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GILLETTE (WNE) — Three months after being called back to work at a pair of shuttered Powder River Basin coal mines, the jobs of hundreds of workers at the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines hang in the balance as Eagle Specialty Materials spars with Komatsu Mining Corp. over a pair of industria…

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Wyoming’s shakiest coal operators have the biggest outstanding reclamation obligations, according to a new report — just one indication, the authors say, that declining coal markets could overwhelm the system designed to ensure mining companies clean up their mess.

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The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has backed off a plan to allow Moneta Divide oilfield operators to increase pollutants they dump into creeks above Boysen Reservoir, and proposed new monitoring of existing salty effluent.

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CASPER — New scientific findings could transform the way Wyoming reclaims, or cleans up, its roughly 90,000 acres of land disturbed by surface mining.

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POWELL — An Indiana man who illegally rappelled into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone this month before being pulled out by rescuers says he was searching for hidden treasure.

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CHEYENNE – With plans to offer trivia, live music and experimental beers, the owner of Black Tooth Brewing Company is eyeing mid-March as the target time frame for opening the brewery’s new location in Cheyenne.

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ROCK SPRINGS — Work has begun on the new Children’s Discovery Center at the Rock Springs Library. This would not have been possible without the help of many volunteers, according to a press release.

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LARAMIE — After spending a week marking-up the state’s budget last week, the Joint Appropriations Committee’s budget for the University of Wyoming looks pretty similar to the one Gov. Mark Gordon recommended in December.

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To protect imperiled bighorn sheep, Grand Teton National Park will try to gun down invading mountain goats from the air — despite a Wyoming Game and Fish Commission resolution condemning the plan.

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CASPER — After months of public outcry, state regulators revised a permit for a major oil and gas firm operating at Moneta Divide in central Wyoming. Subject to public comment, the permit will maintain existing limits on discharged water at the facility and impose routine water sampling requ…

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CHEYENNE – At more than 50 years old, the runways at Cheyenne Regional Airport need repairs, which come with a price tag of $62 million. And while that is a lot of money, more than 90% of the project will be paid for with federal funds.

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RAWLINS – Memorial Hospital of Carbon County’s cafeteria packed with people last Wednesday evening as local business leaders, politicians and members of the public came to meet the hospital’s new chief executive officer during an open house meet and greet.

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POWELL — A Powell game bird farm has been given a green light to move to the next step in raising greater sage grouse by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, with plans to collect grouse eggs this spring.