Business & Tourism
Casper One Of Three Finalists To Land National Air Championship Races
Casper has made the short list of three cities still in the running to become the new host for the National Championship Air Races, which could be a $100 million shot in the arm for the Cowboy State.
Renée JeanFebruary 29, 2024
Wyoming Tourism Is Back: Visitors Spend $4.7 Billion In 2023
Wyoming Office of Tourism Director Diane Shober said the tourism industry back on top as the state's number one employer providing 33,000 jobs. In 2023, visitors spent a record $4.7 billion -- a significant increase from 2022.
Renée JeanFebruary 28, 2024
Jackson’s Jim Waldrop — AKA ‘Mr. Hospitality’ — Wins Wyoming's Highest Tourism Award
Tourism is big business in Wyoming and every year one Wyoming citizen wins the BIG WYO award for making significant lifetime contributions to Wyoming’s tourism and hospitality industries. This year, Jim Waldrop, who oversees the Wort Hotel and the Silver Dollar Bar in Jackson, was the winner.
Renée JeanFebruary 28, 2024
Wyoming’s Fun, Quirky Small Towns Could Be A Big Draw For 2024 Tourism
Small Wyoming communities have an oversized opportunity to attract new visitors to their communities, thanks to the mood of travelers in 2024, according to experts and analysts at the 2024 Wyoming Governor’s Tourism and Hospitality Convention.
Renée JeanFebruary 27, 2024
Project West Puts $2.6 Billion Cost On Massive Wyoming Trona Plant
Investors behind a major trona mining project have placed a price tag of $2.6 billion on building a sprawling mining and processing operation in Sweetwater County that could help give Wyoming and America a competitive edge against Chinese rivals.
Pat MaioFebruary 27, 2024
Wyoming Joins FTC Lawsuit To Block $25 Billion Albertsons - Kroger Merger
Wyoming is one of nine states joining the FTC in a lawsuit filed Monday to block the $25 billion merger of Kroger and Albertsons. “Kroger’s acquisition of Albertsons would lead to additional grocery price hikes for everyday goods," said the FTC.
Renée JeanFebruary 26, 2024
Wyoming Rancher, National Cattleman's Beef Association President, Talks Priorities
As president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cheyenne-area rancher Mark Eisele said he’s in a position to look out for Wyoming ranchers while pushing for national change, like country of origin labeling and death tax reform.
Tracie SullivanFebruary 25, 2024
Meet Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Elite Life-Saving Avalanche Dogs
When the avalanche risk is high in Jackson Hole, there’s a pack of superheroes ready for action on a moment’s notice to find and rescue buried skiers and snowmobilers. These superheroes don’t wear capes, they wear collars.
Renée JeanFebruary 25, 2024
Wyoming’s Brooks Lake Lodge Surrounded By 700 Miles Of World-Class Snowmobiling
With 700 miles of groomed trails, Brooks Lake Lodge near Dubois, Wyoming, is one of the world’s top-rated snowmobiling resorts. At 9,200 feet of elevation, the snow in the area -- more than 600 inches every year -- is low in moisture, which creates light, fluffy powder.
Renée JeanFebruary 25, 2024
How A Wyoming Couple Resurrected The Legendary Brooks Lake Lodge
Barbara and Richard Carlsberg were looking for a ranch in Jackson Hole nearly 40 years ago when they instead bought the abandoned and neglected Brooks Lake Lodge in 1987. Restoring and resurrecting it, they say, was a labor of love.
Renée JeanFebruary 24, 2024
Wyoming's Year-Round Roller Coaster: You Can Ride It During A Blizzard
Not only does Snow King Mountain have the steepest zip line in North America which reaches speeds of 60 mph down a 36% grade. It also has a year-round roller coaster that operates even in snowstorms.
Jake NicholsFebruary 24, 2024
Billionaire Wyoming Businessman Buys Sublette County Ski Resort
Bondurant billionaire Joe Ricketts plans to complete his purchase of the White Pine Ski and Summer Resort near Pinedale, Wyoming, at the end of the 2024 ski season.
Andrew RossiFebruary 23, 2024
$25 Billion Albertsons - Kroger Merger Bombarded With Lawsuits, FTC May Join In
Colorado and Washington have both filed lawsuits against the $25 billion Albertsons - Kroger merger, while the FTC reportedly could file its own as early as next week.
Renée JeanFebruary 22, 2024
Casper Residents Don’t Buy Postal Service Claim Of Better Service Thru Downsizing
At a packed meeting in Casper on Wednesday, people were firmly against a U.S. Postal Service plan to downsize the local post office and didn’t buy claims that downsizing will give them better local mail service.
Dale KillingbeckFebruary 22, 2024
New Federal Railroad Proposal Would Run Three Passenger Rail Routes Thru Wyoming
The Federal Railroad Administration has announced a new expansion proposal that would run three passenger rail routes through Wyoming including the I-80 corridor, a north-south route from Billings to Cheyenne, and one running from Cheyenne to Rapid City.
Renée JeanFebruary 20, 2024
Drinking Wyoming: Pat’s Brew House In Cody "Where Everybody Knows Your Name"
When Norfleet Gifford bought Pat’s Brew House in Cody, her goal was to create a neighborhood-bar feel similar to the TV show “Cheers.” And even with temperatures below zero recently, the place was packed with regulars.
Amber SteinmetzFebruary 18, 2024
How WyoTech Went From Near Oblivion To National Tech Education Powerhouse
Jim Mathis says he owes his adult life to what he learned at WyoTech. That's why when it was about to close for good, he started making calls to raise money to buy the school -- which he did. In two years, he returned it to profitability and made the Laramie school a national tech education powerhouse.
Renée JeanFebruary 17, 2024
Wyoming’s Legendary 100-Year-Old Brooks Lake Lodge Is ‘Where The West Begins’
It’s been re-invented and even resurrected a few times over the past 100 years, but at its core, Wyoming’s legendary Brooks Lake Lodge remains that one place historically proclaimed as “where the West begins.”
Renée JeanFebruary 17, 2024
Wyoming Wants Control Of Cattle Hide Sales, Even As Leather Market Falters
A bill before the Wyoming Senate would make it easier to track the sale of transfer of slaughtered cow hides, but the market for hides might be tanking anyway.
Mark HeinzFebruary 14, 2024
Nothing Unsafe About Bees On Donuts, Says Wyoming Beekeeper
Wyoming beekeeper Michael Jordan says bees swarming in and on donuts is no big deal. “As long as you don’t get bees in your mouth, you’re safe,” he said. “And remember, honey is bee vomit.”
Mark HeinzFebruary 13, 2024
‘Megadrought,’ Big Meat Packers Drive Prices Up For Wyoming Beef
Years of drought and dealing with big meat packing conglomerates has limited the supply of beef available to consumers, driving prices up at grocery stores and record profits for Wyoming ranchers.
Tracie SullivanFebruary 12, 2024
Cheyenne Tow Truck Company "Big Al's" Featured On Weather Channel TV Series
The Weather Channel is putting together a new adventure docuseries that will feature the worst wrecks and most difficult extrications in America. Cheyenne, Wyoming's tow truck company Big Al’s is featured on the show.
Renée JeanFebruary 11, 2024
Eating Wyoming: Authentic Chicago Deli Meets Traditional Italy At Casper's Steamboat Deli
Frequent customers of the downtown Steamboat Deli & Outlet in Casper say the eatery is more than just a spot to grab a quick sandwich, it’s an authentic Chicago deli experience with a unique Italian twist -- all created by a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef.
Dale KillingbeckFebruary 10, 2024
Wyoming Couple Turn Napkin Sketch Into Industrial Snow Melting Machine
After seeing huge piles of plowed snow last winter, a Riverton, Wyoming, couple was inspired. A quick napkin sketch became Thaw Tech Solutions, a custom-built industrial machine used to melt snow and release it into the drainage system.
Amber SteinmetzFebruary 10, 2024
Are Wyoming Chainsaw Users Ready To Go Electric?
Until recently, electric chainsaws were little more than glorified garden tools. But technology is getting to the point where they’re nearly ready for the big leagues, say some Wyoming chainsaw dealers.
Mark HeinzFebruary 09, 2024
Wyoming Farmers Worry Starlink-Connected Tractors Could Hack Their Data
Although the partnership between John Deere and SpaceX to provide satellite terminals for current and future agricultural equipment may sound good on the surface, Wyoming farmers say it is unclear if their data and privacy would be protected.
Tracie SullivanFebruary 09, 2024
Jack In The Box, Del Taco To Open Soon In Wyoming
Jack in the Box has announced that it and Del Taco will build new stores in Wyoming, bringing two entirely new fast-food franchises to Wyoming. The expansions are riding on the coattails of what Jack in the Box says have been record profits in 2023.
Renée JeanFebruary 08, 2024
U.S. Postal Service Says Casper Mail Processing Should Move To Billings
The U.S. Postal Service has concluded that some of Casper’s mail processing should move to Billings, which means that along with a similar move in Cheyenne, Wyoming would be left without a major mail processing center.
Renée JeanFebruary 07, 2024
Two Wyoming Car Dealers Drop Buick Over Biden’s EV Policy
Denny Menholt Chevrolet GMC in Cody and Yellowstone Motors in Powell have both dropped Buick over the costs of making the mandated investments to sell the upcoming line of electric vehicles. Overall, 17 Wyoming auto dealers are protesting the go-green initiative of the Biden administration.
Pat MaioFebruary 06, 2024
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Remains Locally Owned As Sale Closes
After 32 years of building Jackson Hole Mountain Resort into a Wyoming showplace, Jay, Connie and Betty Kemmerer have sold it to a pair of Jackson Hole insiders, to assure it remains locally owned and independent.
Renée JeanFebruary 05, 2024
Wyoming-Based Atlas Carbon Defaults On $15 Million State Loan
Atlas Carbon, which has struggled for about a decade to build a commercial enterprise in Gillette, turning coal into activated carbon for filters needed to strip contaminants from water and air, has defaulted on a $15 million state loan.
Pat MaioFebruary 05, 2024
Eating Wyoming: Jody’s Diner In Evanston Is Pure 1950s Kitsch With Great Soup
Evanston locals swear by Jody’s Diner, where people actually talk to teach other, the cheesecake is made by a local 80-year-old baking legend and the soup is great. Out of 2,200 online reviews, the average score is an impressive 4.6 stars out of 5.
Tracie SullivanFebruary 04, 2024
Wyoming Ranchers Say They Don’t Want Taxpayer Money, Just Level Playing Field
Wyoming’s legacy ranching operations say a Biden administration proposal to give taxpayer money to smaller beef operations does nothing to level the playing field of an industry dominated by the giant “Big Four” meatpackers.
Tracie SullivanFebruary 04, 2024
Even Hard-Core Wyoming Carnivores Wowed By Chef’s 7-Course Veggie Showcase
Cheyenne chef Petrina Peart hosted a two-day popup restaurant with a surprise menu — a seven-course all-veggie showcase that wowed even hard-core Wyoming carnivores.
Renée JeanFebruary 03, 2024
13 Wyoming Students Win Scholarships From The Mike Rowe Foundation
13 Wyoming students were awarded apprenticeship and trade school scholarships from the Mike Rowe foundation. Rowe says today's culture has glorified corner office jobs while denigrating the jobs that build the corner office. His foundation aims to change that.
Tracie SullivanFebruary 03, 2024
Why Get A Boring Winter Coat When You Can Get A Bear Coat With Paws And Claws?
When Carlo DiMeo hit the slopes a few years ago with a fake bear coat, it got a lot of attention. He's turned that novelty into a thriving business. He now produces grizzly, wolf, bison, and black bear coats all with paws, claws, and removable heads.
Andrew RossiFebruary 03, 2024
Too Much Business And No Workers: Sundance, Wyoming Repair Shop Closes After 42 Years
Mike Frolander had to close his Sundance custom repair shop after 42 years because he couldn't find the skilled workers to keep it open. Frolander, like many other small-town employers in rural Wyoming, is up against a labor shortage in a state with a 3% unemployment rate.
Jen KocherFebruary 03, 2024
Jackson Hole Spec Homes Offer Luxury For Less — Only $10.5 Million If You Act Now
Jackson, Wyoming, has a few new spec homes coming online. And like most spec homes, they tend to offer some luxuries for less than a custom home. Like the Karns Hillside home, which is listing for $10.5 million.
Renée JeanFebruary 02, 2024
Casper’s 8-Story First Interstate Bank Building For Sale For $8.8 Million
The eight-story First Interstate Bank building has been a Casper landmark since it was built in 1958. Now it’s for sale, listing at $8.8 million.
Dale KillingbeckJanuary 30, 2024
Powell Drone Maker Earns Coveted FAA Certification, One Of The First In U.S.
Drone companies that have successfully threaded the FAA’s certification needle are few and far between. But one of them is now located in Powell, and that could help speed lifesaving uses of drones for people in Wyoming.
Renée JeanJanuary 29, 2024
A Truck Stop Out Of Coffee? Don’t Even Joke About It, Truckers Say
Running out of coffee at a truck stop would be almost as sacrilege as running out of diesel, and truckers say don’t even joke about such a tragedy. The Cheyenne Flying J orders coffee hundreds of pounds at a time.
Pat MaioJanuary 28, 2024
Wyoming Trona, Nuclear Industries About To Boom, But Are There Enough Workers?
One big question looms over plans to build an innovative nuclear plant and expand trona production in southwest Wyoming: Where will all the trained workers come from?
Pat MaioJanuary 27, 2024
Built In 1914, Wyoming’s Oldest Operating Soda Fountain In Chugwater Is For Sale
The Chugwater Soda Fountain — Wyoming’s oldest continuously operating soda fountain built in 1914 — went up for sale on Thursday for $445,000.
Renée JeanJanuary 26, 2024
Only 7,000 Miles? EV Owners Not Happy About Tires Not Lasting Very Long
While tires on gas-powered vehicles can last between 50,000 to 75,000 miles or more, EV owners are finding out their tires might last between only 7,000 - 10,000 miles. The problem is the weight of the car and the torque load stress on the tires.
Pat MaioJanuary 25, 2024
Nuclear Plant Could Bring 1,600 Jobs To Kemmerer, Wyoming
As the TerraPower nuclear demonstration plant prepares to break ground in Kemmerer, the small Wyoming town of 2,500 is preparing for up to 1,600 jobs that come with it, and big economic growth for the region.
Renée JeanJanuary 25, 2024
U.S. Postal Service May Move Casper Mail Processing Facilities To Montana
Already moving ahead with possibly moving some mail services from Cheyenne to Denver, the U.S. Postal Service now says it will study doing the same in Casper -- but possibly moving some services to Montana.
Renée JeanJanuary 25, 2024
On Fast Track, Mining Company Goes After 1 Million Ounces of Wyoming Gold
The CK Gold Project is on a fast track to complete state permitting and start mining land near Curt Gowdy State Park for what it believes is 1 million ounces of Wyoming gold.
Pat MaioJanuary 24, 2024
Lander Real Estate Too Expensive, Essential Workers Living in Riverton Instead
Because of the real estate price different between the two communities, essential workers in Lander are choosing to live 30 minutes away in Riverton. One real estate agent says there's about a $100,000 difference between the towns.
Renée JeanJanuary 24, 2024