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In a state whose economy was built on mining, it’s appropriate that archaeologists have confirmed a red ocher mine in Platte County is the oldest mine in North and South America. The University of Wyoming announced the publication of an important archeological paper. In it, a long-standing hunch from a legendary Wyoming scientist has been…

The earth’s always moving in Yellowstone, but a recent earthquake in the park was intense enough to be measured by the U.S. Geological Survey. A handful of tourists might have started their day with a good shake. At 7:32 a.m. Wednesday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey detected a light earthquake in Yellowstone National Park. The…

Arachnophobes beware! Wyoming spider enthusiasts are elated by the sighting of a rare western spider that has never been “officially” seen in the state. The Facebook group Spiders of Wyoming is just that. Members post photos of the spiders they spot across the state for the delight of spider fans.Earlier this month, the group announced…

Blooming flowers are a beautiful sign of troubling trends in Grand Teton National Park as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem “adapts” to climate change. Climate change is one of the most pressing issues impacting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. While its impact may be too slow to notice, historic data shows that the environment is changing in…

Education in Wyoming is under the microscope, as both the Wyoming Department of Education and the Governor’s Office seek to improve standards and quality. In 2021, Wyoming was ranked 19th on the list of the best public schools in the United States. Public schools benefit from public input, which is being sought by two state…

Two departments at Northwest College will have endowed chairs, thanks to two local donors who want residents to benefit from local education opportunities. On Dec. 14, the Northwest College Foundation announced the single largest gift in the foundation’s history – just over $3 million. That gift is being used to establish the first endowed chair…

It appears Wyoming mule deer populations are simultaneously more restricted and diverse than biologists believed – and it’s all in their genes. A University of Wyoming-led study determined the state’s mule deer are more diverse than previously believed. After studying deer genetics and behaviors, scientists determined northern, southern, and western Wyoming have their own district…

History has hatched in Powell as a commercial operation succeeds in the first steps of giving greater sage grouse a much-needed boost throughout Wyoming. Seven wild sage grouse eggs have hatched into seven captive chicks at Diamond Wings Upland Game Birds. According to the Powell Tribune, it’s the first time a commercial operation has successfully…

Research suggests millions of years ago, migrating dinosaurs traveled to Wyoming on a full stomach of stones from hundreds of miles away. Research conducted by scientists at the University of Texas discovered new information on the life and times of  Jurassic dinosaurs in Wyoming. But the discovery didn’t come from dinosaur bones – it came…

A field of science once deemed science fiction has succeeded in giving one of Wyoming’s most famous endangered species another chance at life. On Dec. 10, 2020, a black-footed ferret was born at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center in Colorado. An otherwise positive but unexceptional announcement from the conservation…


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