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Female ice climber’s passion for cold sport burns hot at Cody Ice Festival

February 20, 2018 in News

The temperature is around minus 10, not counting the windchill. Fat snowflakes are pelting what little exposed skin exists in a group of about 20 bundled folks who have postholed through snow and tread unsteadily on a partially iced over and rock-studded Aldrich Creek for more than a mile.Conditions are brutal, and Angela Vanweimeersch couldn’t be happier. “Welcome to Cody, Wyoming, where everything is wildly inconvenient!” she jokes, spreading her arms to take in the surrounding snow-dusted and co... continue reading

How a coalition of caretakers is keeping Wyoming’s ghost towns alive

February 19, 2018 in News

They used to hold Saturday night dances on the top floor of the general store that grew so large the building started to sway. A woman rode her horse dozens of miles from her ranch to play her violin for the partiers. Read Full Story... continue reading

Casper retirement home residents spread kindness with cookies

February 16, 2018 in News

Like much of America, Casper College student Mya Jones and her friends spent portions of Wednesday watching the news about the shooting at a Florida school. So when retirement home resident Bette Myers approached their lunch table at Casper College the following day and handed the students gift cards and a small bag of cookies, Jones couldn’t stop the tears from springing into her eyes. ... continue reading

Arch Coal reports increased profits, stable production for Powder River Basin coal

February 14, 2018 in News

Arch Coal, owner of the mammoth Black Thunder mine outside Wright, increased profits last year, and officials expect production in the Powder River Basin to remain stable in 2018. One of the three large coal companies in Wyoming to file for Chapter 11 during the downturn, Arch made $2.3 billion in revenue its first full year out of bankruptcy, it reported Tuesday. The St. Louis-based firm finished out 2017 with $238.5 million in net earnings. The final quarter of the year was also positive for Arch... continue reading

For Valentine’s Day — we need to relearn the art of romance

February 13, 2018 in News

I still have no idea why Laura Lindsey liked me, but she did. It happened during my sixth-grade year in the spring of 1974, when she transferred to our school. Laura had grace and style and was instantly embraced by the popular girls. She was out of my league, but I pursued her nonetheless. Trying to impress her one day while playing “keep-away” during recess, I grabbed the ball and ran near her. ... continue reading

Massive Montana bighorn that died of natural causes shatters world record

February 12, 2018 in News

Montana’s Wild Horse Island State Park will soon be known as home to the world’s largest bighorn ram. Last week, officials at the Boone & Crockett Club’s headquarters in Missoula, Montana, measured the horns of the 9-year-old ram that died of natural causes in 2016. Its score of 216-3/8s points shattered the old record by nearly seven inches. The current world-ram was killed by a vehicle in 2010 in Alberta. Its score was 209-4/8. ... continue reading

Olympic ski course created by Wyoming rancher receives praise after training run

February 9, 2018 in News

YEONGCHANG, South Korea — Manuel Osborne-Paradis feels right at home on the Olympic course and it has little to do with finding the fastest line in Thursday’s first downhill training session. Although, that does help with confidence. Even more, the terrain doesn’t jar the Canadian’s balky back too much or rattle his surgically repaired left knee or even aggravate a “grumpy” — his word — right one. The 1.8-mile course is not overly tricky and offers a rather smooth ride despite all the ... continue reading

Wyoming fossil fuel companies kick off earnings season following tumultuous year

February 8, 2018 in News

Following a tumultuous year in the key industries that fuel Wyoming’s economy, companies are kicking off the earnings season with a look back at 2017. Early reports illuminate how the coal, oil and gas industries shifted towards optimism and what companies now expect for the months to come. Two of Wyoming’s largest fossil fuel companies -- coal giant Peabody Energy and oil and gas firm Anadarko Petroleum -- were some of the first firms to report Wednesday. ... continue reading

Wyoming coal production likely faces more declines

February 7, 2018 in News

Coal’s outlook was dimmed Tuesday in a new report released by the Energy Information Administration, an independent, federal agency. Production in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin could fall to about 260 million tons by 2023, according to the Annual Energy Outlook. Of the three coal regions in the country, the West and Appalachia are both poised to lose. Midwestern coal production may increase slightly. ... continue reading

Modest improvements continue as Wyoming economy enters a new year

February 1, 2018 in News

Tony Chaput opened his business serving gas fields one year ago in March and has seen nothing but growth. Five employees launched the Casper branch of Circle B Measurement and Fabrication, which has headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Within six months, as the economy improved, Circle B opened a second shop in town. The company hit the 50-employee mark this week. Chaput is not the only one benefiting from the improvements in the oil and gas fields. ... continue reading