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Bracing for a boom, dealing with the bust: Converse County lives by the whims of energy prices

January 25, 2018View for printing

Converse County, a gently hilled landscape of ranches, sits above a layer cake of rock formations rich in oil. When the price of crude shot over $100 a barrel a few years back, interest in Wyoming's Powder River Basin peaked. Industry development hit Douglas like a storm. With it came revenue that pushed the county's overall value up to $1.8 billion, the highest it had ever been. It also brought people, more than the town could house and support.

Campers lined the streets, filled the county fairgrounds and the nearby camping spots. A rush of kids hit classrooms that were funded for fewer students.

Heather Richards 307-266-0592, ... 57923e.html

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