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Wold, Winkler urge care for youth at annual Boys & Girls Club breakfast

September 20, 2017 in News

"Parents, listen to your children, because mine never did." That suggestion was the last delivered by the jokester in the leather jacket, Henry Winkler, to more than 1,300 people gathered early Wednesday at the Casper Events Center for the 19th annual Awards & Recognition Breakfast. Beneficiaries of the breakfast are the more than 11,000 youth in three counties -- Natrona, Converse and Johnson -- served by the 10 branches of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming. ... continue reading

People owe Wyoming $80 million worth of debt — the state wants to get better at collecting it

September 19, 2017 in News

Everyone likes free money. But with the Wyoming Legislature facing a more than $700 million deficit in education funding, lawmakers are especially eager for ways to generate new revenue without raising taxes or fees. That thirst for new cash has led them to reexamine outstanding payments owed to the state. People or companies owe Wyoming roughly $80 million. While $80 million may not sound like much considering the state’s total budget, legislators at the Interim Joint Revenue Committee meeting in B... continue reading

Lawmaker floats constitutional amendment; wind company joins with Casper College; and upcoming energy events

September 18, 2017 in News

This week in numbers Friday oil prices: West Texas Intermediate (WTI) $49.83, Brent (ICE) $53.48 Natural gas weekly averages: Henry Hub $2.95, Wyoming Pool $2.66, Opal $2.71 Baker Hughes rig count: U.S. 936, Wyoming 25 Read Full Story... continue reading

City plans to renovate Midwest Avenue as focus continues in downtown

September 14, 2017 in News

Midwest Avenue isn’t the safest or most attractive street in downtown Casper. Narrow sidewalks and crumbling curbs line the roadway, while electrical wiring hangs overhead, and there’s not a potted plant or tree in sight. But as Liz Becher stares out at the avenue on Monday afternoon, she doesn’t see its current dilapidated state — instead, she envisions its potential. The community development director said the city plans to start renovating Midwest Avenue in January by adding street lights, ... continue reading

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos tells Casper audience that country ‘must’ rethink schools

September 13, 2017 in News

Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos praised Natrona County’s policy of school choice Tuesday in Casper while urging nationwide educators to move away from what she called an outdated model for educating students. “It’s time to rethink schools,” she said. “For far too many kids, this year’s first day back to school looks and feels a lot like last year’s first day back to school. And the year before that, and the generation before that, and the generation before that.” ... continue reading

Cheney bill seeks to put oil and gas development in state hands

September 12, 2017 in News

Rep. Liz Cheney is co-sponsoring a bill that would hand more control of oil and gas development on federal lands to the states, stoking fears from environmental groups that the range of access and protections from federal agencies is narrowing. The Federal Land Freedom Act allows states to prove they have the enforcement muscle and regulatory infrastructure to oversee oil and gas permitting, leasing and production on available federal land. The bill’s proponents, including the congresswoman from Wyomin... continue reading

‘Funky Junk” event features artisan vendors, music and food

September 11, 2017 in News

Whitney Asay is a lifelong Casperite and the owner of Petuniaz, a downtown shop that sells unique jewelry, gifts and home decor items. She is hosting the fifth Funky Junk event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, with live music, food trucks, beer and artisan vendors. How did your business get started? Well, I guess Petuniaz got started because I was making jewelry in my spare time; I started doing little house parties and things, and my husband, Chris, just said, you should do it. So we opened a shop 3-... continue reading

Denver court rules against Wyoming data trespass law

September 8, 2017 in News

Wyoming’s data trespass laws could violate First Amendment rights, the federal appeals court in Denver ruled Thursday. The Wyoming statutes, first passed in 2015, made it a criminal and civil offense to trespass in order to collect research data, such as photographs, soil or water samples. Read Full Story... continue reading

Now that the day has come and gone, what’s next for the city’s eclipse planner?

September 7, 2017 in News

Nobody trained Anna Wilcox to do her new job — no one had done it before. So when she arrived in Casper in June 2016 to prepare Casper for tens of thousands of visitors for the 2017 total solar eclipse, she had to improvise. Read Full Story... continue reading

Trump ended the coal moratorium, are coal companies buying?

September 6, 2017 in News

Before the largest companies sought bankruptcy, before the layoff rumors proved true, before the Obama administration placed a moratorium on new leases, coal companies’ appetite for leasing opportunities began to fade. They were pretty well-stocked for the time being, and the coal market was facing instability. In 2013, Kiewit Mining Group asked the Bureau of Land Management to delay leasing Hay Creek II, a tract north of the Buckskin Mine near the Wyoming-Montana border, saying the coal market was ... continue reading