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Wyoming's AML revenue stream slowing to a trickle

Wyoming has been successful in mitigating abandoned coal mine problems, but it continues to receive large amounts of funding from the Abandoned Mine Lands Fund. That money has been spent on a variety of non-mine projects, from infrastructure to research.

Tales of I-80: A Sudden Storm

Then I noticed the traffic heading east towards Cheyenne was a lot heavier than the traffic going west. I shrugged it off. But I did note tiny crystals floating past my car. Then, in a short period of time, probably less than a minute, a blinding cloud of flakes assaulted my windshield. Where the hell did this come from? I fretted. The wind turbines vanished from sight. I had, in fact, about 50 feet of visibility. I turned on my lights. Snow swirled crazily around my beams like a rising mayfly hatch.

New Seeds for Poor Wyo Counties

Wyoming agriculture is beginning to plant new seeds, and poor counties, known for monoculture, lead the way. A conference in Torrington late this past summer – featuring delicious meals from local producers – highlighted what there is of a local food movement. Speakers emphasized that new ventures might well solve the problem of how to attract young people to agriculture. The problem in modern agriculture, declared conference speaker Joel Salatin, “is creating holistic, complementary systems to create salaries for the next generation. The average age of the American farmer is 60 years old. Farmers hit retirement age and then give it to the kids. That’s too late. The time to pick up that youthful enthusiasm is when they are 16-18 years old. We need to build enough income into farms to hire ourselves and our children and next generation.”