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Travis McNiven (center), who serves on U.S. Sen. John Barrasso's policy staff was among hundreds of people who attended a Friends of Coal rally this week in Casper. Thousands of people who rely on coal mining are impacted by layoffs as three of the nation's largest coal producers reorganize under bankruptcy and face the prospect of a prolonged downturn in the industry. (Tim Kupsick/WyoFile)

The State of Coal

The spectre of coal’s cracking foundation in Wyoming brought hundreds of miners and community leaders to Casper this week to testify before federal officials about the future of the federal coal leasing program.
Travis Walker (American, b. 1976), Paragliders, 2004. Acrylic on Canvas. 54 x 54 inches. Private Collection. (Courtesy of National Museum of Wildlife Art)

An artist’s view of the Tetons

Travis Walker's painting Paragliders is among many visual artists' interpretations of Grand Teton National Park featured in "Grand Teton National Park in Art", an exhibition at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
A screening of Jackson resident Will Taggart’s documentary film “Our Local Epic” is just one of many Earth Day events happening around Wyoming. (photo by Will Taggart)

Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day and Wyomingites are commemorating the 46th anniversary with a host of events statewide.
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Right of way, wrong market conditions

The four-track rail corridor out of the southern Powder River Basin has been jammed with coal trains for years. The critical route connecting Wyoming energy with far flung markets is seeing a lot less traffic lately.
A hen mallard made her return migration to  northwest Wyoming from points south in time for the latest blast of winter weather. (Timothy C. Mayo Photography. All rights reserved.)

Snowbird

Waterfowl and winter weather have both returned to much of Wyoming.