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Most Casper Council candidates against raising lodging tax

CASPER, Wyo. — Six of eight Casper City Council candidates do not support the area tourism board’s decision to pursue an increase in the lodging tax in November.

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Natrona County correctional facility earns health care award

Natrona County correctional facility earns health care award

Tylar Baker laughed to himself as he tried to use one hand to strap the blood pressure machine to his heavily tattooed arm.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Casper council candidates support rapids, offer safety alternatives

Casper council candidates support rapids, offer safety alternatives

CASPER, Wyo. — Candidates for Casper City Council unanimously agree that ripping out the North Platte whitewater park is not the solution to making the river a safer place.

August 30, 2014 5:17 pmLoading…

Natrona County tourism council to seek lodging tax increase

CASPER Wyo. — The Natrona County Travel and Tourism Council Joint Powers Board will seek an increase in the lodging tax — from 3 percent to 4 percent — on the November ballot after the board offered its formal approval Tuesday afternoon.

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Casper threatened with whitewater lawsuit after boy dies in river

Casper threatened with whitewater lawsuit after boy dies in river

CASPER, Wyo. — The 8-year-old boy rescued from the North Platte River two weeks ago sat at his father’s side during Tuesday’s Casper City Council work session. After prompting from his dad, Troy Bray, his eyes shifted from his shoes to the council members.

August 26, 2014 7:25 pm Photos

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Court rules for smoking ban allies

CASPER, Wyo. — A judge on Tuesday ruled the Casper city clerk acted “arbitrarily and capriciously” in determining who to disqualify from a petition to reinstate the city's full smoking ban.

August 26, 2014 5:16 pmLoading…
Wyoming lottery rakes in $200,000 in opening-day sales

Wyoming lottery rakes in $200,000 in opening-day sales

CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County led the way in first-day lottery ticket sales Sunday, banking a little over $36,400 according to the Wyoming Lottery Corporation.

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New $25M UW lab for researching, diagnosing animal diseases in dire need of repair

New $25M UW lab for researching, diagnosing animal diseases in dire need of repair

CASPER, Wyo. — Three years after the state spent $25 million to build a state-of-the-art laboratory at the University of Wyoming for researching and diagnosing animal diseases, the crumbling facility sits empty.

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Search for boy in river: 'Sunup to sundown, we'll always be searching'

Search for boy in river: 'Sunup to sundown, we'll always be searching'

CASPER, Wyo. — A portrait of Alex Cressy sits on the bank of the North Platte River where the 11-year-old boy went missing Monday afternoon.

August 12, 2014 2:18 pmLoading…

City, contractor reach tentative agreement over contract dispute

CASPER — The city of Casper and Hedquist Construction have come to a tentative agreement that should result in completion of a west-side street construction project by year’s end, according to both sides.

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Casper anticipates 50,000 eclipse chasers descending on the city in 2017

Casper anticipates 50,000 eclipse chasers descending on the city in 2017

CASPER, Wyo. — Lowell Lyon recalled standing outside the La Paz, Mexico, airport in 1991 and staring awestruck at the sky.

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No vacancy: Wyoming state parks fill fast

CASPER, Wyo. — At least three popular state parks were already at camping capacity for the weekend’s Fourth of July festivities as of Thursday afternoon, and another will likely fill, according to the state parks department.

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Local donations keep Casper Children's Theatre afloat through summer

Local donations keep Casper Children's Theatre afloat through summer

A set of stairs tucked in the far corner of the white brick Commissary Mall building east of downtown leads to the Casper Children’s Theatre.

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Casper Council likely to approve Hogadon pond improvements Tuesday

CASPER, Wyo. — Casper City Council will vote Tuesday whether to dredge and reline a pond at the base of Hogadon Ski Area, restoring the pond’s original capacity to hold water used for snowmaking.

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Ranchers sue Idaho-based conservation group for trespassing

CASPER, Wyo. — Over a dozen Wyoming ranchers and landowners are accusing a nonprofit conservation group and its state director of blatantly and repeatedly trespassing on their land to collect water quality samples.

June 14, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Casper informally approves $5.1M lease of land for conference center

CASPER, Wyo. — A plan to build a hotel and conference center near downtown Casper cleared a major hurdle this week when the City Council informally approved a $5.1 million lease for 18 acres of former refinery land.

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Casper councilman calls for city manager's resignation

Casper Councilman Keith Goodenough is calling for City Manager John Patterson’s resignation.

June 11, 2014 8:00 amLoading…

Casper Council members play tourist, return thrilled by public plaza prospects

CASPER, Wyo. — Casper Councilwoman Kenyne Schlager said she was unconvinced the first time someone proposed a downtown public plaza.

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Casper nonprofit tries new approach to sheltering the homeless

Casper nonprofit tries new approach to sheltering the homeless

CASPER, Wyo. — Every night for the past seven months, Eddie Martinez has closed his eyes and lay in a bed with a roof over his head.

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Travel agents find ways to persevere

Travel agents find ways to persevere

Travelers often come to Jim DeRop with a vision.

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City officials stress awareness, education in losing Casper's pedestrian-unfriendly reputation

City officials stress awareness, education in losing Casper's pedestrian-unfriendly reputation

Cyclists and city officials agree that Casper has a long way to go to shed its reputation for being unfriendly to pedestrians and bicyclists.

June 01, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
High demand makes finding affordable housing in Casper a challenge

High demand makes finding affordable housing in Casper a challenge

CASPER, Wyo. — It is easy to lose track of all the housing development going on in Casper.

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High temperatures contribute to flooding in Wyoming

High temperatures contribute to flooding in Wyoming

Temperatures are expected to reach record highs in Casper on Wednesday, and scorching weather across the state is expected to exacerbate flooding in southeastern Wyoming throughout the week.

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Housing advocates seeking developers for Star Apartments

The Casper Housing Authority is courting developers to rehabilitate the Star Apartments into a retail and apartment complex.

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Anti-terror money went unchecked

CASPER, Wyo. — State officials throttled down oversight of millions of dollars in anti-terrorism prevention funds in 2011, but restarted tougher reviews last year after a management review by federal officials criticized the office’s lack of oversight regarding how the money was spent.

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CY and Poplar construction begins Monday

CY and Poplar construction begins Monday

Expansion of the congested CY Avenue and Poplar Street intersection in Casper begins Monday.

May 18, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Evansville fuel storage project avoids controversy of county site

The oil field services company behind a controversial storage facility for flammable liquids in unincorporated Natrona County is proposing to build a facility at a site in Evansville.

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Developers plan urban marketplace in former Pacific Fruit warehouse

Developers plan urban marketplace in former Pacific Fruit warehouse

CASPER — Art Boatright stood in the dim light of the old Pacific Fruit & Produce Company warehouse at 319 Midwest and let his eyes roam around the space.

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Carrying on: Opal returns to peace and quiet after natural gas plant explosion

The tiny town of Opal was quiet last Friday evening. A charred and blackened tower hidden by the hills north and west of the southwestern Wyoming town was the only reminder of the explosion and fire that led to a 20-hour evacuation of Opal’s entire population April 23.

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New sports tourism director focuses on Casper Mountain

John Giantonio doesn’t look at the sprawling, forested, snow-covered range south of Casper and see Casper Mountain.

May 04, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Paralympian biathlon athlete calls Casper home

Paralympian biathlon athlete calls Casper home

A big smile lights up Casper resident Omar Bermejo’s face when he remembers the Olympic Village at the 2014 Winter Paralympics.

May 04, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Casper electronics recycling center expanding services, adding staff

Curt Beatty flinched reflexively as a loud clatter echoed off the warehouse walls.

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Casper City councilman pleads for board to begin healing

Casper City councilman pleads for board to begin healing

Paul Bertoglio will have served on the Casper City Council for 16 years next month. The last time he remembers the board being as contentious as it is right now was in 2001.

April 20, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Phone record sheds light on Casper City councilman's accusations

A public records request by the Casper Star-Tribune appears to support City Manager John Patterson and Councilwoman Kenyne Schlager's version of a conversation with Police Chief Jim Wetzel about whether it was legal and appropriate to check a license plate to see if a vehicle belonged to Cou…

April 20, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Casper City Council OKs Hogadon lift repairs

Casper City Council OKs Hogadon lift repairs

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper City Council unanimously agreed to a $141,940 bandage for the aging main lift at Hogadon Ski Area, but several members reiterated their desire to take a closer look at the $6.37 million in “vital” investments recommended by a 2013 master plan.

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Casper City Council may drop Hedquist case in favor of informal hearing

Casper City Council may drop Hedquist case in favor of informal hearing

Councilman Craig Hedquist would remain in office if the Casper City Council follows through with a decision at its Tuesday night meeting to drop the city's conflict-of-interest case against him.

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USOC gives $25K grant to Casper biathlon club to continue disabled veterans program

Thanks to a $25,000 grant, the Casper Mountain Biathlon Club can continue reaching out to disabled military veterans this year through sport.

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Casper begins work to head off future traffic congestion

Casper begins work to head off future traffic congestion

CASPER, Wyo. — Casper isn’t anticipating the area’s population growth to slow down, which is why the city council asked transportation planners to assume the city reaches 96,000 people in the next 30 years and to begin assessing road needs.

April 13, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Casper makes another push for mulch mowing

CASPER, Wyo. — The city is launching a public service campaign in a renewed effort to get the people of Casper to mulch mow.

April 13, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Wyoming airports endure spike in cancellations by local airline

Wyoming airports endure spike in cancellations by local airline

CASPER, Wyo. — Anna Erixon sat down at a laptop in her Lander home Wednesday afternoon and pulled up the Great Lakes Airlines website to book a flight.

April 13, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
2 Wyoming companies expect merger will expand social services for the disabled

2 Wyoming companies expect merger will expand social services for the disabled

CASPER, Wyo. — Officials at two Casper-based social services organizations say a July 1 merger will increase the variety and availability of resources for people with disabilities and brain injuries.

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Plan calls for $841k in Casper parks improvements in next 15 years

Plan calls for $841k in Casper parks improvements in next 15 years

CASPER, Wyo. — A city review of Casper parks and open spaces argues for about $841,000 in upgrades to park equipment during the next 15 years and suggests another six to nine parks might need to be built in that time frame to match Casper’s population growth.

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Council hopeful Mundell calls for improved leadership

CASPER, Wyo. — City Council Ward 1 hopeful Robin Mundell believes the current council is short on leadership.

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Track owner opens off-track betting in Evansville

Track owner opens off-track betting in Evansville

CASPER — Off-track betting has returned to Evansville.

March 29, 2014 8:30 amLoading…

Casper planners consider affordable-housing project

CASPER — On Tuesday, the Casper Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the site plan for a 36-unit affordable-housing apartment building on Beverly and Eighth streets.

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Two businessmen threaten legal action against Casper city manager

An offhand statement at a small meeting of downtown leaders has prompted two businessmen to threaten legal action against Casper’s city manager and touched off a bitter back-and-forth about what the sides believed to be a long-dead rumor.

March 23, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Washakie, Big Horn counties take stock of flood damage

Washakie, Big Horn counties take stock of flood damage

CASPER, Wyo. — The Bighorn River experienced a level of flooding last weekend that hadn’t been seen since the mid-’90s.

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Volunteer firefighter uses personal drone to keep tabs on Bighorn River flooding

Volunteer firefighter uses personal drone to keep tabs on Bighorn River flooding

CASPER, Wyo. — Worland Police received the call about flooding a little before 7 a.m.

March 12, 2014 6:13 am Photos

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Big Horn River flooding subsides

Big Horn River flooding subsides

Emergency crews continued to battle flooding along the Big Horn and Nowood rivers in Greybull and Manderson on Monday, although officials hope the worst is over.

March 11, 2014 8:00 am Video Photos

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Casper Speedway getting new bleachers

The two sets of bleachers were already old when a handful of drivers loaded them onto trailers and hauled them from the defunct Lakeside Speedway in Denver to the Casper Speedway in 1988.

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