Two Elk Developer Charged with Federal Criminal Fraud

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Rancher Dan Tracy lives near the proposed Two Elk power generation site. (Rone Tempest/WyoFile)

WyoFile.com - Federal prosecutors have charged Michael J. Ruffatto, developer of the once-proposed Two Elk coal-fired power plant near Gillette, with criminal fraud for bills he submitted under a 2009-2010 federal stimulus grant to research carbon storage on his site in rural Campbell County, according court documents obtained by WyoFile.

Medicaid expansion would protect state infrastructure — workers

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WyoFile.com - Being one of those who routinely “zooms out” when viewing Google Maps, I am inclined to address Medicaid expansion in Wyoming from a big-picture, overarching, perspective. The issues I believe we need to focus more on are trust and compassion.

Lawmakers Eye Nuke Plant, Waste

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A barrel of radioactive waste (Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile)

WyoFile.com - Wyoming lawmakers may consider working with the U.S. Department of Energy in a new “consent-based” effort to establish sites for storing highly radioactive nuclear waste.

Can Science and Education Save Yellowstone Visitors from Themselves?

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Wyofile.com - The bad news: most visitors in Yellowstone National Park have no concept what 25 yards (the minimum distance the park allows humans to approach bison) looks like.

Casper’s Wyoming Medical Center lays off 58

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Wyoming Medical Center laid off 58 employees today and announced it will not fill another 57 positions due to the region’s declining economy. The 9 percent reduction to Casper’s second-largest employer will trim an estimated $7.2 million in annual expenses.

Opposing Groups to Rally at Federal Coal Hearing

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Belle Ayr mine

WyoFile.com - Both pro- and not-so-pro coal advocates gather in Casper today as Department of Interior officials take public comment on a pending review of the federal coal leasing program.

Home Run for Cheyenne Boy, Torrents of Rain and a Big Happy Birthday to Tu Youyou

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Not sure how to weave torrential rains, big major league home runs, some crazy Cheyenne bicyclists and a few other items that caught my eye into a coherent statewide column, but here goes:

Herd Bull Shot ’Round the World

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WyoFile.com - For the past four winters visitors to the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole have glimpsed a mammoth elk that’s drawn worldwide attention for its large antlers.

Grizzlies at Risk on 2 Million Acres

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WyoFile.com - Wyoming will “discourage” grizzly bears — likely by hunting — from thousands of square miles they currently occupy in the Yellowstone ecosystem, state officials said recently while describing pending plans.

Liz Cheney: Repeal EPA Regs to Help Coal

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The Wyoming Republican Party holds its state convention in Casper. (Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile)

CASPER — As Wyoming’s GOP party prepped for its Saturday night convention here, U.S. House of Representatives candidate Liz Cheney accused the Obama administration of adopting policies that aggravate coal’s woes when the industry already is suffering from a bad market.

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