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Spring college rodeos canceled, CNFR still a go

Weston Hogan of Utah Valley University rides Going to Heaven during the bareback riding event on Thursday night at the CNFR in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR) announced it is canceling the first three rodeos of the spring season.

According to a release from the University of Wyoming, the cancelations in response to COVID-19 concerns were scheduled to be held at Gillette College, Eastern Wyoming College and Colorado State University. The season was to begin next week, said the release.

The spring season will tentatively start April 17-19 for the Casper College Rodeo. UW’s annual Laramie River Rendezvous Rodeo is still scheduled for April 24-26, and the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper is still scheduled for June 14-20.

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If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: covid@cnchd.org


  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
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A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.