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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

Eclipse a bust? Report says just 100k traveled to Wyoming for spectacle

December 12, 2017 in News

The numbers are in on one of the most anticipated tourism events ever to take place in Wyoming. The results? The Great American Eclipse had a far more muted effect on the Cowboy State than the most optimistic estimates, but still contributed tens of millions of dollars to merchants along with a more modest sum flowing into public coffers. About 99,000 out-of-state visitors said they came to Wyoming in late August solely to view the eclipse, according to a report released by the Wyoming Office of Tourism ... continue reading

2017 eclipse boosted Wyoming’s economy by $63.5 million

December 11, 2017 in News

Nearly 192,000 people traveled to Wyoming to view last summer's total solar eclipse, boosting the state's economy by an estimated $63.5 million, according to an analysis released Monday by the state Tourism Office. "That's phenomenal when you have all of this new money being pumped into the economy," Diane Shober, executive director of the Wyoming Office of Tourism, said. The $63.5 million came from people spending money on travel, lodging, food and shopping over a five-day period around the eclipse. ... continue reading

Wyoming Lottery defends expenses, says it has cut marketing costs by more than half

December 7, 2017 in News

The Wyoming Lottery Corporation is defending itself against charges that it is not sending enough money to the state and is spending excessively on expenses like marketing and salaries. CEO Jon Clontz said that recent calls from some local government officials for legislation requiring the lottery to send a set amount or percentage of money each year were premature and stem from issues outside of his organization’s control. A recent analysis of the lottery’s financial documents showed that it was ... continue reading

Conference center group and a few city leaders meet, drawing ire from other council member

December 6, 2017 in News

A small group of Casper City Council members and the city manager met with a hotel and conference center group Monday morning to continue discussing the future of three city-owned buildings in downtown Casper, prompting criticisms from another council member who was not invited to the meeting. The conference center group — which includes representatives from the Casper Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Amoco Reuse Agreement Joint Powers Board, the Downtown Development Authority and the Economic ... continue reading

A guide to this year’s books about Wyoming and the West by authors who know it best

December 5, 2017 in News

Wyoming has long inspired writers to explore its natural wonders, rich history and diverse ways of life. In time for the holidays, the Casper Star-Tribune has compiled a selection of this year’s books about Wyoming and the West, many written by authors with a connection to the Cowboy State. This selection spans a variety of topics in non-fiction — from the dangers airmail pilots faced on the dangerous flights through Wyoming to the stories of wildlife like sage grouse, wild horses and wolves. Authors... continue reading

Injection wells trouble landowners, Gov. repeats message on sage grouse, and coal plant closures continue

December 4, 2017 in News

Oil prices head towards $60 The nudge up in price has many surprised, others saying the positive trend will continue as supplies tighten faster than predicted. Read Full Story... continue reading

Downtown readies for busy December

December 1, 2017 in News

Downtown Casper will be abuzz this Saturday as holiday festivities hit full stride. The seasonal used book sale in the basement of the Natrona County Public Library is the popular bag sale, with loads of gift giving opportunities awaiting. The sale runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Canvas tote bags brought by shoppers may be filled for $5, while plastic grocery bags full of books and other media will be $3 each. Over-sized personal tote bags may require an additional charge as judged by the volunteer c... continue reading