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8 small-town Wyoming museums to visit

September 21, 2016 in News

We're drawn to Wyoming for its open spaces, for its mountains and prairies, for its hiking, fishing and other outdoor pursuits. And for good reason. Our state is home to the unspoiled lands that other places have lost. But there is more to Wyoming than the great outdoors. The state is home to some of the country's most interesting, and remote, small towns. And many of those towns possess museums that receive little attention, even from other Wyomingites. ... continue reading

Wyoming jobless rate falls slightly in August

September 20, 2016 in News

Wyoming's unemployment rate fell slightly to 5.5 percent in August but remains higher than the national average. The state Department of Workforce Services says the jobless rate is down from July's 5.7 percent. The national rate for August was 4.9 percent. Read Full Story... continue reading

Wyoming considers changes in investment strategy

September 19, 2016 in News

As Wyoming turns over financial rocks looking to ease its budgetary shortfall, the Legislature and state Treasurer’s office have focused their attention on the crown jewel of the state’s revenue system: the Permanent Wyoming Mineral Trust Fund. Created in 1975, the fund receives 2.5 percent of all severance taxes collected from minerals in Wyoming. The permanent fund has a current market value of $7.3 billion. For over 40 years, Wyoming has grown to depend on revenue generated from the permanen... continue reading

A Casper institution since the 1930s, the ‘world famous’ Wonder Bar set to close

September 16, 2016 in News

A historic Casper watering hole will soon be closing its doors. The World Famous Wonder Bar will close Oct. 8. Owner Pat Sweeney confirmed Thursday he was selling the Wonder Bar, along with Poor Boy’s Steakhouse. Poor Boy’s will close Oct. 1. All employees will be laid off. Read Full Story... continue reading

Casper Mountain subdivision approved

September 15, 2016 in News

A controversial Casper Mountain subdivision request was approved by the Natrona County Planning and Zoning Commission at a packed meeting Tuesday. Commissioners determined that landowner Nancy Yust had met all the requirements to break an approximately 70-acre parcel of land into six lots. The proposal had raised hackles in the Casper Mountain Landowners Association Facebook group, where some residents sounded off against the rezoning request. “This project to build a subdivision seems like a way... continue reading

New technology aims to prevent crashes on I-80 corridor

September 14, 2016 in News

Commercial vehicles in Wyoming will soon be using an innovative technology intended to help prevent crashes on the Interstate 80 corridor. The Wyoming Department of Transportation announced this week that it had received a grant to continue its deployment of connected vehicle technology. The technology uses short-range communication, and according to the agency, it will allow truck drivers and WYDOT fleets to “talk” with one another on the road and communicate with roadside infrastructure. ... continue reading

Mountain View hospital lays off 15

September 13, 2016 in News

Mountain View Regional Hospital laid off 15 employees Monday, another sign of the effect Casper’s energy downturn is having on other business sectors. The reductions represent almost 5 percent of the workforce of about 330 employees and is the largest reduction in staff the hospital has had since opening in July 2008, said the hospital’s co-CEO Dr. Tom Kopitnik. ... continue reading

Despite downturn, Sunrise Shopping Center boasts near full occupancy

September 12, 2016 in News

At 5 years old, Chuck Hawley sipped Shirley Temples and ate hamburgers inside the bowling alley at the Sunrise Shopping Center, never dreaming he would decades later own the place. These days, Hawley strides through the center, where nearly all the businesses are local. The center is almost completely leased, thanks to Hawley’s commitment to working with new and startup businesses. He even eases the fears of new shop owners by allowing them to sign lower-commitment six-month leases. ... continue reading

Ag secretary says private investment needed to help grouse

September 9, 2016 in News

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced grants on Thursday for a pair of programs that will attempt to use private financing to conserve land across the Western U.S. as part of a sweeping effort to restore the greater sage grouse’s habitat. Vilsack told The Associated Press that such private sector investment is needed to supplement $400 million already spent under the agency’s sage grouse restoration initiative. ... continue reading

Nic hosts annual gala Friday

September 8, 2016 in News

The Nicolaysen Art Museum hosts the Masqued Gala and annual art auction at 6 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $65 for Nic members and $75 for non-members, available in advance and at the door. Patrons are encouraged to wear masks, and some will be provided. Guests may also buy masks to keep, created by an artist from the museum’s gift shop. Read Full S... continue reading