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Energy companies respond to spiking ozone levels in Upper Green River Basin

January 20, 2017 in News

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality issued an ozone action day in the Upper Green River Basin on Friday, requiring energy companies to reduce emissions. It’s been about six years since ozone levels in the area have necessitated the safety protocol. The action day was announced Thursday evening, when ozone levels hit 81 parts per billion in the town of Boulder. The federal standard for ozone is no greater than 70 ppb over an eight-hour period. Mid-morning on Friday, the ozone level in Bou... continue reading

Record visitation in Grand Teton and Yellowstone in 2016

January 19, 2017 in News

Visitation for both national parks within Wyoming’s borders increased in 2016, setting yet another record. Yellowstone National Park recorded more than 4.2 million visits, a 3.89 percent increase from 2015 and a 21.17 percent increase from 2014. Grand Teton National Park reported even more visits with over 4.8 million, a 3.8 percent increase from the previous year. Officials with Grand Teton attribute the increase to gas prices, economic growth, the National Park Service’s centennial, marketing ef... continue reading

Wyoming high school graduation rate rises for fourth straight year

January 18, 2017 in News

Nearly 80 percent of Wyoming high school students graduated on time last year, the highest level since 2010, state Department of Education officials announced Tuesday. It was the fourth straight annual increase, said state superintendent Jillian Balow. The 2014-15 class had a graduation rate of 79.41. While the state accountability system “shines a light on graduation rates,” she said, much of the work to improve the rate happens locally. ... continue reading

Casper MLK march draws young and old

January 17, 2017 in News

Five Natrona County High School teenagers volunteered to lead the marchers down Center Street. As the weak sunlight glinted from their silver helmets, they held their rifles tightly against the white sashes on their chests and forward marched. Behind the honor guard, about a hundred people followed waving signs that said “Love and Equality for All” or “We Believe in the Dream.” ... continue reading

New Wyoming license plates to be mandatory in 2017

January 13, 2017 in News

Driving around this past year, you may have already seen some vehicles sporting the newest incarnation of the Wyoming state license plate. And you’re about to see a whole lot more of them, as the new plates became mandatory with all vehicle registrations as of Jan. 1. By state law, Wyoming must change out its license plate design once every eight years. That process began in February 2016, when the current plates featuring the Teton Range with a blue, green and white color scheme began being phased ... continue reading

Boys on horseback ride through McDonald’s drive-thru with goat in tow

January 12, 2017 in News

Two Wyoming boys, a little bored over their holiday break, saddled up for a trip to McDonald's and a goat followed along. Joel Perez, 15, and Trajen Collins, 13, rode their horses into town last week, not an uncommon sight itself in the small city of Powell. But usually goats don't tag along and there are no fast-food stops. The teens said they didn't plan to take the goat, but apparently it was up for an adventure, too. ... continue reading

One-cent taxes could pass more easily if bill is approved

January 11, 2017 in News

As local governments lobby to ensure they continue to receive funding from the Wyoming Legislature during the economic downturn, some lawmakers want to know why cities and counties aren’t taking more advantage of local 1-cent optional sales taxes. One answer: Local governments can't ask voters for incremental increases to those 1-cent taxes. If a measure goes on the ballot, voters must either accept the increase or reject the entire 1-cent tax, including the amount already on the books. ... continue reading

Pub focusing on Wyoming beer and food to replace Famous Dave’s

January 10, 2017 in News

Wyoming microbrews and elk sausage will replace corporate barbecue and Southern side dishes when a local pub opens in Famous Dave’s former east Casper location. John Johnson of Johnson Restaurant Group, which operated the Famous Dave’s franchise, said that Wyoming Ale Works is currently scheduled to open in mid-February. Rea... continue reading

Coal rallies at end of year, flaring goes to court and lawmakers ask for share of wind fees

January 9, 2017 in News

When oil and gas is developed on public land, the state gets a share of the fees associated with right-of-way permits and rents. But that's not the case for wind and solar farms. A handful of state lawmakers are pushing to change that, or at least, pushing Congress to change that. Read Full Story... continue reading

Wyoming ranked 7th in national education quality, report says

January 5, 2017 in News

A historical emphasis on funding schools helped propel Wyoming to seventh nationally for education quality, according to a report released Wednesday. Wyoming scored an 80.3, or a B-minus, on the annual Quality Counts evaluation, which graded states using three indices: chance for success, K-12 achievement and school finance. The national average for the report, which is conducted by Education Week, was 74.2. Last year, Wyoming ranked eighth. Wyoming also scored the best in the West; the six states tha... continue reading