Keri Owen takes a bag of painted rocks from her daughter Natalie, 8, during a walk Friday through Crossroads Park. The Owenses have been hiding painted rocks around Casper since last month.

Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune

Rock on

A local group is among many across the country that have started painting and hiding rocks to spread positivity, joy and comfort. Casper Rocks’ Facebook page has more than 7,000 members and features stories and photos from people explaining what decorating or finding the rocks meant to them. If you come across one, think about what the person who painted it might have been feeling or might have wanted you to feel. Then find a great spot to place it for the next lucky discoverer.

Online learning

Casper College recently made its office management program available online, broadening its reach to students who can’t be on campus at set hours. This is a positive step — one that offers a useful degree program to a new group of potential students so they can prepare for or enhance their professional lives.

Podcast about podcasts

A local UPS driver has made a name for himself by interviewing hosts of well-known podcasts — on his own podcast. “Podcasts We Listen To,” which Jeremy Collins started five months ago, is available via the Apple Podcast app through iTunes and other major podcast apps.

Lessons on learning

Sheridan County School District No. 2, one of the state’s top-performing districts, is looking to disseminate its approach to teacher collaboration. Three districts, including Natrona County, will dispatch principals to Sheridan to be trained on how to start a similar learning community back home. When a district finds success, that’s worth celebrating — and when it shares that success with others, it’s even more exciting.

Peace and quiet

“Quiet recreation” on BLM land netted the state more than $27 million and supported almost 300 jobs in 2015, a new report says. That’s good news for a state that depends heavily on energy, long its signature industry. This indicates that activities like hiking, fishing and biking are an economic boon for Wyoming, which is facing a massive budget shortfall. We hope state leaders take notice of what it could mean for our state’s financial future if these opportunities are cultivated over the long term.


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