The Wildcatter says goodbye

This is the last edition of The Wildcatter, thanks for all your support!

Happy Monday! Astute readers may notice that The Wildcatter skipped last week. I wish I had a good excuse for that, but the truth is I was busy with work and didn’t think I could put out a solid newsletter. When I started this newsletter, I was expecting to be working full-time as a freelance journalist and able to devote a good chunk of time to The Wildcatter. For better and worse, that’s not quite how things turned out. I’ve felt my connection to Wyoming its politics and players fading during my time out of the state and I just don’t have the necessary time to devote to this newsletter. WyoFile, the Star-Tribune and Adams Publishing Group (The Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang) are also turning out some awesome work and I think now is the right moment for me to wind this experiment down. This will be the last edition of The Wildcatter for the foreseeable future.

I’ve been heartened that so many of you have signed up to receive this newsletter, with a significant portion chipping in to help support a product that you could otherwise have been reading for free. If and when I return to Wyoming full-time, I’ll consider relaunching a more robust version of The Wildcatter.

In the meantime, I may put out a couple editions of The Wildcatter on a sporadic basis. I still have thoughts about Wyoming politics but I don’t have the time or resources to properly report on all the interesting storylines out there. For example, in the midst of his embarrassing loss in the governor’s race, Foster Friess is likely setting out to reshape Wyoming politics in his image — and as an enormous political donor, he probably do so. But laying this out in an email-length essay is beyond me at the moment.

For those of you who have subscribed to The Wildcatter, first, thank you so much! One of the most exciting aspects of this project was witnessing how many people were willing to help financially support the work I was doing. You’ve given me faith in the future of media, and that’s no small thing. I’ll be ending the renewal of subscriptions this week, meaning that you shouldn’t see any future charges from The Wildcatter on your credit cards. That should take care of it for all monthly subscribers. For those of you who selected the annual subscription and would like a refund, please let me know who you are and I can locate you within the subscriber database and process a pro-rated refund.

You can all continue to reach me at with questions, comments or political tips (I’ll never stop being interested).

Happy trails,