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Can Wyoming put its mouth where its money is?

Wyoming coal — in terms that coal is one of Wyoming's powerhouse economic drivers — is likely to continue to lose its share of the U.S. utility market to natural gas due in large part to huge operational successes in tapping shale gas reserves, a phenomenon that has changed geopolitics and the world energy picture. And rather than pull anthropogenic (man-made) CO2 from coal-fired power plant stacks for carbon sequestration, oil and gas drillers will instead chase after natural geologic reserves of CO2 to fuel a burgeoning enhanced oil recovery industry due to the high price of crude oil.

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.