Brandon Hoover, the one human resident of Buford, gets ready to feed Sugar, the unofficial town mascot. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Buford: Come for the Coffee, Stay ... To Keep The Tiny Town Open

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Buzz Hettick scans federal Bureau of Land Management land near his home in Laramie, Wyo., scouting for an upcoming hunt. He worries the proposed transfer of federal lands to the states would jeopardize the public's access to these lands. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Push To Transfer Federal Lands To States Has Sportsmen On Edge

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President-elect Donald Trump's promises to bring back miner jobs and open mines appealed to many voters in coal country. Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

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See Where Women Have The Most And Least Political Representation In The U.S.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a political rally on April 5 in Laramie, Wyo. Sanders spoke to a large crowd on the University of Wyoming campus after winning the Wisconsin primary. Theo Stroomer/Getty Images hide caption

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Reclaimed land that was once mined for coal in Wyoming's Powder River Basin. When coal companies declare bankruptcy, funding for land reclamation becomes a question Leigh Paterson/Inside Energy hide caption

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When Coal Companies Fail, Who Pays For The Cleanup?

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The point-in-time count for the homeless population often misses those who crash on friends' couches or stay in cheap motels due to a lack of shelters. Dale Dean, from Cheyenne, Wyo., is one of them. Miles Bryan/Wyoming Public Radio hide caption

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In Rural America, Homeless Population May Be Bigger Than You Think

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The federal government will stop issuing new coal leases on some 570 million acres of federal land, under a new plan being released Friday. In this photo from 2013, coal is loaded onto a truck at a mine built on federally controlled land in Montana. Matthew Brown/AP hide caption

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In Wyoming, one in three Native students are what's considered "chronically absent." Educators on the Wind River Indian Reservation say that's a major factor holding back student achievement. Karl Gehring/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Wyoming Schools Get Poor Report Card For Native American Absenteeism

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Paul Weaver, Laramie City Council representative, says that when the state of Wyoming failed to act, Laramie saw the need for action and stepped in to protect gays and lesbians in the community. Miles Bryan/Wyoming Public Radio hide caption

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'Patchwork Of Protection' In Rural Areas For LGBT Community Has Limits

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A coal-bed methane well sits abandoned in a pool of water outside Gillette, Wyo. It's more expensive than it looks to clean up. Stephanie Joyce/Wyoming Public Radio hide caption

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With Abandoned Gas Wells, States Are Left With The Cleanup Bill

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The Wind River Reservation, pictured here, is trying to increase reports and treatment of sexual assault with new practices that encourage cultural sensitivity to better serve survivors. Karl Gehring/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Native Americans Turn To 'Safe Stars' For Help With Sexual Assaults

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