Gillette

Catherine Wheeler

Since late September, the number of overall cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming has risen by more than 400 percent.

At a recent press conference, Gov. Mark Gordon expressed his anger over the dilemma the state finds itself in.

2016 presidential map including vote map of Campbell County
New York Times

In 2016, President Donald Trump won Wyoming by the largest margin in the country. In Campbell County, he took 86.7 percent of the vote - the second highest margin in the state, only behind Crook County. This time, there was an even higher voter turnout. Still, Gillette Mayor Louise Carter-King said it still felt different.

Wyoming Legislature

Gillette State Rep. Roy Edwards has died. The Casper Star Tribune reported on Monday afternoon the 66-year-old died on that morning after a week-long struggle with an unspecified illness.

Catherine Wheeler

The Wyoming Community College Commission (WCCC) held two public hearings on the potential separation of a district.

The Campbell County Board of Commissioners applied to create a new community college district. The proposed district would be centered around Gillette College, which currently belongs to the Northern Wyoming Community College District. Because the district is based in Sheridan where the mills are levied, Sheridan County makes up the representation on the district's Board of Trustees.

The $1.3 million Rotary Kiln at CCTI's site in August provides the company an ability to supply processed coal feedstock to other businesses in the industrial park
Clean Coal Technologies, Inc.

Clean Coal Technologies, Inc. (CCTI) signed an agreement with a neighboring organization in Gillette, confirming the groups will cooperate down the line. The memorandum of understanding with Energy Capital Economic Development comes as CCTI leaders say the company is nearing commercialization.

Below the Dry Fork Station is the Integrated Test Center where Carbon XPRIZE teams were expected to set up shop. CO2Concrete's shelter is located near the middle of the picture.
Cooper McKim

The NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE competition is nearing its finale, though with fewer teams on site than expected. The international carbon capture competition based in Gillette welcomed its second and last competitor to site this week after COVID-19 complications prevented all three other competitors from making the trek.

Catherine Wheeler

Gillette Reproductive Health is located in a nondescript building surrounded by many other doctors offices, pharmacies and the hospital. Not many people in the community know it's there or what exactly they do.

City of Gillette

The Gillette City Council has approved funding that will allow two play areas to be built at a sports complex.

The city is already building three new soccer fields at the Energy Capital Sports Complex to attract more sports competitions like soccer and softball tournaments.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Approximately 75 pronghorn have died in a 35 square mile area north of Gillette this year. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has identified the cause: a bacteria called Mycoplasma bovis, which is usually found in cattle and has not been known to affect pronghorn.

City of Gillette

The Gillette City Council has decided to pursue a $20 million loan to improve the city's wastewater treatment plant.

Anna Rader

Gillette could be the first city in the state to create a permitting process for unregulated games of skill.

Courtesy the Sweetwater County Historical Museum

The coal capital of the U.S. is taking a harder look at diversifying its economy. The city of Gillette and Campbell County are being forced to adjust to a world with less demand for its resource. But a former coal capital could help provide wisdom.

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The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) and the city of Gillette are sharing the cost of a study that will examine a major overpass in town.

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The city of Gillette is beginning negotiations with telecommunications provider AT&T about a potential new cell tower.

Energy Capital Economic Development

Energy Capital Economic Development has announced Curtis Burdette as its new vice president of operations.

Nick Ullrich Gillette College

Nick Ullrich is setting me up in a generic office at the Gillette College Technical Education Center. Ullrich, a safety instructor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) training program at the college, has been working on creating a new way to train miners for about a year.

Catherine Wheeler

Every year, the city of Gillette and the Gillette News Record team up to host a city holiday lights contest. People can nominate themselves, friends or neighbors. Then, seniors from the Campbell County Senior Center go out and judge the decked-out homes. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler followed along on judging night.

Campbell County

Campbell County and the city of Gillette want to brand the region as the 'Carbon Valley,' and the local governing bodies are searching to hire a marketing firm to aid in this effort.

City of Gillette

Gillette's Wastewater Treatment Plant is in need of serious upgrades to its 30-year-old-equipment.

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Campbell County's local governments are supporting a project that hopes to bring a new Department of Energy rare earth laboratory to the area.

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Gillette will now be enforcing a new ordinance aiming to reduce the number of potholes in private parking lots. The new law allows the city to fine private property owners, mainly business owners, if they do not fix potholes in parking lots.

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Televangelists Joel and Victoria Osteen will visit Gillette this month to speak with community members about hope following recent coal bankruptcies.

Catherine Wheeler

Gillette Reproductive Health is like any other doctor's office. There are people waiting, a TV is playing, and there are stacks of magazines.

Cooper McKim

On a bright morning outside Gillette, Darlene Rea is getting ready to job search. She might visit Sheridan this afternoon. Until two months ago, Rea worked in Blackjewel's warehouse - receiving freight, writing invoices and finding parts. But since the coal company's abrupt bankruptcy, she's been stuck looking for work.

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The Wyoming Council For Women announced the winner of its second annual Woman Entrepreneur Award.

Catherine Wheeler

Pyrotechnics Guild International is a group for people who love fireworks. The organization is celebrating its 50th birthday this year and brought its yearly meet up to Gillette this month. The pyrotechnicians brought some of the biggest fireworks the city has ever seen. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler has more from Gillette's week of fireworks.

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The Gillette City Council has taken the next steps to expand local athletic fields.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded a Campbell County organization a grant aimed at diversifying the economy.

Anna Rader

Campbell County has purchased a piece of land that will soon be home to the area's new visitor center.

The members of Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI) are gathered in Gillette this week to celebrate the fireworks trade organization's 50th year. The organization has around 1,600 members.

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