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Warm morning light spilled over surrounding hills, illuminating lush green springtime pastures at the base of Laramie Peak. Beneath the craggy mountain top, a herd of cattle casually grazed the lush offerings of recent rains.

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Peabody Energy and Arch Coal have entered into an agreement to combine the companies’ Powder River Basin and Colorado assets.

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As the sun was getting higher in the sky last weekend, more and more people flocked to the heart of Douglas to celebrate the Jackalope with activities for all ages.

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A red 1991 Chevy Cavalier crashed into the fountain at the entrance to the fairgrounds June 11 around 4:30 p.m. Shalynn Cannon, 17, was driving the vehicle while her father Chris, rode in the passenger seat. Chris reported the incident immediately. Neither of the passengers sustained injuries.

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You’re cruising along one of Douglas’s roads. Suddenly, you see it – a massive pothole directly ahead, which there isn’t time to avoid. You screech to a near-halt, but it does little to soften the thud of your vehicle’s fender against unforgiving asphalt.

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It’s only mid-morning, but the sun already beats down on the Converse Hope Center. Sunglasses and baseball caps are popular accessories, with nearly everyone there donning one or the other as a couple CHC staff members direct them to sign up for varying community service locations.

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Converse County Commissioners Jim Willox, Robert Short and Rick Grant – all wearing suits – huddled in a corner of the Douglas library, strategizing in low tones away from the proceedings a few feet away. In the hearing room, the all-male council stared at Douglas City Administrator Jonathan…

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As the Memorial Day holiday approaches, Converse County Law Enforcement is reminding all drivers of the importance of seat belt use. The annual Click It or Ticket high-visibility enforcement effort runs from May 20 through June 2, 2019 and is focused on enforcing seat belt use.

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A man clad in blue jeans and a black sweatshirt, his daughter close by his side, walked solemnly across the parking lot at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy to place flowers at the base of the law enforcement memorial, while to the left, another family bowed their heads silently, the men i…

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Memorial Hospital of Converse County CEO Ryan Smith announced Tuesday that he would be resigning from his position at the hospital at the end of the summer.

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If you don’t already have a place to live in Douglas, good luck finding one. Few homes hit the market, and prices have risen by 10-20% for the few that do.

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Douglas ice hockey has never had its own indoor rink. The IceCats originally had an outdoor rink, and currently rent indoor space at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds.

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Converse County’s oil and gas boom is reviving the region’s economy and sending record revenues to local governments. Douglas’ housing is full, the county is the new state oil production leader and industry continues to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the area – all with no signs o…

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He wanted a home for his family. As a young man with a wife, two children and one on the way, Chuck Bruner had some big decisions to make. He may have had little money, but he was smart and not afraid to take a chance.

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With the retirement of Douglas High School Principal Dan Edwards this coming spring, a reshuffle of certain school district administrators will take place at the start of the 2019-20 school year.

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Drive along WYO 59, and you can learn a lot about the oil and gas industry. Just look at your fellow drivers. It feels like every other passerby is in a white pickup. Oil and water haulers are a dime a dozen, too. It’s common to see semis loaded with turquoise pipe, tractor trailers carrying…

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Three years ago, you didn’t see too many oversized loads rumbling through the county. Douglas felt weary and empty. Few cranes jutted out on the horizon, and only rarely did you see long stretches of exposed earth, marking new pipelines.

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The jaws of 282 students simultaneously hit the floor in shock and awe as their trusty Principal Tanya Seeds was turned into a “human s’more” before their very eyes.

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A Casper man was charged with possession of more than three grams of methamphetamine, possession of fewer than three ounces of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver after being honest with a Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper after being stopped for speeding.

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Douglas’ hypothetical new rec center has had a rough non-life. The potential new facility has narrowly missed making the ballot, then narrowly missed voter approval. It has been described as a community necessity by some, decried as an inappropriate expense by others.

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Picture the skeletal towers of oil derricks rising above the sage brush in 1919. The Big Muddy oil field practically oozed black gold, giving up a whopping 10,000 barrels a day. Roughnecks drove out to fields in Model Ts, ambitious fortune-seekers chaotically staked claims. It was Converse C…

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The temperature may have hovered in the mid 40s, but anyone who has lived in Douglas long enough knows that is not the only factor when taking wet winter risks in the month of February. The famed Wyoming winds howled as jumpers took the plunge into frigid waters last Friday, all with smiles …

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The Bureau of Land Management’s Final Converse County EIS was expected to be released in October 2018, some estimated. Many anticipated the Record of Decision to come out in January.

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When a medical emergency happens, time is of the essence. When there’s a possibility of a stroke, the time spent doing tests to diagnose a stroke is essential. The goal is to diagnose a stroke as quickly as possible in order for the recovery to happen quickly with little to no side effects.

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The colorful lights were blinking on and off, the music was fast and loud and dancers were moving and shaking in excitement. Flashes were highlighting the room as cell phones were out taking photos of the girls dressed in their fanciest attire.

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Have you run an errand in Casper recently? Maybe a few weeks ago you dropped your daughter off at school in Laramie, or visited a friend in Gillette. Or maybe you went to an Avalanche game in Denver and bristled at all the prices beginning with a 1.

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The most prominent storm system experienced in Converse County this winter season couldn’t have struck at a worse time of day Jan. 20. Just as residents and area workers embarked on commutes toward home between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., they were greeted with less-than-ideal road conditions to navigate.

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If the government shutdown, now a month old, drags on much longer, residents who rely on low-income housing in Douglas could be faced with cuts in services. Those who work in the federally subsidized housing are anxious about the future of their jobs and are admittedly unsure how they’ll mai…

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Second degree murder charges in the Oct. 17, 2018 shooting have been amended to first degree murder. Maxwell Schwartz, 30, was arrested after he allegedly stabbed and shot his 32-year-old brother Joseph Schwartz in downtown Douglas.

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Sometimes the first child born in the county for a new calendar year doesn’t come on the first day of January. On occasion, it takes a little longer.

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The pulverizers, each full of a dozen 300-pound steel spheres, grind the strawberry-sized lumps of rock into powder, Alan Dugan explains. “It’s kind of loud,” he shouts.

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Energy companies continue building multi-million dollar projects in Converse County, literally shifting tons of earth to build new roads and digging trenches to make way for new pipelines. With miles and miles of new pipe going into the ground, individual projects might not seem like a huge deal.

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Frozen droplets of precipitation from a cloud inversion inundating the community of Glendo the morning of Dec. 7 caused a mystical atmosphere as the rising sun attempted to burst through above a frozen ice castle.