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The archive for Opinion.

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

Mead blocks new state office building, focuses on Wyoming Capitol

June 1, 2012 in Events, Features, News, Opinion

CHEYENNE — Gov. Matt Mead has delayed spending $4.4 million toward planning for and design of a new state office building, instead turning his efforts toward a much-needed State Capitol renovation. Mead said in a letter to state legislators that he is concerned about the lack of fire suppression in the Capitol as well as outdated water, electric, HVAC and data systems. The Legislature allocated the $4.4 million in the state budget for an office building to be constructe... continue reading

Make Sure Your Dentist Uses Local Services

March 13, 2012 in Features, Opinion

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a great story by Britian Schiner, and it brings up an interesting point. As a consumer of medicine, it's important to know where all of the work is being done. In too many cases, tests, medical imaging, and in this case, dental devices, are sent out-of-state or even out-of-country to be performed, read, or created. Even though you are using a local doctor, dentist or hospital, they may not be using local subcontractors for the services they perform. Be sure to ask. Two yea... continue reading

An experiment in Christmas shopping

January 24, 2012 in Opinion

By RUSSELL WELLER Casper  It was November of 2011, and I made a pact with myself to shop local for Christmas. And I did. Every gift I bought—except for one—was purchased in the city of Casper. Nearly all were purchased from Wyoming-owned businesses. It was an experiment, really. I've always believed in buying local. But I had never tried to do ALL of my shopping local. It started out with a rough list. Things I knew family and friends wanted, and I had sort of figured o... continue reading

Money is sent out of state

March 4, 2011 in News, Opinion

Editor: Natrona County School Board member Donn McCall is quoted in the Casper Journal as saying, "At the end of the day we'll bring a lot of money into the local economy." The school board doesn't get it, our money is already in the economy (taxes), the school board is sending it out of state. The school board likes to point out that 70 (80 in one article) percent of the $130 million will go to local Wyoming subcontractors. Do the math then and that's $39 million going out of state while $91 million stay... continue reading

Stop exporting jobs, NCSD

February 28, 2011 in News, Opinion

Editor: Apparently, people in the Natrona County School District think it is all right to send our tax dollars out of state, again. If you have seen the wonderful architectural job that Randy Hein did on the downtown fire station, you know that there are local people who could do a great job. This is a huge amount of money. But more than money, we are exporting our friends' and neighbors' jobs, and jobs for our graduating classes. Our tax dollars will be used to develop restaurants, services, arts and med... continue reading

Bill isn’t complete fix for in-state contractors

February 24, 2011 in News, Opinion

Casper Star Tribune Editorial Legislation making it more difficult to qualify as a resident contractor in Wyoming has sailed through this session of the Legislature. The bill is an appropriate response to the fact that out-of-state contractors are taking advantage of loopholes in the current law to receive the state’s resident contractor preference, and undercutting firms that are actually part of our communities. But that change in the law only addresses part of the issue of public entitie... continue reading