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  • PRB coal slips in 2023, expected to resume long-term decline

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 22, 2024

    GILLETTE — Powder River Basin coal mines entered 2024 back on a downhill slope, as the long-term trajectory of Campbell County’s legacy industry resumed its decline following a two-year upswing in production. With an unexpected boost to coal demand fading away, the long-term trends of coal-fired power plant retirements and short-term availability of cheaper energy sources has put Wyoming coal back into a slide. Wyoming’s 12 PRB mines — all in Campbell County — combined to produce about 230.4 million tons of coal in 2023, according to data from...

  • Crypto mines arise in Campbell County and neighbors have questions

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 15, 2023

    GILLETTE — Gary and Darva Rye looked out their window to a surprise Thursday morning. On days when the sky is clear, they have a full view of the Big Horn Mountains situated more than 70 miles from their home on Bell Road, just south of Gillette. But when they looked out toward Highway 50 last week, it wasn’t the mountains that grabbed their attention. That morning, construction began on a 5200 square-foot cryptocurrency mine, one of at least two crypto mines currently being built in Campbell County. The mine sits close to Highway 50 south of...

  • Williams to debut at Grand Ole Opry

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record|Mar 23, 2023

    Chancey Williams isn't in a hurry. While country music artists have risen to the national scene and fallen from its graces throughout the years, Williams and the Younger Brothers Band have steadily made a career for themselves over the past decade. The concept of a music career, especially at the highest levels, tends to be an oxymoron. Careers are typically stable and music careers are known for being many things but that. A life in music can be volatile on the way up and down. That's a...

  • Officers cleared in Gillette shooting

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 21, 2022

    GILLETTE — The officers involved in the shooting that killed a Gillette man this January have been named and cleared of criminal charges. Park County Attorney Bryan A. Skoric found Gillette Police Department officer Patrick Totzke and Lt. Jason Marcus’ use of force justified in the death of 22-year-old Ismael Trinidad Montes earlier this year. The incident began when Totzke and Marcus responded to the 500 block of Church Avenue around 7 a.m. Jan. 16 when homeowners reported a man was in their home who had made violent threats and refused to...

  • Twin spruce trees removed from front of Twin Spruce school

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jan 6, 2022

    GILLETTE — After 87 years of standing above Gillette Avenue, the two spruce trees that towered in front of Twin Spruce Junior High School for decades are gone. A tree-removal crew took down the two ailing trees over the course of Dec. 27 and 28, clearing the way for the two replacement trees planted in 1998 to carry on the school’s namesake. “I loved those trees, they were part of the school…for 87 years,” said David Foreman, principal of Twin Spruce from 1990-2014. “All good things, sometimes, have to come to an end and according to the expe...

  • Campbell County has lowest percentage to get vaccine

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 15, 2021

    GILLETTE — Months into Wyoming’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Campbell County lags behind all other counties in the state with its percentage of population fully vaccinated, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. But despite the lower numbers, Campbell County Public Health Executive Director Jane Glaser said the county’s rollout has improved since its low uptake rates in the early days of vaccination. As of April 5, the Wyoming Department of Health reported that 9.67% of Campbell County’s population has been fully vaccinated for COVID-1...

  • Angler discovers rare winter algae bloom

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 25, 2021

    GILLETTE — Paul Langevin first noticed the unusual substance beneath the ice on Keyhole Reservoir in December. As he’s done for decades, Langevin headed out on the frozen lake to bore a hole and drop a line. But when he broke through the thick layer of ice, it wasn’t just water that sprang up through the hole. “It was just so abnormal,” Langevin said about the green substance that emerged from his ice fishing hole. “It was so out of place.” The 70-year-old Pine Haven resident said he and other ice fishermen who frequented Keyhole State Park th...

  • Support for Gillette college strong at public hearing

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 15, 2020

    GILLETTE — Most of those who spoke during a Saturday public hearing at the Pronghorn Center support Gillette College breaking from the Northern Wyoming Community College District and forming one of its own. Some spoke from nostalgia and fond past experiences with the school. Others said it’s an issue of autonomy and gaining independence from a district that is based in another county yet has ultimate decision making over the Gillette branch campus. Those who are opposed questioned why a new district is needed and how it would be funded. Wyoming...

  • Local state legislators buck-back against gun group's tactics

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 13, 2020

    GILLETTE — Multiple Campbell County Republican legislators and primary candidates are bucking against an outspoken pro-Second Amendment group after a bevy of political attacks targeting incumbents and other candidates ahead of this month’s election. State Sens. Michael Von Flatern and Ogden Driskill, former Speaker of the Wyoming House of Representatives Tom Lubnau and others are rebuking the claims and question the motivations of Wyoming Gun Owners following a steady flurry of social media posts targeting them and other politicians. The cam...