THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATRONA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY TOLD THE NATRONA COUNTY COMMISSION ON TUESDAY THAT THE LIBRARY BOARD HAS DECIDED TO CLOSE THE BRANCH LIBRARY IN MILLS NEXT YEAR.

DIRECTOR LISA SCROGGINS TOLD COMMISSIONERS AT A WORK SESSION THAT THE COUNTY'S ALLOCATION TO THE LIBRARY FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR MEANT THE LIBRARY IS OPERATING WITH A CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF STAFF.

SCROGGINS SAID THE LIBRARY BOARD DECIDED EARLIER THIS YEAR TO CLOSE ITS MAIN BRANCH ON EAST SECOND STREET ON SUNDAYS, WHILE STILL KEEPING A HALF-TIME STAFF MEMBER WORKING AT THE BRANCH ON FIFTH STREET IN MILLS, WHICH IS THREE MILES AWAY.

THAT WASN'T ENOUGH.

SHE ADDED THE BOARD HELD OPEN MEETINGS AND HAS REACHED OUT TO THE MILLS TOWN GOVERNMENT, BUT WAS NOT ABLE TO GET MUCH OF A RESPONSE.

SO THE BOARD SENT A LETTER TO THE TOWN SAYING IT INTENDS TO CLOSE THE BRANCH ON MARCH 29.

SCROGGINS SAID SHE HOPES AN ARRANGEMENT CAN BE WORKED OUT WITH THE TOWN, WHICH STILL OWNS THE LIBRARY BUILDING AND PAYS THE UTILITIES.

MILLS MAYOR SETH COLEMAN SAID HE'S AWARE OF THE ANNOUNCED CLOSURE AND WOULD BE OPEN TO TALKING WITH THE LIBRARY OFFICIALS TO FIND A SOLUTION.
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A BILL THAT COULD EVENTUALLY LEAD TO WYOMING STAYING ON DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ALL YEAR HAS BEEN FILED FOR CONSIDERATION IN THE 2019 SESSION OF THE WYOMING LEGISLATURE...

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THE CASPER AREA METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION AND THE CASPER AREA TRANSPORTATION COALITION WILL PRESENT PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE CURRENT BUS ROUTES AT AN OPEN HOUSE NEXT WEEK.

THIS WILL BE THE SECOND MEETING DURING THE CURRENT 45-DAY PERIOD ENDING JANUARY 10TH IN WHICH CATC AND THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION WANT COMMENTS ON THE FUTURE OF CASPER’S BUS ROUTES.
THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION WORKS WITH THE PUBLIC, ELECTED OFFICIALS, AND PROFESSIONAL STAFF TO PLAN ROAD, TRAIL, BUS, AND RAIL SYSTEMS.

THE CASPER AREA TRANSPORTATION COALITION WAS FORMED IN THE EARLY 1980S AND PROVIDES A DEMAND-RESPONSE BUS SYSTEM CALLED CATC FOR THE ELDERLY, DISABLED, BLIND, DEAF AND OTHERS WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO OTHER TRANSPORTATION.

IN 2005, THE CITY CREATED THE FIXED-ROUTE TRANSIT SYSTEM CALLED THE BUS THAT SERVES SIX ROUTES IN AND AMONG CASPER, EVANSVILLE AND MILLS.

NOW, THE TWO ORGANIZATIONS ARE CONSIDERING CHANGES THAT MAY INCLUDE THE REMOVAL OR MOVING OF BUS STOPS AND/OR ROUTE MODIFICATIONS FOR THE BUS.

THE OPEN HOUSE WILL BE HELD AT THE CASPER SENIOR CENTER, ON EAST FOURTH STREET FROM 4 P.M. TO 7 P.M. WEDNESDAY.

BUSES WILL RUN AT THE END OF THE OPEN HOUSE, AND ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE A FREE BUS TOKEN.
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GAS AND OIL PRICES CONTINUE TO FALL AROUND THE COUNTRY, AND RIGHT NOW, THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR A GALLON IN WYOMING IS AROUND $2.70.

BUT MANY WISH IT WOULD DROP A LITTLE FASTER HERE.

DAN MCTEAGUE OF GAS BUDDY DOT COM SAYS THE NATIONAL AVERAGE IS ALREADY AT $2,36 A GALLON.

MEANWHILE THE NEWS IS TOUGHER FOR OIL PRODUCERS AS THE PRICE HAS NOW DIPPED BELOW $50 A BARREL.