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The Pour House becomes Casper’s first specialty coffee shop

August 26, 2016 in News

As Travis Johnson tells it, he didn’t know what good coffee was until 10 years ago. He was in Florida, trying a featured menu item at his friend’s new coffee house: a pour-over. The Japanese method requires special coffee beans, funnel-like equipment, specific water temperatures, and most of all, patience. Johnson took a sip of the hot black coffee. Chocolate and nutty flavors blossomed in his mouth. He was impressed, and took the cup to go, because Johnson is a sipper, taking time with his coffee... continue reading

Yellowstone celebrates Park Service centennial, despite fire

August 25, 2016 in News

Popular tourist areas in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks will be open for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service on Thursday, but a wildfire is forcing some visitors to drive a little farther than they expected to get to the celebration. The fire in Grand Teton National Park has shut down a route leading to Yellowstone's South Entrance, so visitors coming from the south through Wyoming will have to take an hourlong detour into Idaho. Firefighters are hoping cooler weather will help... continue reading

Proposed wind tax increase draws opposition

August 23, 2016 in News

More towns and counties are lining up to oppose the idea of increasing wind generation taxes in Wyoming. Members of the Legislature’s Joint Revenue Committee have directed staff to prepare proposals to increase the state wind tax. One proposed bill would increase the current tax of $1 per megawatt hour of wind produced in Wyoming and the second proposal would require wind companies to pay a portion of the federal Production Tax Credits they receive. County commissioners in Carbon and Albany count... continue reading

Mysterious graves along route to Cloud Peak Wilderness

August 22, 2016 in News

Tombstones can only hint at the story of the person buried there, often vaguely. They have inscriptions like: He was a kind and loving father; or she was a beloved mother and sister. And a white cross inscribed with only the person’s name and the dates of birth and death indicate the resting place of a soldier. R... continue reading

Casper charter school backers will try again

August 19, 2016 in News

A group intent on opening Casper’s first charter school will make another attempt to win approval from local education officials who denied their application last year. Backers of the project say they’ve made changes to their budget in line with feedback provided by the Natrona County School Board, the body that rejected their proposal in September. Board members, who also had concerns about community support for the project, say they are willing to keep an open mind on the matter. ... continue reading

Liz Cheney wins Republican primary for U.S. House

August 17, 2016 in News

Liz Cheney overcame criticism about her ties to Wyoming and won the Republican primary for the U.S. House, a seat once held by her father. With 82 percent of the precincts reporting at press time Tuesday, Cheney had received 40 percent of the vote in the most competitive U.S. primary contest in Wyoming in over 100 years. ... continue reading

Wyomingites head to the polls; clerks in Natrona and Sweetwater counties report light turnout

August 16, 2016 in News

Wyoming's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is up for grabs as voters head to the polls in Tuesday's primary election. Liz Cheney is the best funded candidate in the Republican field and has top name recognition. She's the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and she has raised money from prominent Republicans nationwide. Other GOP candidates include State Sen. Leland Christensen of Alta; State Rep. Tim Stubson of Casper and Cheyenne attorney Darin Smith. ... continue reading

New book recounts 1959 Yellowstone-area earthquake

August 15, 2016 in News

A powerful earthquake that struck the Hebgen Lake area near Yellowstone National Park in 1959 also left a powerful mark on a 7-year-old boy who was asleep in his Idaho Falls home. Historian and author Larry E. Morris said he didn’t wake up. “My mom certainly did. I think a jar fell and broke,” he said. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake killed 28 people, including an Idaho Falls family of five who was believed to have been entombed by a massive, quake-triggered landslide that buried a campground and p... continue reading

Yellowstone sets more tourism records

August 12, 2016 in News

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Officials say Yellowstone National Park set a new record for monthly visitations in July, which is often the busiest month of the summer season. The park says 995,917 people visited in July, topping the previous record set last July by 1.5 percent. Tourism for the first seven months of 2016 is up 6.5 percent compared to the previous year. ... continue reading

Top executives could get bonuses during Peabody bankruptcy

August 11, 2016 in News

The bankrupt coal company that laid off 235 of its northern Wyoming employees in March wants to provide almost $12 million in bonuses to its six top executives. Peabody Energy, which operates the North Antelope Rochelle mine outside Gillette, argued in court documents filed Aug. 3 in the U.S. bankruptcy court in St. Louis that incentive bonuses, contingent on cutting costs, as well as meeting revenue and environmental reclamation goals, will ultimately boost the company’s viability. ... continue reading