Last week the Congressional House Sub-Committee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing focusing on the benefits of Powder River Basin coal production for local communities and national energy security. Campbell County Commissioner Dan Coolidge testified that when he moved to Gillette, he never expected to stay. But, he said he was surprised by the impact of coal tax revenues on quality of life there.
A group of citizens wants the Campbell County School District to allow a new long-term care facility to be built on land where an abandoned school, administration building and bus barn now stands. Gillette resident Tom Johnson says the current nursing home facility needs to be updated. The plan is to build a new long term care campus for residents that can better assist them at various stages of the aging process.