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  • Chevron doctrine overturned

    Mark Davis Powell Tribune, Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 4, 2024

    POWELL — The Supreme Court has overturned the Chevron Doctrine, which instructed courts to defer to federal agencies on details where the law is unclear, so long as that guidance is “reasonable." The decision, released Friday by the court, will significantly reduce the federal government’s power to interpret laws and issue regulations — including protections for the environment, wildlife and their habitats and how scientists work in a variety of fields. The victory for Loper Bright Enterprises, a herring fishing company in New Jersey, will ma...

  • Life on the road

    Mark Davis, via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 21, 2024

    POWELL — Unlike most high school kids, environmental photojournalist Julia Cook spent much of her free time in the basement of the Draper Natural History Museum stripping rotting meat from the skeletons of various animals; bears, wolves, mountain lions. A half-dozen years later, you can still find her there volunteering to do work many would turn their nose up to. “Sometimes it is a bit smelly,” Cook said during a recent lecture at the museum. Cook was an intern with the Wyoming Game and Fish...

  • CWD increasing in state deer, elk herds

    Mark Davis|Aug 10, 2023

    POWELL — Sobering news resulting from a multi-year Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) surveillance program by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department between 2018 and 2022 shows significant increases in the fatal disease for the state’s prized mule deer and elk herds. In one herd, the prevalence rate is calculated at 65% in mule deer bucks, and there are concerning increases in infected elk, including hunt areas popular for Big Horn Basin hunters. The disease, which typically kills infected animals within two years after initial exposure, now occurs in...