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Local brothers behind plan for Petroleum Club microbrewery

February 17, 2017 in News

A pair of local brothers are behind the plan to open a microbrewery and restaurant at the former Casper Petroleum Club site. Daron Gruner has been brewing beer at home for 25 years and is now teaming up with his brother, Ben Gruner, to purchase the club property and take his hobby commercial. “It’s just something we enjoy doing and we saw a need in Casper,” Ben Gruner told reporters Tuesday. ... continue reading

Tuition increase coming to Wyoming community colleges

February 16, 2017 in News

Wyomingites attending the state’s seven community colleges will pay $5 more per credit hour starting this fall as officials try to increase revenue while also keeping education affordable in tough economic times. The increase is imposed by the Wyoming Community College Commission and effective for at least the next two academic years. It represents a 5.6 percent hike, bringing the per-credit cost at the seven schools to $94. That’s in line with the commission’s past increases, said executive direct... continue reading

Big Horn County shores up levees and flood prone areas

February 15, 2017 in News

A flood warning remains in effect for the Bighorn River between Worland and Greybull. Kelly Ruiz of the Wyoming Homeland Security Office says concerns for flooding have shifted from Worland in Washakie County to the small towns of Manderson and Greybull in neighboring Big Horn County. But so far, there have been no reports of flooding in the Big Horn County communities. ... continue reading

An old Sheridan coal mine shows signs of life

February 14, 2017 in News

Sheridan County hasn’t experienced active coal mining since the last coal operation ceased in the 1980s, though it was once a booming coal community peppered with company towns. That may soon change. Cloud Peak Energy, which operates the Antelope and Cordero Rojo mines in Campbell County, recently applied for a federal permit to enhance roads and a rail spur between the non-operational Youngs Creek north of Ranchester and the bustling Spring Creek mine in Montana. The construction will facilitate th... continue reading

Bighorn River floods parts of northern Wyoming

February 13, 2017 in News

Residents along the Bighorn River in northern Wyoming are battling major flooding with the help of National Guard troops and others. The flooding began over the weekend when warm temperatures melted snow and ice jams caused water to back up. More than 100 homes were evacuated in Worland. Read Full Story... continue reading

Slamming ‘political correctness,’ Casper scraps recycling program for electronics

February 9, 2017 in News

Citing cost and the availability of cheap space at the landfill in which to bury toxic materials, Casper City Council voted on Tuesday to effectively end its legally mandated electronic waste recycling program. Council rejected a five-year contract with Electronic Recyclers International, based in Aurora, Colorado, despite a city ordinance passed in 2009 that bars Casper from dumping electronic waste in its landfill. ... continue reading

New Robertson Road walkway could open this summer, offer better access to North Platte

February 8, 2017 in News

More of the North Platte River could become pedestrian-friendly this summer as Casper prepares to add a walkway along Robertson Road on the west edge of the city, adjacent to the river. The new path will run next to the road starting at the bridge, near the intersection with Trevett Lane, north to the River Park Subdivision, according to Public Services Director Andrew Beamer. Most of the walkway will not be along the river itself, with the road separated from the North Platte by a combination of low-... continue reading

The trouble with taxes: Change needed for the state to diversify, but that’s politically difficult

February 7, 2017 in News

With Wyoming’s economy reeling from a drop in the energy sector, state leaders like Gov. Matt Mead have emphasized the need to attract other industries that offer good jobs for blue-collar workers and young professionals. Mead is proud of the arrival of the Magpul Industries firearms accessory plant outside Cheyenne in 2015, viewing it as part of a burgeoning small manufacturing sector. The data centers clustered in southeast Wyoming fall into the same category, providing opportunities for computer eng... continue reading

Casper singer returns to hometown for concert

February 3, 2017 in News

Matthew Stairs’ voice filled the room from the church stage in Casper where he rehearsed last week. He lifted his arms as his voice rose to a crescendo in one earnest musical number. Later, he strutted as Gaston during a “Beauty and the Beast” song and harmonized a duet with his brother from Disney’s “Hercules.” “When I go the distance, I’ll be right where I belong,” they sang in time to the piano. ... continue reading

State budget bill slashes government by 9 percent

February 2, 2017 in News

The Wyoming Legislature is looking at cutting the state’s two-year, $3 billion government operations budget by nearly a tenth, according to a spending bill made public Thursday morning. Revenues to state coffers are sliding because of lower prices and production in oil, gas and coal. Over the summer, Gov. Matt Mead and the judicial branch made over $245 million in reductions, and the legislative committee in charge of drafting the budget bill largely accepted those cuts. ... continue reading