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Bill Ostheimer, Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, has proposed creating a connectivity area east of Buffalo as a way to help bolster sage-grouse populations. In the next few years, the area is expected to see a downturn in energy development. 

Balancing sage-grouse and energy development

In Johnson County, federal agencies are struggling to conserve sage-grouse without interfering with existing and future energy development. It’s a tall task but an important one because come September, the bird could become an endangered species. If that happens, ranchers and energy develope…

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Wednesday 05/06/2015
Annual event drops hundreds of trees in DeSmet
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:23 pm

A month ago, the surface of Lake DeSmet was a bright white blanket of snow and ice, but on Saturday morning, which dawned warm and sunny, a little celebrating took place on the northern end of the reservoir, as if to herald the end of winter. Hundreds of dried-up Christmas trees were hauled out on barges and dropped in the blue-green water. 

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Uranium tied to Russian controversy
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:09 pm

Northeast Wyoming has become the unlikely backdrop for a controversy with international implications after a “New York Times” investigation revealed that Johnson County uranium is finding its way out of the country, a move that could place a black mark on Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. 

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Winter burn affects trees, shrubs statewide
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 3:28 pm

Scott Schell barely remembers the Halloween freeze of 1991, the last time a severe change in temperature caused widespread browning trees and shrubs. The record high temperatures in October 2014 followed by the astonishing temperature drop in November has caused that browning in trees across Wyoming and into Colorado once again, said Schell, extension entomologist at the University of Wyoming.

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The story of a tipi
Posted: April 29, 2015

Each year tourists trek back and forth between the Black Hills of South Dakota and Yellowstone of Wyoming and Montana. Two hours north of that beaten path lies the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, where Lakota-Sioux artist James Defender Eagle Starkey’s art is everywhere. The unflinching gaze of Buffalo Calf Road Woman follows you from a gas station wall in Ashland, Montana. Bold traditional murals cover the grocery stores in Lame Deer, Montana, fusing the most mundane ritual of daily life on the reservation with the memory of the fighting Cheyenne and the mighty Lakota: a story of suffering, loss and bravery. 

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For the love of education
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 9:03 am

A Johnson County icon and champion for education will be honored for his dedication to students.

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Friday 04/24/2015
Be our guest: local hotel honored
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 2:43 pm

A local hotel is the recipient of top honors for hospitality and quality.

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Thursday 04/23/2015
High tech on the high plains
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 9:07 am

It’s a tale as old as time — in the tech-startup world, anyway.

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
A quest to find the end of the river
Updated: April 15, 2015 - 10:21 am

At first Jerry Sanders, 23, didn’t realize anything was wrong. He, along with his traveling partner Richard Messer, had been on the Missouri River 13 days. It was only the beginning of months of paddling.

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