFALO — The day after more than 350 Japanese aircraft attacked U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor, Johnson County High School students assembled in the school gymnasium to listen to President Franklin Roosevelt address the nation.

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Climate, population drops, prompt BLM to revise sage grouse plans

Citing population declines, climate change, habitat loss and other factors, the Bureau of Land Management will revise Western conservation plans for greater sage grouse, including in Wyoming where about 38% of the birds live on a landscape heavily used by the state’s industries.

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Stakeholders ID new cliff for controversial via ferrata project

Lander-area recreation stakeholders have identified a new site for a controversial cable-and-rung via ferrata project originally proposed on a cliff where peregrine falcons sometimes nest.

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Ratepayer liability for coal carWater agency seeks $281 million for dams, domestic supply, other projectsbon capture limited to 2%

In what could be one of the biggest requests to the Legislature in years, state water development officials are eyeing $281 million or more to fund agricultural irrigation works, dams, reservoirs, domestic water projects and other programs.

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A retired UW professor’s epic quest to find a boulder

On Aug. 13, 1842, Charles Preuss — the cartographer on John Fremont’s mapping expedition of the Oregon Trail from the Missouri River to the Continental Divide — set up his materials deep in the Rocky Mountains and sketched the scene before him.

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BLM pulls 264 parcels from oil and gas lease sale over grouse concerns

Wyoming will see a federal oil and gas lease sale in early 2022 due to a federal court ruling that ended the Biden administration’s 2021 moratorium.

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Wyoming climate data holds ominous clues about life, economy

Extreme temperatures broke records in June, setting the stage for an unusually hot, dry and smoky summer.

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Wyoming residents observe a changing climate and quality of life

We talk a lot about the weather in Wyoming because, like it does in any place occupied by humans, it unites us. Talking about a changing climate in Wyoming, however, can be more difficult.

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Oil and gas industry continues to show signs of recovery in Wyoming

Wyoming’s oil and gas industry continues to show signs of recovery from the 2020 pandemic shockwave that drove the price of oil below $0 per barrel, spurred layoffs and stalled production.

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‘Defiant Five’ win temporary freedom in wild horse roundup

SUPERIOR — Their manes and tails flying in the air, the wild horses trot, canter and gallop ahead of the buzzing, weaving helicopter.

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Commissioners continue to field library comments

GILLETTE — For the past three months, Campbell County commissioners have gotten used to fielding public comments at their meetings regarding the Campbell County Public Library.

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No regrets for teacher fired over mask requirement

SHERIDAN — Amanda Smith probably won’t be returning to her classroom at Henry A. Coffeen Elementary School, not after Sheridan County School District 2 terminated her for refusing to comply with the district’s mask requirement.

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Ranchers face difficult choices after brutally hot, dry summer

Prolonged drought conditions, intensified by record-breaking heat, have prompted Wyoming cattle ranchers to either buy supplemental feed at higher-than-normal prices or cull their herds.

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Wyoming loggers fear extinction as federal forest policy evolves

The Pearson family is as much of a fixture in this corner of Crook County as Devils Tower.

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Anti-vaxxers commandeer committee meeting to protest mandate

A group of activists that included healthcare workers commandeered a meeting of the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor, Health and Social Services Thursday to demand legislative action against COVID-19 vaccination requirements at medical facilities around the state.

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Sheridan students repair school devices as part of class

SHERIDAN — Two computer science classes offer Sheridan High School students the chance to receive practical skills and aid the school district they attend.

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