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  • Blackjewel gets $2.9 million to stay afloat

    Greg Johnson, Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 18, 2019

    GILLETTE — Blackjewel LLC may be closer to selling its flagship Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines in Campbell County than it is to securing financing to reopen and resume operations at its more than 30 operations in Wyoming, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. That was part of the information gleaned from a Friday hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of West Virginia in which Blackjewel asked the court to approve another $2.9 million loan to tide the company over through Monday. The money, which was approved, is in a... Full story

  • Legislators maintain spending reform can fix state budget

    Nick Reynolds, Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 18, 2019

    CASPER — Two years after one of the largest drawdowns in spending in state history, Wyoming’s lawmakers are once again prepping to tighten the belt. Operating under its smallest budget in nearly two decades for 2019-20, Wyoming has quickly had to try to do more with less for years now, working with hundreds of millions of dollars less in funding than this time a decade ago. But four months away from the date of Gov. Mark Gordon’s spending proposal for the 2021-22 biennium, Wyoming’s budget still faces a future in the red. In the years since tho... Full story

  • UW expands need-based aid, reduces merit-based

    Daniel Bendtsen, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 18, 2019

    LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees voted Thursday to, beginning in the fall of 2020, offer significantly more need-based aid to Wyoming students while making a commensurate cut to merit-based aid for out-of-state students. Under new policies, the amount of UW’s annual need-based aid is expected to rise from $272,663 to $1.1 million in just one year. Kyle Moore, associate vice provost for enrollment management, said the change is “a clear demonstration to the students of Wyoming that we are committed to you.” Merit-based aid i... Full story