Eclipse Day

A team of science students prepares to launch a weather balloon Monday to gather data about the eclipse in Casper. They temporarily lost track of the balloon, but later recovered it.

Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune

Student science

The eclipse wasn’t just about fun and entertainment. Students at Casper College took advantage of the celestial event to conduct science experiments. We’re glad our young people could participate in such an important event.

Bike patrols

The Casper Police Department used bike patrols throughout the eclipse festival. Officers say they plan to continue using the patrols in the future. We think that’s a great idea. The patrols encourage more positive interactions between police and the public.


Congratulations to the organizers of Riverfest, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this weekend. The event is the primary fundraiser for the North Platte River trails system – one of the city’s finest assets.

Safety app

Nearly a year ago, the Natrona County School District launched the Safe2Tell app to give students a way to report safety concerns. Since then, it’s been downloaded nearly 2,700 times. That’s great news and will likely lead to safer schools.

Technical learning

Eastern Wyoming Community College recently unveiled a $23 million center for technical education. The facility is designed to keep pace with Wyoming’s changing economy and prepare students for the workforce. It will house the school’s welding, barbering, machine tool technology, cosmetology, health technology and certified nursing programs. This is an important step in making sure Wyomingites are ready for the jobs they want and that are available.

Orchestral performance

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra took the unusual step of holding an outdoor sci-fi-themed concert in Washington Park over eclipse weekend, and people clearly loved the idea, as the event sold out of its 2,000 tickets. It’s wonderful to see people interacting with the arts in their community in new and different ways — and of course, the night was just plain fun for all.


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