Kenyne Humphrey

Casper Mayor Kenyne was first elected in 2006.

Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune

There was a mix-up regarding the mayor’s whereabouts Tuesday night at Casper City Council’s meeting.

Although it was announced that Mayor Kenyne Humphrey was unable to attend due to the death of one of her employers, the mayor had previously sent a message to the media explaining that she would be attending a dementia seminar at the public library.

Humphrey clarified Friday that she had attended the seminar, but said she originally expected she would be needed to help with her employer’s death.

“I just wanted to be ready to be there for the business and the family and do what I could to help, but they didn’t need me,” she explained.

The mayor is an administrator for a local assisted living facility that provides care to seniors and those with varying types of dementia.

In addition to the mayor’s absence, Tuesday’s council meeting had an interesting assortment of odds and ends outlined for you here.

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Councilman Chris Walsh commented on the recent mass shooting in Texas at Tuesday night’s meeting.

A gunman armed with a semiautomatic assault rifle capable of holding more than 400 rounds of ammunition went into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5 and killed 26 people, according to the New York Times. As the gunman left the church, an armed bystander shot the assailant twice and wounded him, and the killer then fled in his car. The bystander and another man gave chase, and the gunman eventually shot himself in the head and was found dead after his car crashed.

Walsh said mass shootings sometimes lead people to conclude that guns should be taken away, but the councilman disagreed.

“In this case what saved more people was a brave man, average guy, with a weapon, that went out and took some action” he said. “I think that’s a huge message that people should take away from that.”

Given the current controversy and disagreement over gun control, I am interested in learning what readers think about this issue. Please contact me if you want to discuss it.

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Councilman Charlie Powell said at Tuesday’s meeting that he was disappointed with an article addressing the city’s recent vote to authorize the expenditure of $26,493 for community promotion efforts.

The article made it seem as though the city was simply giving money to nonprofits, he said.

“The reasoning behind that relatively small expenditure wasn’t really explained,” said Powell. “The whole concept of community promotions is that an organization is involved in an activity that is bringing economic benefit to our community, and that is measured in terms of room stays and dollars spent in our community.”

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A Casper resident who frequently voices his views at Council meetings apologized to Council members on Tuesday night for sometimes letting his emotions get the best of him.

“I don’t agree with everything that goes on, but I need to have some humility and some patience,” said Dale Zimmerle.

Council members thanked him for his comments and for caring about the community.

Councilwoman Amanda Huckabay told Zimmerle that she had never been offended by his comments.

“I know that you and I don’t always see eye-to-eye, but I respect you,” she said. “And I think that your presence [has] a calming effect.”

Katie King covers the city of Casper.

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Katie King joined the Star-Tribune in 2017 and primarily covers issues related to local government. She previously worked as a crime reporter in the British Virgin Islands. Originally from Virginia, Katie is a graduate of James Madison University.

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