CASPER CITY COUNCIL ON TUESDAY TENTATIVELY RESTORED FUNDING FOR THE LOCAL NONPROFIT TRANSIT SYSTEM THAT SERVES PEOPLE WHO OTHERWISE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SHOP, GET TO WORK OR MAKE IT TO DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENTS.

CASPER AREA TRANSPORTATION COALITION DIRECTOR MARGE COLE WAS JOINED AT THE WORK SESSION BY OTHER CATC SUPPORTERS WHO WERE AS HAPPY AS SHE WAS ABOUT THE PRELIMINARY DECISION.

LAST MONTH, THE CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO CUT ABOUT $113,000 FROM ITS CONTRACT WITH CATC WHEN IT APPROVED ITS GENERAL FUND BUDGET FOR THE NEW FISCAL YEAR.
THE COALITION HAS A FIXED-ROUTE PROGRAM CALLED "THE BUS" THAT SERVES CASPER, MILLS AND EVANSVILLE; AND A DOOR-TO-DOOR SERVICE JUST CALLED CATC FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE DISABLED AND NEED RIDES TO MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS, WORK, SHOPPING AND OTHER BASIC NECESSITIES.

THE FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION ADMINISTRATION MATCHES LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTIONS THAT IN TURN MORE THAN DOUBLES THE MONEY.

THE TOTAL LOSS TO CATC WAS NEARLY $266,000, WHICH WOULD REQUIRE SERIOUS CUTS IN SERVICE SUCH AS REDUCING HOURS OF OPERATION AND STREAMLINING IF NOT SLASHING BUS ROUTES.

WHILE EVALUATING THE EFFICIENCY OF SOME ROUTES WAS IMPORTANT, RESTORING FUNDING WAS PARAMOUNT.

COUNCIL AGREED TO KEEP THE SAME OPERATING HOURS, AND PROPOSED ALLOCATING OPTIONAL ONE-CENT SALES TAX REVENUES TO COVER THE 113,000 BUDGET CUT

BOB HOPKINS SAID THE CITY SHOULD MAKE A TOP PRIORITY OF FUNDING CATC THROUGH THE NEXT OPTIONAL ONE-CENT SALES TAX.
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A MAN WHO CALLED POLICE LATE MONDAY TO REPORT A FICTITIOUS ARMED ROBBERY WAS ARRESTED AFTER AN OFFICER ALLEG EDLY FOUND METHAMPHETAMINE IN HIS BACKPACK.

18-YEAR-OLD JOSHUA SMITH WAS BOOKED INTO JAIL ON A RECOMMENDED CHARGE OF METHAMPHETAMINE POSSESSION.

CHARGING PAPERS SAY AN OFFICER RESPONDED TO THE LOAF N JUG AT POPLAR AND COLLINS AT 10:40 P.M. MONDAY AFTER SMITH CALLED POLICE AND SAID ANOTHER MAN HAD PULLED A GUN ON HIM, THEN FLED THE AREA.

SMITH APPEARED VERY CALM AND COLLECTED, ACCORDING TO THE AFFIDAVIT. THE OFFICER ALSO NOTED WHAT APPEARED TO BE "TRACK MARKS" ON SMITH'S RIGHT FOREARM, INDICATING "CHRONIC INTRAVENOUS DRUG USE."

POLICE DETERMINED THAT SMITH HAD CALLED POLICE AFTER HE AND THE OTHER MAN HAD A DISPUTE OVER GAS MONEY, AND THE OTHER MAN REFUSED TO GIVE SMITH A RIDE.

A SEARCH OF SMITH'S BACKPACK ALLEGEDLY TURNED UP A PAIR OF SYRINGES AND A PAIR OF SMALL BAGGIES CONTAINING METHAMPHETAMINE OR METHAMPHETAMINE RESIDUE.

SMITH WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO JAIL.
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TAYLOR HAYNES IS SPEAKING OUT AGAINST ACCUSATIONS THAT HE HASN'T MET THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS NEEDED TO SERVE AS GOVERNOR OF WYOMING..

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THE WYOMING LOTTERY HAS PROVIDED NEARLY $1.5 MILLION IN PROFITS FOR DISTRIBUTION TO STATE CITIES, TOWNS AND COUNTIES.

IT IS THE HIGHEST AMOUNT EVER TRANSFERRED DURING A QUARTER TO THE STATE SINCE THE LAUNCH OF THE WYOMING LOTTERY IN 2014.

SINCE THE LOTTERY BEGAN, IT ALSO HAS PAID MORE THAN $43 MILLION IN WINNINGS TO PLAYERS ACROSS ALL FOUR PRODUCTS THE LOTTERY SELLS.

WYOLOTTO PROVIDES THE DRAW GAMES OF COWBOY DRAW, POWERBALL, MEGA MILLIONS AND LUCKY FOR LIFE.