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Wyoming's cleaner coal efforts need national push

Bent on dismissing the urgency for the U.S. to address climate change, and reflexively insisting that coal is the victim of an anti-development agenda, Wyoming leaders are now in a sort of slow-motion realization that their argument has won — so far — and as a result Wyoming’s economic workhorse is losing its U.S. utility market — perhaps for a long, long time...

‘Rodeo cowboys want to have fun’

The most ambitious competitors will want to ride on the college and Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association circuits at the same time. And many of those may follow some of Wyoming’s top young cowboys to Texas, where the pro rodeo season is longer and richer than in the Northern Rockies.“I do hear kids say they want to go to Texas and pro rodeo,” said Dan Mortensen, a world champion saddle-bronc rider and the interim head rodeo coach at Northwest College in Powell.

Wyoming wind and coal need natural gas bridge

For more than 30 years, Wyoming leaders have professed the importance of adding value to the state’s mineral resources rather than simply exporting raw products — particularly coal. Companies have floated dozens of proposal for coal briquettes, coal-gasification for electrical export and coal-to-liquid fuels.The closest any have come to fruition (save for a few fits and starts in coal briquetting) is DKRW Advanced Fuels LLC’s Medicine Bow coal-to-gasoline plant, which began its first phase of construction last fall, according to the Rawlins Daily Times.

Wyoming Kids’ Outdoor Time Nearly Double National Average

A statewide study, conducted by the University of Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center, shows that Wyoming children spent almost twice the amount of time outside in August 2010 (3.7 hours a day) in comparison to the national average (two hours).The survey found that most time spent outside was at home in the yard or neighborhood, doing chores, playing or participating in outdoor sports. But close behind were the 67 percent of kids who spent time in local parks. Also on the list were backpacking, hiking, camping, snow recreation, fishing, hunting, trapping and tracking.

Teenage Bottlerocket: Punk Rockers from Wyoming

Members of Teenage Bottlerocket admit there’s a certain pleasure in living a sort of dual life, with fame in the international punk world and the anonymity of being an average Joe at home in Wyoming. Now that they’re back on tour, the punk rockers from Wyoming are anything but average Joes. After several shows in Spain this month, Teenage Bottlerocket will play the Groezrock Festival in Belgium, then continue their tour with NOFX in Berlin and London, then make their way back to North America with about a dozen dates in Canada.

Beetle epidemic may impact society more than forests themselves

What we do know is there are foresters who say that by removing beetle-killed lodgepole pine, for instance, we can make way for a diversity of trees in those areas currently occupied by one single species. The current forest management plan for the Medicine Bow emphasizes silvicultural practices, which control the establishment, growth, and health of the forest to support desired future conditions. The plan also focuses on how these conditions might include younger stands and increased species, which over time will support resistivity to bark beetle infestation.

UW Professor Brad Watson nominated for fiction award

Brad Watson, 55, who turned to writing after his failed year in Hollywood, is not new to literary prizes. His first collection of short stories, "Last Days of the Dog-Men," won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His second work, the novel "The Heaven of Mercury," received the Southern Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction and was a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award in Fiction.

First Amendment: "A Document for All Seasons."

UPDATE: 4:30pm (MT), 4/30/10Casper--"To be a free people, we must have the courage to exercise our constitutional rights," Chief Wyoming US District Judge William F. Downes said at the conclusion of his oral ruling this week ordering the University of Wyoming to let former Weather Underground radical Bill Ayers speak on campus. "To be a prudent people, we have to protect the rights of others, recognizing that that is the best guarantor of our own rights."