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Natrona County High teacher raises more than $18,000 to buy new classroom equipment

September 5, 2017 in News

Lance Madzey’s former students have gone on to work on projects like “The Walking Dead” and “Interstellar.” Now, with $18,700 worth of new, crowdfunded equipment, the Natrona County High teacher hopes to keep sending kids into the film industry, well prepared for the bright lights of Hollywood. “I’ve never had to ask for help, and I’m one of the stubborn folks that doesn’t like to,” the high school film and TV teacher said. “But it’s not about me. It’s way beyond me.” Madze... continue reading

Wyoming’s Josh Allen dreams big with goal of a Fiesta Bowl victory

September 1, 2017 in News

The moment Josh Allen will most regret not declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft will come on a Monday. It will be at 9 a.m. And he will be sitting in Spanish II. “I grew up in a Hispanic community, so you would think I would know (Spanish),” said Allen, who has the class four days a week. “My dad’s fluent in Spanish, but I just have never retained anything. So that’s going to be tough.” ... continue reading

In a snap shot, Wyoming energy industries steady after rocky decline

August 31, 2017 in News

The downturn in the energy markets happened fast and didn’t slow until early this year. While the repercussions aren’t over for the state, severance taxes are beating projections by more than 7 percent for the year. Yet at the same time, sales and use taxes are down $3.5 million from an already modest projection by state economists in January. With lower production and lower prices, money to keep Wyoming’s teachers paid, its county services staffed and its savings account intact will be slow to ret... continue reading

City officials have uncovered another building hidden within the former Plains Furniture store

August 30, 2017 in News

A recent discovery at the former Plains Furniture store may change the building’s future. Community Development Director Liz Becher led City Council members on a dimly-lit tour of the structure Tuesday and shared a recent discovery: Behind the current drywall and ceiling tiles are the gray brick remains of Nolan's Chevrolet dealership from the 1920s. ... continue reading

City Council to tour new discovery at former Plains Furniture store

August 29, 2017 in News

The former Plains Furniture Company building is full of surprises, hiding the remnants of one, if not two historic buildings. City officials purchased the building for about $3 million last year, with no real plans for its use. About 10 months later, they learned it was hiding a piece of local history. An old photo revealed that the building next door — a restored 1920s fire station that now houses commercial space — had a garage, which was later covered by the furniture store. ... continue reading

People across Wyoming pinned hopes on eclipse projects and business ideas. Here’s how a few fared.

August 28, 2017 in News

For two minutes and 42 seconds of totality, actor Will Wallace stretched his arms toward heaven and held the eclipsed sun. The crowd behind him, dark in the silvery midday dusk, clapped wildly. They cheered. They wept openly, overwhelmed by the sublimity of the moment. And then the moon slid away, quietly as it came, and the sun flashed down on the theater’s crowd once more. The actors began their work again performing the scenes of “Prometheus,” a local theater production that incorporated Mond... continue reading

Eastern Wyoming College to unveil new $23 million technical education center

August 24, 2017 in News

Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington will unveil a $23 million, 69,000-square-foot facility Thursday. The new Career and Technical Education Center will serve a number of the school’s needs, including welding and its new barbering program. It was approved by the Community College Commission and received a $20 million appropriation from the Legislature in 2014. Later that year, Goshen County voters passed a bond to provide an additional $3 million. “As the economy in Wyoming has changed, we felt o... continue reading

Mayor says ‘perfect’ eclipse festival might lead to changes in Casper

August 23, 2017 in News

High expectations can sometimes lead to disappointment, but Casper Mayor Kenyne Humphrey said Tuesday that the Wyoming Eclipse Festival lived up to its hype. “It was perfect,” said Humphrey. “I don’t think it could have gone any better.” The festival featured dozens of vendors, street performers, musicians and food trucks situated in the heart of Casper’s revitalized downtown. It began Thursday and culminated Monday with a free concert at the new David Street Station by Chancey Williams an... continue reading

After traveling great distances, visitors enchanted by eclipse

August 22, 2017 in News

Darkness fell along Highway 319 north of Glendo, and with it came quiet. Ken Biles spread his arms wide and leaned back as if embracing the sky. Biles’s Pagan ritual was short. It was timed to harness the energy of the solar eclipse and direct it towards some purpose, in this case, better communication across the world. After 30 seconds, he dropped his hands. He pulled out his camera. Like hundreds of people up and down the rural stretch of Wyoming highway, Biles tried to capture the brilliant white... continue reading

Casper airport fills as private planes land to view eclipse

August 21, 2017 in News

It starts out as a faint whirring speck in the sky over this strip of tarmac located outside of town. The buzz remains muted until the plane drops out of sight behind the warehouses and hangars lining the runway. Quickly you hear the roar of the engine as the plane touches down at the Casper/Natrona County International Airport. Again. And again. And again. They’re all here for the solar eclipse. ... continue reading