Items by Steve Hinchman and Ed Marston

PacifiCorp bets on coal, and against efficiency
One of the West's largest utilities may be betting that the future lies with coal-fired power plants rather than efficiency and alternative fuels.
Exxon tangles with Wyoming over taxes
Wyoming, already hard-hit by the long decline in oil and gas prices and exploration, is further strapped without the taxes it expected from Exxon's LaBarge project.
Yet another unneeded power plant starts generating
The Intermountain Power Project, the latest in a series of large power plants in the Southwest that keep California cities lighted, fired up this summer.
Hoover Dam, 1990s version: The Superconducting Collider
To the Rocky Mountain West, the $4.4 billion atom smasher represents economic development of the most desirable kind.
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