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Brian Upesleja casts a fly July 16 across the Green River, one of many popular recreation sites across Wyoming. Gov. Matt Mead recently announced the formation of a task force that will seek to increase interest in recreation across the Equality State. (Angus M. Thuermer Jr./WyoFile)

Throw long

Angler Brian Upesleja casts across the Green River, part of the landscape where Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead hopes to boost interest in recreation.
“Pounce,” by Lynn and Chad Hanson, was part of a show at the Natrona County Public Library last month. (Lynn and Chad Hanson)

Wild horseplay

A couple is on a mission to protect and preserve wild horses, using photography to achieve their goals.
The moon rises over a coal silo at the Dry Fork Mine just north of Gillette. The Dry Fork Mine feeds the Dry Fork Power Station, where the Integrated Test Center is being constructed. (Andrew Graham/WyoFile)

Moonrise in coal country

In Gillette, people point hopefully to the uptick in mining activity as a good sign for the local economy, following a year-long slide.
Al Simpson and Warren Morton helped boost the mineral severance tax rate in Wyoming, leading to the establishment of the Permanent Mineral Trust Fund. With the downturn in the energy market, attention is returning to Wyoming’s tax structure and how revenues can be increased and costs cut. (Casper College Western History Center)

Severance-tax buddies

As talk turns to Wyoming’s tax structure, an old photograph reminds us of two who helped change the face of the state’s revenue stream.