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Shoshone Forest Eyes New Rec Permits

THERMOPOLIS — In April 2001, Absaroka Bicycles owner Rick Roach submitted a proposal to the U.S. Forest Service to provide guided mountain bike trips into the Shoshone National Forest.

Last week, almost 10 years later, Roach finally got the answer …

Farm subsidies a complex mix of financial aid, politics & markets

Since the 1930s, the federal government has managed an increasingly complex system of subsidies, direct payments, incentives and other financial assistance to American farmers, all with the goal of making the difficult and risky work of farming less volatile and more sustainable, particularly for small, family operations. But even some who participate in the system concede that it is far from perfect, often producing unintended consequences and counterintuitive results.

Jobs, energy, policy & markets

How to best preserve American jobs, protect the environment and reduce the country's dependence on foreign sources of fossil fuels is the subject of two views — one from U.S. Senator John Barrasso and the other from David Wendt, president of The Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs.

One Man’s Mystery Leads to a Backlash Against Fracking

Meeks used to have abundant water on his small alfalfa ranch, a 40-acre plot speckled with apple and plum trees northeast of the Wind River Mountains and about five miles outside the town of Pavillion. For 35 years he drew it clear and sweet from a well just steps from the front door of the plain, eight-room ranch house that he owns with his wife, Donna. Neighbors would stop off the rural dirt road on their way to or from work in the gas fields to fill plastic jugs; the water was better than at their own homes. But in the spring of 2005, Meeks' water had turned fetid. His tap ran cloudy, and the water shimmered with rainbow swirls across a filmy top. The scent was sharp, like gasoline. And after 20 minutes — scarcely longer than you'd need to fill a bathtub — the pipes shuttered and popped and ran dry.