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More Oil And Gas Leases Open Up In Sage Grouse Core Area

In the first quarter of 2018, the Bureau of Land Management will place seven times more acres of sage grouse habitat on sale in Wyoming for oil and gas drilling than it did during the same time last year. Holly Copeland, conservation scientist with The Nature Conservancy, crunched the numbers. “They hovered between 20,000 to just under 40,000 acres in the fourth quarter of 2017 sale and then take [sic] a huge jump up to almost 120,000 acres in the first quarter of 2018,” Copeland explained...

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Wyoming – Today is the day that school districts needed to turn in five year building plans to state officials. What becomes of those plans remains to be seen. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck has more.

Wyoming – After months and years of heated debate, Wyoming has a plan for managing wolves, if and when they come off the endangered species list. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports that in the end, two polarized groups actually agreed on something, that the state should have taken more time to make the decision.

Wyoming – Native Americans across the country are working for more independence and in some cases are getting the opportunity for self governance. In Wyoming the Northern Arapahoe and Eastern Shoshone gained some sovereignty when they took over control of social services and child protection on the Wind River Reservation. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports on how that has gone and what it has meant to the tribes.

Wyoming – Later this summer, the US Forest Service is expected to put an expanded food storage order in place in Western Wyoming. The agency says it is trying to protect forest users from bear conflicts. But outfitters and others have been carping about the plan since it was first proposed in 2002. They say bears just aren't a problem in forest areas that are getting the food storage order. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern has more.

Wyoming – One of the many complaints about food storage orders to deal with bears is the hassle they can be to comply with. It's often difficult to find trees that are adequate for hanging food. And with bear-proof containers, everyone in a group is forced to carry extra weight. But by next spring, a new, more convenient alternative could come on the market.

Cheyenne, WY – When he was elected governor, Dave Fruedenthal became chair of the State Land Board, which is in charge of managing the 3.5 Million acres of property the state owns and uses to help fund schools. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports on the new energy the five board members displayed at a recent informal retreat.

Casper, WY – Communities looking to improve their air service have until June 30 to apply for a federal grant program designed to help small towns. A year ago, a joint proposal by Casper and Gillette was one of those to receive grant money. The counties matched the $500,000 federal grant and used the money to buy a 19-seat airplane. The plane was leased to Big Sky Airlines, which has been flying a Casper-Gillette-Billings route since late October. But it's been a bumpy first eight months as Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports

Wyoming – A flat economy, rising insurance costs, inflation, and less state revenue has some city governments cutting back on budget spending. Bob Beck explains that some cities in the state are doing much better than others.....

Wyoming – Student enrollment is down around much of Wyoming, schools are closing and teachers are being laid off. But if they're willing to move, there are plenty of jobs in other states. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports on the competition for teachers.

Wyoming – Despite a wet spring in many parts of the state, the potential for a volatile wildfire season still exists, with southwestern Wyoming being the most vulnerable. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports.

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