The Wyoming Business Council was quite busy in 2021. They worked on several projects with the Business Ready Communities Program and streamlined their foundational projects to help prepare for Wyoming’s future growth.
Laramie County is showing an alarming trend, and parents should pay attention. Health officials are saying that children’s Covid-19 case numbers are going up. The week of Dec. 26th through Jan. 1st, case numbers for children ages 0 to 18 were 41.
As Omicron numbers increase, the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is looking at compensation to make sure nurses and staff stay happy.“Other than bonusing our nurses here in our organization and really looking at how can we increase the benefits and have really good benefits that entice them to stay here. Looking to try to find ways to just make this a comfortable environment for them to work so that they feel supported feel like they are part of the family and want to stay because of that,” said Tracy Garcia, Chief Nursing Officer and V.P. of Clinical Services.
If your focus for the new year is to feel better, gain mental clarity, and find ways to de-stress, fitness can help. 307 fitness says, after two years of dealing with teleworking, remote learning and burn-out. The winter months are an excellent time to re-focus on feeling better.
WYDOT has partnered with Alexa for a new app. The app is called the Traveler Information Skill. Enabling the app on Alexa-compatible devices pulls information directly from the WYO 511 website and pairs it with your devices.
Due to safety concerns, the officer attempted to terminate the pursuit; however, Vest continued at a high rate of speed, running a red light at the intersection of North College Drive and East Pershing Boulevard resulting in a collision with three other vehicles.
Mayor Patrick Collins, the Cheyenne City Council, and Wyoming’s Carbon Asset Network (CAN) have jointly announced a commitment to work on their “Climate Wellness through Soil Health” initiative. The commitment comes from an adopted City Resolution at the December 28th, 2021 City Council Meeting. The desire is that the Resolution will be equally impactful in stewarding our environment by the very people who work the land.
Cheyenne LEADS had a successful year in 2021 and told why businesses choose our city.“It’s the quality of the workforce that we have; in addition to that, Wyoming has a very friendly tax climate. We’re the number 1 business tax state in the country, so we hang our hat on that,” said Betsey Hale, CEO, Cheyenne LEADS. They attracted several state-of-the-art businesses that now reside in Bison Business Park and Cheyenne Business Parkway.
Wednesday record-breaking snow hit Cheyenne. We spoke to folks on the street to see how they thought snow crews did. As the city is digging out of Wednesday’s snowstorm, cars maneuver through the intersections as best as possible while snowplows clear main roadways.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation and the City of Cheyenne snowplows are taking on the storm to keep the roads safe. State-wide, WYDOT is prepared to handle Wyoming’s winter weather with an army of 500 snow trucks. Once the snow starts, 100 snowplows will hit the roads and plow in rotation—all depending on the intensity of the snow.
Melisa McChesney spoke with Wyoming News Now on January 5, 2022 to talk about the upcoming Ice Age Family Day at the Wyoming State Museum. The event will feature games, crafts, and up-close encounters families can enjoy to learn more about life during the North American Ice Age. The event is planned for January 8th and starts at 10 in the morning. Registration is required.
The Hitching Post demolition is finally coming to a close.The historical landmark will now be moving through the subsequent phases of new construction.“We’re honored to be a part of this. Obviously, it’s a very historical site.
Pat Rudd of the Kiwanis Club of Cheyenne joined Wyoming News Now on January 4, 2022 to discuss the upcoming Friday Night at the Casino event the organization will be hosting. The event will be held at the brand new Blue World Headquarters building. Doors open at 5:30 with the casino beginning at six that evening. Guests must be 21 years or older.
The Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne’s 13th Annual Chili Challenge is quickly approaching on Friday, January 28th! Taking place from 5:00-8:00 pm at Little America Hotel & Resort, this family-friendly event brings businesses, community members and Club youth together for an evening of red hot competition, delicious food, music and more.
Led by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Wyoming Attorney General Bridget Hill, a bipartisan coalition of 16 attorneys general has sent a letter drafted in close coordination with Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, with recommendations to improve competition In the livestock Industry.
Visit Cheyenne is holding their ball drop to ring in 2022 at Cheyenne’s Civic Commons. It’s happening across from the mayor’s/city office, starting at 11:50 pm Friday. “The ball was made for us welded here in Cheyenne when the ball started 11 years ago. The ball is covered with all of these net lights, probably 5-thousand lights at least,” said Tia Fitzgerald, Events Coordinator, Visit Cheyenne.
Laramie County Fire District 1 has a new fire brush truck that will help stop grass fires in Laramie County. “Really it’s with grass fires, it’s a year-round occurrence here. Even though there’s snow on the ground. Make sure you’re picking up around your house and you’re making wise decisions. Whether you’re burning debris, taking care of yard waste. Having fun with fireworks. Anything like that if you’re out in the county,” said Darrick Mittlestadt, Fire Chief, LCFD1
With the new year around the corner, many kids don’t usually last all the way to the actual celebration, but a club has figured out a work-around. The Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne is celebrating New Year’s with the kids a little early, all to make sure they can ring in the New Year before they have to go to bed.
Understand the Risks In Wyoming, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. If you are caught drinking and driving, you could face jail time, lose your driver’s license and your vehicle, and pay legal fees, fines, higher insurance rates, and lost wages.
If you’re planning on ringing in the New Year with fireworks, the Laramie County fire authority suggests you don’t. An overly dry winter, tall grasses, and strong winds have meant the newly minted fire district has been busy with grass fires around the county.
If you are looking for a fun activity or even to get out of the house, the Wyoming State Museum is starting its ice-age event.“Whether you have family from out of town that has never been to Wyoming and you want to give them a taste of what Wyoming is like. Or if you’ve got kids at home that need to get out and play around, we’ve got a hands-on room and lots of interactive activities for kids throughout the museum,” said Melisa McChesney, Curator of Community Engagement, Wyoming State Museum.
Tis’ the season for laughter, generosity and giving.So the Wyoming Department of Transportation along with The Boy’s and Girl’s Club are doing just that. The WYDOT employees in Cheyenne collected bikes for the holiday season. This is WYDOT’s 5th year getting bikes for kids.
The Salvation Army is having their last push, for their year-end fund-raiser. And it’s getting a little competitive, but for a good cause. “It is a true gift to be able to just be able to be hope for someone else... because I know what it is to be hopeless,” said Crystal Smoak, Core Officer, Cheyenne Salvation Army.
If you love nature and the holiday season, there’s an experience waiting for you in Cheyenne.“It is kind of a favorite spot for locals to come and get pictures taken or just to come and see during the holiday season,” said Tina Worthman, Director of Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.
“We offer so many options to students at LCCC because there are so many options of students who are out there. Every student is so unique and has a different goal that we want to meet their needs as well. It is not about having students fit into what we are doing, but being sure that we are offering what students need,” said Pathway Coordinator, Carole Boughton.
“It’s cool to be able to see the kids excited, to be able to come in and buy some presents for them and their family. A lot of times, the kids go around and buy things for their family members as well as themselves but it is just such a special time for law enforcement to be able to participate in this,” said Beck.
A new fitness class is coming to Cheyenne, it’s called La Blast. The ballroom fusion fitness class mixes different forms of ballroom dance and was created by Louie van Amstel from Dancing with the Stars. The class will be held in the CFD’s Old Museum in the Carriage Room. No partner is required.
“It’s just been so cool to see the kind of momentum that downtown has really experienced over the past year of our community really coming together when Covid hit and shifting their emphasis to shopping local and supporting small business,” said Haylee Chenchar, Managing Director and Vice President of the DDA.
“There are stories that come with all of these buildings that a lot of people that are local might know, but a lot of people move in from out of town and don’t know, so it is exciting to be able to show people our history,” said City Planner and Board Liaison, Sam Crowley.
“LCCC, and certainly Cheyenne and Laramie County, have missed out on numerous opportunities to bring major sporting events here because of the lack of a facility,” said Dr. Joe Schaffer, President of LCCC. “This change to the RAC is going to open up the doors for competitions that will range from elementary, to youth, to collegiate types of events that will bring teams, people, and hopefully, economic stimulus to the region.”