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Casper experienced Wyoming’s largest population drop during bust

May 25, 2017 in News

Casper experienced the largest population drop in Wyoming during last year's energy bust, losing nearly 1,000 residents, new figures show. The city, a hub for the oil and gas fields, lost about 1.6 percent of its population. At the same time, two nearby communities -- Mills and Evansville -- experienced small increases. In total, Wyoming’s population fell by 1,054 residents in 2016, the first year more people moved out of the Cowboy State than moved in since 1990, the tail end of a depression that d... continue reading

Park here, park there — park on the parkway, Casper City Council says

May 24, 2017 in News

Casper residents will no longer need permission to park their cars in the “parkway” — the strip of land running between streets and sidewalks. City Council informally agreed on Tuesday to do away with the current permitting system, which requires a $25 payment to park on the land. Read Full Story... continue reading

Three new exhibitions displayed at University of Wyoming Art Museum

May 23, 2017 in News

“Whence One Comes: The Musings of Travis Louie” presents oddly familiar, yet strange characters through Aug. 26. “Hans Kleiber: The Western Landscape” presents etchings exploring Wyoming landscape and wildlife through July 29. “New Acquisitions: The UW Art Museum Collection” highlights important new acquisitions through Aug. 26. continue reading

Group readies new plaque for Fort Caspar

May 22, 2017 in News

Shelly Trumbull is a member of the Fort Caspar Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. At 2 p.m. Friday, a five-year project will be completed with the unveiling and dedication of the addendum plaque at the entrance to Fort Caspar. The plaque provides new, more accurate information about the Fort Caspar grounds. continue reading

Spring storm closes roads in southeastern Wyoming, dumps up to a foot of snow

May 19, 2017 in News

Highways and interstates were closed Thursday across much of southern Wyoming due to a spring snowstorm that dumped up to a foot of snow in some areas. Interstate 80 closed Thursday morning from Cheyenne to Laramie, and wasn’t set to open again until late Thursday, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation. The eastbound lane of I-80 was closed from Rock Springs to Rawlins. U.S. 287 was closed between Laramie and the Colorado state line. continue reading

University of Wyoming expects record-setting freshman class, one year after enrollment drop

May 17, 2017 in News

Enrollment at the University of Wyoming could increase this fall by nearly 200 freshmen, officials said, creating the largest incoming class in the school’s 130-year history. The projections, presented to the university’s board of trustees last week, reverse a drop of nearly 150 freshmen at a time when the school is implementing cuts, layoffs and reorganizations across campus. The school also expects the number of transfer students to increase by about 100. continue reading

With an eye toward more than skiing, Hogadon’s new lodge prepares to open

May 16, 2017 in News

It was all smiles last week as Casper City Council members toured the new lodge at Hogadon Ski Area, a big-ticket item that generated controversy when its $5.3 million price tag was approved during tough economic times last spring. But seeing the lodge — which will open for events by September — in person and hearing from Hogadon Superintendent Chris Smith won over at least one skeptic. As a candidate, Councilwoman Amanda Huckabay was asked last fall where she would cut the city’s budget if needed.... continue reading

Coal company that emerged from downturn files for stock market debut

May 14, 2017 in News

A coal company born out of bankruptcy is preparing to enter the New York Stock Exchange in a climate of potential short-term gains for a coal industry that’s expected to continue shrinking. Contura Energy, which operates the former Alpha Natural Resources mines, Belle Ayr and Eagle Butte in northern Wyoming, announced recently that it had filed for a $100 million initial public offering of its common stock, with plans to trade under the symbol CTRA. continue reading

Gift guide for Mother’s Day

May 11, 2017 in News

You don’t have to look far for a Mother’s Day gift. Shops, grocery stores and even some gas stations are stocked with cards and flowers, while advertisements for brunches abound. If you ask mothers what they really want, many say they most want to spend time with their children, especially older and grown children with busy lives. That can mean a meal, activity, phone call across the country or just visiting at home. continue reading

Wyoming banks on good August eclipse views for tourism boost

May 10, 2017 in News

As Wyoming struggles to recover from a downturn in its mainstay energy industry, tourism officials believe the solar eclipse that will be visible across the state in August should give the state's economy a much needed boost. "This is new money that will be pumped into our economy — all these people from out of state coming here to spend money," state tourism director Diane Shober said last week. "This is a gift that we really need." continue reading