Christmas

Erin Ferebee and Luke Gayer set up a Christmas tree in the back of the Surfin' Smiles Pediatric Dental and Ultra Orthopedic float for the Parade of Lights Saturday evening, Nov. 25, 2017.

Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune

Community of giving

Wyoming was recently named fourth-most charitable state in the nation by a finance website called WalletHub. The ranking was based on a combination of criteria, including charitable giving and volunteering. Impressively, Wyoming ranked first place in percentage of donated income. For those who’ve seen firsthand the generosity of our state, this ranking comes as little surprise. But it is exciting nonetheless! Casper even earned the title of “most giving” city, according to a Travelocity ranking this time last year. Keep up the good work, Wyoming!

Goodbye, Thomas

We learned recently that Casper’s celebrity turkey, Thomas Gobbles, has likely met his end. It was an emotional journey, wondering at the circumstances of his disappearance, hoping the trail would end in good news. But, according to Wyoming Game and Fish wildlife biologist Heather O’Brien, turkeys just don’t live that long. And, frankly, he loved to stand in traffic. Rest in peace, Mr. Gobbles. You’ll be missed.

New lodge

The new lodge at Hogadon Ski Area recently received approval for a resort liquor license. Despite some concerns that the location of the lodge would pose a higher risk for drunk drivers descending the mountain, the majority of the Casper City Council voted in favor of the license, concluding that the lodge wouldn’t be a destination for binge drinking. We’re glad to see an improved lodge at Hogadon and we hope that everyone who chooses to enjoy a drink there will do so responsibly.

Well done, parade planners

Who doesn’t love a parade at night, with entries all lit up in their holiday best? Saturday’s annual Downtown Casper Christmas Parade was a success, with “Cowboy Christmas” themed floats and vehicles delighting the large crowds. MAD Towing won the grand prize, and will have the honor of toting the special guest at 2018’s parade on Nov. 24.

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