Casper Star-Tribune

CASPER – The city of Kemmerer, Wyoming, feels a sense of pride for its tough little wastewater treatment plant. For 42 years, the plant has quietly serviced hundreds of homes.  It’s chugged through economic booms that stretched it to capacity and busts that forced many residents to move out. Under...
CASPER – The Legislature’s Management Council advanced a bill Thursday that would allow lawmakers and their dependents to enroll in the state employees group health insurance plan.  The council also moved along a bill to create an independent commission that would review compensation for lawmakers...
CASPER – Sens. Cynthia Lummis and John Barrasso both backed successful legislation Thursday to block railroad unions from striking over a longstanding contract dispute.  At the same time, the Wyoming Republicans opposed an attempt to grant seven days of paid sick leave to the workers. That vote...
LOVELL – As a potential railroad strike lies on the horizon, local businesses are stating the strike would have a significant impact on their ability to transport, and therefore sell, products. Last-minute negotiations by the Biden Administration in mid-September seemed to pacify the conflict...
CASPER (WNE) — A Rock Springs man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for the kidnapping and sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl.  A judge on Tuesday sentenced Luis Saavedra Villa, 44, to 125 years in prison for the crimes, which took place in June.  Saavedra Villa was already a...
CASPER — After roughly a year of dispute, Natrona County school board trustees voted Monday to keep two controversial LGBTQ books in one of the district’s high school libraries, with the condition that parents be given an opt-in option for their kids to access the titles.  They also voted to...
CASPER – Former President Donald Trump’s popularity continues to hold strong in Wyoming, a new poll from the University of Wyoming shows.  The survey also found that a majority of Republicans in Wyoming prefer Trump as the Republican presidential nominee rather than another candidate.  The poll,...
CASPER – In an open letter to Sen. Cynthia Lummis, the Wyoming Pastors Network asked her to “reverse course” on her vote for the Respect for Marriage Act, which would codify protections for same-sex marriage under federal law.  The group asked Lummis to support “an amendment that prevents H.R. 8404...
CASPER (WNE) — More of Wyoming’s nursing home residents are getting sick and dying from COVID-19, new figures released Wednesday by the AARP show.  COVID cases occurred in state nursing homes at a rate of six per 100 residents during a four-week period that ended Oct. 23.  That is the third-highest...
CASPER – Wyoming leaders are continuing to invest in rare earth elements.  The Wyoming Energy Authority announced this week that it awarded a $4.4 million grant to Rare Element Resources, one of two companies hoping to use a Wyoming rare earths deposit to jump-start the emerging industry.  Rare...

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