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Deal to bring electricity to over 1,000 on Navajo Nation

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 1,000 Navajos who live without electricity in their homes soon could get power for the first time as the tribal utility buys a system of rural Utah substations and electrical lines under the terms of a decades-old deal with a power company. Across the 27,000 square-mile Navajo Nation, an estimated 15,000 people live ...

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Wyoming partners with Japanese companies seeking coal

Wyoming coal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead has signed an agreement calling for cooperation between a consortium of Japanese companies and Wyoming experts in researching clean-coal technology. Mead signed a memorandum of understanding Monday in Cheyenne with the president of the Japan Coal Energy Center. The center represents about 120 manufacturing and energy companies, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki ...

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Feds remove the lesser prairie chicken from protection list

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facing an uphill court fight, the U.S. government announced Tuesday it was formally removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the move follows recent court rulings in Texas that stripped the lesser prairie chicken of federal protection. However, federal officials say ...

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Utah national monument proposal stirs fierce debate

Utah, cave drawings,

BLANDING, Utah (AP) — Laminated sheets of papers held in place by rocks rest inside ancient cliff dwellings nestled underneath a spectacular red rock overhang in southeastern Utah. “Don’t erase the traces of America’s past,” the signs read. “Please do not enter interior rooms.” The weathered signs and a similar warning at the trailhead are the only protections in place ...

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Utah crafting rules for spending on water, major pipeline

A high-speed camera captures a methanol drip, which has about half the viscosity of water. (Image: Andrew Magill via Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State officials will lay out a plan later this year to scrutinize proposals for major water projects, including a controversial pipeline pulling water from Lake Powell, before dipping into millions lawmakers set aside for water this year, officials said Tuesday. Eric Millis, the director of Utah’s Division of Water Resources, told members of a state ...

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US finishes plan to protect Roan Plateau in western Colorado

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DENVER (AP) — Federal land managers have taken another step toward protecting most of western Colorado’s wild Roan Plateau from natural gas drilling, releasing a revised plan that puts many areas off-limits. The Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday the plan puts in place the provisions of a 2014 compromise among conservation groups and natural gas producer Bill Barrett Corp. ...

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Judge: US agency lacks authority to set rules on fracking

energy taxes, Colorado

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge ruled Tuesday that federal regulators lack the authority to set rules for hydraulic fracturing, dealing another setback to the Obama administration’s efforts to tighten how fossil fuels are mined. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said the Bureau of Land Management can’t set the rules because Congress has not authorized it to do so. The ...

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Bidder chosen to rebuild Wyoming town’s only gas station

FILE - In this May 8, 2015 file photo, gas station attendant Carlos Macar pumps gas in Andover, Mass. Gasoline is close to breaking below a key psychological barrier as drivers enjoy some of the cheapest pump prices since the recession. The nationwide average price of a gallon of regular Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 was $2.02, down 58 cents from this time last year, according to auto club AAA. Experts say it could drop below $2 in the coming days. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The tiny town of Chugwater in southeast Wyoming has awarded a bid to bring back the only gasoline for miles around. Alex Cadar’s $400,000 bid to rebuild on the site of the Horton’s Corner convenience store includes a promise through the federal Community Development Block Grant program to hire around 18 people when the store opens, ...

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Gov. Mead to present budget cuts to lawmakers in Cheyenne

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is set to unveil budget cuts on Tuesday that he says likely will require a small number of state employee layoffs even as the state guards its massive “rainy day fund” against the possibility the current downturn in energy production will last for years. Driven by downturns in energy revenues, Mead is ...

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