Youth Town Hall

Tyler Kessel, a seventh-grader at CY Middle School, listens to Vice Mayor Ray Pacheco and members of the Youth Empowerment Council speak during a youth town hall meeting at Metro Coffee Company.

Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune

Freshman impact

Affected by years of seeing teen drivers killed in accidents, former South Dakota sheriff’s deputy Rick McPherson started a nonprofit organization aimed at keeping young drivers safe. The program recently came to Newcastle, where 235 high school freshmen from around the state learned about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving. Throughout the day, the students also learned about sexual violence, social media, teen suicide, drug and alcohol prevention and more. Keeping teens apprised of the dangers of impaired driving could save many lives.

Fundraising

The Wyoming Community Foundation gave over $200,000 to nonprofits throughout Natrona County this year, thanks to the help of its donors. The 21 local recipients included Casper Family YMCA, Jason’s Friends, Joshua’s Storehouse, Meals on Wheels and many more. For more information about the Wyoming Community Foundation, visit www.WYCF.org.

Wyoming women

Photographer and Wyoming native Lindsay Linton wanted to know more about the female leaders in her state, so she set out on a project to profile the women who are shaping Wyoming. The first chapter of her project features podcasts and photographs of five female Wyoming pioneers, such as the state’s first female Supreme Court justice, a journalist and the first female Native American state senator. Check out the project at https://womeninwyoming.com/

Youth town hall

Vice Mayor Ray Pacheco hosted the first-ever youth town hall recently at Metro Coffee, with a goal of getting Casper’s youth involved in their community. The teens in attendance voiced concerns about drug use and bullying at school, and offered up ideas for garnering youth community engagement, such as a city-wide art competition and a wider variety of activities available downtown. The teens were eager to share their opinions, and we’re glad to hear the vice mayor intends to continue encouraging their involvement at future youth town halls.

Field guide

A second edition of the treasured “Field Guide to the Casper Mountain Area” was recently released by its original authors. The book, first published in 1978, covers geological, biological and historical information about Casper Mountain and has been updated to include color photos, maps and the newest scientific knowledge of the area.

Overdose prevention

Thanks to new legislation, Wyoming pharmacists now have the ability to prescribe a drug that reverses the effects of an opiate overdose directly to patients. Whether you are a person filling a prescription for an opiate or you have concerns about a loved one’s opiate use, you can get the drug Naloxone – a generic version of the drug Narcan – straight from your local pharmacy.

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