State land deal still alive

CHEYENNE – A lot has changed since Gov. Mark Gordon announced earlier this year that the state was exploring a deal to buy roughly a million acres of land in southern Wyoming from Occidental Petroleum Corporation.

Yet while the coronavirus has brought rapid changes to daily life in Wyoming – and put its main revenue streams in jeopardy – state leaders are still seriously considering the potential land purchase, which would also include about four million acres of mineral rights.

Discussions of the deal were forced “to take a back seat for a while” in the initial weeks of the coron...


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