Articles written by Joel Funk

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  • We've been here before: Wyoming nuclear project echoes of past

    Joel Funk,|Aug 12, 2021

    When state officials unveiled in June that a nuclear demonstration project is slated for Wyoming, they touted it as an advanced technology. But critics of the Natrium project say we’ve been here before — with the same technology and the same assurances made — only to see hopes dashed and massive public investments go to waste. The multi-billion dollar Natrium project is a joint effort of PacifiCorp, TerraPower and the U.S. Department of Energy that is expected to place a 345-megawatt power plant in Wyoming. Behind TerraPower is none other...

  • Wyoming holding course despite lagging vaccine rates

    Joel Funk,|Jun 3, 2021

    Wyoming’s Covid-19 vaccination rate remains among the lowest in the nation, yet the state has declined to set quantifiable goals, offer incentives or otherwise modify its approach to address the underperformance. Almost half of the national population has received at least one Covid-19 vaccination shot, with just less than 40% being fully vaccinated. The highest vaccination rates in the nation are in the northeast and New England. Vermont, the second least populous state behind Wyoming, is approaching its goal of vaccinating 80% of the p...

  • Pro-police marchers rally in Laramie

    Joel Funk, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 22, 2020

    LARAMIE — Dozens of American and Blue Lives Matter flags flew at the corner of Third Street and Grand Avenue Saturday as pro-police demonstrators filled the intersections’ four corners. The demonstration was loosely organized by local citizen groups looking to show support for law enforcement amid protests against police brutality and racism that have seen supporters calling for reforms or even defunding police agencies. Brandon Homan, who led marchers from the American Legion Post 14 to the busy downtown intersection, said he and his sup...

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