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A national survey finds that University of Wyoming students have more interaction with faculty members, spend more time preparing for class and receive more encouragement to participate in campus activities than students at other public universities in the region. The National Survey of Student Engagement has been administered every three years at UW but, starting…

Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow this week applauded a new law that provides greater flexibility for Wyoming students to qualify for a Hathaway Scholarship. Senate File 43, signed into law this week by Governor Mark Gordon, expands Hathaway Scholarship opportunities. Wyoming students with an aptitude and passion for specialty trades now have more…

A new television mini-series airing next month will focus on the world’s first national Park. Filmed over three years, the Smithsonian Channel’s “Epic Yellowstone” program will be shown in four parts starting on March 10 at 7 p.m. The films are narrated by actor Bill Pullman. The project used state-of-the art 8K cameras, thermal imagery, drone…

A program at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center this weekend will highlight the roles of the people who were not held at the camp against their will – rather, they helped to make the lives of the internees productive. The Center will host a special program on February 23, as part of its ongoing Winter…

The Wyoming Legislative Session isn’t just a place for representatives and senators to gather and make decisions on behalf of the citizens of Wyoming. The citizens themselves travel to Cheyenne to take part in the process. Sandy Newsome is a freshman representative from Cody, and she says that there are visitors from all over the…

A new tourist attraction that was approved this week will show visitors a different perspective of the Cody-Yellowstone region – from the air. The Cody Enterprise reports that Cody Helicopter Tours, LLC, will be based out of Yellowstone Regional Airport. The Airport Board approved the business at their meeting yesterday. The company will be managed…

A bill making its way through the Wyoming Legislature would allow for the growth of a new agricultural crop that could be huge for Wyoming. Christine Bekes with Powell Economic Partnership says that House Bill 171 would bring the state in line with the new federal farm bill that de-classifies hemp as a class one…

Wyoming saw job growth across many sectors according to numbers released by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. From second quarter 2017 to second quarter 2018 — employment rose by 2,271 jobs and total payroll increased by $115.6 million or 3.7 percent. Job growth was seen in many different sectors. Mining — plus oil and…

In a report from Nick Reynolds of the Casper Star-Tribune — House Bill 220 — or the National Retail Fairness Act — has attracted the attention and scrutiny of lobbyists representing multi-million dollar companies and Washington think tanks. The bill is designed to affect only “big box” stores — per the report — in an…

The Casper City Council has agreed to do away with the part of a new proposed ordinance that would have made it against the law to serve alcohol to a person who’s already clearly intoxicated. The Star Tribune reports the ordinance, which needed to pass three rounds of voting to take effect, passed its first…


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