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support meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous: 6:30 a.m., 917 N. Beech; 8:30 a.m., 500 S. Wolcott; 10 a.m., 328 E. A; noon, 500 S. Wolcott; 2 p.m., 917 N. Beech; 5:30 p.m., 328 E. A; 7 p.m., 500 S. Wolcott, closed; 8 p.m., 328 E. A; 8 p.m., 4600 S. Poplar, closed; 8 p.m., 917 N. Beech. Douglas: 7:30 p.m., 628 E. Richards (upstairs in back). Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are open. Casper info: 266-9578; Douglas info: (307) 351-1688.

Al-Anon: 7 p.m., A New Beginning, 500 S. Wolcott, Ste. 200. Douglas: 5 p.m., Converse County Library, conference room 2nd floor, 300 E. Walnut.

Narcotics Anonymous: Noon, 500 S. Wolcott, 12-24 Club; 8 p.m., 4700 S. Poplar (church basement). Web site:


pickup delayed

The City of Casper will not collect garbage on New Year’s day. Trash collection for all City of Casper trash customers will be delayed by one day both holiday weeks. The Monday route will be collected on Tuesday; Tuesday on Wednesday; Wednesday on Thursday; Thursday on Friday; and Friday on Saturday. Residents should have their dumpsters placed on the street next to the sidewalk curb by 7 a.m.

The City of Casper Regional Solid Waste Facility (a.k.a. Balefill) will be closed on New Year’s Day. The facility will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the day after New Year’s (Tuesday). The facility is closed on Sundays.

To aid Christmas tree disposal, the City of Casper has set up seven drop-off locations that will be available until January 26. The locations are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The drop-off locations are: near the Paradise Valley swimming pool at Valley Drive and Iris Street, at the recycling depot on Wyoming Boulevard across from the west entrance to the Fairgrounds, at the ballfield at 13th & Sycamore, on Viking Court cul de sac off of Blackmore Rd. (by pedestrian bridge over Wyoming Blvd.), at the Huber Park recycling depot at 5th and Lion Ct., by the Mike Sedar swimming pool at 781 College Dr., and near the recycling depot at the North Casper Athletic Complex at 1600 E. “K” St.

Trees may also be taken to the compost yard located at the Solid Waste Facility, 1883 Station Rd., during facility hours. Trees at the drop-offs and at the compost yard will be composted. All trees should be free of lights, tinsel and ornaments. Residents who are unable to take their tree to a drop-off may schedule an appointment for curbside pickup. Appointments are limited and need to be made by Friday, Jan. 12. Appointments can be made by calling the Solid Waste office at 235-8246.

Model railroaders at trails center

Members of the Central Wyoming Model Railroad Association will move operations from the clubhouse on North Center Street to the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center during the month of December. Operating hours at the trails center are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday.

Guests can to view the variety of model railroad trains and try their hand at actual model train operation. As part of the CWMRA annual fundraising raffle, they will headline two HO Scale train sets, where you will be able to arrange the track on your own board. Also on display for the raffle will be an original watercolor painting by local artist Mandy Lynne Blevins.

Club members from the CWMRA will be on hand to assist and educate train enthusiasts. “This is truly a one of a kind, hands-on operation where you will have the opportunity to touch and operate the trains. We are excited as always to partner with the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center,” said Homer Whitlock, a club member.

Skate all day at

ice arena

The Casper Ice Arena will be hosting Skate All Day sessions during Winter Break. Admission and skate rental for Skate All Day is $6. Participants can come and go throughout the session. Skating tutors are available for $3 each. Children four years old and under are free with a paid admission. Here are the dates and times to mark on your calendar: through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Skate All Day); Jan. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Skate All Day).

The Casper Ice Arena will be closed January 1 for the holidays.

For the current public skating schedule and additional information on public skating, birthday parties, skating classes, or any other upcoming ice arena special event, please call 235-8484 or visit


Virtual Reality

Immerse yourself in a new world by testing out the Natrona County Library’s virtual reality system from 2 to 6 p.m. Families and individuals may stop by at their leisure to choose from over 50 virtual reality games and apps to play on the HTC Vive. Free and open to the public. The HTC Vive is provided by the Natrona County Library Foundation. Call 577.READ x2 or email for more information.

Boutique 50 percent off sale

Memory Lane Boutique at 319 S. Wilson is having a 50% off Christmas Sale until the end of the year. Come in and say hello to all our great volunteers who take care of the boutique. We are in the administration building of Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions, proceeds from MLB help with patient care.

Book selection for home schoolers

Home-schooled first graders can choose their 2018 Wyoming Reads books by visiting the Children’s Department at the Natrona County Library from Tuesday through January 24. Students will receive their book of choice at the Wyoming Reads celebration on May 15, held at the Nicolaysen Art Museum and Natrona County Library. Wyoming Reads is a statewide celebration of literacy during which every first-grader in the state receives a book provided by the Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation. Call 577.READ x5 for more information.


Community News Editor

Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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