COVID-19

LARAMIE — County clerks across Wyoming received an unexpected request from Interim Secretary of State Karl Allred last Friday. He sent a letter asking them to consider discontinuing the use of ballot drop boxes in the current election.  Seven counties in Wyoming provide ballot boxes as a method for...
CHEYENNE (WNE)  — Some sectors in Wyoming have recovered all of the jobs lost during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, while other industries have not regained all of the staff they had in the second quarter of 2019.  These and other economic statistics are contained in a newly released...
It’s tempting to blame the pandemic for the dizzying rates of mental health concerns among American teens. We are all familiar with the impact Covid is having on our lives, and the disruption it continues to cause in the lives of young people. Kids witnessed vehement disagreements between neighbors...
LARAMIE — Despite complaints from residents, Laramie City Council voted to continue its virtual-only format on Tuesday during a Zoom meeting.  Council member Bryan Shuster brought forward a motion that would allow the city to provide a hybrid meeting format — city councilors and the public would...
BUFFALO — The supply of blood remains critically low in the region and across the U.S., according to Vitalant, the company that supplies blood to most of Wyoming's hospitals.  "In the last year, it's been pretty rough nationwide across the board,” said Tori Robbins, communications manager for...
SHERIDAN — Experts estimate that thousands of people are missing from Wyoming’s workforce, but whether that is due to the pandemic, “quiet quitting” or a state population that is quickly approaching retirement age is unknown. Citing data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wenlin Liu, chief...
Everyday mask use and routine COVID-19 testing for staff are no longer required at Weston County Health Services and the Manor after a Sept. 23 update from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Masks and regular testing have been required at the facility for over two years, according to...
SHERIDAN (WNE) — Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Darci Phillips issued a summary judgment Sept. 22 in a civil case brought forward by parents of students in Sheridan County School District 2 who questioned the district’s authority to implement and enforce mask mandates and quarantine...
CASPER — Over the nine years that Dr. Shelley Springer has been in practice as a Casper pediatrician, she’s seen illnesses associated with adult obesity showing up in children of younger and younger ages.  “In the field of pediatrics, increasing childhood obesity is an increasing concern across the...

Photos by Walter Sprague/NLJ

The Black Hills South Dakota Tractor Run group decided to come into Newcastle for lunch at Pizza Hut on Thursday, Sept. 8. Since the tractors can only go about 15 miles per hour, the run into Newcastle and back took about eight hours. Above, participants as they get ready to have lunch at Pizza Hut in Newcastle. Below, a vintage tractor is carefully backed into a space at the Pizza Hut parking lot.

 
On Thursday, Sept. 8, Newcastle was mildly overrun by a slow-moving and colorful invasion from the east. For the first time in four years, the Black Hills South Dakota Tractor Run came to town. It tries to do one every two years, but its last run was in 2018. When COVID hit, the organization had to...

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