Gillette

Open Spaces
12:28 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

In Wyoming, Coal Culture Runs Deep

Several members of Gillette's roller derby team are real coal miner's daughters.
Credit Leigh Paterson

Girls in clunky roller skates whizz past their coach. They're sweaty, rowdy, and covered in tattoos. Gillette's roller derby team proudly represents coal country, as does their name.

"We’re called the Coal Miner’s Daughters, number one because Loretta Lynn rocks!" Katie Buffington, president of the team, explained. "Number two because coal is the main source of income in the area. And we really wanted to get back to our roots, where we come from."

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Wyoming Stories
11:25 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Tommie Butler Remembers Life During War Time

Tommie Butler

Tommie Butler was just a kid when World War II began, but he remembers the effect that war-time  retrenchment had on his home town of Gillette—times that were both hard and rewarding.

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Open Spaces
4:49 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Speaker Of The House Tom Lubnau Speaks Out

House Speaker Tom Lubnau
Credit Bob Beck

Outgoing Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau says he is wrapping up his legislative career.  The Gillette Republican is a fierce advocate for coal and the extractive industries. 

Speaker Lubnau also has had some strong views recently about the University of Wyoming and got national attention over his reaction to the infamous Carbon Sink sculpture that was placed near old main. He speaks with Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck

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News
5:02 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Protesters to demonstrate at Peabody and Arch annual meetings

Protesters are gathering in Gillette this week to demonstrate against the Patriot Coal Company during Arch and Peabody Coal’s annual shareholder meetings. Patriot was formed in 2007 when Peabody unloaded its operations east of the Mississippi, along with its long-term health care obligations to some of its retirees. Arch formed a similar company, called Magnum, which was later acquired by Patriot along with another set of benefited retirees.  However, Patriot filed bankruptcy last summer, citing “substantial and unsustainable legacy costs.”

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News
5:02 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Protesters to demonstrate at Peabody and Arch annual meetings

Protesters are gathering in Gillette this week to demonstrate against the Patriot Coal Company during Arch and Peabody Coal’s annual shareholder meetings. Patriot was formed in 2007 when Peabody unloaded its operations east of the Mississippi, along with its long-term health care obligations to some of its retirees. Arch formed a similar company, called Magnum, which was later acquired by Patriot along with another set of benefited retirees.  However, Patriot filed bankruptcy last summer, citing “substantial and unsustainable legacy costs.”

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News
5:31 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Mine blast picked up on seismographs

An explosion at a coal mine northeast Wyoming was big enough to register on seismographs on the scale of
a small earthquake.

Some people in Gillette reported feeling the ground shake from 16 miles away.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the blast at 11:11 a.m. Tuesday. The blast happened in the area of Cloud Peak Energy's Cordero Rojo Mine southeast of Gillette and registered as large as a magnitude 4.5 earthquake.

Best of Wyoming
2:57 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Gillette’s Avenues of Art

The City of Gillette created the Mayor's Art Council in 2003 to oversee and implement a program for the development and placement of public art within the Gillette community. Its mission is "to create a more visually pleasing environment and expand the opportunities for residents and visitors to experience quality works of art in public places."

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Best of Wyoming
11:51 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Campbell County Rec Center Climbing Tower

Built by Eldorado Wall Company of Boulder, Colorado the tower has a circumference of 74 feet and a height of 42 feet, replicating Wyoming's famous Devil's Tower National Monument. The Climbing Tower is the focal point for the entrance of the Recreation Center Lobby. Climbers of all ages and skill levels enjoy top rope climbing, lead climbing, bouldering and the use of the Trueblue auto belay system. To date, over 3,500 individuals have climbed the tower at least once with over 400 individuals becoming belay certified.

Best of Wyoming
11:11 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Welcome to Listeners in Gillette!

This month, ‘Best of Wyoming’ looks at Gillette and the area up in northeast Wyoming.  All through April our curator, Diana Denison, will feature organizations and events that make Gillette one of the fastest-growing and exciting communities in Wyoming.  We also plan to visit Gillette for a meet-and-greet event in a local establishment – date and location still in the planning.  For me and for our WPM Director of Engineering, meeting our listeners and hearing their compliments, complaints, questions, and suggestions is a true highlight of working for public radio.  Sometimes, it’s just bein

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Best of Wyoming
1:43 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Prairie Wind Culture Festival - Gillette

The Prairie Wind Culture Festival (PWCF) was started in 2004.  It is an all volunteer, non-profit, secular organization with one goal: to celebrate the rich cultural diversity that exists in northeastern Wyoming.

The PWCF is an annual Festival that is free and open to the public.  As with any culture, the three main elements of the Festival are food, music and art!  This unique event brings people together to celebrate their differences while discovering the many ways in which we are all related.

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News
5:25 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Gillette May Allow Raising Chickens In City

Chickens

The city of Gillette is reviewing its animal ordinance and may make changes to allow people to raise chickens inside the city limits.
Right now, people who live in Gillette may keep up to 12 pigeons as pets. But they're not allowed to have chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys or other domestic fowl.
The City Council might take up a revised ordinance this spring.
Proponents of allowing chickens include hardware store manager Forest Rothleutner. He says allowing chickens would allow people to raise their own protein instead of relying solely on stores.

News
5:37 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Mountain lion killed in Gillette

A mountain lion spotted in a Gillette neighborhood has been killed.

Wyoming Game and Fish officials say the 2-year-old female cat was shot Tuesday to protect the public.

Some people reported seeing the cat on Monday but officers weren't able to find where it was living until the following day.

Game warden Irah Leonetti said the cat was living under a trailer in an area just east of an industrial park and had been feeding on some deer.

The last time he can remember a mountain lion being shot in the city was in 2008.

News
5:26 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Campbell County Pushes For New Longterm Care Facility

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A group of citizens wants the Campbell County School District to allow a new long-term care facility to be built on land where an abandoned school, administration building and bus barn now stands.  Gillette resident Tom Johnson says the current nursing home facility needs to be updated.  The plan is to build a new long term care campus for residents that can better assist them at various stages of the aging process.

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News
5:53 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Gillette gets more flights to Denver

Airline passengers in northeast Wyoming will have more flight options between Denver and Gillette-Campbell County Airport.

SkyWest Airlines says it will add one evening flight from Gillette to Denver and an afternoon flight back, starting March 12.

The announcement is good news for the airport, which took a blow when Great Lakes Airlines dropped half of its flights between Gillette in Denver earlier this fall. Even with the extra daily SkyWest flights, the airport will still have 180 seats fewer weekly than it had before the Great Lakes cuts.