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Wyoming raking in sales tax dollars compared to 2016, but Natrona County unemployment exceeds other counties

January 2, 2018 in News

Wyoming’s economy continues to rock to a standstill, according to a November snapshot of the state’s improving tax revenue and unemployment rates. The state’s triple bust in its key fossil fuel sectors upset employment, income and state revenue over the last two years. But the November numbers evidence a slow stabilization, economist say. The turnaround in sales and use tax income, a 72 percent increase from last November is the largest recorded gain on record, according to the Wyoming Economic ... continue reading

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December 31, 2017 in News

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The Western Thunder Marching Band

December 22, 2017 in News

VIDEO - The Western Thunder Marching Band performs at the Potato Bowl's Mash Bash event in downtown Boise, Idaho. Read Full Story... continue reading

Wyoming delegation touts new tax plan amid widespread doubts

December 21, 2017 in News

It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix a tax code that stifles business investment, keeps trillions in corporate profits languishing overseas and slows the American economy. So argue Republicans in Congress, who hail their tax overhaul as an economic tonic that will deliver benefits to ordinary Americans well into the future. “This legislation includes meaningful changes that will help individuals and families struggling to move up the economic ladder,” Wyoming U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, a Rep... continue reading

Casper leaders decide to sell city-owned buildings to local entrepreneurs

December 20, 2017 in News

Downtown Casper should soon have more apartments and an expanded apparel store after city leaders approved the bids at the end of a contentious, three-hour meeting Tuesday night. The Casper City Council was split, with five members voting to sell two city-owned buildings and three voting to wait. Shortly after local entrepreneurs submitted their ideas for apartments, an apparel store and a cupcake shop, a coalition of groups requested the council explore using the land for a possible $70 million conferen... continue reading

For two decades, a Casper woman has built gingerbread houses with neighborhood kids

December 19, 2017 in News

Twenty bowls of candy in assorted colors filled the dining room table in Laura Burback’s central Casper home. Six girls eyed the gummy bears, gumdrops and lollipops as the candies lay among other assorted sweets. Could a cookie become a window? A gumdrop into a doorknob? Around the corner, Burback stood in her kitchen and added a ring of frosting around six gingerbread houses. She knows exactly how long the frosting takes to dry — she’s been making gingerbread houses with neighborhood kids every... continue reading

Did lawmakers accidentally open the flood gates for political dark money in Wyoming?

December 18, 2017 in News

An attempt to update and reform Wyoming’s campaign finance laws may have accidentally repealed all regulations covering groups that do not normally participate in political campaigns — even if they sometimes do spend large sums to support political causes. The Equality State Policy Center, a left-leaning advocacy group, wanted the Legislature to update the state’s transparency requirements for all types of political advertising. Currently the campaign finance regulations only govern advertisements ... continue reading

40 signs you might be from Wyoming

December 15, 2017 in News

Unsure if you're from the Cowboy State? Here are a few clues Wyoming might be home. Read Full Story... continue reading

Group pushing for downtown hotel and conference center outlines $70 million proposal

December 14, 2017 in News

A group hoping to bring a hotel and conference center to downtown Casper outlined plans to pay for it at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. The center would cost roughly $70 million. Between $30 million and $35 million would come from a loan, $30 million from public/gap financing and $5 million to $10 million from equity, said Brandon Daigle, the chairman of the Downtown Development Authority. ... continue reading

Photos: Casper’s oil boom years, from the early 1900’s on

December 13, 2017 in News

Historic photos of Wyoming's oil boom years, from the development of the Salt Creek Oil Field in the early 1900's to the demolition of the Casper Amoco refinery in 1988. Read Full Story... continue reading