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 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    April 18, 2024 

Stocklin honored as Ten Sleep Teacher of the Year

Ten Sleep School held an assembly on April 15 to honor first grade teacher Georgia Stocklin, the recipient of the school's 2024 Teacher of the Year Award. The award is decided by teachers in the distr...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    April 11, 2024

Black Hills trip approved as alternative to Teton Science School

Sixth grade teacher Wade Moor gave a presentation with Ten Sleep sixth graders during the Washakie County District 2 Board of Trustees meeting on April 8, proposing an alternative to the Teton Science Schools that Ten Sleep students will no longer...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    April 4, 2024

Temporary MRI trailer ready for use at WMC

Chief Nursing Officer Brandy Kottman filled in for Chief Executive Officer Lisa Van Brunt to deliver the CEO report at the Washakie Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting on March 26, where she detailed the current project to replace the...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    March 28, 2024

Governor vetoes gun free zone repeal; special session discussed

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon vetoed House Bill 0125 on March 22. HB125, also known as House Enrolled Act No. 49, would have repealed gun free zones in Wyoming. House Bill 0125 was passed through the Wyoming Legislature’s 2024 Budget Session s...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    March 28, 2024

Short film 'Socks' premieres in Worland April 6

The Washakie Museum and Cultural Center in Worland will have a free screening of the short film "Socks" at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6. "Socks" is a movie produced, written and directed by Patrick...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    March 28, 2024

Area Easter festivities planned

Easter is this Sunday and all the usual Easter egg hunting grounds in Washakie County will be welcoming guests once again. The Worland Aquatic Center, having missed last year, will once again welcome guests for an egg hunt on Saturday, March 30....

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    March 21, 2024

Counseling centers merge April 1

Cloud Peak Counseling Center in Worland is set to undergo a merger with Big Horn Basin Counseling Services in Basin and Lovell and Yellowstone Behavioral Health Center in Cody and Powell to become the Oxbow Center, a single mental health service prov...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    March 21, 2024

Hot Springs County School District No. 1 Celebration for top 10 test scores

During the March 14 meeting of the Hot Springs School District No. 1 Board of Trustees, a celebration was held to recognize educators whose classes achieved top 10 scores in Wyoming in either the ACT or Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress tests...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    March 14, 2024

Budget reaches concurrency, session closed

The Wyoming Legislature’s 2024 Budget Session came to a close after 20 days in session on March 8. Although some were skeptical that the budget would be finalized by that day, both House and Senate were able to come to an agreement and passed a b...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    March 14, 2024

Hot Springs County making a push for state shooting complex

By Hot Springs County submitted a formal request for proposal to be considered for the location of the State Shooting Complex. Hot Springs County Commissioner Paul Galovich said he first got wind about the complex from Hot Springs County...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    March 14, 2024

'Communication issues' discussed at WCSD2 board meeting

Visitor input during the March 11 Washakie County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees meeting was dominated by an issue of communication between school officials and community members. First to...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    March 7, 2024

Property tax relief bills move forward; budget consensus stalled

At the close of the third week of the 2024 Wyoming Legislative Budget Session, District 20 Senator Ed Cooper (R-Ten Sleep) stated that the process of reaching concurrency on the budget was behind schedule. He said in an interview Sunday, “The a...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    March 7, 2024

Learning leadership skills: Worland students attend youth conference in D.C

Four Worland High School students had the opportunity to attend the CADCA Youth Leadership Program in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. The opportunity was extended by the Washakie Prevention...

 

Cooper: Budget doesn't do enough for state's future

State Senator Ed Cooper of Ten Sleep (R-SD20) provided an update on the second week of the 2024 Wyoming Legislation Budget Session, and although he largely approved of the 67 amendments to the budget as it stands after completing the second round of...

 

Sen. Cooper optimistic about energy, tax bills

As the second week of the Wyoming Legislature’s 2024 Budget Session nears an end, District 20 Senator Ed Cooper of Ten Sleep had much to discuss about the first week. Cooper broke down some of his positives and negatives of the first five days of t...

 

Principals report on anti-bullying techniques at high school, middle school

Thermopolis Middle School Principal Darren Luebbe and High School Principal Catelyn Deromedi gave a joint report on how bullying is handled within their schools to the Hot Springs County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees at the Feb. 15...

 

Speech and Disperse: Worland speech alumni coaching across the state

Locally, the legacy of Worland Speech and Debate is well-known. Having just won a championship in 3A last year, the program is renowned for its seemingly perpetual standing as a top speech and debate...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    February 8, 2024

Legislature to debate more than just budget bills

The Wyoming Legislature 2024 Budget Session will begin next Monday, Feb. 12, at which time all government representatives in the state will convene at the Capitol in Cheyenne to begin their bi-annual work on Wyoming’s budget and other issues. Distric...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    February 1, 2024

Washakie Medical Center CEO Stallings officially retires

After working for the past decade as CEO at Washakie Medical Center, Jay Stallings has retired from his role at the hospital. Stallings officially stepped down from his role at the beginning of 2024,...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    February 1, 2024

Worland Senior Center commits to growing home services

Worland Senior Center Executive Director Wendy Fredricks detailed what home services means to her organization and what they can look like in Worland soon in a recent interview. She said, “What we find is that putting someone in an institution is g...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    January 25, 2024

WHS students hear message of hope, leadership

On Jan. 16, Worland High School students met in the Middle School Auditorium for an assembly with guest speaker Chad Hymas, one of the top speakers in the nation. Hymas is a member of the Speakers...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    January 25, 2024

Hospital board position among four open in Washakie County

As of this month, Bryony Volin has stepped down from her role on the Washakie Medical Center board of directors. Volin served on the board for three years, drawing on her experience as a nurse to aid the board in making decisions in the best interest...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    January 18, 2024

Speech and debate ready to host Worlando Beach meet this weekend

Worland High School’s speech and debate team has had a strong showing so far in the new year, and they’re ready for a weekend off to host the Worlando Beach Tournament this weekend. They couldn’t attend some of their meets due to weather, but the o...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    January 11, 2024

Kroger retires as Worland wildlife biologist

As of January 1, Bart Kroger retired as the wildlife biologist for the Worland office of Wyoming Game and Fish. As a wildlife biologist, many know Kroger for his work with the public and his activism...

 
 By SEAN MORTIMER    News    January 11, 2024

New school getting closer to completion; Supt. contract extended

Superintendent Annie Griffin shared some exciting news about the new school build progress during the Jan. 8 meeting of the Washakie County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees. Griffin said, “The gym is almost to its full height, the big beam a...

 

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