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 By GRACE WALHUS    News    April 11, 2024 

Washakie County welcomes new extension educator

Following a seven-month vacancy in the absence of former University of Wyoming Extension Educator Caitlin Youngquist, the position is now filled by Basin native Dan VanderPloeg. VanderPloeg, who is no...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    April 4, 2024

Special legislative session voted down; Local legislator among dissenters

Following Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon’s vetoes of several widely supported bills that passed out of the House and Senate, a special session to override the governor’s vetoes was considered and ultimately voted down by legislators. Among the gov...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    March 28, 2024

Legislators provide some relief for Wyoming property taxpayers

As Wyoming homeowners face rising property taxes, the Wyoming Legislature recognized the pressing issue during the 2024 Budget Session and worked hard to pass a suite of bills aiming to provide residents with relief. Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon in a...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    March 28, 2024

Women's History Month feature: Library director Karen Funk

With origins dating back to 1981, Women's History Month is a chance to celebrate and recognize the achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields, according...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    March 28, 2024

Forest Service continues camping limits in Bighorn NF

U.S. Forest Service Powder River District Ranger Thad Berrett attended the Washakie County Commissioners meeting on March 19 to give the county an update on the district’s policies, ongoing projects and activities. According to Berrett, the B...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    March 21, 2024

Legislation prioritizes school choice, parental rights

During the 2024 Wyoming Budget Session in Cheyenne Feb. 12 to March 8, the House and Senate worked on a number of bills related to public education in Wyoming, with legislation ranging from solidifying parental rights to supporting school choice....

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    March 21, 2024

County offers first aid courses to employees

Public Health Nursing Manager Amanda Heinemeyer attended the Washakie County Commissioner meeting on Tuesday, March 19 to discuss the opportunity to offer basic first aid and CPR courses to all Washakie County employees. Heinemeyer said she received...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    March 14, 2024

Mental Fitness Fair this weekend

This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Worland Community Center, the community is invited to a free event focusing on mental and physical wellness and forming healthy habits and relationships. By hosting these awareness events, Big Horn Basin...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    March 14, 2024

Lawley wraps up first budget session; Worland legislator to seek second term

The 2024 Wyoming legislative budget session ended late in the evening on Friday, March 8, according to Representative Martha Lawley (R-HD27, Worland). “It was an action-packed session and I appreciate the hard work of my colleagues as we navigated o...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    March 14, 2024

Nonprofit shares resources to bring awareness to suicides, substance abuse

Started by Nicole Underwood, along with Amber Madison and Basin resident Mindy Shaw, Hashtag Success Over Suicide (#SOS) is a recently founded nonprofit supplying resources to community members in...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    March 7, 2024

County negotiates on Red Vista Village II development

Ten Sleep developer Cole Smith and his attorney David Clark attended the Washakie County Commissioner meeting on Tuesday, with the intention of attaining final plat approval for Red Vista Village II. However, according to Interim Washakie County...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    March 7, 2024

Abortion regulation bill heads to governor

On Monday, March 4, the Wyoming House and Senate worked against the clock as they were met with crucial deadlines that would impact numerous bills and the 2025-26 biennium budget. BILLS According to Rep. Martha Lawley (R-Worland), Monday, March 4...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    March 7, 2024

Women's History Month Feature: Ten Sleep's Annie Griffin

With origins dating back to 1981, Women’s History Month is a chance to celebrate and recognize the achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields, according to the Women’s History Month website. Thr...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    March 7, 2024

New Worland recovery group welcoming members

In hopes of helping others in recovery, Worland resident Megan Lathrop recently started the recovery support group, “Reach for Recovery.” Lathrop said that she has been in recovery since 2019 and after finishing probation, she said, “I spent the n...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    February 29, 2024

Abortion, property tax bills head to Senate

State Rep. Martha Lawley (R-HD27, Worland) reported that the Wyoming House of Representatives found themselves working until nearly midnight last week in order to meet the session’s deadlines. While Lawley said it isn’t unheard of for the House to...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    February 22, 2024

Lawley's property tax awaits committee approval

After the first week of her first budget session, Rep. Martha Lawley (R-HD27, Worland) said, “It’s been a really exciting, kind of high paced week. And in my view, it’s been a pretty good week.” Within the first week, the House saw the present...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    February 22, 2024

Breck Buer hired as building maintenance manager

During the Washakie County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, the commissioners interviewed six applicants for the vacant position of building maintenance manager. The position was previously held by Ryan Casad, who left the position at the...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    February 15, 2024

National bike trail heading to Worland

From the office of Wyoming Outdoor Recreation, Amy Crawford and Sherry Joslyn led the monthly Bighorn Basin Outdoor Recreation Collaborative (BBORC) meeting in Basin on Monday, Feb. 12. Rails-to-Trails project manager Kevin Belle was a guest speaker...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    February 15, 2024

Bringing the 'pick up man' movement to Worland

Inspired by Cheyenne Frontier Day’s Pick Up Man movement, mental health awareness events have made their way to the Big Horn Basin, including Worland. Hoping to spread the message and end the stigma of talking about mental health, a team of W...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    February 15, 2024

Big Horn Basin native shares his stories

After a lifetime of recreating in the Big Horn Basin, retired teacher John T. Rogers recently published his book, "My Various Nature Experiences." Containing stories that range from fishing and...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    February 8, 2024

Lawley enters first legislative budget session

Going into her first state legislative budget session starting on Monday, Feb. 12, State Rep. Martha Lawley (R-HD27, Worland), said, “I am excited for my first budget session. I have been working for months to prepare for this session and become m...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    February 8, 2024

Worland cheer team competes at state level

Led by Cheer Coach Nickie Lloyd, the Worland High School cheer team attended the 2024 Wyoming State Spirit competition on Jan. 26 in Casper. According to Lloyd, 13 Worland High School students...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    February 1, 2024

Rep. Winter discusses committee bills and budget session

In light of the controversial Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs resource management plan, State Rep. John Winter (R-HD28), said that the state’s Federal Natural Resource Management Committee is sponsoring a bill for the upcoming budget s...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    February 1, 2024

Keep Moving: Staying active in the winter

While winter may have finally started, there are still a variety of opportunities in the community to keep bodies moving and staying active. Ranging from indoor to outdoor activities, for all skill...

 
 By GRACE WALHUS    News    January 18, 2024

WPC prepares for prevention night this weekend, next week

Sheri Gunderson, Lila Jolley and Katie Kirby from the Washakie Prevention Coalition (WPC) attended the Washakie County commissioner meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16 to discuss WPC work and events. They reported that their annual prevention night is on...

 

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