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  • Ten Sleep student attends Envision's Explore STEM

    Cyd Lass, Staff Writer|Aug 1, 2019

    WORLAND –A Ten Sleep student had an once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity this summer. Josie Decker, an upcoming freshman at Ten Sleep School had the opportunity to join other students from across the nation to take part in a unique, academic and career-oriented development experience, Envision's Explore STEM at Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Worland Middle School's seventh-grade social studies teacher Mike Montgomery nominated Decker for this program. In order to go to Boston, D...

  • How to say goodbye in 600 words or less

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|Aug 1, 2019

    I used to think it was impossible for kids to grow up into what they wanted to be. It wasn't until I had been in my old bedroom, packing boxes when I came across a composition notebook from fourth grade. One of the journal entries was "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Turns out, I fulfilled my 9-year-old self's aspirations to become a journalist. My freshman year of high school, Ten Sleep had an event for their high school students similar to job shadowing. I had an "interview" with a...

  • New dance studio in Worland welcomes dancers of all ages

    Cyd Lass, Staff Writer|Jul 18, 2019

    WORLAND – Tap's Dance Studio opened this spring in Worland by longtime dancer, Teri Parker. The studio's summer classes started in June, following an open house in May. Also in May was the studio's "Shopping Soirée" where those preparing for dance classes were offered the opportunity to pre-order dance shoes, leotards and tights so they could be ready for summer and fall classes. The studio welcomes all ages to sign up for their classes. Previous camps and clinics have included junior dance ca...

  • Hands Across the Saddle helping Big Horn Basin residents for 11 years

    Cyd Lass, Staff Writer|Jul 11, 2019

    WORLAND – For 11 years, Hands Across the Saddle has been holding fundraisers in order to fund help others. The HATS organization has helped friends and neighbors in the Big Horn Basin with financial aid. The organization helps those who, through no fault of their own, have fallen on tough times and need a little “hand up.” All funds raised by the organization’s events go to help those in the Big Horn Basin. Through these fundraisers, HATS has assisted residents with paying rent, small medical bills or even food and groceries for their family....

  • 4 WHS students return from National Speech and Debate

    Cyd Lass, Staff Writer|Jul 4, 2019

    WORLAND – Recently, four Worland High School students went to National Speech and Debate in Dallas, Texas, to participate in multiple events and categories alongside some of the best in the country. These students were Zoe Fernandez and Madeline Martinson in world school debate and Jade Hefenieder and Nathaniel Nelson in duo. “We compete in Nationals almost every year,” speech and debate coach Rick Dorn said. “This was year 28 for Worland.” According to Dorn, Nelson and Hefenieder placed in the middle of the pack, meaning they were placing s...

  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: We're Still Here – Casper United Church of Christ honors 50th anniversary of Stonewall Riots

    Cyd Lass, Staff Writer|Jun 27, 2019

    WORLAND – The first pride was a riot. For six nights, demonstrations of anger and vandalism perused before the Stonewall Inn, hundreds of LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, etcetera) activists making it clear – from there on out, the LGBTQ+ movement would be louder and more visible. It started June 28, 1969, when the New York City Police barged into the Stonewall Inn. According to History.com, the inn was registered as a bottle bar, meaning that they didn’t require a liquor license because patrons were supposed to provi...

  • Loud and proud in Wyoming

    Cyd Lass, Staff Writer|Jun 13, 2019

    This weekend, I had the honor of experiencing something new for myself and plenty of others. Though I have known this about myself since the eighth grade, this weekend, I learned that this isn't something I need to hide; at least, not anymore. June is known for plenty of things, but, most significant to me and many, many others, June is known as National Gay Pride month. I hid who I am from most people for years, only coming out to a few family members, but mostly close friends. Casper PRIDE is...

  • First Worland fashion show this Friday

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|May 30, 2019

    WORLAND – Worland’s first fashion show will be at Pioneer Square Friday night at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting. The show is a fundraiser for the Worland Blue Jays baseball team to raise expenses for traveling and other necessities. The Worland Blue Jays is a Senior Babe Ruth baseball team with players from Worland, Rock Springs and Otto. Players are ages 16 to 18 years old. Their coaches are Robert Cordenas and Coy Larkins. The Blue Jays will be escorting models wearing clothing featured from many local businesses including Smudge Prints, Fra...

  • Worland and Ten Sleep graduation ceremonies Sunday

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|May 16, 2019

    WORLAND – Worland and Ten Sleep High Schools will be holding their graduation ceremonies Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. Worland High School will hold their graduation at Warrior Stadium. Aaron Vigil has been declared valedictorian for the class of 2019. The keynote speaker for the ceremony is former state representative, Debbie Hammons. The senior class’ sponsor is Kristin Kelton. Their class song is “Country Roads,” first performed by John Denver. Eighty-six students will receive diplomas at the ceremony. Four members of the class of 2019 Samuel...

  • University restarts CTE program

    Cyd Lass, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 16, 2019

    LARAMIE— The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees voted to restore its program that provides a teaching degree in career-and-technical education, formerly known as vocational education. The trustees eliminated the program in 2017. The program was axed amid $42 million worth of budget cuts, and College of Education Dean Ray Reutzel suggested the program, which was averaging just 2.5 graduates each year, should end. However, the Legislature effectively forced UW to restore the program after House Speaker Steve Harshman, R-Casper, was able t...

  • Worland Middle School students learn that choices matter

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|May 9, 2019

    WORLAND – Wednesday, May 1, eighth-grade Worland Middle School students set out into the community to learn more about choices that could impact the rest of their lives. Previously referred to as "Life R U Ready," Worland Middle School started the program "Choices That Matter" in order to allow students to receive more hands-on experience about the consequences of their choices. Life R U Ready was a life-simulation health fair to increase awareness with teenagers on consequences of behavior a...

  • Deployment ceremony set for 2-300th soldiers

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|May 2, 2019

    WORLAND – The Wyoming Army National Guard will be saying goodbye to the soldiers in the 2nd Battalion, 300th Field Artillery on May 8 at 4:30 p.m. before their deployment to the Middle East. The ceremony is open to the public. It will take place at the Natrona County High School in Casper. Governor Mark Gordon, Major General Greg Porter and the Wyoming Army National Guard command team will be attending the event. Recently, it was announced that at least 14 soldiers from the Big Horn Basin will be among those deployed. At least 14 soldiers f...

  • Bids sought for Washakie County Fair rodeos

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|May 2, 2019

    WORLAND – The Washakie County Fair Board has started accepting bids to provide services for the 2019 Washakie County Fair rodeo, youth rodeo and ranch rodeo. According to Fair Board Chairman David Doyle, the board has already received interest from multiple bidders. The board requests to submit separate bids for each service the bidder is interested in providing, rather than packaging offers for every event interested in contracting. The multiple rodeos have been a part of the fair for several years, the most recent addition – the ranch rod...

  • UW academic signing day Wednesday

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|Apr 25, 2019

    WORLAND – University of Wyoming Extension Offices around the state will be holding their third annual UW Signing Day Wednesday, May 1. The UW Signing Day in Washakie County will celebrate with students from Worland and Ten Sleep. Traditionally, student-athletes going on to play at the collegiate level have participated in a signing day with dignitaries and their parents in attendance. However, since 2017, the University of Wyoming Office of Admissions and Wyoming 4-H have partnered to give a...

  • Fur Ball helps raise funds and awareness for New Hope Humane Society

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|Apr 25, 2019

    WORLAND – Every year, approximately 6.5 million animal companions enter animal shelters nationwide. Out of that number, it’s estimated that 3.2 million shelter animals get adopted every year. New Hope Humane Society in Worland provides an opportunity for people in the Washakie County area to adopt a pet and give a rescued animal a ‘fur’ever home. Several members of the Northern Wyoming News staff shared their stories about their adoptions leading up to this Friday’s Fur Ball fundraiser for New Hope at the fairgrounds. Staff writer Tracie Mitche...

  • Local woman battling illness speaks out on the risks of breast implants

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|Apr 18, 2019

    WORLAND – While the Food and Drug Association (FDA) has taken up the decades-long debate over breast implant safety, one local woman is fighting her own breast implant battle. In February of this year, the FDA alerted more doctors of a rare cancer with breast implants. According to Associated Press, the FDA sent a letter to family doctors, nurses and other health professionals warning about the form of lymphoma that affects breast implant patients. The disease, referred to as breast i...

  • No demolition derby for this year's fair

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|Apr 11, 2019

    WORLAND – The Washakie County Fair Board met for their monthly meeting Monday in advance of the 2019 Fair. At the meeting, they discussed additions to the 4-H livestock portion of the fair, advertising, pricing and discussed a substitute for their consideration of the demolition derby. At last month’s Fair Board meeting, Joe Maul proposed acting as contractor for a 25-car derby to be held on Saturday night to close off the week of activities. However, prior to Monday’s meeting while looking into the derby, Maul announced the demolition derby...

  • Assistant speech and debate coach named Alumni of the Year

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|Apr 4, 2019

    WORLAND – Worland speech and debate team’s assistant coach John Ryan received the Alumni of the Year award recently, at the speech and debate National Qualifiers tournament in Green River and Rock Springs,. The National Speech and Debate Association introduced several new awards this year. Alumni of the Year is meant to recognize NSDA competitors for accomplishment and volunteer activies. John Ryan has spent time the last year working with Coach Rick Dorn on the Worland High School speech and debate team. Ryan was born and raised in Worland, bu...

  • Four Worland students qualify for national competition

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|Mar 28, 2019

    WORLAND – March 14, 15 and 16, students from all over the state gathered in Green River and Rock Springs for the National Qualifiers Competition for speech and debate. Qualifying for the National Competition is Nathaniel Nelson and Jade Hefenieder in duo interpretation, along with Zoe Fernandez and Madeline Martinson in World Schools Debate. Thirty Worland High School students attended this competition, competing in 13 different events: foreign exemption, domestic exemption, Lincoln-Douglas debate, cross-examination debate, public forum d...

  • Worland speech and debate coach receives coach of year

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|Mar 14, 2019

    WORLAND – Every year, a coach is selected to receive the honor of the title of “coach of the year” in speech and debate. A coach is chosen for each class, 1A/2A, 3A and 4A. This year, five different coaches received nominations for 3A. However, it was Worland High School’s coach Rick Dorn who took home the honor. Coaches for the title are selected through nominations and coaches vote on the nominees. According to Dorn, other coaches vote with one vote per school in order to determine the winner. “I think it’s a sign of respect for what the coac...

  • Worland High School speech and debate team heads to state

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|Mar 7, 2019

    WORLAND - Students from multiple schools around the state head to state meet in Riverton today (Thursday). Twenty students from Worland High School will be competing. These students are Kevin Abercrombie in public forum debate, Kaitlyn Bostrom in original oratory, Nick Bower in duo interpretation, Cody Butterfield in program oral interpretation (POI), Rachael Carver in cross examination debate, Caylin Deniz in Lincoln-Douglas debate and informative, Zoe Fernandez in cross examination debate and...

  • Newell Sargent baseball fields renovation to be complete in time for season

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|Feb 28, 2019

    WORLAND – Last October, the Worland Recreation Committee partnered up with the city to begin renovations for the Worland baseball fields at Newell Sargent Park. The project began in late October and included replacement of chain link fences that had been in poor condition, along with renovations of Field No. 4. Previously existing fences on fields 3 and 5 had remained in poor condition and weren’t as safe as they could have been. According to Worland Public Works Superintendent Brian Burky, the previous homeowner-grade fences stood at only fou...

  • Planning for the future generations of agriculture

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|Feb 21, 2019

    WORLAND – An interactive presentation during WESTI Ag Days Feb. 12 in Worland included surveys and information on how to speak with family members about continuing land and farm operations. Caleb Carter of the University of Wyoming extension began the presentation “Ag Legacy” discussing statistics of small business owners. Carter started the presentation discussing statistics of small business owners. According to him, 70 percent of small business owners had no plan of succession of business. He also said that 70 percent of family-owned farms...

  • Worlando Beach Speech and Debate Tournament Friday and Saturday

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|Feb 14, 2019

    WORLAND – Worland High School’s speech and debate team will be holding their 36th annual Worlando Beach Tournament this Friday and Saturday. The meet will include 17 schools, mostly from Western Wyoming. There will be 200-300 students competing at the tournament. The meet will be at the high school Friday from 1 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Worland’s speech and debate team will not be competing. Instead, the students will be working to run the meet by assigning judges, picking up ballots, preparing and serving food, answe...

  • Why do we celebrate Valentine's Day?

    Cyd Lass, Staff Intern|Feb 14, 2019

    WORLAND – Valentine’s Day is something often seen has as a love holiday that’s more often than not only promoted by the greeting card industry. However, angel babies and boxes of chocolates seem to only work as a mask to hide the true, much darker history of the holiday. Some know of Saint Valentine with the Roman-Catholic Church. However, it’s lesser known that there are at least three different saints who go by Valentine or Valentinus. Many legends lead to belief, however, that at least o...

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