Articles written by Dustin Bleizeffer


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  • Lawmakers to local authorities: Don't enforce federal land policies

    Dustin Bleizeffer|Oct 19, 2023

    A legislative committee will draft a measure to prohibit state and local authorities from aiding or cooperating with federal land management agencies “when they pursue policies which harm Wyoming’s core interests.” The move is in response to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s draft plan for managing 3.6 million acres of federal land in southwest Wyoming. The Select Federal Natural Resource Management Committee also voted unanimously to draft a bill creating a new full-time position in the gov...

  • Residents, elected officials blast utility over historic Wyoming rate hike

    Dustin Bleizeffer|Aug 31, 2023

    Rocky Mountain Power’s proposal to hike electric utility rates in Wyoming by an average of 29.2%, if approved, would put households and businesses in peril and only serve to line the pockets of the company’s shareholders and executives, which includes its parent company PacifiCorp’s owner, billionaire Warren Buffett. That was the consensus among about two dozen people who spoke at a public comment hearing held by the Wyoming Public Service Commission Thursday in Casper. “We’re going to lose a...

  • BLM 'conservation rule' divides Wyoming public land users

    Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com|Jun 15, 2023

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management proposes to change how it manages millions of acres across the nation — and in Wyoming — by reestablishing conservation as an equal priority in its “multiple use” doctrine, according to the agency. The Conservation and Landscape Health draft rule recognizes that drought, wildfires and other mounting pressures require a shift in how BLM lands are managed, the agency said. “As pressure on our public lands continues to grow, the proposed Public Lands Rule provides a path for the BLM to better focus on the healt...

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