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Adapting with Wyoming pride: Welding shop turns to home decorations in effort to diversify

October 18, 2017 in News

Sparks flew as welders worked at tables and knelt beside oil production skids. The raw steel bases will be shipped off to an oil field to secure equipment to the ground. One welder stood by the plasma table as the machine’s arm lowered into a 4- by 8-foot steel plate last week. The tip glowed and sparked as it carved a bucking horse shape out of the metal plate. That’s not what the machine was made for, Double D Welding and Fabrication manager Jason Dye said. Originally, the company bought it to m... continue reading

Barrasso, Cheney support Trump’s health care changes

October 17, 2017 in News

Sen. John Barrasso and Rep. Liz Cheney praised President Donald Trump for pulling the plug on what they called illegal payments to insurance companies, which were used to help low-income Americans pay health care costs. While a spokesman for Sen. Mike Enzi called the payments unlawful, it’s unclear whether the senator supports Trump’s move. The spokesman did not respond to follow-up questions. The move was one of two Trump made last week that will likely change the complexion of the health care la... continue reading

Taking Wyoming’s pulse on the coming wind boom, feds initiate sage grouse changes, methane rule uncertain

October 11, 2017 in News

It was a windy week in Casper, appropriate given the number of wind stories that ended up in the paper since last Monday. Each came from the same conference, a two-day forum about wind development at the University of Wyoming. It'd be overkill to lay out each of the topics from that conference for a newsletter. In short, the forum addressed the coming wind build out in Wyoming, and highlighted the diversity of opinions that exist about the future of wind development in the state. ... continue reading

Montana pipeline proposed to transport CO2 for oil recovery

October 10, 2017 in News

An energy company is seeking federal approval to build a pipeline in eastern Montana that would transport the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide for use in oil production along the North Dakota border. The $150 million pipeline would begin near the Wyoming border and stretch 110 miles to the Cedar Creek Anticline, an aging oil field near Baker, Montana, Denbury Resources spokesman John Mayer said. ... continue reading

Wyoming oil and gas operators pleased by federal walk back on methane rule

October 9, 2017 in News

Natural gas is frequently a by-product of oil production, and if there are no gas pipelines in an oil field, operators will burn that gas off. It usually comes out in a rush at the beginning of production and rapidly tapers off. And it’s a practice that has been a sticking point for environmentalists, and the subject of multiple regulations from Wyoming and the feds. One of those rules has been causing confusion since the start of the year: The Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste reduction rule... continue reading

Wyoming pharmaceutical company lands new state loan

October 6, 2017 in News

The State Loan and Investment Board on Thursday approved loaning an additional $12 million to a pharmaceutical manufacturer that is expanding its operations in northern Wyoming. The board — Gov. Matt Mead and the four other statewide elected officials — unanimously approved the new loan for Cody Laboratories, which is a subsidiary of the Philadelphia-based Lannett Co. ... continue reading

Casper police officers hold morning briefing in downtown coffee shop

October 5, 2017 in News

Casper police Sgt. Dan Dundas set daily priorities for his patrol team Wednesday morning in an unusual location — Metro Coffee Co. Just north of a dozen officers, including Interim Chief Steve Schulz, circled up in the back of the coffee shop at 6:50 a.m., while a smattering of private citizens looked on from surrounding couches. The gathering, which fell on National Coffee with a Cop Day, is part of a new initiative by the Casper Police Department to connect officers with the community they serve. ... continue reading

Wind conference highlights Wyoming’s fiscal troubles, and how hard it is to fix them

October 4, 2017 in News

Wyoming has a reputation for not liking wind, and that’s a problem if it’s trying to diversify its economy via wind farms or wind industry manufacturers. That's according to Riata Little, vice president of economic and project development for the Casper Area Economic Development Alliance. Little spoke at a two-day conference about wind energy in Wyoming that covered its potential benefits to local communities, the challenges wind developers face and the common controversies wind energy stokes in the ... continue reading

Independence grows at Wyoming Independent Living

October 3, 2017 in News

Carmen de Molina followed Bri Gowen’s voice as the group left the restaurant. They turned left out the front door and headed across the parking lot to a grocery store. Cars pulling into the lot hummed behind them, while others in the group chatted a few paces in front. Gowen used the sounds to understand the surroundings. De Molina’s cane tapped the edge of a curb, and she felt uneven rocks on top as it crunched slightly into the base of a landscaping island. She and Gowen decided to go around and fo... continue reading

Our thoughts and prayers for the victims in Las Vegas

October 2, 2017 in News

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