THE CASPER CITY COUNCIL ON TUESDAY PASSED A BALANCED BUDGET OF NEARLY $149 MILLION FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR THAT INCLUDED A $115,000 CUT TO THE LOCAL NONPROFIT PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM.

THE CASPER AREA TRANSPORTATION 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 GOVERNMENT MATCHES THE LOCAL CONTRIBUTIONS FROM LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, IN TURN DOUBLING THE MONEY.

TUESDAY, EIGHT PEOPLE SPOKE IN OPPOSITION TO THE BUDGET SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE OF THE CUT TO CATC.

MARY PRICE SAID HEALTH PROBLEMS FORCED HER TO QUIT DRIVING AND START USING CATC, SAYING OTHER RIDERS HAVE IT TOUGHER THAN SHE DOES.
PRICE GAVE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS PETITIONS WITH 500 SIGNATURES FROM PEOPLE WHO WANT THE FUNDING RESTORED.

COUNCILMEMBERS WERE SYMPATHETIC, AND SAID THEY COULD AMEND THE BUDGET LATER.

AFTER COUNCIL VOTED TO APPROVE THE BUDGET AND NEXT FISCAL YEAR'S CONTRACT WITH CATC, COALITION DIRECTOR MARGE COLE SAID THE REDUCTION WILL NOT AFFECT SERVICES ANYTIME SOON, AND WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE WITH COUNCIL AND THE PUBLIC TO MAKE THE SYSTEM MORE EFFICIENT AND RESTORE THE FUNDING.

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THE WYOMING COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL CONDUCT AND ETHICS HAS DISCIPLINED LARAMIE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE ANTOINETTE HEALY FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION INTO HER CONDUCT.

HEALY WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND A CLASS RELATED TO THE ISSUE AT HER OWN EXPENSE AND PAY A NEARLY $16,000 FINE TO COVER THE COMMISSION'S ATTORNEY FEES AND COSTS RELATED TO THE INVESTIGATION.

HEALY WAS PRIVATELY CENSURED, MEANING THAT THE DETAILS OF THE COMPLAINT AND HEALY'S CONDUCT ARE CONFIDENTIAL.

THE BOARD THAT ISSUED THE CENSURE IS A CONSTITUTIONALLY CREATED AGENCY CHARGED WITH REVIEWING AND INVESTIGATING COMPLAINTS AND VIOLATIONS OF WYOMING'S CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT.

THE COMMISSION IS MADE UP OF CITIZENS, ATTORNEYS AND JUDGES FROM AROUND THE STATE.
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ROCKY MOUNTAIN INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM BLACK SAYS THAT PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATIONS SUGGEST THAT THE BADGER CREEK FIRE IS HUMAN-CAUSED.

THE FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION, HOWEVER AND OFFICIALS ARE ENCOURAGING THOSE WITH ANY INFORMATION ON ACTIVITY OCCURRING IN THE AREA NEAR MOUNTAIN HOME OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE TRAILS NORTH OF FOREST ROAD 501 AND SOUTH OF FOREST ROAD 544 TO CALL THE ANONYMOUS TIP LINE AT 307-745-2392.

WHEN CALLING THE TIP LINE, OFFICIALS ASK THAT CALLERS PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DATE, TIME, LOCATION AND ANY IDENTIFYING FACTS ABOUT THE ACTIVITY.

THE FIRE REMAINS AT 20,090 ACRES AND CONTAINMENT IS 88 PERCENT. THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTED INJURIES AND TWO REPORTED ILLNESSES OF RESOURCES ASSIGNED TO THE FIRE, ACCORDING TO FIRE MANAGERS.

WYO 230 IS OPEN AS OF 9 A.M. TUESDAY. ALL EVACUATION ORDERS HAVE BEEN LIFTED.
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AN ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP IS ASKING THE CHEYENNE ICE AND EVENTS CENTER TO CANCEL THE ANIMAL ACTS PORTION OF A CIRCUS SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. PETA--OR PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS--RELEASED A WRITTEN STATEMENT ON MONDAY ACCUSING THE GARDEN BROTHERS CIRCUS OF ABUSING ELEPHANTS. THE CIRCUS IS SLATED TO PERFORM IN LARAMIE ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING AND ON CHEYENNE ON WEDNESDAY. A CALLER WHO IDENTIFIED HIMSELF AS 'DAVID WITH PETA'' LEFT A PHONE MESSAGE WITH TOWNSQUARE MEDIA OF CHEYENNE LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON WHICH INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING COMMENTS..

THE CALLER DID NOT REFER TO THE SCHEDULED LARAMIE CIRCUS PERFORMANCES IN HIS CALL. MEANWHILE, CHEYENNE MAYOR MARIAN ORR RESPONDED WITH A STATEMENT MONDAY EVENING WELCOMING THE CIRCUS TO CHEYENNE AND ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO ATTEND. THE MAYOR ALSO OFFER FREE CIRCUS TICKETS THROUGH HER OFFICE TO ANY CHILDREN WANTING TO ATTEND THE SHOW.