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Grizzly bears in Grand Teton Park attract onlookers

April 29, 2016 in News

Newly emerged from their winter dens, grizzly bears are wandering out in the open in Grand Teton National Park, drawing crowds of wildlife watchers, photographers and others seeking a glimpse — from a safe distance. A number of grizzly bears have been visible in the northern reaches of the park in northwest Wyoming, said Kate Wilmot, a bear management specialist with the National Park Service. ... continue reading

Casper’s Sinclair Refinery hires hundreds of workers for massive overhaul

April 28, 2016 in News

The Sinclair Refinery in Casper is undergoing one of its most significant overhauls since it opened in 1923, and hiring people by the hundreds in the process. The refinery was shut down for all of April, and will remain closed through May, as the company replaces, or renovates, nearly all of its major equipment including the steam boilers used to power many of the operations, oil storage tanks and crude units that initiate the oil refining process. ... continue reading

Great American Eclipse draws tourists to Wyoming in 2017

April 22, 2016 in News

Where’s the best place to watch next year’s eclipse? If you’re thinking the grand open spaces of Wyoming, you have plenty of company. Read Full Story... continue reading

Wyoming to host 2017 Adventure Racing World Championship

April 21, 2016 in News

Fifty teams representing more than 30 countries will make their way to the United States in the summer of 2017 when the country hosts its first Adventure Racing World Championship. The state playing host? Wyoming. “It’s a very big deal,” said Margo Harris, communications director for Rev3 Adventure, the race company tasked with organizing the event. For the past three years, Wyoming has been the only state in the U.S. for racers to qualify for the Adventure Racing World Championship via the C... continue reading

Senate approves energy bill with widespread implications for Wyoming

April 20, 2016 in News

A gridlocked Senate moved to overwhelmingly pass an energy bill Wednesday, a rare display of bipartisan action that could have sweeping implications for Wyoming. Perhaps of greatest importance to the Cowboy State is a provision aimed at expediting permits for natural gas export facilities. A surplus of gas in the U.S. has weighed down prices, and Wyoming drillers view Asia’s energy-hungry markets as a promising outlet for their product. The bill also includes measures to permanently fund the Land an... continue reading

Greiner Motor Co. to close Douglas dealership as energy slowdown widens

April 19, 2016 in News

Greiner Motor Company is closing its Douglas dealership, a pullback that reflects Wyoming’s slowing economy and the mounting challenges facing auto dealers in smaller communities. The Casper-based company has operated a Douglas franchise since 2007. Its Converse County location will close April 30. The company hopes to transfer a substantial number of its 20 Douglas employees to its two Casper locations. Others will be let go. “To me, it’s a perfect storm,” said Phil Schmidt, Greiner president... continue reading

The bread doctor: Small-town physician runs artisan bakery

April 18, 2016 in News

They arrived at the bakery on a Saturday morning, some from down the street, others from a different state, gazing at the pastry case as they waited their turn. Crusted lemon tarts glistened with golden glaze. Rich cheesecakes swirled with homemade cherry mousse, resting a few rows from the freshly dipped chocolate éclairs. Minutes later, lemon tarts were running low. Only two cherry cheesecakes remained, and the chocolate éclair tray was already half empty. ... continue reading

Casper preps for Chipotle opening

April 15, 2016 in News

Chipotle is coming to Casper. A Chipotle Mexican Grill spokesman confirmed that the fast casual Mexican restaurant known for super-size burritos will be opening in the Oil City later this year. Casper City Planner Craig Collins said the site plan review for the restaurant is nearing completion. Chipotle will be building a new, 2,700 square-foot facility in the southeast corner of the Home Depot parking lot on East Second Street, Collins said. “It’s very small,” Collins said. ... continue reading

How Peabody Energy’s bankruptcy reflects coal’s new reality

April 14, 2016 in News

Analysts have long predicted the coal industry would be smaller in the future. On Wednesday, the future arrived. Peabody Energy’s bankruptcy filing was widely expected. But it capped a dramatic descent for the world’s largest private sector coal company. The St. Louis-based firm was worth $20 billion at its peak in 2011. The company was valued at roughly $37 million on Tuesday, its last day on the New York Stock Exchange. ... continue reading

Report: Wyoming college-educated woman earn less than men with high school diplomas

April 13, 2016 in News

College-educated women in Wyoming earn less than men with only high school diplomas, according to a new report that examined the disparity between wages based on gender. Women in Wyoming with bachelor’s degrees earned on average $38,312 annually, compared to high school-educated men, who earned $43,740. The report, “Wage Gap between Wyoming’s Men and Women: 2016,” used a variety of state and federal data to analyze wages by gender. Men with bachelor’s degrees earned $54,710, according to the... continue reading