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  • Casper comes together in grief to mourn Bobby

    Zak Sonntag, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 18, 2024

    CASPER - He was known by friends and neighbors as Bobby, a familiar face on the basketball court and recognized by his dashing mop of curly brown hair and boyishly charming smirk. He's described by his classmates at Dean Morgan Middle School as a kid with relaxed happiness and a quickdraw smile. "He was the sweetest, kindest and most courageous boy," Hayley, his girlfriend, told the Star-Tribune, flourishing a promise ring Bobby had given her. "He was the best boyfriend out there, and we had so...

  • Pronghorn productivity declining in Wyoming

    Zak Sonntag, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 4, 2024

    CASPER - Wyoming is home to a whopping 50% of the world's pronghorn, the iconic ungulate so named for its laterally flattened, blade-like horns. But that may not be the case forever, as a new study shows that Wyoming is becoming a less friendly place for pronghorn to foster offspring. A team of researchers this week published a study showing that pronghorn herds in the Cowboy State are experiencing long-term declines in productivity as a result of two primary factors: oil and gas development...

  • Most rare earths on earth? 

    Zak Sonntag, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Dec 28, 2023

    CASPER — A mine exploration project in Halleck Creek was ranked as one of the top ten critical mineral sites on the planet after assay results earlier this year revealed exceptionally high levels of rare earth elements. But this month the project owners, American Rare Earths, U.S. subsidiary of an Australian-founded exploration company, have completed their full development drilling campaign, and the new assay results suggest that soon this Albany County mine will be ranked number one. Mineral testing of samples from Overton Mountain r...

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