Yes, according to a recent report, the state is likely to receive more revenue than it expected, but don’t be fooled — its financial problems are far from solved. For example, schools in Wyoming face a $530 million shortfall in the upcoming two-year budget cycle. The surprise boost is welcome, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared with the massive budget shortfall. As a state, we can’t let a splash of good news keep us from doing the hard work that will be necessary to position our economy to thrive in the long term.
The bodies of three Northern Arapaho students will be returned to their descendants soon. Their relatives’ fight has been long and difficult, but it has paid off. The boys — Little Chief, Little Plume and Horse — were taken from their homes and sent to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, now the Army War College, in Pennsylvania. And about 135 years ago, that’s where they died — far from home and forced to use names that weren’t their own. It was the right thing for the Army to pay for transport and burial costs, and we’re glad that happened. We wish these families healing and peace.
Michele Chulick has officially taken the helm at Wyoming Medical Center, central Wyoming’s largest health care facility. She’s impressed by the hospital and the city of Casper itself and is looking to improve rural health care opportunities for people in Wyoming — something the state needs. Welcome to Casper, and best of luck with pursuing that important goal.
Food for Thought, a nonprofit that addresses hunger in the community, has new efforts in the works — including a mobile market that will help people in Casper gain access to nutritious food. Too many of our neighbors still face obstacles in finding and procuring healthy options, and this 1988 school bus and its team hope to change that.
If you’re separated from your boat, tube or other flotation device, let authorities know. That’s a request from local emergency agencies, which receive calls from people who see the abandoned flotation devices on the river and worry that someone is in trouble. Call 307-235-8278 to tell emergency workers you’re OK so they can judge how to respond to the situation.