This railroading town isn’t in the coal-producing Powder River Basin, but its economic health is tied to the PRB by long trains of coal that are now slowing down.
The unprecedented pinch on electrical power demand due to the economic shutdown has hit coal much harder than other power generation sources.
APG, a national media company that owns papers across southern Wyoming, reduced hours and pay for all its employees. The locally owned Buffalo Bulletin also made layoffs.
Hourly wage-earners, independent contractors, immigrants and minorities find some relief in community support.
The Casper Star-Tribune’s owners and a labor union formed by reporters enter a key round of contract negotiations and a critical crossroads for Wyoming journalism this month.