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  • Barrasso, Lummis host talk about upcoming farm bill

    Mary Steurer, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 3, 2023

    CASPER — U.S. Senator John Boozman sat opposite a group of more than 20 Wyoming farmers, ranchers, government officials and nonprofit leaders in a cold conference room on the third floor of Casper’s Thyra Thomson State Office Building. Addressing his audience in a quiet, unhurried voice, the Arkansas congressman told them he was there to listen — and to ensure their concerns wouldn’t fall on deaf ears in D.C. “I believe very strongly that the answer to our problems needs to come from the bottom,” Boozman said. The Friday roundtable discussion...

  • Wyoming sailor's remains identified with new technology

    Mary Steurer, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 12, 2023

    CASPER -Experts have identified the remains of a Sheridan sailor who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. Herman Schmidt, 28, was a Navy Gunner's Mate Third Class aboard the USS Oklahoma, a Nevada-class battleship. Schmidt's remains were officially identified about two years ago, though the Department of Defense held off on announcing the news until his family could be fully briefed, according to a Monday press release from the department's Defense POW/ MIA Accounting Agency....

  • Census: Wyoming deaths exceed births

    Mary Steurer, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 29, 2022

    CASPER — For the first time in at least a century, Wyoming recorded more deaths than births over a year-long period, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The state reported 6,679 deaths between July 2021 and July 2022 compared to 6,189 births. In a census data table dating back to 1922 compiled by the Wyoming Department of Health, it’s the only year where deaths overtook births. According to a report published by the Wyoming Economic Analysis Division, 23 other states also recorded more deaths than births from July 2021 to Jul...

  • Governor eyes affordable housing

    Mary Steurer, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 6, 2022

    CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon’s office wants to put $25 million in American Rescue Plan Act dollars toward affordable housing. The office is preparing to submit a funding proposal to the State Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee, policy advisor Ivy Castleberry said Friday at a state conference for Habitat for Humanity affiliates. According to Castleberry, the office wants to set up a grant program for “shovel-ready” housing projects around the state. “We’re looking at a project-based application at this point,” she said at the conference....