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Worland temperatures: High 84, Low 54 precipitation: 0.00
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South southeast wind 5 to 9 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 58. North northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming north northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 59. East wind around 6 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 90. South southeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 59. East northeast wind around 7 mph.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 91.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.
Monday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.
Monday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.
Tuesday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.
Tuesday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 58
Sunset tonight: 8:37 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow: 6:00 a.m.

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2014 Washakie, Big Horn, and Hot Springs County Fair Photos

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Photos by Jeanette Johnson and Susan Lockhart
Fair fun continued Wednesday in Hot Springs, Washakie and Big Horn counties. At top left, Davis Wrage of the Shell Rough Riders 4-H Club visits with Bit Horn County Fair judge Bruce Richardson about his ropecraft project; he received a blue ribbon. At top right Ten Sleep FFA’er Kristian Nash smiles for the judge at Washakie County Sheep Show Wednesday afternoon. At left, Luke Voss’s goat nibbled on his shirt as Washakie County Fair judge Derek Hensley awarded Luke the Grand Champion 4-H Junior Showmanship in Meat Goats during judging Wednesday morning. Below,4-H’er .....explains her sheep’s qualities to judge Hensley during the WC Fair Sheep Show. At bottom, Hot Springs County Fair PeeWee showman, 3-year-old Soren Webber keeps his eye on judge Kaylee Kerbs during judging Wednesday afternoon.

Judge Skar sentences Martinez,
others during Wednesday court

By Jeanette Johnson
Staff Writer

WORLAND – Kevin Martinez appeared before Judge Robert Skar in the Fifth Judicial District on Wednesday for sentencing on 13 charges of possession of firearm by felon.
The charges stem after the firearms were found hidden in Martinez’ residence during an investigation of a fire that burned his home on Dec. 10, 2013. According to the court affidavit, Martinez was disqualified to own firearms due to a conviction of third degree sexual assault on a minor in June of 1999. The charge was later changed to second degree sexual assault which is a violent felony.
During the sentencing, Skar accepted Martinez’ guilty plea agreement.
On counts 1-11, which will run concurrently, he was placed on two years of supervised probation. On counts 12 and 13, he was sentenced to two-to-three years in prison, which was suspended, and placed on three years of supervised probation. The last two counts run consecutive to counts 1-11 for a total of five years of supervised probation
All fees were multiplied by 13 and other fees were assessed. Martinez’ attorney Richard Hopkinson asked that the fines be suspended based on the large number of other assessments in the case, to which Skar agreed.
At Martinez’ request through his attorney, the firearms will be turned over to his brother-in-law, Ronald Hill. Hopkinson told the judge the guns belonged to Martinez’ father but his client won’t have access to them.
Nichole E. Kohn, 21, appeared for sentencing for possession of a controlled substance, Oxycodone, and five counts of forgery. According to the affidavit, during the execution of a search warrant on March 12, the drugs, some Ziploc bags containing drug residue, and a wooden box with suspected drug residue were taken as evidence.
After a lengthy discussion between Skar and Kohn, she was placed on five years supervised probation on the felony counts, one year supervised probation on the misdemeanor and ordered to pay $2,300 in restitution.
Before handing down a sentence, Skar asked why he should accept her guilty plea. After a long pause, Kohn told the judge she had a four-month-old baby which she didn’t want taken away from her. She told the court she’s trying to get her life changed around by staying out of trouble and trying to get into school.
She admitted to making a mistake and asked the judge for another chance, adding she wouldn’t let it happen again.
In reply to Skar’s question what her mistake was, Kohn replied, “Being addicted.”
Washakie County Attorney Marcy Argeris said the victim and one of his sons voiced concerns over giving her probation and were worried whether Kohn has taken ownership on what happened.
Skar accepted the plea agreement with warnings what will occur if Kohn violates the conditions.
Defendant Anthony Blue, 32, facing sentencing for felony unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, Methamphetamine, said what he did was wrong and admitted he was guilty.
Blue was arrested on Feb. 11 following a controlled buy conducted by the Washakie County Sheriff’s Office.
Skar accepted Blue’s plea agreement and sentenced him to three-to-five years in the state penitentiary with credit for time served. The sentence was suspended and he was placed on four years supervised probation.
Skar ordered Argeris to prepare a bench warrant for Jimmy Hanson who failed to appear for his sentencing at 10 a.m. Skar instructed court-appointed attorney Hopkinson to let Argeris know if he hears from his client.
Hanson was bound over to District Court on charges of committing theft in December 2013. Hanson allegedly entered a residence and took seven Sacagawea coins and some change that was in a jar.

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