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Casper thrift store opens new branch in north Casper; cites increased need

July 21, 2017 in News

Sandra Harris figures she heads to Joshua’s Storehouse about once a month to pick up basic groceries like bread and vegetables. As she perused the food bank’s shelves Thursday afternoon, the Casper construction worker explained that she depends on the downtown nonprofit for proper nutrition for herself and her granddaughter. continue reading

Casper bar hours extended for August eclipse festival

July 20, 2017 in News

Casper is making an exception to its blue laws for bar owners during the eclipse festival in August. Bars and liquor stores in the Oil City are allowed to serve and sell until 2 a.m. on every day but Sunday — when they must close four hours earlier. But with the total solar eclipse falling on a Monday, liquor dealers in Natrona County are hoping to capitalize on the 35,000 anticipated visitors coming to Casper to view the celestial event. continue reading

Over eight years, nonprofit has given $25 million shot in the arm to Wyoming health care

July 18, 2017 in News

Wyoming has received more than $25 million for mammogram machines and other medical equipment since 2010 from a national nonprofit that works to improve rural health care. When the program started, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust identified seven states that received the smallest amount of health care philanthropy. Wyoming, which has some of the most expensive medical care in America and has just 26 hospitals, was one of those states. continue reading

Wind companies seek workers, NPL gas project advances and services companies hang on

July 17, 2017 in News

It was a windy week for stories, with Goldwind Americas holding informational seminars across the state on wind technician training. The company is partnered with Viridis Eolia, the Venezuelan company proposing a 600-800 turbine wind farm near Medicine Bow. In the Casper meeting, local lawmaker Rep. Steve Harshman stood up in the crowd and spoke of his concerns with wind development, but also his changing opinion of welcoming the industry in Wyoming. continue reading

Casper family brings concessions business back home for the fair

July 14, 2017 in News

The 6-year-old boy asked the customer how he could help. She requested a bottle of water. “That will be one dollar,” he said, opening the cash drawer at his family’s concession booth Wednesday evening at the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo. The woman smiled as the boy traded her dollar for a water bottle and thanked her. Tucker Lien, 6, is the youngest worker in the family business, Just My Concessions. His four older siblings, parents and grandparents work the booth each year at the local fai... continue reading

Yellowstone records second busiest June in the park’s history

July 13, 2017 in News

Visitation to Yellowstone National Park during June is down 4.8 percent from a year ago, but it is still the second-busiest June on record in the nation’s first national park. The National Park Service counted more than 803,000 visits last month. In June 2016, the park welcomed over 838,000 visitors, a record for the month. During the first six months of this year, the park has hosted about 1.3 million visits, down 5.5 percent from the same period in 2016. continue reading

Singers vie for the Voice of Casper

July 11, 2017 in News

The singer on stage laughed and shook her head. “I’m sorry, I’m super off with the music,” the young woman said. The music restarted and her voice grew a little surer. She shook her head again as she forgot some of the words, but she kept going with a smile. The celebrity coaches’ backs remained to the audience as she finished with a long, soft note. The singing coaches noted her nerves on a tough song, but also her good voice quality. They encouraged her to stay for a chance to sing again, ... continue reading

Fossil fuels continue to dominate U.S. energy consumption, despite rise in wind and solar

July 10, 2017 in News

Nearly 90 years ago, Americans began relying on natural gas more than burning wood for their energy needs. Fossil fuels have led the way ever since. Wyoming provides a significant portion of the raw sources of energy that end up in the gas tanks of cars and in the boilers of power plants. The state provides the bulk of U.S. coal, which is burned to create electricity. It is the fourth-largest producer of natural gas and the eighth largest for crude oil, so far in 2017. continue reading

Fisherman breaks channel catfish record

July 3, 2017 in News

Rock Springs angler Christian Cosby thought he’d caught a carp when he reeled in Wyoming’s new state record catfish. “I pulled it as close as I could get it to the shore in the shallow water,” Cosby told the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. “Then I jumped in the water, stuck my hand in his mouth and pulled it onto the shore. I was afraid he was going to jump off the line.” His catch turned out to be a 28.52-pound channel catfish. It bested the old record, also set in Flaming Gorge Reservo... continue reading

Parade, barbecue, rodeo, fireworks — it’s an all-Wyoming Fourth of July

June 30, 2017 in News

The Fourth of July may be tucked into a work week, but that’s not stopping organizers throughout the state from planning a whale of a party as the USA celebrates her 240th birthday on Tuesday. Here’s a quick look at what is planned in a sampling of communities. Read Full Story... continue reading