Day 18: Oil, Guns And Money

Day 18: Oil, Guns And Money

Lucas Medain, left, and his cousin Jesus "Eddie" Archuleta in front of a 1930s-era Chevrolet Archuleta just purchased. Nate Hegyi, rural reporter for the Mountain West News Bureau , is embarking on a 900-mile cycling trip crisscrossing the continental divide in August and September, interviewing and listening to Americans ahead of the 2020 election. You can follow along on social media , an online blog and this "Where Is He Now?" map. September 13: Rest day in Rawlins, Wyoming, 0 miles An important note here: These are my first-glance takeaways. Think of this as a reporter’s notebook. A mosaic of voices over the next few weeks, cycling 900 miles across four states and dozens of small towns. Rawlins, Wyoming on a Sunday is pretty quiet. Most of the businesses on the main drag are closed. Pickup trucks cruise slowly towards Interstate 80, which connects this town to cities like Laramie and Salt Lake. Many of the houses here – especially the ones up on the hill – are very nice, suburban homes. The Bureau of Land Management field office looks like it was built only a few years ago. Oil, drawn from Wyoming’s public lands, feeds this town. A massive Sinclair oil refinery nearby, along with the state penitentiary, make up the twin pillars of Rawlins’ economy. But right now, worldwide demand for oil is in freefall due, in part, to the pandemic. Prices have dropped and the U.S. oil and gas industry has laid off or furloughed thousands […]

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