Casper Star-Tribune lays off 15

Casper, Wyo. – Casper Star-Tribune Communications has announced that it's laying off 15 employees to cut costs in response to the economic downturn.

The Star-Tribune reported Wednesday that the layoffs include three positions in the newsroom, six in circulation, three in advertising and one in marketing. The company also is eliminating two positions from the Casper Journal, a weekly distributed in Natrona County.

The Star-Tribune is owned by Iowa-based Lee Enterprises. The layoffs followed Lee's announcement Monday that it was laying off four full-time and four part-time employees at the Billings Gazette in Montana.

The Star-Tribune also reported that its circulation call center is being moved to a regional hub in Billings. Customer calls regarding circulation will be handled at the regional center starting in mid-February.