Some people say dogs are man’s best friend. Well, others know, they can even save a life.The American Warrior Initiative, a non-profit of the Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, believes in giving back to Veterans. On Friday, the warrior initiative held a dinner and will surprise 5 Veterans with 5 service dogs.
“I think it is how you get started. I think it is how you lead on to your next steps in your life. I think that it is a good opportunity considering the professors here truly care about teaching you and showing you what your future can and will look like and I think that if you are confused, if you are not sure what you want to study, if you don’t know what you want to pursue in your future, the first step would be Pathways. That is how you find the community and comfort of asking those questions and getting the answers and not having them be sugarcoated,” said Gutierrez.
“Downtown Cheyenne is the heart of Cheyenne. We have millions of tourists in a season in downtown, that that is their first impression of Cheyenne and the Capital City of Wyoming. To be able to do something with the space that is so visual and highly trafficked, I think it will really have a pay-off of people’s perceptions and first impressions.”
The university of Wyoming’s World Language and Cultural Program is offering 18 free sessions via Zoom this Fall. The founder, Dilnoza Khasilova, a UW graduate who earned her doctoral degree in literacy studies, and is a current Global Engagement Fellow in UW’s Global Engagement Office, said that these sessions are not like your typical classes, but rather a community.
Located at 1600 W. Lincolnway in Cheyenne, Hitching Post Plaza is planned to contain retail, dining, residential and hotel. Demolition and environmental remediation is going on now, with the first bricks broken last week by the developer, the bank, and Mayor Patrick Collins swinging the first sledgehammer. The project was brought forward via the cooperative effort of Swagger Construction, Banner Capital Bank, and the City of Cheyenne.
Rooted in Cheyenne will be holding a tree planting event this Saturday and expects to plant 110 trees in the community. This program began as a way to replant trees around Cheyenne that had been dying off. Rooted in Cheyenne plants trees for the city as well as for homeowners who want more trees around their house.
Puma Steel is holding a competition for Welding scholarships students at Laramie County Community College (LCCC). This scholarship is for juniors and seniors from Cheyenne’s three high schools and students across the region.
The University of Wyoming has received a second round of funding from the National Endowment for Humanities to support newspaper digitization work. The Wyoming State Library will also see some of that funding.
“It’s really the time and place where voters get the most input on what our community is going to look like in the next five to ten years, and I think there are a lot of projects that kind of look to the future,” said Laramie County Commissioners Chairman, Gunnar Malm.
This week, an announcement came about changing the Federal language and requirements in the National Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The ERAP program started in April of 2020. A program like this never existed in Wyoming until the pandemic. It has faced challenges along the way, as it has been re-managed and tweaked after its first initiation when the need for supplementary income to avoid mass homelessness became real.
Controversy stirred on Wednesday evening when LCSD1 voted to re-instate a mask protocol based on rising state and county Covid-19 case numbers among students and staff. The Board of Trustees voted yes on an addendum to their “Smart Start” program, which states that schools will implement PPE requirements when the county guidelines are orange or red.
Weather in Wyoming is expected to break a record in this coming week, like it broke a record at the same time last year, just not in the same way. Currently, Wyoming has been experiencing some pretty hot temperatures for this month.
The Mayor’s Council for People with Disabilities (MCPD) held a meeting Wednesday at the municipal building. They discussed the new rules around voter identification that people will need when voting in the next local election.
One decision our City Council will have to make next year is how we will provide health insurance for our employees. We have been planning the transition to a self-insured model for a couple years now. I met with Neil Bertrand, CFO of Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC), to discuss how we could partner to deliver great coverage for our employees and save the city money. We are 10 months from having to make the decision but wanted to get the discussions rolling so we can make an informed decision when the time comes.
"This is something that we as a community and we as a people should talk about everyday, 365 days a year. Because suicide is real, a lot of lives are being taken from suicide. Whether they are veterans or non-veterans, whether they are homeless or they're low income, whatever they may be -- there is a lot of people that are taking their life by suicide and we need to end it."
Whether you are a believer in Covid-19 or not, the numbers in Wyoming continue to rise. As a result, the people who care for us are burning out and in higher demand and are less available across the country. Making for a scary scenario as we head into flu season.
On Wednesday evening from his Twitter account @BurnsBronc, Burns Athletic Director Barry Ward said, “Due to Covid Quarantines the Burns vs. Mitchell Tigers Football game will be canceled. Per WHSAA rules the game will go down as a forfeit win to the Mitchell Tigers.”
Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, where many families decide to take advantage of the holiday weekend by taking vacations, road trips, or having a BBQ with their friends and loved ones. This will mean more motorists will be taking to the road to travel from one location to another. Nevertheless, Labor Day weekend can be a dangerous and deadly time to be on the road. Each year motorists lose their lives needlessly due to poor decisions from being intoxicated.
The City of Cheyenne is seeing an uptick in vandalism this year at its parks and properties. Last week the Cahill Park was vandalized when a driver sped onto the wet turf of their soccer field and spun donuts or cookies month lawn, cutting deep grooves into the field, leaving $4,000 to $5,000 worth of damage, resulting in 350 kids being displaced, having to find a new location to play out the rest of their soccer season.
“It is very explanatory as far as what is each ballot, where the money goes, and I think that is very important. We really wanted to be as transparent as possible, because we want the voters to know what they are voting for,” said Jeff White, City Councilman.
“We have a goal to be in-person. When we started the school year, we made it; we are in-person. We also have a goal to maintain that. The good news is, we have done this before. We have mitigated those strategies that were presented to us last year and we were able to keep our doors open all year in that in-person learning,” said Fraley.
The City of Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities (BOPU) will remove the “no watering between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.” rule effective Thursday, September 2, 2021. The BOPU continues to encourage residents to remain conscientious with their water usage by continuing to avoid watering during the hottest part of the day. Watering no more than three days per week is recommended.