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Wyoming beer makers launch brewers group

Wyoming beer makers launch brewers group

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming brewers gathered last month in Pinedale to craft the state’s annual collaboration beer. Working together inside Wind River Brewing Company, they concocted a steam beer appropriately named Steamboat.

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Wyoming breweries earn 5 medals at World Beer Cup

CASPER, Wyo. — Jamie Morris watched the World Beer Cup award ceremonies from a laptop in the back of Thai Meet Up, a restaurant and brewery in downtown Jackson. When the award for the best imperial India pale ale was announced, he saw his boss, Jeremy Tofte, take the stage.

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Trails center exhibits offers modern connection to the past

Trails center exhibits offers modern connection to the past

CASPER, Wyo. — Each block of quilt tells a different story.

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Casper nurse Amy Sorensen cares for pilot after in-flight medical emergency

Casper nurse Amy Sorensen cares for pilot after in-flight medical emergency

Amy Sorensen had settled into a movie somewhere high above the Great Plains when a call came over the aircraft public address system. She heard a flight attendant asking for passengers with medical experience.

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Care in Casper: Rare treatment attracts patients to Wyoming

Care in Casper: Rare treatment attracts patients to Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — Brad Stulberg lay face down on the bed of a CT scanner, flinching slightly as tiny needles pierced the skin behind his knees.

January 05, 2014 11:29 am Photos

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2014 Look Ahead: Medicaid expansion faces tough road in Wyoming – again

No one disputes Wyoming could save millions of dollars by expanding Medicaid to roughly 17,000 uninsured residents.

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Marketplace enrollments surge as Wyomingites seek health coverage

CASPER, Wyo. — More than 520 Wyomingites have enrolled in health plans through the federal insurance marketplace — a dramatic upsurge after technical problems resulted in a sluggish start.

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Doctor prepares to give up life in Casper for medical clinic in Zambia

Doctor prepares to give up life in Casper for medical clinic in Zambia

Dr. Robert Day stood in the overgrown yard of Chande Baptist Orphanage, a cinder block wall separating him from the squalor and urban sprawl on the other side.

November 24, 2013 12:00 pm Photos

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Bus passengers settle lawsuit over 2009 crash

Two passengers on a bus that collided with a semitrailer near Casper four years ago have settled their lawsuit over injuries they suffered in the crash, federal court records show.

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Few Wyomingites enroll in federal insurance marketplace

CASPER, Wyo. — Fewer than 100 Wyomingites enrolled in private health plans through the federal insurance marketplace in the first month after its troubled launch, new data shows.

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New Sweetwater County center will improve health care access

CASPER, Wyo. — A new community health center planned for Rock Springs will give low-income patients more access to medical care, its CEO said Thursday.

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Investigation finds Wyoming disability center concealed restraint chair use

A Wyoming facility for the developmentally disabled used restraint chairs more than 100 times during a four-year period while taking steps to conceal the controversial practice, a new report alleges.

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Insurance marketplace enrollments start to pick up in Wyoming

LANDER, Wyo. — After a sluggish start, Wyoming residents are enrolling in health insurance through the federal marketplace in greater numbers, an insurance executive reported Wednesday.

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Legislator proposes delaying license for new Casper hospital to gauge ACA impact

LANDER — Wyoming would wait until 2015 to license a new Casper hospital, giving officials time to gauge the Affordable Care Act’s overall effect on the state, according to a proposal floated Monday by state Rep. Elaine Harvey.

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Website issues force Affordable Care Act navigators to change tactics

Website issues force Affordable Care Act navigators to change tactics

CASPER, Wyo. — Lee Harden keeps a stack of applications for the federal insurance marketplace on the corner of his desk.

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Wyoming Medicaid demand spikes amid health reform focus

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s Medicaid program has received a flood of new applicants, but it’s unclear what’s behind the growing demand for government health coverage.

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Feds indict Wyoming family members, others on wildlife charges

A federal grand jury has indicted a Newcastle ranching family on charges they participated in the illegal sale of landowner hunting licenses, newly unsealed court documents show.

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Casper couple's spying software suit sparks FTC settlement with rental firm Aaron's

CASPER, Wyo. — Crystal Byrd sued rental giant Aaron’s in 2011 after discovering spying software hidden inside her leased computer. A franchise store in Casper used the program to photograph her husband inside the couple’s home.

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Ready, set, Obamacare: Wyoming customers enrolling despite problems

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming residents have begun buying health plans through the federal insurance marketplace despite technical problems that have dogged the site since it launched two weeks ago.

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Destructive storm leaves Casper, but 'mountains' of debris remain

Destructive storm leaves Casper, but 'mountains' of debris remain

A Friday storm dropped 16 or 17 tree limbs onto Darrell Robertson’s lawn. So the Paradise Valley man did what came natural. He went to pick them up.

October 08, 2013 8:30 am Photos

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Wyoming refinery operates normally after fire

Sinclair Wyoming Refinery continues to operate at normal rates despite an explosion and fire that occurred there last week, the company said in a statement released Monday.

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University of Wyoming conference examines health care changes

CASPER, Wyo. -- Steven Brill, author of a groundbreaking Time magazine article that examined why American health care is so expensive, will headline a three-day consumer issues conference at the University of Wyoming.

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New regulations make price comparisons difficult

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s health insurance marketplace has the unfortunate distinction of opening with some of the highest average prices in the nation. Premiums for a benchmark plan will average $516 a month for an individual, compared with $328 for the nation as a whole.

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Apprehension accompanies health law's arrival in Wyoming

Apprehension accompanies health law's arrival in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — Sarah Campbell put off the doctor’s visit as long as she could.

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Wyoming businesses prepare for health law impact

THERMOPOLIS, Wyo. — A group of about 20 business owners sat inside a deserted cafeteria at Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital, quietly listening to a presentation about the Affordable Care Act.

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Health insurance requirement approaches

CASPER, Wyo. — Staring in January, the Affordable Care Act will require most Americans to have health insurance. Those who don’t will pay a penalty that starts at $95 per adult, or 1 percent of their family income, whichever is greater.

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Exchange could assist uninsured — if they know it exists

Exchange could assist uninsured — if they know it exists

CASPER, Wyo. — Myeshea McKinney owed nearly $1 million by the time her twins were healthy enough to leave the hospital. The infants were born 12 weeks premature. They weighed a combined 4 pounds and spent months in a Denver hospital while their lungs developed.

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Nearly 90,000 in Wyoming go without medical insurance

CASPER, Wyo. — The number of uninsured people in Wyoming declined by 11,000 last year, but more than 15 percent of the population still lacks health coverage, new U.S. Census figures show.

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Police uncover domestic violence allegations against suspect in wife's killing

CASPER, Wyo. — Detectives investigating the Casper slaying of Natalie Miller uncovered evidence indicating her husband threatened her with a gun the summer before her death, police records show.

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Savings uncertain from disability program overhaul

Savings uncertain from disability program overhaul

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead and state health officials don’t know how much money they’ll save through a sweeping overhaul of a disability program that serves thousands of people in Wyoming, Mead said Tuesday.

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Fugitive remains elusive in Wyoming despite continued searches

CASPER, Wyo. — Kenneth James Ward escaped into the Wyoming wilderness more than a week ago.

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Tax increase fuels Wyoming road projects

State transportation officials plan to use revenue from the new fuel tax hike to begin 52 highway projects over the next three years — but only one in Casper.

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Wyoming leaders mull Medicaid expansion options

Wyoming leaders mull Medicaid expansion options

CASPER, Wyo. — An alternative form of Medicaid that’s more like private insurance would be Wyoming’s best option if lawmakers decide to expand the program, Gov. Matt Mead said Wednesday.

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Health officials see spike in waterborne infections

CASPER, Wyo. — A microscopic parasite is infecting an unusually high number of people in Wyoming this year, with most of the illnesses occurring in Campbell County.

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Authorities search for escaped Wyoming prisoner

CASPER, Wyo. — A prisoner who escaped from a rest area near Independence Rock remained at large Sunday, authorities said.

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Casper rally pushes for more disability service funding

Casper rally pushes for more disability service funding

CASPER, Wyo. — They stood along Center Street in downtown Casper, carrying signs. “Don’t take our freedom to choose,” one placard read. Another simply said, “I matter.”

August 29, 2013 8:26 pm

Concerns spur more changes to Wyo disability program redesign

CASPER, Wyo. — A plan to redesign one of Wyoming’s main programs for funding disability services is getting its own overhaul amid criticism from parents and guardians.

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Report: Medicaid alternative could save Wyoming money

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming could reduce its uninsured population and save millions by developing an alternative form of Medicaid that’s more akin to private insurance, according to a state report released Monday.

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Law keeps Wyoming from considering need for new hospital

CASPER, Wyo. — Critics of a new physician-owned hospital in Casper worry it will lure lucrative patients away from Wyoming Medical Center, resulting in cuts to cardiac and emergency care.

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Bond failure means Sheridan College will turn away qualified students

CASPER, Wyo. — The defeat of a $15.8 million bond measure to expand a technical education facility at Sheridan College means the school will turn away qualified students, college officials said.

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Cheney pays fine for fishing-license violation

Cheney pays fine for fishing-license violation

CASPER, Wyo. — Senate candidate Liz Cheney has paid a $220 fine for obtaining a resident fishing license last year despite not qualifying for one at the time, she said in a statement released Wednesday.

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New construction no road block to first days at Casper high schools

New construction no road block to first days at Casper high schools

Trevor Brown encountered six blocks of traffic as he drove to his high school’s parking lot Monday morning. He wasn’t thrilled.

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New hospital development heads to Casper City Council

CASPER, Wyo. — Few details have emerged about a possible new hospital in Casper, even as the development heads Tuesday to the city council.

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Groups get money to launch health law education in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — Two Wyoming organizations will launch programs aimed at helping people find insurance through an online marketplace being developed for the state.

August 15, 2013 8:14 pmLoading…

Health officials learn of possible bird infection

CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County health officials have learned that a bird at a Casper pet store might have contracted psittacosis, a bacterial infection that can cause flulike symptoms in humans.

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Monster snow blower comes to Casper airport

Monster snow blower comes to Casper airport

The snowblower inhales two tons of white stuff a second before shooting it more than 150 feet – half the length of a football field.

August 06, 2013 8:59 pmLoading…
Casper hospital cuts heart attack response times

Casper hospital cuts heart attack response times

CASPER, Wyo. -- Karl Wiscombe suffered a massive heart attack last month while putting away cans in his garage.

August 04, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…
Wyoming Medical Center experiences record month for births

Wyoming Medical Center experiences record month for births

CASPER, Wyo. — A lullaby rings over the loudspeakers at Wyoming Medical Center whenever a baby is born. It’s been playing a lot lately.

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Wyoming man pleads guilty to tax evasion

CASPER, Wyo. — A Riverton man pleaded guilty this week to tax evasion after failing to pay nearly $400,000 to the Internal Revenue Service, the agency announced Tuesday.

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Wyoming lawyers: Toss lawsuit by Hill petition supporters

Wyoming lawyers: Toss lawsuit by Hill petition supporters

CASPER, Wyo. — A state court lacks the authority to grant more time to organizers of a petition drive seeking to restore power to the Wyoming schools superintendent, according to lawyers for Secretary of State Max Maxfield.

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