Dec. 9 Sheila Y. Nevsimal, 78, of Berne, Ind.
Dec. 10 12:40 p.m. 509 S 18th St.
Dec. 10 2:35 p.m. 413 Big Horn
Dec. 10 2:57 p.m. 1006 Big Horn
Dec. 11 2:01 a.m. 500 S. 8th St.
Dec. 10 9:17 a.m. 17th St. and Culbertson Ave.
Dec. 10 2:57 p.m. 720 S. 3rd St.
Dec. 10 3:20 p.m. 316 S. 21st.
Dec. 11 9:02 a.m. County Lane
Worland temperatures: High 23, Low -5 precipitation: 0.00
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 32. Wind chill values as low as -5. South wind 3 to 6 mph.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 8. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 33. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 9. South southeast wind around 5 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 31. South southeast wind around 5 mph.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 11. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 14.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 12.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 33.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.
Sunset tonight: 4:27 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow: 7:37 a.m.
East Side Elementary kindergarten volunteer Sue Howe helps Sergio Cardenas sew together his bag of reindeer magic during a Christmas craft session Wednesday morning. The youngsters in Sarah Bishop’s class also made reindeer cookies with Howe, reindeer horns and wreaths with help from para-educator Don Day, and reindeer ornaments with help from Bishop.
Area to remain open for vehicles until Christmas
HYATTVILLE – Medicine Lodge Wildlife Habitat Management Area (WHMA) near
Hyattville will remain open to vehicle traffic through Wednesday, Dec.
25 to allow for increased hunting access.
Greybull Area Wildlife Biologist Tom Easterly said that normally the habitat management area closes to motorized vehicle traffic on Dec. 1 to minimize disturbance to wintering elk, deer and other wildlife.
“This year, the road through Dry Fork of Medicine Lodge Canyon will remain open to vehicle access through Dec. 25 to allow hunters to retrieve harvested animals and remove camps,” Easterly said. “The Medicine Lodge elk herd is over population objective and by allowing motorized access into the WHMA, we hope to increase harvest of cow elk in Hunt Area 41.”
Easterly said the hunting season for Elk Hunt Area 41 type 4 and type 6 licenses reopens Saturday, Dec. 14 and runs until Sunday, Dec. 22.
Medicine Lodge WHMA can be accessed through Medicine Lodge State Park on a rough two-track road through Dry Fork canyon, he said.
“Snow and loose rocks may make this a dangerous travel route, so only 4-wheel drive vehicles with chains should attempt to travel the road,” Easterly said.
The other access route to the WHMA is from Paintrock Road (#17) on the Bighorn National Forest. The Forest closes Road #17 to wheeled, motorized access on Dec. 15 each year due to an agreement with Wyoming State Trails to manage snowmobile trails, he said.
The vast majority of the hunt area is public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Hunters are reminded that travel across BLM land is restricted to established roads.
Counties could see increase in state funding
By Trevor Brown
Wyoming Tribune Eagle
CHEYENNE – Cities, towns and counties could be among the budget winners
if state lawmakers accept Gov. Matt Mead’s 2015-16 spending plan.
The governor’s $3.3 billion budget proposal includes giving $175 million in general fund aid to local governments for the two-year period.
This would be an increase of $20 million from the total $155 million that he and lawmakers approved during the 2012 and 2013 sessions for the current biennium.
Mead argued that investing in the localities would benefit the entire state.
“As I have often said, if every community in the state remains strong, the state of Wyoming will be just fine,” he said. “Local government is where the hard decisions are made of which potholes to fill, how to take care of the businesses that are there and how to make the machinery run.”
His proposal calls for 40 percent, or $70 million of the $175 million, to be made available in grants for infrastructure projects. The remaining $105 million would be distributed directly among the cities, towns and counties to use for operating expenses or other projects they consider appropriate.
George Parks, executive director of the Wyoming Association of Municipalities, said the state’s cities and towns are very supportive of the governor’s proposal.
He said each locality’s budget situation is unique. But he said there is generally a large need for one-time funds to pay for essential services.
“City governments, by and large, are not growing, so it’s not so much needed for staffing,” he said. “But infrastructure needs are ongoing.
“For example, there are old water or sewer systems, and streets are always a perennial problem.”
Cheyenne Mayor Rick Kaysen said the state aid in the past has helped the city pay for emergency service vehicles, public works equipment and other needed projects.
“With our infrastructure, there is always a need to take a look at aging buildings, vehicles and equipment that need to be replaced or repaired,” he said. “So we will certainly be monitoring this legislation, and it is something that certainly would be good news for local governments.”
Counties are expected to split an extra $16.4 million, and municipalities will split an extra $6.7 million a year because of the 10-cent hike.
Sheridan County Commissioner Bob Rolston, president of the Wyoming County Commissioners Association, added that the local governments are deserving of the money, since they have responsibly spent the state money in the past.
“It is a show of the governor’s faith in our local elected officials that he believes we are wise stewards of state resources,” he said. “County governments have shown practicality and efficiency in expending these dollars.”
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