Fairgrounds

Horses gallop toward the finish line during the Wyoming Horse Racing races at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds. The Natrona County Commission got $175,000 of countywide consensus funds to repair stables at the fairgrounds.

Elysia Conner, Star-Tribune

Consensus funds

Leaders in Natrona County, Casper and Mills have come to an agreement about how to spend the county consensus funds after more than a month of debate. Casper will get the money needed for new seats and metal detectors at the Casper Events Center; Mills will be able to renovate park equipment; and Natrona County will get funds to work on stables at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds.

Grad rates

Statewide graduation rates experienced an increase from the previous year. In Natrona County, rates bumped up to 79.3 percent, a 3 percent increase from 2015-16. Statewide, it was the fourth straight year of growth for Wyoming students. That’s encouraging, given Wyoming has a graduation rate goal of an 85 percent by the 2019-20 school year.

Oil prices

The price of crude oil has hovered above $60 per barrel since December. That’s good news for Wyoming, especially considering prices were hovering in the mid-$40 range last June. And state regulators have seen a 174 percent increase in applications for drilling permits. It’s all good news for Wyoming’s economy.

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