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For many tourists, firing a Gatling gun or machine gun rounds out Yellowstone vacation

June 23, 2017 in News

Steve Heinowski started the last morning of his family’s trip to Yellowstone cranking a Gatling gun capable of firing 10 rounds per second. Then he played mini golf. “We had lunch first — we’re not that hardcore. The old man needs a break,” Heinowski said, referring to himself. Read Full Story... continue reading

Standing tall in west Casper, a new statue will be dedicated Friday

June 22, 2017 in News

He’ll have to be waxed once a year with Johnson’s paste wax in the yellow can. “Otherwise, the patina will turn green, and we don’t want that,” Casper sculptor Chris Navarro said this week. Read Full Story... continue reading

Trail Treks bring pioneer trail stories to life

June 21, 2017 in News

The 6-year-old fell from the wagon tongue and tumbled under the covered wagon. Two wheels ran over the boy, a fellow traveler wrote in his journal. Joel Hembree died the next day in July of 1843. The boy’s grave near Douglas is the oldest known along the Oregon Trail. The family had been traveling since May from Missouri and had no choice but to bury him and move on. ... continue reading

The Powder River Basin is poised for growth when oil prices rise. But what will it mean for jobs?

June 20, 2017 in News

Oilmen like to say that each well they drill increases their knowledge of the formation beneath them. Technology to dive deep and far, to shatter rock and unleash oil, has been at hand for years. More recently, operators have learned new lessons on sending a drill bit out horizontally for miles. The more they know, the less expensive and more effective drilling becomes. ... continue reading

2016 coal consumption for electricity hit 30-year low

June 16, 2017 in News

The amount of coal burned for electricity in 2016 was the lowest it’s been since 1984, the Energy Information Administration reported Friday. The power industry burned 677 million short tons last year to provide energy to the country. That accounts for 93 percent of total coal consumption for the year. The electricity sector burned 35 percent less coal last year than 2008, the pinnacle year for U.S coal production, according to the EIA. ... continue reading

Despite downtown investments, Cercys’ Wonder Bar plan receives pushback from Casper City Council

June 15, 2017 in News

Casper City Council threw cold water on plans by the new Wonder Bar owners to build a patio for outdoor seating in front of the historic downtown establishment. Legal questions and skepticism from some Council members about the effect of eliminating parking spaces along Center Street mark the first public pushback against the Cercy family’s plans for developing downtown Casper. ... continue reading

Storm Cat reaches deal with state over more than 2,000 wells and $10 million in unpaid bonds

June 14, 2017 in News

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted Tuesday on a compromise with a bankrupt coal bed methane company that has pleaded for patience for more than a year over its failure to post $10 million worth of bonds. The state will not recoup the total amount that Denver-based Storm Cat Energy owes for 2,432 wells in northern Wyoming. But commissioners decided unanimously that if the company can reach court approval for the sale of its producible wells to Summit Gas Resources of Sheridan next ... continue reading

Crude prices disappoint, and operators can’t go lower

June 13, 2017 in News

Wyoming oil and gas operators are eager to get to work, but low crude prices continue to disappoint, stifling activity in the state’s oil-filled basins. Crude prices climbed to $46.08 at the close of trading Monday, a glimmer of confidence in an industry divided on where the price will go. Read Full Story... continue reading

Wyoming’s economy improves, but the recovery is soft

June 12, 2017 in News

Since the end of last summer, Wyoming’s economic picture had remained roughly the same. Things weren’t good, they weren’t getting any better, but at least they weren’t getting worse. Now a slight rise in energy prices means that conditions are improving over this point last year, if ever so slightly. Read Full Story... continue reading

Company lays conduit between Casper and Rawlins

June 8, 2017 in News

Union Telephone has buried more than 74 miles of a three-strand conduit in the highway right-of-way along Highway 220 between I-80 near Rawlins and Casper. One strand of the conduit will be filled with fiber optic cable to allow the Wyoming company to carry one 144-strand fiber cable, capable of delivering more than 100,000 gigabytes of data. The remaining two conduits are available for expansion, one for the company and the other for the state of Wyoming as payment for the use of the right-of-way. ... continue reading