Vital Statistics

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Celia A. Jimenez vs. Joe F. Jimenez, decree granted July 22

July 23 6:13 p.m. 300 Big Horn Ave. #1

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Worland temperatures: High 102, Low 71 precipitation: 0.00
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 91. Light and variable wind becoming north northwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.
Friday Night: Clear, with a low around 52. North wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 86. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming north in the afternoon.
Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 56. North wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 87. Light and variable wind becoming north around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 58. East northeast wind around 8 mph.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 90.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.
Tuesday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.
Wednesday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.
Sunset tonight: 8:43 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow: 5:46 a.m.

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DAILY NEWS photo by Susan Lockhart
Colten Shirran (second from left) brought in the first load of malt barley for Wade Jacobsen who farms on the Gooseberry southwest of Worland. Receiving the grain at the MillerCoors Elevator north of Worland Wednesday afternoon were (from left) Talyn Kapptie, Shirran, elevator specialist Tom Chrichton and Dain Dastrup. The first grain of the 2014 harvest had a 10.7 moisture score and 11 percent protein.

School districts team up
to lobby for more money

CASPER (AP) — A new coalition of seven Wyoming school districts says the state Legislature has shortchanged K-12 funding by $151 million in recent years by failing to keep up with inflation.
The districts want to recoup the money and want adjustments for inflation to be included as an annual, automatic part of the state’s budget.
The districts signed onto the coalition are Campbell County School District No. 1, Carbon County No. 1, Johnson County No. 1, Sheridan County No. 1, Sublette County No. 1, Sweetwater County No. 2, and Teton County School District No. 1.
The group calls itself the Wyoming School District Coalition for an External Cost Adjustment.
The $151 million figure represents the group’s calculation of about how much the state’s 48 school districts would have received between 2011-2013 had inflation adjustments been granted.
“Our purchasing power has been decreasing consistently and exponentially over that time,” Gerry Chase, superintendent in Johnson County School District No. 1, said. “The cost of paying your heating bills, paying for fuel, paying for all the costs to operate schools has increased. Yet there’s been no adjustment for inflation.”
Chase said his district staff has been reduced by 18 full-time positions since 2011 as a result of the lack of inflation adjustments.
The district’s enrollment has grown from 1,247 students in the 2010-11 school year to 1,277 students in 2013-14.
Rep. Steve Harshman, R-Casper, chairman of the Joint Appropriations Committee, said inflation adjustments had been stopped in those years because inflation adjustments made in previous years were too high.
“We were kind of outpacing inflation early on,” Harshman said. “We were giving too big an adjustment.”
The Legislature considers adjusting for inflation each year, but whether funding increases as a result is not guaranteed, he told the Casper Star-Tribune.
The Legislature provided a partial cost of living increase to schools in its most recent budget, which took effect July 1.
Wyoming ranks among the top states in terms of spending per K-12 student.WORLAND — Proving that their steers were not just cute and fluffy, but also prime dining material, FFA and 4-H beef project members got a peek inside their animals during beef ultrasound at the fairgrounds.
Grace Godfrey, Chief Washakie FFA advisor, said Steve Paisley, University of Wyoming extension beef specialist, was on hand to do the ultrasound and give the kids a look at their meat-on-the-hoof.
“We’ve done this for the last four or five years, really for the kids to learn about the end product they’re putting out to the consumer, to help promote producing a quality product,” explained Godfrey.
“When somebody says to you, ‘What is choice beef?’ And you say, ‘ I haven’t any idea,’ the kids can say, ‘Well, I know because I know what it takes to grow one.’ Or when you say to them, ‘What are you feeding your steer,’ and they say, ‘Moldy hay,’ well moldy hay’s not good for your steer because in the end it’s not very good for weight gain and marbling to get a choice steer.”
With the ultrasound, vegetable oil is added to the market steer or heifer between the 12th and 13th rib, then Paisley puts a scanner type machine on the animal that takes a picture of the ribeye area that the kids can see on a computer screen immediately.
“Paisley can tell from how big the ribeye is, how much marbling there is and how much trim fat there is if they are prime or choice.
“We weigh the kid’s steer and there is a formula that (Paisley) has that tells, based upon the weight, what the ribeye size should be. If you are larger than that you gets points up and if you are lower than that you get points taken off.”
The FFA’er also participate in rate of gain and carcass contests.
“The cattle are weighed at tagging (February) and then next Tuesday and that difference will determine the rate of gain,” explained Godfrey. “It is a contest for all beef members and the one who gains the most weight per day during that time is the winner.
“The carcass contest, which is based off of the ultrasound results, is also a contest that is awarded at the end of the beef show during the fair. The students also participate in the carcass contest, with awards given at the end of the beef show.”
Godfrey said last year first time FFA beef showman Ricardo Martinez won both the rate of gain and carcass contest but took only seventh place from the show judge.

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