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

Learning on the slopes

Hogadon’s new snowsports school director Jeff Brier has plans to improve the experience for novice skiers. In addition to a mini half-pipe and banked turns for newbies, he’s planning a class aimed specifically at women who want to learn to ski. The class will conclude with drinks in the lodge and a fashion show for winter apparel and tips on layering for warmth. With a long winter season here in Wyoming, Brier’s vision could transform novices into lifelong ski bums.

New chief

Casper City Manager Carter Napier has officially named Casper’s newest police chief. Keith McPheeters comes to us from Farmington, New Mexico, a city Napier said shares many similarities with Casper. McPheeters’ experience in Farmington, an energy town close in population to Casper, should lend well to serving the residents of the Oil City. We’re glad the position has been filled, and we’re looking forward to the knowledge and leadership McPheeters will bring.

Potato Bowl

We’re sad to see the end of the UW football season. But with an invitation to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 22, the Cowboys will give us one last game. QB Josh Allen might play his last game as a Cowboy, so be sure to follow the Star-Tribune’s coverage of the game.

Friends raise funds

A Wyoming man who was wrongfully convicted of a crime has been struggling to make ends meet, with no money from the state to help him after his release. But two friends, a couple who read of his plight and reached out, forging a four-year friendship, have started an online fundraiser to help him. We learned last week just how giving Wyomingites are (No. 1 in the nation for percentage of income donated), so we’re not surprised to see a grassroots movement to help him out. We’re heartened to see local people step up after government failed the individual.

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