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Wyoming sues Biden Administration regarding new immigration program

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Today, Wyoming joined a 20-state coalition that’s suing the Biden Administration in U.S. District Court in Texas regarding a new Department of Homeland Security immigration program. “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department), under the false pretense of preventing aliens from unlawfully crossing the border between the ports of entry, has […]

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Driskill, new Wyoming Senate president: legislators will pursue ‘civil, open debate’

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Senate President Ogden Driskill joined Republican leadership in the Wyoming Legislature in outlining priorities for the 67th General Session, which began today. The House and Senate bodies elected leaders after one round of voting per chamber. Driskill was confirmed as the President of the Senate, and Rep. Albert Sommers was confirmed Speaker of […]

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Western Interstate Hydrogen Hub concept receives DOE support

CASPER, Wyo. — The Western Interstate Hydrogen Hub, in which Wyoming is a partner, received a recommendation on its concept paper from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs program. Wyoming is partnering with Colorado, New Mexico and Utah on the hydrogen hub concept, which is part of the states’ strategy for safe, clean and sustainable […]

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Natrona County’s average gas price drops 7.4 cents; national average falls 4.9 cents

CASPER, Wyo. — The national average gas price fell 4.9 cents last week to $3.05 per gallon, while Natrona County’s average dropped 7.4 cents to $2.184. It’s the nation’s seventh straight week of declines, GasBuddy reported. Data compiled from more than 11 million individual price reports show the national average is down 50.2 cents from […]

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State Data Center: Wyoming experiences natural decrease in population for the first time in decades

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — While Wyoming had more deaths than births from July 2021 to July 2022, its population still increased, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. As of July 2022, the state’s population was 581,381, up 0.3% or 1,898 persons, from July 2021, a Wyoming State Data Center Economic Analysis Division news release said. This mirrors […]

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7 Wyoming airports to receive more FAA funding to limit PFAS

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Under a bipartisan law that U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-WY, helped introduce, commercial airports will receive more federal funding to limit discharge of toxic chemicals. President Joe Biden signed the bill into law Dec. 20, The White House announced. The Preventing PFAS Runoff at Airports Act will deploy more existing Federal Aviation Administration funding […]

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TerraPower: Natrium reactor plant delayed due to limited HALEU

GILLETTE, Wyo. — TerraPower’s Natrium reactor demonstration plant in Kemmerer will be delayed, but it’s still coming, President and CEO Chris Levesque said. The timeline established for completing the reactor through the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program assumed the use of nuclear fuel from high-assay low-enriched uranium, or HALEU, from Russia, since the United States isn’t producing […]

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Surface Transportation Board chair says he’s committed to filling coal vacancies

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Surface Transportation Board Chairman Martin J. Oberman said in a letter today to Wyoming’s U.S. senators that he’s committed to filling coal-related vacancies on the board’s Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee as soon as possible. He anticipates they’ll be filled by early March. The Surface Transportation Board is an independent federal agency that handles the economic regulation of freight rail […]

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Gillette local union chair: Potential railroad strike wouldn’t wreck U.S. economy

GILLETTE, Wyo. — While most of the railroad unions negotiating with the National Carriers Conference Committee received a majority of their members’ approval on tentative five-year national collective bargaining agreements, a few didn’t. Those unions are the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, or BRS; the SMART-TD (with respect to one of its contracts), Brotherhood Maintenance of Way Employees […]

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Wyoming celebrates Bat Week

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Oct. 24 through Oct. 31 is Bat Week, an international celebration to raise awareness about the need for bat conservation. Devils Tower National Monument park staff said in a Facebook post on Wednesday that they’ve been studying 11 bat species for several years and that Devils Tower Natural History Association has donated more than $11,000 […]

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Wyoming gas, diesel working group pinpoints 3 policy options to lower gas prices

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Gov. Mark Gordon’s Gas and Diesel Working Group released a report Tuesday featuring its recommendations on reducing gas prices for Wyoming residents. Gordon set up the working group in June amid record-level inflation and gas prices. The group held two public meetings in July and conducted working sessions to make recommendations as to how gas prices […]

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Railroad unions could strike Friday

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The federally mandated cooling-off period between freight railroads and train unions ends at midnight Eastern Time on Friday, Sept. 16. By that time, freight railroads must come to an agreement with train unions or Congress must take action. Otherwise, train unions can strike. The National Carriers Conference Committee has reached tentative agreements with many […]

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Powder River Basin Resource Council sues federal government regarding BLM drilling project

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Western Watersheds Project and Powder River Basin Resource Council have sued the federal government regarding the Converse County Oil and Gas Project. The Advocates for the West law firm is representing the conservation groups in the case against the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management regarding the 5,000 oil […]

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Biden gets win in Wyoming on oil and gas leasing court decision

GILLETTE, Wyo. — A federal judge decided Friday that the Biden Administration had the authority to postpone oil and gas lease sales in early 2021, despite industry groups’ challenges. Western Energy Alliance and the Petroleum Association of Wyoming challenged the president, the Secretary of the Interior and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. In a joined case, […]