Gillette, Wyo. – Peabody Energy has announced plans to start production next year at the School Creek mine in the Powder River Basin.
The company plans to complete its permitting for the mine in the first half of next year. The mine, which has an estimated 800 million of tons of coal reserves, would be the first to open in Campbell County since 1998.
CEO Greg Boyce told investors during a conference call that the mine will provide higher quality coal than that of Peabody's other Powder River Basin mines.
Laramie, Wyo. – Riverton's City Administrator Carter Napier says Proposition 2 would raise more than 29-million dollars through a one-percent sales tax.
The money would be spread across Fremont County and benefit road and sewer projects from Lander to Dubois. But Riverton clearly reaps the most reward. More than 8-million dollars would go to a 42-thousand square foot recreation center. Central Wyoming College would receive funds for a new nursing school.
Laramie, Wyo. – People in the Jackson area and in Driggs, Idaho, may see smoke rising from the Tetons Tuesday afternoon.
The Forest Service is planning to burn about 17-hundred acres of grass and brush in the Darby Canyon drainage. District Ranger Jay Pence says the purpose is to get rid of old plants and make way for new plants with better nutrition for wildlife.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The former chief executive of a power company says his business experience makes him the strongest candidate in the race to be Cheyenne's next mayor. Rick Kaysen is the retired CEO of Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power. The company services southeast Wyoming.
"A lot of people will perhaps not agree with this, but I think city municipal government is similar to business," Kaysen said. "The foundation of both the energy industry I was in and the city government is service," he added.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming Sen. Jayne Mockler is recovering from surgery to treat pneumonia that resulted from a fall she took while campaigning for the office of Cheyenne mayor.
State Sen. Kathy Sessions says Mockler, a Democrat from Laramie County, underwent surgery Sunday at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. Sessions is a friend of Mockler and a volunteer in Mockler's mayoral campaign.