Despite a narrative that COVID-19 and energy downturn are the cause of state budget cuts, columnist Dodson writes, that’s not the entire story. A dysfunctional political system is even more to blame.
Protecting infrastructure from protesters won’t be a study topic for Legislature’s Judiciary Committee
Promoted as a boon to public safety and security, Senate File 74 Crimes against critical infrastructure would improve neither.
Are Western Communities Getting a Fair Return on Energy Development? Reprinted with permission from Stanford University’s Rural West Initiative. Not for republication by Wyoming media.…
With sky-high energy prices driving new oil and gas exploration in the American West, states
Local officials know their rural roads were never meant to handle this kind of industrial traffic. “We’ve seen some of the roads disintegrate. These roads were designed for pickups and horse trailers, not the 100,000-pound loads we’re seeing,” said State Rep. Matt Teeters, R-Veteran. Laramie County Road and Bridge Supervisor Don Beard said bad weather conditions worsen the damage caused by heavy trucks. “They don’t care if the road is frozen, if it’s raining, or snowing, too hot, too dry, too windy, or too cold. They’ll operate on those roads and that’s where the damage begins to occur,” Beard said.