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Earnings picture better than last year, but oil prices tumble

May 8, 2017 in News

As some of the oil and gas companies that work in Wyoming reported wins and losses from the first three months of 2017, the spot price of oil was tumbling toward a five-month low of $45.52 pressured by an international oversupply that refuses to back down. The anxiety on Wall Street took a back seat to some sunnier reports from individual companies as they compared their numbers to last year’s lows. The benchmark mark price for U.S. oil averaged $30.32 in February of 2016 and bankruptcies and losses sp... continue reading

Fossil Butte brings in $1 million in visitor spending

May 5, 2017 in News

Visitors to Fossil Butte National Monument spent more than $1 million last year in communities close to the park, a new federal report says. That amount helped fund 13 jobs in the area and boosted the local economy by about $1 million, the National Park Service study found. The monument welcomed more than 20,000 visitors in 2016. ... continue reading

Art Walk strolls back for 2017 season

May 4, 2017 in News

The Casper Art Walk is strolling back for its third year. Three major art venues and a host of businesses open their doors for the evening of art shows, live performances, food, craft beer, book signings, shopping and mingling along the streets of downtown and the Old Yellowstone District. The 2017 Casper Art Walk season kicks off 5-8 p.m. Thursday. The recurring event has been a hit from the start and has grown as more artists, vendors and crowds participate in the event every first Thursday from May to... continue reading

Wyoming signs contract of up to $5.1M with private prison company

May 3, 2017 in News

The state entered into a contract with a private prison company last year to house inmates if the structurally unstable Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins became uninhabitable, the Department of Corrections director said recently. The Wyoming Department of Corrections inked the deal Aug. 2 with the Corrections Corporation of America, the nation’s largest private prison company, according to a copy of the 29-page contract that the Star-Tribune obtained Tuesday. ... continue reading

City eyes changes to make reserving park facilities easier

May 2, 2017 in News

Casper wants to make it easier for residents to reserve park facilities by streamlining the usage fees, eliminating some and adding others. The changes, which must be approved Tuesday by City Council, include removing damage deposits for most locations. “We rarely tapped into those,” Interim City Manager Liz Becher told Council last week. “Then it’s a matter of crediting it back to credit cards, so... we’re looking at the efficiency.” ... continue reading

Wind energy has pros and cons, but could benefit Wyoming, professor says

May 1, 2017 in News

Wyoming wind could power all of California at peak demand five times over, but allowing companies to develop wind fleets in the Cowboy State is a contentious topic. Exchanging a scene of sagebrush on a pale horizon for a viewscape of turbine blades is considered a bad deal by many in the state. But Wyoming is also plodding through an economic valley, and the state’s key revenue drivers — coal, gas and oil — are each depressed. Talk of diversification enters every discussion on Wyoming economics. Th... continue reading

Wyoming artist to be featured on 2018 conservation stamps

April 27, 2017 in News

The 2018 Wyoming Conservation Stamp will feature artwork by Casper artist Justin Hayward. His painting of a badger won first place in the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Conservation Stamp Art Competition open to artists worldwide. Hayward’s oil on canvas artwork will be on display in a show with other winners through May 12 at the Game and Fish Headquarters office in Cheyenne. Works besides Hayward’s are also for sale, with 40 percent of sales supporting Game and Fish conservation projects. ... continue reading

Will Wyoming coal make a comeback? Some analysts say no

April 26, 2017 in News

For decades Wyoming has operated on the assumption that a bust doesn’t last forever. Drilling will pick up. Coal production will return, and those with enough moxie will just hunker down and weather the storm. As revenue from coal plummeted and hundreds of miners lost their jobs over the last two years, many held their breath, waiting for the upswing. Coal was one of the reasons that many in the Cowboy State — 7 out of 10 voters by some counts — voted for Donald Trump after he promised to bring bac... continue reading

Centuries-old Medicine Wheel draws thousands to national forest in Wyoming

April 25, 2017 in News

For centuries, the Medicine Wheel in the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming has been used for prayer and vision quests by the Crow Tribe and other Native people. Visitors come from all over the world to hike up Medicine Mountain to the wheel, a National Historical Site managed by the Bighorn National Forest with guidance from the Medicine Wheel Alliance. ... continue reading

Wyoming coal production rises from last year’s slump

April 24, 2017 in News

Wyoming coal production shot up by nearly 15 million tons in the first quarter of the year compared with 2016, when the coal industry was staggering toward the bottom of a historic bust. Wyoming’s 18 mines carved 80 million tons of coal out of the state’s seams from January to March this year. Powder River Basin mines, the heart of the U.S. coal industry, provided the lion’s share of total production, with 77.7 million tons coming out of the PRB in the first three months of the year, according to t... continue reading