Articles written by George Horvath

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 By George Horvath    News    June 11, 2020

Fair Board considers food vendor situation, takes stand against cruelty

WORLAND – The Washakie County Fair Board met Monday for its regularly scheduled meeting. They discussed a range of issues as the county fair nears. The fair will take place from Jul. 27-Aug. 1. Fair Board President Jeff Lapp recently spoke with...

 By George Horvath    News    June 11, 2020

Feeding the hungry through mobile and local food pantries

WORLAND – In the three months since the state of Wyoming started issuing a series of public health orders and directives, hoping to limit the spread of COVID-19 infection in the state, Wyoming...

 By George Horvath    News    June 4, 2020

Finances, face masks and new physician highlight board meeting

WORLAND – The Banner Health Washakie Medical Center Board of Trustees convened their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 26 but unlike last month’s meeting, which used the Skype conferencing software to hold the meeting remotely, this month’s...

 By George Horvath    News    June 4, 2020

Teacher of the Year a lifelong Ten Sleep local

TEN SLEEP – Kodi Schwarz always aspired to be an excellent elementary school educator. Only four years into her dream career, she has already been recognized as such in her own hometown. A...

 By George Horvath    News    May 28, 2020

Worland honors nation's war dead

WORLAND – A three-shot volley fired by members of Floyd Minch American Legion Post 44 broke the stillness of the Memorial Day moment, as Worland residents, guest speakers and visiting dignitaries...

 By George Horvath    News    May 28, 2020

Senator John Barrasso visits Worland, pledges to help hospitals and small businesses

WORLAND - U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) was in Worland for the Memorial Day services on Monday, May 25. In a brief but wide-ranging conversation following services, Barrasso expressed...

 By George Horvath    News    May 28, 2020

Uneven COVID-19 economic impact on local outdoor recreation businesses

WORLAND – In an unprecedented time of global change, whole sectors of industry in Wyoming, the U.S. and the world have taken a serious blow. What has been the impact on local outdoor recreation businesses? According to the Outdoor Recreation...

 By George Horvath    News    May 14, 2020

In tough times, Washakie Medical Center CEO is optimistic

WORLAND – Two months of COVID-19 restrictions have led to a steep decline in revenues at Banner Health Washakie Medical Center, according to Chief Financial Officer Jennifer McMillan. McMillan gave her report to WMC’s Board of Trustees in their...

 By George Horvath    News    May 7, 2020

The 90th birthday girl gets a drive-by party

WORLAND – An evening traffic jam on Howell Avenue in Worland last Friday, April 24, was the unexpected public indicator that Mrs. Shirley Runge had reached 90 years of age. The lifelong Worland...


Patient flow, triage and COVID-19 risk reduction at local clinics

WORLAND – Much remains unclear about the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), with interrelated questions still unanswered about its means of transmission and degree of transmissibility, its actual prevalence in the community and its lethality. One... Full story


Local residents put 3D printers to use making mask extenders

WORLAND – "I've got a 3D printer, and was just looking for ways to help," and help Steve Radabaugh did. With N95 face masks and other materials used to protect against the novel coronavirus 2019...


Homemade masks to slow COVID-19 in the Big Horn Basin

WORLAND – When Meg Stark realized that there was a shortage of medical masks in the country, she reckoned the local hospital might need some to help slow the spread of COVID-19. She was right. Along with Sue Howe, Stark organized a group of women a...

 By George Horvath    News    April 16, 2020

Michigan AG accuses Sheridan-based LLC of false marketing N95 masks

SHERIDAN – A Sheridan-based limited liability corporation (LLC) has been accused of falsely marketing what it describes as N95 medical respirator masks, but which may not meet U.S. safety standards;... Full story


Businesses adjust to life with COVID-19

By GEORGE HORVATH WORLAND – As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues and statewide orders on gatherings and businesses extended, everyday life in Wyoming has changed. Last Friday, Governor Mark Gordon and state Health Officer... Full story


COVID-19 preparations in place at Worland, Thermopolis hospitals

Information in this article and other COVID-19 coverage in this issue were up to date as of 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 25. Please check for updates throughout the day and week. WORLAND – With 37 COVID-19 cases reported as of Tuesday... Full story

 By George Horvath    News    March 19, 2020

New state COVID-19 cases move county to Level 3 status

Information in this article and other COVID-19 coverage in this issue were up to date as of 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 18. Please check for updates throughout the day and week. WORLAND – An increase of four new COVID-19 cases Tuesday n... Full story

 By George Horvath    News    March 12, 2020

County Fair Board discusses breed criteria, arena repairs

The Washakie County Fair Board met March 9 for its regularly scheduled meeting and heard from a potential rodeo contractor. The Fair Board began advertising last week in the Northern Wyoming News for bid packages for this year’s County Fair Rodeo...

 By George Horvath    News    March 5, 2020

No sign (yet) of novel coronavirus disease in Wyoming

As the outbreak of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to expand around the globe, including more than 100 confirmed or suspected cases across the United States, many folks in the Big...

 By George Horvath    News    March 5, 2020

Hospital Board discusses Foundation, Auxiliary, lower clinic prices

The Washakie County Hospital Board of Trustees opened their regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26, with Vice Chair Dean Carrell introducing new board member Bryony Volin. Following this, Mary Jo Hake presented a history of the Washakie Hospital...


Candidate uncertainty as Ten Sleep election looms

TEN SLEEP – With Ten Sleep’s current mayor declining to run for re-election this May, no mayoral hopeful has yet filed the necessary papers to become a candidate. “Not as of today,” said Ten Sleep town clerk/treasurer Lori Hughes on Tuesday....


WESTI Ag Days: Wyoming leads the way with archaic wheat varieties

Wheat varieties that were first farmed as far back as 10,000 years ago are making a strong comeback in Wyoming. Caitlin Youngquist and Carrie Eberle of the University of Wyoming Extension described a...


County Commissioners approve funding Washakie Ave. recon study, new door locks

The Washakie County Commissioners met Tuesday to discuss a range of issues Tuesday at the courthouse in Worland. After an update from Keith Bower on the state of roads and bridges, the commissioners considered the problem of several electronic locks...


Recycling volunteers needed

TEN SLEEP – Ten Sleep’s monthly recycling drive needs help. Each month for the past several years, a volunteer group in Ten Sleep has loaded up a trailer of that town’s plastics, paperboard, food cans, old newspapers and magazines, and driven...


Two Hot Springs State Park concessions face uncertainty

THERMOPOLIS — The future of two key concession contracts at Hot Springs State Park remains unclear. Last November, Wyoming State Parks issued Requests for Proposals to operate Days Inn and Star Plunge for a minimum five-year period, and perform...


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