DAILY NEWS photo by Susan Lockhart
Ten Sleep High School students in Jarred Bower’s and Jake Zent’s shop classes were busy working on projects for next March’s annual technology sale. Above, freshman Corey Rice works on a Wyoming Cowboys cutting board. At right, Troy Taylor and Chris Sayles clamp together the edge pieces for an entertainment center as Zent watches in the background.





City OKs cemetery ordinance

By Bob Vines

WORLAND –– After an amendment that adjusting wording, the Worland City Council approved an ordinance designating a portion of Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery for veterans only Tuesday night.

The ordinance establishing the “Garden of the Patriots” passed on third and final reading after council members removed wording addressing reburial and added additional wording that referred to felony background checks.

Mayor David Duffy read the ordinance at the beginning of the discussion that included, “... persons convicted of a felony shall not be eligible for burial in this area. Proof of honorable discharge shall be rendered to the City of Worland. Should the deceased later to be found not to be eligible for burial in this area the deceased shall be disinturmed at the expense of the deceased’s family, estate or the funeral home originally charged with the burial and the deceased shall be buried elsewhere at no expense to the City of Worland.”

Duffy said Worland Police Chief Gabe Elliott had researched the department’s ability to run a background check for felonies through the state’s Department of Criminal Investigation. The DCI responded that, yes indeed, it was possible.

The other concern the mayor address was the wordage connected to the ordinance that states if a veteran was found to be disqualified after burial that the deceased would have to be disinturmed and reburied somewhere else.

Wyoming lawmakers endorse
workplace fatality bill

By Ben Neary
Associated Press

CHEYENNE (AP) — Lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal that would sharply increase penalties when employee deaths occur because of safety violations at large companies in Wyoming, which has long been among the top states for workplace deaths.

Members of the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Committee voted 8-6 to endorse the bill. It now heads to the Legislature for consideration in the session starting next month.
Supporters including sponsor Rep. Mary Throne, D-Cheyenne, said it’s critical that industry in Wyoming get the message that there are serious consequences to allowing unsafe working conditions.

“We have heard over the years from a number of families who have lost someone in a workplace accident that the penalties are offensive, that they’re outrageously low for a workplace accident,” Throne said

The AFL-CIO, which tracks workplace deaths, said in a report this summer that Wyoming was second only to North Dakota, based on 2012 figures. The numbers show Wyoming had 12.2 fatalities per 100,000 workers, while North Dakota had 17.7.

Wyoming currently doesn’t have a separate penalty for workplace fatalities and caps the fine for serious violations at $7,000, whether they result in a fatality or not.

As amended by the committee Tuesday, the bill would allow penalties of up to $12,000 for serious violations. The new penalty for violations that contribute to fatalities would be up to $50,000 for companies that employ fewer than 250 people and up to $250,000 for larger companies.

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Wyoming Trivia

State Nickname: Equality State, Cowboy State

State Flower: Indian Paintbrush

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

State Tree: Cottonwood

State Gemstone: Jade

State Mammal: Bison

State Fish: Cutthroat Trout

State Reptile: Horned Toad

State Dinosaur: Triceratops

State Sport: Rodeo

State Coin: Sacajawea Golden Dollar Coin

State Grass: Western Wheatgrass

Area: 97,914 Square Miles

Date of Statehood: July 10, 1890

State #: 44

State name is from a Delaware Indian word meaning "mountains and valleys alternating"

First National Park: Yellowstone 1872

First National Monument: Devil's Tower 1906

First state to give women the right to vote

First National Forest: Shoshone National Forest

First state to have a country public library system

First state to have a woman governor Nellie Tayloe Ross 1925

First artificially lit evening football game in Midwest 1925

First town in nation to be governed entirely by women: Jackson 1920 to 1921

First business west of the Missouri River: Trading post at Fort William


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