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Wyoming coal in the crosshairs

June 25, 2012 in Events, Features, News, Opinion

Two unrelated circumstances that occurred 20 years ago gave Wyoming coal a huge boost in its development. They were government regulations and cheap energy. Federal laws favored Wyoming’s low-sulphur coal over the dirtier eastern coal and our coal was very cheap. This made it attractive to utilities. My, have times changed. Today, the same two circumstances are threatening Wyoming coal. New governmental regulations are punishing coal-fired power plant development. And coal has a new competitor — n... continue reading

Surrounded by barbecue — Arrowhead Catering expands

June 22, 2012 in Events, Features, News, Opinion

Arrowhead Catering has become a fixture around Casper. From the Crossroads ballpark to Hogadon, the Casper Speedway to Casper Mountain Trail Center, the familiar red shirts can be found everywhere. Ron and Ellen Strang have their hands full operating concessions all over town as well as managing about 15 other catering events a month. “From 2,200 people to 12, we’ll do it all,” Ron said. The business started by helping friends with weddings their children were having. From there it expanded to c... continue reading

Wyoming unemployment rate ticks down in May

June 21, 2012 in Events, Features, News, Opinion

Wyoming’s jobless rate dropped slightly in May on the usual summer upswing in warm-weather jobs, particularly in the state’s tourism-heavy northwest. The state’s seasonal unemployment rate in May slipped to 5.2 percent from 5.3 percent in April, according to the Wyoming Department Of Workforce Services’ research and planning section. The rate is considerably lower than the 6 percent rate in May 2011 and far below the current U.S. rate of 8.2 percent. Seasonally adjusted employment of Wyomin... continue reading

Gas to fuel Wyo. jobs boost

June 19, 2012 in Events, Features, News, Opinion

Unconventional natural gas plays will fuel a boost in Wyoming jobs during the next decade, according to an industry-funded report from analysis firm IHS Global Insight. Such plays include coal-bed methane, shale and “tight sands” formations. Wyoming will add nearly 11,000 jobs from 2010 to 2015 due to the gas development and gain an additional 33,000 jobs by 2035, according to the report, which was sponsored by the industry trade group America’s Natural Gas Alliance. The study examined job boost... continue reading

Commission overrides zoning commission – Drilling fluid recycling business may locate in Mills

June 19, 2012 in Events, Features, News, Opinion

The Natrona County Commissioners approved an oilfield waste recycling facility adjacent to Mills last week, overturning a Planning and Zoning Commission denial of the permit application. In making the decision, four of the five commission members said Department of Environmental Quality provisions would ensure the health and safety of area residents and businesses. The lone dissenter on the commission was Rob Hendry, who said despite DEQ monitoring, he was concerned about locating such a facility so c... continue reading

Cash-mob focuses local spending

June 11, 2012 in Events, Features, News, Opinion

Mobsters are looking a little different around Casper. Leaving their tommy-guns and fedoras at home, local mobsters are instead packing wallets and looking to bring revenue to locally-owned businesses. Nicole Collier started the Casper Cash Mob after hearing about other national initiatives to flood businesses on a designated day with, well, business. Starting the mob May 10, the Facebook group has rapidly grown to almost 700 people, just by word of mouth. “Initially I tho... continue reading

Casper’s Seton House adds two properties, increases housing options

June 7, 2012 in Events, Features, News, Opinion

On Friday night, they were empty. They were just walls, a ceiling and a floor. In each of the seven two-bedroom units, there were three sets of bunk beds and a sofa bed. Seven safe places to sleep. There was an oven that worked, a refrigerator and a dishwasher that had never been used in the kitchen. There were new sheets on the beds and clean towels in the spacious bathroom. By the end of the weekend, or at the latest the first of the week, the eight apartments — seven two-bedroom and one one-bedroom ... continue reading

Wyoming company to answer questions about waste soil business proposal

June 6, 2012 in Events, Features, News, Opinion

The Natrona County Commission will hear two requests Tuesday from a Mills business owner who hopes to build a facility to recycle and process waste soil from the oil and gas industry. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in District Courtroom 1 at the Natrona County Courthouse. Anchor Environmental is requesting a zone change from Urban Mixed Residential to Light Industrial and a conditional use permit to build the facility. The Natrona County Planning and Zoning Commission granted the zoning change... continue reading

Wyoming revenues on track, but shortfalls loom

June 5, 2012 in Events, Features, News, Opinion

CHEYENNE — Wyoming’s revenues are running slightly ahead of projections for the fiscal year that ends this month, but state officials are still bracing for a hit as the effect of recent lower natural gas prices filters through the tax collection system. A recent state report shows revenues to the state’s general fund were 5.7 percent, or $58 million, ahead of projections through April. However, state officials warn that natural gas production tax revenues are likely to... continue reading

Ethanol plant plans to stay open after subsidy ends

June 4, 2012 in Events, Features, News, Opinion

CHEYENNE -- The owner of Wyoming’s lone ethanol plant predicts it will continue to stay open after Wyoming’s 17-year-old ethanol tax credit ends. Terry Oldfield, CEO of Renova Energy, which owns Torrington’s Wyoming Ethanol plant, said the company will undergo changes n including buying less corn from Wyoming farmers n in the wake of the Legislature’s decision earlier this year to end the subsidy. However, he said earlier fears the plant could close are unlikely to come true. “There will ... continue reading