Midwest Ave

The city will be repairing sidewalks, updating light fixtures and giving Midwest Avenue a facelift similar to Yellowstone Highway.

Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune

Habitat development

In a few years, Casper will see its largest Habitat for Humanity project ever — a 13-home development in a 2.9-acre lot off Amherst Avenue. The nonprofit plans to create a cul-de-sac with three-bedroom homes. Construction is set to begin in the next few months, and the homes are expected to be ready by 2021. This is a big deal for Casper, which is in need of affordable housing, and it’s a wonderful project. Thanks to all involved.

Harvey efforts

More than a dozen Wyomingites said a temporary goodbye to their homes and headed for Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The storm devastated parts of Texas, and these Red Cross volunteers and staff helped out in any way they could — delivering meals, tracking down hard-to-find baby formula and more. We are fortunate to live in a state where people are so giving. It’s a great inspiration for the rest of us.

Midwest Avenue

Following in the footsteps of other streets in the downtown area, Midwest Avenue will be renovated starting in January. Two blocks at a time, the city will add streetlights, widen the sidewalks and relocate the electrical wiring so it’s underground. Eventually, Midwest will feature bike racks, benches and plantings. Given the newfound popularity of the other renovated streets, it’s exciting to see Midwest in line for its transformation as well.

Out of the lab

An upcoming energy conference in Jackson aims to ease the journey for new technology. It will focus on transitioning efforts from the lab to real-world application — and how that transition can find the financial support it needs. This could be a key moment for Wyoming, which relies heavily on its energy industry but for economic reasons needs to pivot to cleaner and more efficient methods of generation.

Complaint form

The Casper Police Department has recently made it easier to report complaints about its officers. This isn’t a change in policy — residents could already use other methods to lodge such complaints — but the form is aimed at making the process more efficient and accessible in a “more and more digital age,” Det. John Hatcher told the Star-Tribune. It’s a worthwhile effort. If you need it, you can find the form at casperpolice.org/complainant-form.

Cheer and dance

Casper Spirit Dance and Cheer has opened in downtown Casper to prepare students to join dance teams and cheer squads when they’re a little older. Devon Sisneros Schulte, who graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 2009 and then pursued her dance dreams to Las Vegas, returned to her hometown to set up the studio because she saw a need that wasn’t being filled. It will help younger children prepare for upper-level dance team and cheer tryouts in high school and build confidence. We’ll cheer for that.

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