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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

Racca’s pizzeria opens Wednesday in Casper

August 10, 2016 in News

The 2015 Independent Pizzeria of the Year is opening in Casper. Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana, located at the former Pacific Fruit & Produce Co. warehouse at the corner of Midwest Avenue and Ash Street, will host its grand opening on Wednesday. Read Full Story ... continue reading

Wyoming’s U.S. House candidates vary in accuracy on coal, abortion issues

August 9, 2016 in News

Leading candidates for Wyoming’s U.S. House seat used wit, passion, knowledge and even shock during last week’s debate in attempts to win over the roughly half of GOP voters who are still undecided. The Aug. 2 debate in Casper featured the GOP frontrunners in the race for Wyoming’s only U.S. House seat, according to a poll commissioned by the Star-Tribune and Wyoming PBS. In that poll, 52.3 percent of registered Republicans surveyed said they did not know who they were voting for in the Aug. 16 pri... continue reading