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Jan. 22 2:04 p.m. 3376 Rairden Ln.
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Worland temperatures: High 30, Low 2 precipitation: 0.00
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of snow after 8 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 29. Wind chill values as low as zero. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. Light south wind.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 16. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 42. South southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 15. South wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 41.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 18.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 36.
Wednesday Night: A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.
Thursday: A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 35.
Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.
Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 32.
Sunset tonight: 4:27 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow: 7:33 a.m.

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chosen for Main
Street program

By Zach Spadt
Staff Writer

THERMOPOLIS — Downtown Thermopolis is now an affiliate member of the Wyoming Main Street Program.
The Wyoming Main Street advisory board met Thursday, Jan. 15 to hear Thermopolis’ case for becoming a member. Representatives from the downtown Thermopolis board were notified Friday, Jan. 16.
Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mari Ann Rush is thrilled with the advisory board’s decision to grant Thermopolis affiliate membership. She said that decision is beneficiary to the entire Big Horn Basin.
“It gives us the opportunity to utilize the resources that the alliance has. If we have a vibrant downtown, we have a vibrant community,” Rush said.
Wyoming Main Street will assist Thermopolis with revitalizing its historic buildings and will also help bring new businesses into the historic district. The main street program works with businesses in collaborating and promoting their business districts’ unique qualities.
Going forward, Thermopolis Main Street will meet with officials from the Wyoming Main Street advisory board on setting goals over the next few months. Two members from the Thermopolis Main Street board will attend the National Main Street Conference in Atlanta, Ga. at the end of March.
Wyoming Main Street Program Manager Kim Porter is excited to see Thermopolis join the alliance.
Porter said the program accepted Thermopolis’ request to join the program because of the exemplary work the town has done over the past year. She said that Thermopolis was able to get both community members and businesses to buy into joining the alliance. “They know what they’re getting into, and they are excited,” she said.

Banner OKs county’s lease plan, sets eyes on remodel

By Zach Spadt
Staff Writer

WORLAND — Banner Health and Washakie County have agreed to move forward with a 15 year lease. As a part of the agreement, the county secured bonds to help fund a $23 million renovation project, a large portion of which will be repaid through the lease.
Jay Stallings, CEO of Washakie Medical Center, is excited to have the opportunity to provide state-of-the-art healthcare services to the area’s residents. “I’m absolutely delighted to be a part of this and that we’ve come to this point.
“Knowing how badly we need a new facility and how important a new facility is to not only the community, but the people of the community is a real big deal, so I’m incredibly pleased.” He said that Banner Health is one of the leading companies in providing healthcare to rural areas.
Under the current renovation plan, all facilities providing medical services at the facility will be overhauled. Washakie County Medical Center will also receive a brand new operating room suite. Members of the community should not be forced to travel long distances to access state-of-the-art healthcare and the renovations help keep the best healthcare available locally, according to Stallings.
The agreement stipulates that Washakie County obtain funding for renovating and expanding the facility. Stallings said that the lease would allow the county to more easily obtain funding at lower interest rates and said that the agreement helps “remove some of the liability from the tax base.”
“We have some significant responsibilities to do this in such a way that we provide outstanding, excellent healthcare and do it in such a way that we earn the right to provide that healthcare, so it’s really hand-in-hand.”
Washakie Medical Center will also be able to purchase new equipment to complement the updated facility.
Stallings said that the renovations will help Banner Health comply with constantly changing health care regulations. “Banner, because of its size, we must stay on top of the new regulatory issues and the high level of quality demands that are put on healthcare—and we bring that to this facility.”
In response to residents’ requests that the hospital provide more women-based services, the hospital has hired an OB/GYN. Stallings said that having this service available to local women is vital in adequately serving the community. Rodni Cruz is schedule to begin offering services the first week of February, Stallings said. According to Stallings, Cruz is highly regarded by her patients and is excited to begin serving the community.
“We’re incredibly pleased to have her here,” Stalling said.
Stallings said that along with the new OB/GYN program, Banner Health will continue offering a wide range of primary healthcare services to the community.
“We have a very strong orthopedic program working with Big Horn Basin Bone and Joint. We have surgeons, we have physicians and we continue to drive toward having these primary service lines in place so people don’t have to drive out of the basin to get outstanding care,” Stalling said.

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